Mini Vegan Double-Layer Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Icing

I was at TK Maxx today trying to find some silicone cupcake tins so I could make some cupcakes when I saw some mini spring-form cake tins.  I had to get them.  And then I had to make a cake.  And so I came home, and I did.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

I had to cut off a bit of the bottom layer so that I had an even surface on which to place the top layer, and I also had some left over icing, and let me just say, genius.  I can’t wait to have a full slice later.  It’s chilling in the fridge right now, as the consistency of the icing wasn’t exactly thick, so I don’t know how it would hold up at room temperature for extended periods of time.  I’ll have to work on my icing in the future.  But, hey, I haven’t baked many cakes in my time, thankyouverymuch.  The ingredients are simple.  The cake is dense and delicious.

To make the cake mix:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup self-rising flour (or all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp baking powder)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup dutch-pressed cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Step One Combine sifted flour, sifted cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a big-ish bowl well.

Step Two In a large glass stir the remaining ingredients (all wet) well.

Step Three Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.  Mix well until no clumps are left.

Step Four Divide the mixture evenly directly into two greased mini spring-form cake tins.

Step Five Bake for about 35 minutes.  Start checking the cakes at 25 minutes.  Bake until you can stick a fork in them and they come out clean.  This may take upwards to 40 minutes depending on your oven.

mini cakes

As for the icing… pretty much all I did was chuck some remaining soy sour cream into a sauce pot and heat over low heat.  Then I chucked in the remnants of some dark chocolate I had in the cabinet (chopped up finely first) and stirred until it was all melted and combined, with the pot still over low heat.  Then I chucked in some confectioner’s sugar for good measure.  I wouldn’t say the icing is my finest moment in baking, but it is tasty and got the job done.  I might try something similar but with the addition of a vegetarian jelling agent so it can keep at room temperature for extended periods of time.

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Picnic Food Extravaganza (part 2)

In addition to the Chickpea Nuggets-of-Delicious and the Sweet BBQ Sauce, I brought some Vegan Chocolate Cherry Soy-Free Bread Pudding.

I had never made anything like this before, but, knowing the logistics of a regular bread pudding, I was convinced it would work.  People seemed to like it.  It turned a bit too pudding-ey for a picnic, though; I was hoping to get it to a consistency where it could be eaten with one’s hands, but luckily people had plates and spoons and were able to eat it anyway.  In the future, I’d probably add some vegetarian gelling agent like arrowroot powder even some Ener-G Egg Replacer.

Most importantly, it was super easy.

Without further ado:

Ingredients

  • about 10 slices of whole wheat bread, decrusted and cut into cubes
  • 710 mL oat milk
  • About half a bar of vegan dark chocolate, cut into small chunks
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 180g raw cane sugar
  • 1 tin black cherries in syrup, drained completely and chopped

Step one Warm milk in a pot over the hob and then add cocoa powder and sugar.  Stir to combine so that most of the cocoa powder has dissolved. Remove from heat.  Stir in cherries.

Step two Scatter bread cubes across the bottom of a square cake pan (or whatever cake pan you have).  Pour milk mixture over the bread cubes.  Scatter the cherries and chocolate chunks over the top.  Fold everything through and make sure all the bread has begun to suck up the milk.

Step three Bake in the oven at 200C for 35-40 minutes, until you take it out and the centre just wobbles a bit and the crust is a bit hard.

Friends

I’m lying in bed right now.  I seem to do a lot of writing in bed.  I just ate three chocolates and finished off the kimchi stew I made earlier for dinner before going out to meet some Yelpers at Bar Chocolate in Soho.

 

I officially hate Easter, by the way.  After Monday, we had no fewer than six chocolate eggs and numerous other chocolate truffles and treats.  That is obscene.  We are only two people.  How can we accumulate that much chocolate on a day that we’re supposed to be reflecting on how some dude died a horrific death by Roman crucifixion.  I tell you what, no chocolate and fluffy bunnies were involved in that one.  Not that I usually care about such things.  But, you know, Jesus is always trying to get me down, man.

 

In this case, it’s by chocolate death.

 

But, yeah, so Bar Chocolate probably wasn’t the best social outing venue to choose after everyone in the UK has gorged themselves on chocolate over the Easter weekend, but, you know, hindsight.  I got some wine because I couldn’t face any more chocolate, and the Malbec was good, I guess.  

 

Linzi, Lizzie and Laura were there.  A small Yelp event, for sure.  But I’m quite liking all these Yelp events going on.  I’m starting to really enjoy and appreciate London a lot more now that I actually have a social life and some burgeoning relationships with people.  Nothing against my husband, of course.  It’s just that I miss having friends, and this last year has been a bit brutal when it comes to that sort of thing.  

 

My dad and my grandparents have tried calling me in the last couple days, but I’ve been in full-on paper-writing mode that I simply cannot stop in the middle of my day to have a 45 minute conversation with them.  If they are reading this – dad and Grandmommy and Bobba, I am sorry.  I will try to remember to call you back soon.

 

But, yeah.  One term paper down, one to go.  It occurs to me that I ended up doing A LOT of research for the paper I just finished, with over 20 bibliographic entries for it, and I didn’t do nearly as much research for the one I have left to write despite being more confident in my thesis statement for it when the writing process began.  I think I might have to hit the library tomorrow.  Lame.

 

I think I’ll eat some chocolate.

 

Damn Jesus.