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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Vegan Whole Wheat Cherry Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze | Vegan Baking




Summer break is over and it is back to school time. Last few days went in preparation for the school. I wonder how things that are kept with special care always get misplaced. There is always a massive hunt for the water thermos, lunch box, and books and of course not to forget the socks that always get separated and refuse to be discovered easily. My daughter had requested me to bake a cake on the last day of her break. She wanted to take a slice for the snack break.  My heart did not cringe as I had a vegan cake in my mind. With lots of cherries at home, I added a cup of cherries to the batter. With  whole wheat flour, no butter and no eggs, the cake couldn’t have been healthier.
The cake is moist and delicious. On second day, it tastes the best.


 Recipe adapted from Vegetariantimes.com and  few changes made to suit taste.


This is how I made Vegan Whole Wheat Cherry Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze-
Vegan Whole Wheat Cherry Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze| Vegan Baking
Ingredients
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup muscovado sugar (or ¾ cup white sugar)
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons coffee powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup warm water
1 cup cherries pitted
Method
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Grease and dust the sides with flour and line the bottom of one 9 inch round cake pan.
Whisk together whole wheat flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
Mix coffee in warm water. Add sugar, oil and vanilla extract.  Add vinegar
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix till well incorporated, do not over mix. Fold in pitted cherries.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Reduce the oven temperature to 180 degrees C. Bake for 35-45 minutes or till the top turns brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Invert the cake on the rack and cool completely.
Ingredients and method for chocolate glaze (Optional)
3 slabs of dark chocolate (40 gms each)
2 tablespoons of water
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon chocolate shavings
In a double boiler melt the chocolate. Add water and vanilla extract and stir till smooth. Spread the glaze lightly on the cake. Garnish with chocolate shavings and cherries.
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2 comments:

  1. Namita!! I wish the cake slice from the second picture could just jump right out of the screen and come to me!! Such a pretty cake and that picture is doing full justice to it! I love the idea taking such a healthy cake as a snack to school. Am sure Aastha will be only be happy to go back to school with this goodie in her snack box :) :)

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  2. What perfect timing, I need a delicious vegan cake recipe to bake for someone's birthday on Monday and here it is :) Cheers for the most excellent share Namita. I made Georgio Locatelli's vegan chocolate cake the other day and although it was very easy to make I wasn't all that happy with the results. This one looks perfect for my needs :)

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