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Adapted from the King Arthur Flour Co's recipe. The original was a wartime ration cake, so it's egg and dairy free.

This recipe is: Egg and dairy free (ergo vegan, assuming you check your margarine)
This recipe could be: gluten free, but I haven't tried it - success might vary depending on your flour mix
This recipe requires: very little equipment, but it will help if you have two mixing bowls. The original recipe linked above has instructions for preparing it all in the pan you cook it in, but that's actually more fiddly.

US measures for dry ingredients.

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder SODA, baking SODA
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon white vinegar (I actually used an Aus tablespoon instead of a US one, with no ill effects)
80ml vegetable oil
236ml boiling water
About another 80ml cold water

Mix together in a bowl: flour, sugars, baking powder.

Mix together in a different bowl: cocoa powder and esspresso powder. Add boiling water and stir until melted. Add vanilla, vinegar, and oil.

Pour wet mix into dry mix, stirring until combined. If the texture ends up too much like cookies and not enough like cake, add the cold water.

Pour into a greased and lined round cake tin, of 8 or 9 inches across.

Bake about 30 min at 180 degrees C.

When cool, ice.

2 tbsp dairy-free margarine, or softened butter (my mother reports that many dairy-free margarines make poor icing, but I had decent luck with Weight Watchers brand)
2-3 tbsp cocoa powder
Icing sugar. Lots of it.
Some boiling water.

Assuming your margarine is softer than butter but not melted, place it and the cocoa powder in a small bowl. Add about 1/2 a cup of icing sugar, to start. Add about 1/4 cup of boiling water and mix vigorously with a knife. This should form a paste. If it is too gluggy add more water. If it is too thin, add more icing sugar. Continue in this vein until you have icing.

on 2016-05-14 01:57 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] acelightning
I'd forgotten about this type of cake! Recently I was trying to think of a way to make a vegan cake, but every one of the "classic" cake types gets its structure from eggs, one way or another. I don't understand how this particular recipe works, but it does work, and that's the important part.

I happen to be allergic to vinegar (!), so I'd use lemon juice. A whipped type of frosting made with plain white vegetable shortening, cocoa, and powdered sugar is better than it sounds - you don't get the buttery flavor, of course, but the chocolate and vanilla are pretty good themselves. Or I might just make a chocolate glaze. But now I know what to make the next time I'm invited to a party where there will be vegans :-)

on 2016-05-14 12:07 pm (UTC)
acelightning: jacob's-ladder and fuming Erlenmeyer flask - "weird science" (weird)
Posted by [personal profile] acelightning
Vinegar and lemon juice have pretty much the same pH (degree of acidity). I've substituted lemon juice for vinegar in any number of recipes, and it always works.

And the recipe, as given above, calls for baking powder (which contains its own source of acid), not baking soda (which needs an acid ingredient to react with). Furthermore, the brown sugar and the cocoa powder (assuming it's "regular" cocoa, not "Dutch" - treated with alkali) are both pretty acidic. Because of these factors, I'm not sure what the vinegar is even supposed to do here.

on 2016-05-14 01:00 pm (UTC)
acelightning: shiny purple plate with cartoon flatware (eats03)
Posted by [personal profile] acelightning
"...can you make a baking soda volcano with lemon juice?"

Yes. I've done it :-D

But I agree - it would be just as easy to use baking powder (or even self-raising flour, although that's not very easy to get in the US) and add an extra tablespoon of liquid... like, say, a tablespoon of dark rum...

on 2016-05-14 05:33 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] via_ostiense
I was just planning a cake for a vegan coworker's birthday, so this is timely indeed! I'd been looking at one of Isa Moskowitz's recipes, but this one's better because a) chocolate cake; b) I already have all the ingredients. Thanks for posting!

on 2016-05-14 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] northlands
Thank you! I've been looking for a good vegan cake recipe that wasn't just a hack of a box mix.


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