Wednesday, March 30, 2011

One Bowl, Dairy Free, Egg Free Chocolate Cake

Okay, as promised, here is my Go To Chocolate Cake recipe.
It's the one that I used for Oliver's first birthday cake, which you can read about here.

You may be surprised to find out that this favourite recipe of mine is dairy free, egg free, and easy as pie... I mean cake... a very moist cake to be exact!
Its source is a Canadian cooking show called Best Recipes Ever.
You can check out their website here and this exact recipe here.

Easy Chocolate Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups of cold coffee or water
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp cider vinegar

{Tip: if you don't have cider vinegar on hand, other types will do.  I've used white wine vinegar and red wine vinegar with success}

In an extra large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder (sift into the bowl), baking soda, and salt.

Whisk in coffee/water, oil, and vanilla.

Stir in vinegar.

Bake in 350 degree oven until toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean.

A nice alternative to icing is freshly whipped cream and berries from the local farmer's market when they're in season.

Or pour on some chocolate ganache... 

{Easily made with pantry staples by putting 1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips into a bowl.  Bring 1 cup of cream (or 1/3 cup butter and 3/4 cup milk) just to boiling and then pour on top of chocolate chips.  Wait 5 minutes then whisk together.}

Another option is good old icing.  You can find my favourite recipe here.
Sometimes I cut back on the confectioner's sugar a little bit and omit the vanilla - just adjust to your liking.

This frosting recipe works great for decorating cookies too and the consistency can be altered by adding more or less milk.


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