Thursday, 18 September 2014

Vegan Beet Wine Chocolate Cake (Whole Wheat) | Vegan Baking


A helicopter vroomed across the sky….my kids ran out screaming in excitement to spot it. We saw it flying towards the hills becoming smaller and smaller as it eventually vanished in the horizon.  The sky is cloudless and azure. We are in the autumn ….almost. Delicate flowers of Morning Glory dot the landscape.


They wither as the Sun gains strength.


 My son discovered some mushrooms  under the Gulmohur tree. He is amused by them and knocks down a few with a stick. 


By evening, the mushrooms open up completely and look like tiny umbrellas.


My daughter has been requesting me to bake a cake. 


And I readily go ahead. I have decided to bake a cake sans eggs and butter. A whole wheat vegan chocolate cake with a cupful of homemade beet wine is ready to go into the oven. A lovely aroma wafts through as the cake reaches the final stages of baking.



Vegan Beet Wine Chocolate Cake
Recipe adapted from www.lovefoodeat.com
Original recipe uses red wine. I used homemade beet wine in the cake. Our wine had cinnamon and cloves and this lent a lovely flavour to the cake. The recipe asks for strawberry jam. I used homemade Cape GooseberryJam. The cake was moist, chocolaty and flavourful.

This is how I made Vegan Beet Wine Chocolate Cake
Ingredients (Dry)
1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup mineral sugar or unrefined sugar (powdered)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Ingredients (Wet)
1 cup beet wine
5 teaspoons olive oil
¼ cup jam (preferably strawberry, but any jam will do)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Method
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C. Line and grease one 6 ½ inch round cake pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients except sugar. (Sift cocoa powder to remove lumps)
In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients and sugar.
Now add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir gently till well combined. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 -55 minutes or till the cake shrinks from the sides and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from the pan after 5 minutes. Cool in the rack. Slice next day.

My notes: I had homemade beet wine and I used it in the cake. You may use red wine. I used Cape gooseberry jam I had. I guess any fruit jam will do. Marmalade would add a great flavour to the cake.


8 comments:

  1. Amazing photography, loved your presentation. I happened to visit your blog while searching for a recipe and have been glued on to it since the last two hours. Will surely try this cake out and let you know the results.

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  2. Request you for the beet wine recipe as well. Sounds very interesting.

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    1. Hello Asha, it gives me immense pleasure to know that you liked my blog. Yes, please do try this cake. It comes out moist and flavourful. I will surely post the beet wine recipe. We made two batches - One plain, another with cinnamon and cloves. Both were good.
      I used the latter for the cake.

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  3. Magnificence Namita! Absolute gorgeousness and it looks so moist. My kind of cake. Now I just need to sort out that beetroot wine ;). I just looked up your tree that you mentioned and it is magnificent. I love reading your blog posts as I always get a birds eye look into a window of a most beautiful country that we rarely hear about except on the news and news is always negative. It might be hot but soon it will cool and you will be able to bake with impunity without heating up the house. I am just hanging on to the fringes of cool weather and keeping Brunhilda ticking along through the day. We can shut her right down and she keeps her coals all day to be opened up at night and "WHOOSH!" back to heat. We cook our evening meal on her and I stoke her up in the early morning as it's still pretty cold at the moment but in a month or so she will get a much deserved sleep. I need to make the most of her at the moment and as we are heading into the city today I am going to grab a bottle of good red wine to make this heavenly cake. Thankyou for sharing your amazing inventions with us all and as usual, I am pinning this one so that no-one else misses out on this gorgeousness :)

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  4. I chanced upon yur blog via a Google search and now am an avid fan! I've subscribed via email so as to not miss a single post and love the way the recipes I've tried have been *epic fail NOT*thanks to yur instructions. Btw-wud u please add in a search box plz.

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    1. Hi there! Thank you for visiting my blog and trying the recipes. This gives me greatest pleasure. Yes, I will surely add a search box in my blog. Thank you for your suggestion. Love and best wishes!

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  5. This cake looks so moist and delicious, I cannot wait to make it. Please share your beet wine recipe; I am waiting for it to make this scrumptiously looking cake.

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    1. Hello Una, Sure I give give you the beet wine recipe soon. My husband made beet wine. It did the magic in the cake. I shall be giving you the recipe soon....that's a promise.

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