Vegan baking can be challenging if you are trying to convert conventional recipes into vegan recipes, but it can be really easy sometimes too.
I mostly don´t really bake or cook after recipes.
It drove my granny nuts when I just threw all the ingredients in a bowl without measuring properly and then a nice cake came out of the oven… she was one of those who always baked and cooked exactly after the recipes…. and now it drives my dad crazy too… hahhaa ;D
I get inspired by all the recipes out there and then I try to adapt them to my taste buds: no meat, no dairy, no wheat flour but spelt or buckwheat flour, no white sugar but maple syrup or Xylith, etc…. If you have some cooking experience this is easier than if you are a beginner.
I also most of the times totally forget to write down a recipe when I cooked something I really liked. But this time I remembered.
Remember that the baking time can vary, depending on your oven, the flour you use, etc… So always make sure to check the cake during the first few times you bake something, after a while you will know how long it takes.
This vegan chocolate cake recipe is very easy to make and soo delicious. You can choose to use cherries or blue berries. I liked the cake with both of them.
Vegan chocolate cake recipe
Ingredients for a small form (20cm) :
80 ml (1/3 cup) Cherry juice (from the cherry jar)
150ml(2/3 cups) mineral water (water or lemonade with gas) you could also use plant milk
150g (1/2 cup) Coconut oil (let sit in warm room temp or in the oven to get fluid) or any other oil (canola, rape seed, sunflower..)
1Tsp Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
300g (1 1/4 cup) Spelt flour (or wheat flour)
150g (2/3 cup) brown sugar
30g (1/4 cup) cocoa (unsweetened, for baking)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
195 g cherries (from a jar, weight without the juice, save the juice for the baking)
Topping: powdered sugar or dark chocolate
Preheat oven: 356F/180C
First step is to measure all the dry ingredients and put them into a bowl. Stir with a fork.
Then mix the fluid ingredients and add to the bowl. Stir slowly into the dry ingredients with a fork or spoon until everything is well blended. Don’t overmix.
Take your prepared baking form (lined with baking paper or coconut oil) and bake cake 30-50 minutes. If you have a flat form it will take about 30-35 minutes but if you take a bread form it might take a little longer. Check in between with a wooden toothpick and if there is no dough sticking on the toothpick anymore the cake is done.
Switch off the oven but leave the cake for another 20-30minutes in the warm oven. After that, place the form on a rack and let it cool completely before topping it with powdered sugar or melted dark chocolate.
If you are gonna make a bigger cake just double the ingredients.
You can also make two portions, one with and one without cocoa to make a marble cherry cake.
I like to bake with spelt flour, and maple syrup or brown sugar.
But you can use normal white sugar or wheat flour too….
I also like to use mineral water (water or even lemonade with gas) because I can get it in a glass bottle, rather than plant milk in a tetra pack.
If you still like to bake with plant milk make your own almond, cashew or oat milk if you want to reduce your trash.
If you don’t have any coconut oil at home or like to use something more local, use any other oil with no extreme taste like canola oil or rape seed oil.. I sometimes use olive oil too, but some people don’t like the taste in baking goods.
Use what you like or use what you have at home. Depending on the flour you use, it could be you need a little more liquid and some extra time or less baking time…
I really hope you will try to bake this cake as it is awesome 🙂
If you do please let me know in the comments how you like it… Or share photos with me on facebook.