Chocolate Cake with Zucchini-Vegan

This is the birthday cake I made for both of my daughter’s this year. It is basically the same as my chocolate layer cake recipe, but with a bit of added zucchini. You can’t taste, see, or detect the zucchini, but I feel just a bit better giving them cake if there is even a tiny bit of nutrition in it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not for adding sugar to all vegetables, but if you are going to have cake, you might as well also have a vegetable. Pictured here I made it in a 9×13 pan for a sheet cake and used my regular vegan buttercream.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBL vinegar
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups brewed coffee (or more milk)
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Oil 2 8″ round cake pans, put parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, oil and flour pan and parchment paper. Alternatively you can use a 9×13 pan, greased but no parchment paper. Bake for 22-27min for a 9×13 pan.
  3. Mix together the milk and vinegar, set aside to curdle.
  4. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir in sugar and salt.
  5. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add the milk mixture, coffee, oil and extracts mixing with an electric mixer briefly until there are no lumps.
  6. Fold in shredded zucchini and evenly divide batter into prepared pans and bake 25-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Let cake rest in the pan about 10 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on cooling rack before frosting.
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Vegan Frendsgiving/Thanksgiving Spice Cake

Vegan Spice Cake
Vegan Spice Cake

The recipe for this delightful morsel of a cake has been passed down from my great-grandmother. It was one of the first recipes I posted when I started my blog several years ago. I didn’t have a picture of it, and I never uploaded one, until today. Just in time to celebrate the start of the holiday season. This cake is ultra moist, full of warming spices, and somehow never too sweet. It is perfect for dessert, breakfast, or as an addition to a holiday brunch. It also takes about 5 minutes to make and makes a big impression with its amazing fall flavors. This is the cake to bake when you have company as the whole house smells like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen as the warm fragrance of fall baking spices waft through the air.

Makes 1 9×9 cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk, or dairy milk
  • 1 tsp. vinegar (apple cider or white, but I’ve also used rice in a pinch)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 TBL vegetable shortening
  • 1 TBL chia seeds mixed with 2 TBL water, or 1 egg, or equivalent of 1 egg in whatever form you like
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 370F.
  2. Add vinegar to milk and set aside.
  3. Cream together sugar and shortening until smooth.
  4. Add the chia seed/water mixture to sugar and mix together.
  5. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  6. Alternate between adding flour mixture and soy milk to the shortening, mixing thoroughly between additions.
  7. Pour batter into a greased 9×9 cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cake pulls away from the edges of the pan and a cake tester comes out mostly clean.
  8. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes if you can.

Happy Father’s Day Chocolate Cake

vegan blackout chocolate cake
vegan blackout chocolate cake

My dad loves chocolate, I mean really loves chocolate. He isn’t going to be with me this Father’s Day since we live a few states apart, but since he generously passed on his love of chocolate, I will generously eat this cake in his honor. Love you daddy!

I did think about making something for my husband and father of my children, but I make things for him all the time. I’ll make sure to make some of his favorites for him, and I’ll even share the cake.

This is a lovely combination of several recipes on my blog, and comes together into a delightful blackout chocolate cake topped with chocolate mousse.

 Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut the top off one cake to make it flat. Frost it and stack the second cake on top. Frost top and sides of cake and pat chocolate chips into sides and top.
  2. Top the cake with chocolate mousse, serve, eat, and then take a nap. Happy Father’s Day!!

Vegan Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake

Vegan Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake
Vegan Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake

Sorry I missed posting last week, I had my baby! I had another beautiful little girl, this one we’ll call Fox. We are just starting to settle in and figure out how this whole 4 person family thing is going to work. Wolfie is doing amazingly well with Fox. She really just wants to hold her and touch her all the time. It’s very sweet. With all the adjustments I haven’t been cooking, but I have been starving! I did make time to throw together this mug cake one night, and piled on the coconut milk ice cream for a bedtime snack. (best thing about breastfeeding is how much I can eat!)

This is a quick, easy, no frills dessert. It is best topped with some ice cream if you have it, but it will do for a lovely chocolate fix if that is your craving. Like all of my chocolate cake recipes this has less sugar than the norm. If you like it sweet add more.

 Ingredients

  • 3 TBL all purpose flour
  • 1 TBL sugar
  • 2 TBL cocoa powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 TBL mild flavored oil
  • 3 TBL water or non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 TBL chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a microwave safe coffee mug with a fork.
  2. Stir in the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips if using.
  4. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until the cake is dry on top.
  5. Eat immediately, topped with ice cream if you have it.

My mom and Spice Cake

It’s Mother’s Day. Pretty late in the day on Mother’s Day. Don’t worry, I have a plan. First a bit about my mom, then a recipe from my mother’s mother’s mother (my great grandmother): Spice Cake!

My mom:  As you may have noticed I reference my mother frequently on my blog. This is because she is the reason I cook. She is pretty much the reason I do everything, but for now let’s focus on the cooking. Many of my earliest memories are cooking with my mother. I still distinctly remember standing on a chair and being taught how to measure flour correctly. From a very young age I was allowed to experiment with food. I have a recipe I wrote before I could spell apple. My efforts were encouraged and I never remember a time I was scolded for making a mess. My mother’s endless patience is something I wish I had inherited. My mother always took the time to explain how things work, and why we do what we do. If she didn’t know, we looked it up. Questions were encouraged and always answered. This parenting philosophy was carried out in the kitchen and out. I know that I have the self assurance that I do because of my mother. I can’t thank her enough. A friend recently asked my if my mother is always the way she is now. She had to explain. She said “you know, the perfect ideal of a Midwestern mother.” Oh, that. Yes she has always been that. I told my friend stories about when I was a teenager my friends would come over to hang out with my mom, and eat. She has always had more love and more food than anyone I know. I love you mommy. Happy Mother’s Day.

Now for the spice cake. This ties in, I promise. I love cooking. My mother loves cooking, and my mother’s grandmother loved cooking. Pretty much everyone on my mother’s side is an excellent cook, but the passion has skipped around a bit. This recipe for Spice Cake has been adapted to be vegan. It has been passed down from my great grandmother to now grace your table on Mother’s Day (if you’re also running very late), or day of the year to make it special. The spices are warming and will remind you of the warmest most loving grandmother you can think of.

Gramma’s Spice Cake 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 TBL vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp. psyllium husks mixed with 2 TBL water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 370F.
  2. Add vinegar to milk and set aside.
  3. Cream together sugar and shortening until smooth.
  4. Add the psyllium husk/water mixture to sugar and mix together.
  5. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  6. Alternate between adding flour mixture andc milk to the shortening, mixing thoroughly between additions.
  7. Pour batter into a greased 9×9 cake pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until cake pulls away from the edges of the pan.