Chocolate Cake

Veronika Sophia Robinson

Vegan chocolate cake with berries

What I love about this cake is that it’s so versatile. One week I’ll make it with raspberries, and the next I’ll use stem ginger or almond essence and decorate with almond flakes.

Ingredients

  1. 2-3 cups cooked quinoa (allow to cool)
  2. 1/3 cup rice or other plant milk
  3. 4 egg replacer
  4. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  5. 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  6. 1.5 cups coconut sugar or raw brown sugar
  7. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  8. 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  9. Half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  10. Half teaspoon sea salt
  11. Optional: punnet of fresh raspberries

Method

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/160Cfan.

Lightly grease two 8-inch round cake pans, and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.

Combine the milk, egg replacer and vanilla in a food processor. Process for a minute, then add the cooked quinoa and the coconut oil/butter. Blend well until smooth.

In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, then add to the quinoa mix. Mix well. Divide batter in half between two cake pans, then bake for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool for half an hour.

Handle with care when removing from pans. Place palm, with fingers outstretched, to hold the cake as you empty it from the pan.

Place raspberries (or raspberry jam or frosting) between the two layers, if desired, and cover with frosting.

Put into the fridge for two hours.

Decorate with flowers and raspberries.

(This cake refrigerates beautifully, and will last a couple of days.)

Frosting:

Combine a tub of vegan cream cheese with ½ cup cocoa powder and ½ cup coconut sugar, and process until smooth.

Serve with soya cream or ice cream, if desired.

 

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