Vegan Chocolate Cake

I failed at quality regular posting last week so to make up for it I am presenting you with vegan chocolate cake.

You don't look convinced.
You should be.

I love baking with eggs. and butter. and milk. But sometimes it is nice to wander down the path less trodden, even if that path asks you to politely leave your eggs at the gate.

As it is in most offices around the country, it is customary to bring in cake your birthday in my office. Being the regular baker I am it felt wrong to buy one and I felt like making something different. As always, when in doubt, I trot over to Joy the Baker and perused her recipe index. I was thinking of something that would require me to buy the least ingredients and this was it. Her simple vegan chocolate cake

Simple Vegan Chocolate Cake

(Recipe taken from Joy the Baker)

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup warm coffee

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

small handful of dark chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Place rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 175 degrees C.  Grease a 9-inch bundt pan with vegetable fat (I used Trex) and dust with cocoa powder.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  In a medium bowl, whisk together coffee, oil, and vanilla.
  3. Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chunks and cocoa nibs, if using.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  The batter will be relatively thick.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.
The cake was rich and moist without being overpowering. If you prefer your chocolate cake dark and without frosting then this is the cake for you. It went down great at work with a strong coffee. 
Thinking about it, there aren't many cakes I would recommend you eat without coffee. Tea drinkers may disagree but we'll battle over that another time.