We've been a little bit rained out this week, and everyone here at Kin seems to be craving...chocolate cake! I suppose this is a normal desire as the season is changing and the weather is getting colder. Although we try to keep it healthy around here, we also love to indulge and treat ourselves whenever possible! Even though baking a cake can be somewhat daunting, it really doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together an extremely simple chocolate cake recipe. It's very straightforward and can be adjusted very easily. This simple method can be applied to a chocolate and peanut cake, dark chocolate and coconut, or a fruity, rich chocolate cake with cherries. Use your creativity to create an extraordinary cake from a very basic recipe! We like to add a bit of orange extract to ours, or pair it with a sinfully delicious buttercream icing! We especially love this cake because it's rich, low in sugar and vegan! Yes! We’ve also included a rose water vegan buttercream recipe that we absolutely love. Happy baking!
Kin’s Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder (dark if possible!)
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm coffee
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup cocoa nibs
1. Preheat the oven to 180
2. Grease your pan and set aside
3. In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt
4. In another bowl whisk together coffee oil and vanilla extract
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk til just combined
6. Add in the cocoa nibs
7. Pour the prepared batter into your greased pan. The batter should be relatively thick.
8. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the baking tester comes out clean
Whatever you decide to add to this cake, it can be done quite simply. If you are adding another flavour or extract, add it at the same step as you would vanilla. If you are adding fruit, coconut flakes, chopped nuts etc, then add it at the end like the cocoa nibs and fold the ingredients in. We find that the coffee in this recipe really adds depth and richness to the cake, but if you prefer to omit this, you can use almond milk, soy milk or even water.
Rose Water Vegan Buttercream
1 cup Earth Balance or vegan butter
2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp rose water
1.Whip butter and icing sugar together in a stand up mixer
2.When this mixture comes together, add drops of rose water and continue mixing
3. Add a bit more icing sugar if needed for a thick, buttery icing
That's it guys!
We'll be back next week :)