Going to a Christmas party? Dinner Party? Party Party? Are you supposed to bring something for the table? Do you want to impress your friends by bringing something rich and delicious, instead of the hummus they expect you to bring. Make this cake. You don’t even have to tell people it’s vegan, because it won’t even cross their minds. This is just an awesomely rich, decadent chocolate cake. Simple as that. It’s moist, and dense and crumbly and chocolatey. Not going to any parties? You can still totally make this cake. I don’t think anyone will complain.
If you are still learning vegan baking, or are just beginning, you may be surprised/ grossed out to see vinegar in this recipe. I use this in place of egg. What was that? That makes no sense. Well it does actually. Think back to those sticky handed classroom days where you mixed baking soda with vinegar to make a super cool volcano. It’s the same kind of thing here. The vinegar helps raise the cake, making it light and fluffy, but the flavour gets totally cooked out, so you won’t even know it’s there. Just don’t use balsamic or something gross like that. Don’t worry, you won’t have a volcano cake, either…. Ok back to chocolate.
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE LOAF CAKE
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Tablespoon Finely Ground Coffee
2/3 Cups Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Almond Milk or Non-Dairy Milk of Choice
1/2 Cup Coconut Cream (see note about this in the recipe)
1/2 Cup Canola Oil
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider or White Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chunks (or chips would work too)
1 Recipe of Whipped Coconut Cream (optional)
If you can’t find coconut cream in the store, buy coconut milk. Not the lite kind, the full fat kind. If you see a can with “gold label” buy that, otherwise whichever one you find will do. Don’t shake the can before opening. Use a spoon to collect your measurement from the top half of the can. Fat floats, so the coconut cream will be at the top, and the coconut water will be on the bottom. Now stir in all your wet ingredients except for the chocolate chunks. Don’t over mix! Then lightly fold in the chocolate chunks. Lots of chocolate chips and chunks are vegan, just read the package.
To make it look extra scrumptious, at this point you can sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top. Drool worthy yet? You can totally eat the batter, I won’t tell anyone.
Bake for 40-50 minutes, until you can poke the cake with a tooth pick, and it comes out clean. Let cool, and for extra pizzaz, serve with a dollop of Whipped Coconut Cream.