Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vegan not weird is born

Hello, world! After months of fantasizing about starting a vegan blog, Vegan not weird is born today. Incidentally, it is DH's birthday today. So, I made him a chocolate cake. Let me start by saying that this recipe is foolproof. Its really super easy and quick. I baked the cake in my new Cusinart convection oven and it baked up in 15 min. flat! How fabulous is that!

The recipe for this cake is from "The Joy of Vegan Baking" by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Its a great book and a good starting point if you are just venturing into vegan baking.

1 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour (I used a combination of whole-wheat pastry and all-purpose flour)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup cold water
1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a 9 "cake pan by greasing it and spreading about a tsp of flour on the bottom and sides of the pan. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, salt) and mix well with a whisk to combine. Make a well in the center. Add the wet ingredients.  Mix until just combined. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 30 min. OR until the cake smells done (after baking a few cakes, this part will come easily to you). Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick/fork in the center. If the toothpick is dry, then your cake is done. After cake is done, set aside to cool in pan for 30 min., then transfer to the dish/platter on which you want to serve it.

One of my favorite chocolate frosting recipes is the Maple-chocolate frosting from Robin Robertson's book, "Vegan Planet".

1 16 oz. package silken tofu, drained
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup maple syrup/other liquid sweetener
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender/food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until well-chilled.

However, today, I didn't have silken tofu at home, so I tried this frosting recipe. I have to say, in all honesty, I wasn't pleased. It was way too sweet for my taste and the texture was not to my liking either. Try the maple chocolate frosting. You won't be disappointed.

When ready to frost, pour the frosting on top of the cake and spread with a regular, or even better, a cake icing spatula. Devour!


  1. Tempts me to try this for sure :)

  2. Congratulations Vidya!!! This blog is a great Idea.. :)
    Will try out this recipe and look forward to seeing more of such interesting stuff

  3. Krithika: Thanks, try it and let me know how it turns out :)

    Surabhi: Thanks, hope to keep posting more recipes for you to try :)

  4. the cake looks so good..will try it for sure! congrats on the blog..looking forward to many more yummy recipes

  5. Thanks Aarthi :). Your blog was refreshing to read. More, please!

  6. Parcel some to me. It does not matter if the cat is black or white as long it catches the mice.

    It does not matter if the cake is Vegan or Shogun as long it tastes nice.