Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Something a little naughty for this June 29th post. Something a little chocolatey and not on my diet to celebrate both the completion of my race last Saturday and June 29th.

And I'm going to eat a lot of this cake today. And I'm not going to feel bad about it. But I might tomorrow.

I decided it would be appropriate to post something much delicious-er than last year's June 29th post. Perhaps because it is in celebration of two things. But mostly because chocolate cake sounded like the perfect thing to have for breakfast after boot camp. And this chocolate cake is The. Best. Ever.

And my race? I was able to finish right around the time I had hoped which is basically a miracle given the whole 'running with an injury' thing.

So let's eat cake and celebrate!

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 cup vanilla soy milk

For the frosting:
1/2 cup Earth Balance
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups plus a little more, confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 or 4 Tablespoons vanilla soy milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your pan.

In a Kitchenaid or bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder and mix until completely combined.

In another smaller bowl, combine vanilla, oil, vinegar and soy milk. Mix well.

Create a little well in the middle of your dry ingredients and add all of your wet ingredients.

Mix all that until it's just combined then pour batter into your prepared pan.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until you can insert a toothpick in the cake and it comes out clean. For cupcakes, bake for about 12 to 15 minutes.

While cake is baking, prepare frosting by combining all ingredients in Kitchenaid. Mix on low until the dry and wet ingredients are just combined then mix on high until frosting is smooth and thick. Add more confectioner's sugar as needed to get desired consistency.

When cake is done, remove from oven and let fully cool before you frost.

On its own or with some fantastical So Delicious ice cream... one of my favorites, as you know.

Cocoa Powder

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