This is the best chocolate vegan cake recipe that I tried so far. It’s always hard to make something to taste as good as the regular desserts and at the same time trying to use as many healthy ingredients as possible.
I wouldn’t call this cake completely healthy and guilt free but I was trying to make it as natural and delicious as possible.
The recipe asked for whole wheat pastry flour, which I don’t usually keep in my house, so I went to get it for my cake. Don’t use the regular whole wheat flour, otherwise it will make your cake dense and heavy.
For the sugar I used raw cane sugar. Don’t replace it with coconut sugar, becuase it will dry out and crack the top of the cake.
Double Chocolate Cake. Vegan.
2 cups plant based milk ( almond, soy etc)
2tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup natural cane sugar
2/3 cup melted coconut oil
2tbsp pure vanilla extract
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
Chocolate Avocado Frosting:
2 large ripe avocados
5 tbsp cocoa powder
5 tbsp maple syrup
2tsp pure vanilla extract.
Make the frosting.
In a food processor, process the avocado until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and process again until smooth. Transfer to the fridge until ready to use. Believe it or not, but nobody ever guesses what is this frosting made of.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 8-inch cake pan and line the base with the parchment paper. In a medium bowl, stir together the milk and vinegar. This combination makes vegan buttermilk. Add sugar, oil and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
Pour the milk mixture over the flour mixture and beat with the mixer until smooth. Divide the batter between two cake pans.
Bake the cakes for 30-35 minutes. The cake is ready when it slowly springs back when touches and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place pans on a cooling rack to cool for 20-25 min.
Once the cakes are completely cool, spread a layer of frosting on top. Place the second layer on top and gently push down to adhere. Continue frosting the rest of the cake. I garnished my cake with dried strawberries, but you can use shaved chocolate or other fruits. Next time I will try to put some from strawberries between layers, to make it taste more fresh.