I had hoped to get a nice shot of this cake when I arrived at my friends potluck last evening, but alas is was attacked and eaten alongside Wayside fried chicken, borscht soup, and blue cheese fig cookies [a rather impressive spread of treats at this potluck]. While I’m certainly not vegan, I enjoy making baked goods that are, as an added challenge for myself and to make a healthy, universally eatable treat for everyone [not gluten free however, but doable].
The cake, Margaret Fox’s Amazon cake found on Food52, I’ve altered slightly for a rich coffee flavor and is so simple to make. The frosting is a strange invention I concocted out of my desire to put bananas in everything and it is so guilt free you could eat it for breakfast! [but seriously, throw some chia seeds in, soak over night and you have chocolate pudding] As my friend Raf put it at the party “This is the first vegan thing I have ever liked.” photo credit: David Kessel
[ Bon Appétiting, Katie ]
1 ½ cup flour
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder [I used extra dark]
1 tsp baking soda
1 scant cup sugar
½ tsp salt
5 tsp oil [sunflower, canola, etc.]
1 cup coffee, cooled
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 TBS cider vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9 inch round cake pan.
- Sift together the first five ingredients [flour, cocoa, baking soda, sugar + salt]. In a separate bowl whisk together wet ingredients.
- Combine wet and dry, whisk out any lumps. Pour into greased cake pan and tap the pan on the counter several times to release air bubbles. Bake 25-30 mins until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before icing on a plate.
2 very ripe bananas
3 TBS cocoa powder
3 TBS agave syrup
3 TBS coconut oil [or nut butter of choice]
- While the cake is in the oven, prepare the frosting by combing all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and beating with a hand beater for several minutes until the frosting is smooth.
- When the cake has completely cooled, remove from the pan and pour the frosting on top of the cake, spreading just to the edges with a spatula.
- Top with toasted nuts, shaved chocolate, or any topping that suits you!
Adapted from Food52