Last Saturday I had invited my in-laws for dinner. It struck me only that morning that it was also my S-I-L’s birthday. The menu consisted of lauki kofta, roti, mutter pulao, masala chana dal and veg kadai(ordered). It was quite late in the evening when I decided to make a cake as well. After a lot of debate (since I too wanted some of it) I decided to try this vegan cake I had bookmarked a while back, from Madcap Cupcake. The cake is healthy , tasty, and vegan already.
It is called ‘Rustic Coconut Cake’. I have taken the recipe word for word except for using Wipro’s vanaspati in place of vegan butter, and used 3/4 cup of sugar in place of 1 cup as I find sugar content high in most cakes I try.
Rustic Coconut Cake
Please visit Madcap Cupcake for the original recipe
Flax meal – 2 tbsp.
Water – 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp.
All purpose flour (maida) – 2-1/4 cups
Unsweetened shredded coconut – 1-1/2 cups
Sugar – 3/4th cup
Baking powder – 2-1/2 tsp.
Cinnamon – 1-1/2 tsp.
Nutmeg or cardamom – 1 tsp. (optional)
Soy milk, unflavoured – 1 cup
Soy yogurt, unflavoured – 1/2 cup
Vanilla – 1 tsp or half a pod of vanilla, scraped
Vanaspati – 1/4 cup, melted (I would recommend any neutral oil rather than vanaspati now)
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Prepare a 9″ round baking pan – line bottom with parchment paper and grease and flour sides
In a small bowl mix flax meal and water and beat with a fork until frothy. Set aside. (When I saw the texture I realised why its called a flax egg!)
In a large bowl, measure flour, coconut, baking powder, sugar, and spices – fold gently until just combined.
In a medium bowl, measure soy milk, soy yogurt, and vanilla. Take flax meal and water mixture and beat again slightly before adding to soy milk mixture. Whisk wet ingredients together until frothy.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold gently, until just combined. Incorporate melted butter, folding until just combined – do not over mix.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to rack to cool completely.
I used freshly grated coconut (P did it for me!), and the bits you get in your mouth make it better. I ended up with several compliments. No one realized it was vegan, though it did remind them of Indian sweets. Quite natural, considering the ingredients.