I haven't made this cake for years since I discovered that I can't eat chocolate any more, but this stuff is so good I had to share it with the world. Vegan, easy, and utterly decadent. Trust me. :-)
¾ cup cocoa and enough flour to make 3 1/3 cups all together*
2 cups sugar or 1½ cups honey**
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
Mix and add:
3 Tbsp vinegar
¾ cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups water
Blend with an electric mixer (or stir). Pour into two 9-inch round pans or one 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Bake at 350° F for at least 35 minutes or until done.
* The original recipe that I adapted this from actually called for 1/3
cup carob powder and 3 cups of flour, but I was never brave enough to try
it that way. Of course, now that I've been off chocolate for years, maybe
** I think the honey is just a hold-out from the original recipe that I adapted this from. I don't think I ever actually made this using honey. And I am VERY certain that I never tried to sift the honey.
This makes a lot, so ¾ of the frosting recipe is plenty for most people.
4 squares (1 oz each) unsweetened (baking) chocolate
2 Tbsp oil or margarine
1 box (1 pound) powdered sugar (no need to sift)
Dash of salt
Scant ½ cup water
1 tsp vanilla
A little peppermint extract (optional)
Blend in the chocolate. Stir until thickened. Spread (or pour) over cake.
Kim Stromberg writes:
I made your chocolate cake yesterday for Thanksgiving. It was a huge success. Everyone wants the recipe and I'm giving credit where credit is due. I used Sucanat for the sweetener and I used brown rice flour instead of wheat. My friends don't eat wheat. I used apple cider vinegar because that's all we had. I didn't sift. (I'm too lazy.) At least one friend wanted me to use carob instead of cocoa but she didn't complain about the results!
We served it with a topping made from home made almond milk, maple syrup and agar and apple juice. We threw it in the freezer and then blended it up. We didn't follow a recipe or I'd give it to you. I wish I could remember what we did!
Anyway, we loved it. Next time we'll try your frosting. Well I will at least. They are not crazy for powdered sugar.
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