Week 12: Vegan Chocolate Cake

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I double checked the astrology charts to make sure mercury wasn’t in retrograde. Maybe it has to do with the change of the seasons, but I suddenly and unexpectedly found myself craving chocolate cake. While I usually go for light fruitier flavors with a nut flour based recipe, I could not get the thought of biting into a luscious slice of chocolate cake out of my head.

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But why vegan?

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Here’s the situation, my boyfriend has been on a vegan diet for the past month (hold for a major eye roll), which has been a bit of a challenge when it comes to going out to eat and sharing my cakes with him. However, he may or may not have broken his March-long vow to veganism to try a bite of last week’s cake. You’ll have to ask him if it was worth it.

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This week I decided that instead of reaching for a classic chocolate cake recipe, I’d do a little research out of the goodness of my heart and find the best possible vegan chocolate cake recipe and decadent frosting to go with it.

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I’ve been following plant-based blogger Minimalist Baker for a while, and even made my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe from her last week before settling on her One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake. The recipe includes a chocolate frosting, but calls for vegan butter, which I’m still kind of skeptical of. Wary of the animal free buttery spread, I remembered a video that food52 shared a few month’s ago of sweet-potato chocolate frosting. That’s right, sweet-potato frosting. And it couldn’t be simpler to make (or fool people with).

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Minimalist Baker’s chocolate cake recipe delivered everything she promised–it was tender, fluffy, chocolatey, moist and sinfully decadent. However, because the butter, milk and eggs were replaced with apple sauce and the recipe calls for less sugar than a classic chocolate cake, I didn’t find myself feeling ill and regretful after one slice. Likewise, the sweet potato frosting looks, feels, and tastes like the real deal, but the lack of funky oils, emulsifiers and preservatives from canned frosting stave off the usual crash and burn. I mean the sweet potato makes this cake healthy-ish, right?

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I ended up serving this cake to everyone I came in contact with over the weekend, conveniently forgetting to tell them that it was vegan and contained vegetables in the frosting. I fooled every. single. one.

Final thoughts on One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake:

  • More of a two bowl endeavor.
  • Putting this on my recipe repeat list.
  • I see more vegan desserts in my future.

 

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