The Boy’s Vegan Chocolate Cake

Lots and lots of people ask for the vegan cake recipe… it really could not be simpler, we make really really big cakes, but the recipe here is just for a cake you could put in a round cake tin that you have at home.

Cake Ingredients

1 1/4 cups SR flour
1 cup sugar we use dark brown
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract or mixed spice / cinnamon
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Preheat your oven to 180c and if you are using a cake tin, you will need to line it with baking paper, you can just as easily make this cake in a pyrex type dish, at home we use an 8 x 8 inch pyrex dish (we mix it in there too, so no bowls to wash) and, it is this easy, put all of your dry stuff in the dish, then add the wet stuff, mix it up, don’t over mix, just get the lumps out aand then, get it in the oven quickly, because the baking powder is already doing its thing. Then bake for about 30 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean… you can watch it rise around the outside, and when the middle comes up it is done…

then you need to make the glaze, you just put all the ingredients in a pan, melt it and let it simmer for a minute or two, stirring all the time. Then you pour it over, it is better to wait until it is all cooled down a bit, so that the glaze spreads evenly, but if you pour it over hot it is like hot chocolate fudge cake, and is lovely with your favourite vegan ice cream.

We have altered this recipe to make lemon cake, by replacing the cocoa with more flour, adding the grated zest of a lemon and raplacing some of the water with the juice of the lemon – just replace the chocolate glaze with lemon icing or drizzle. We do coffee and walnut, again, by replacing the cocoa with more flour, adding espresso powder to the water and chucking in some chopped walnuts – with vegan coffee-‘butter’-cream on the top.

Chocolate Glaze

1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp margarine we use one without soya
2 tbsp vegan milk, we use oat milk
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract

So simple a child can make it – this is The Boy, making the cake for the cafe, watch out for him doing a little dance in the middle.