Rich moist almost vegan chocolate cake

This was a vegan recipe until I realized that the bar of chocolate I used had milk solids, and because I could not resist a generous dollop of cream on the ‘model’ cake piece.

What I really like about vegan recipes is that you almost always have the ingredients at home which saves the trouble of writing down the few missing ingredients, the waiting to get them, or sometimes the part where one forgets the recipe because the ingredients are not available at that ‘motivating moment’. This cake was made early in the morning at a truly ‘m.m’ and served as the ‘short break snack’ for the kids, and a lovely snack it was! I carried some with me to office, and almost every person who tasted asked for the recipe. I felt so tempted to say its all mine but the ‘Satyavadi Harishchandra’ in me jolted me and I credited Suanne of Chowtimes for it – Suanne, you truly deserve a trophy for this creation!! Half the credit also goes to Priya of Priya’s kitchen because I saw her version of Suanne’s cake before I saw the original recipe – God bless you Priya for introducing this to me – my kids, husband and I finished the whole cake in a day and a half (Well, not so bad, we did share about 10 pieces with others!!).

I have been on the search for the perfect eggless cake ever since I have banned eggs from my diet, and it had been futile until I came across this. Unlike the earlier eggless cakes that usually turned out dry or tough this one remained moist and soft. The trick is to remove when just done and the middle is still a little sticky. I visited Suanne’s beautiful site and drooled over that beautiful creation for sometime. The next morning, I woke up with visions of the cake and decided to make it immediately though it was a working day. Happily for me the ingredients were available in my kitchen, and I could easily substitute those that weren’t available.

If you have not yet moved to Priya’s or Suanne’s site for the recipe, I have reproduced Suanne’s recipe here and shown my substitutions in brackets in italics. In the method I have shown mine which is not very different from theirs except for the ‘adding the chocolate bit’.

Rich moist chocolate cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder ( about 60g. ‘morde’ plain chocolate bar)
  • 2 cups water ( Hot)
  • 2 cups sugar (1 and 3/4th cups)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla (1 tsp.)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) oil (I used 2tbsp. butter and 1/4cup olive oil)
  • a handful of semisweet chocolate chips (I used chopped walnuts)

Method:

Sift the dry ingredients i.e. flour, baking sod and salt in a bowl.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler adding the 2tbsp. of butter( which is why I reduced the oil).

Whisk the sugar and wet ingredients, i.e hot water, vanilla, vinegar oil and melted chocolate in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. It is a pretty runny liquid.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well. The resultant batter is runnier than my usual cake batters.

I Poured the batter into three small brownie moulds (of which one is shown here),

and an 8×8 inch prepared pan (I used non-stick so I just poured). Sprinkle the chopped walnuts and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. The cake will be slightly moist when tested with a tooth pick at the centre but on cooling it was just perfect.

Cool completely and serve ‘as you like it’.

The children carried some to school for “short-break” and I took some for my colleagues in office. It was a major hit even with my Rajasthani neighbour – M. Aunty! In fact one of my friends told me to get more if it was left. Sadly by next morning we only a few crumbs left!

Suanne asks at the end of her post – “Will you bake it for your family?”

Mine is a thumping – “YES – again and again!”

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  1. Hi Harini, I like your style of writing. I must say that I have to credit the internet for the recipe.

  2. Hi you two, thanks a lot! Comments of this sort give me a lot of pleasure, naturally:)! I too had tried a vegan recipe at random from the net once, but it was a disaster, so maybe I should credit you for your perfect choice 😉

  3. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy

    What’s not to love about a rich, moist chocolate cake? It looks delicious!

  4. Thanks SGCC – yes who doesn’t love chocolate anyway!

  5. Wow. this looks great ! Will try it sometime.. ! Pics look too yummy.. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog and your comments.

    – Pallavi @ All Thingz Yummy
    (http://pallavi-foodblog.blogspot.com)

  6. Thanks Pallavi – do try it, its easy too!

  7. Hye, the cakes looks very Yummy, and I want to make this one for sure.You have said to use vanilla 1 tsp vanilla. Is it Vanilla essence 1 tsp . Please reply. And ur photography is excellent.

  8. Hi Anonymous – Thanks! Yes, that is 1tsp. vanilla essence. Let me know how yours turned out!

  9. Calling something almost vegan is pretty pointless.. no vegan cares if it’s “almost” vegan.. they still won’t eat it. Ghiradelli semi sweet chocolate bars (or you can just get the chips) are vegan and not as bitter as dark chocolate. I do have trouble finding vegan cakes that are moist.. most seem to be too crumbly.

  10. Hey Sunshinemom!!! I had a question about the cake. in the Ingredients you have listed 6 tbsp cocoa powder, but in the brackets you have listed chocolate bar. So instead of the chocolate bar – can I use the cocoa powder along with the dry ingredients?

  11. G3, you can use cocoa powder with the dry ingredients. I only had bar chocolate at that moment so the substitution. Please let me know how it turned out. Thanks!

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