Vegan Cocoa Cake
Happy New Year! How is 2012 treating you?
I sort of missed the first half the month... sick on New Year's Eve with days of sinus infection...and a Z-Pack that killed my stomach for a couple days. Then I almost broke my 4th toe (what's that called? The "ring" toe?) yesterday hiking up a mountain. Well, you can replace "hiking up a mountain" with "in my house, moving junk around." Sigh.
Hawai'i's Best Local Desserts by Jean Watanabe Hee. The fact that it's vegan isn't mentioned in the cookbook, but as I started to assemble the ingredients, I noticed it was vegan! The resulting cake is very moist. I cut it when it was still warm so the edges are all ragged...but it was still enjoyed at the library!
Vegan Cocoa Cake
Adapted from Hawai'i's Best Local Desserts by Jean Watanabe Hee
2 1/2 cups flour (350 grams)
1 1/2 cups sugar (300 grams)
1/2 cup cocoa (40 grams Hershey's cocoa)
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup oil (I used canola oil)
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoons vanilla
2 cups cold coffee or cold water (I used two packages of Starbucks Via. I dissolved the coffee in 1/2 cup boiling water and then added ice and cold water to get 2 cups of cold coffee)
Topping (combine together in a small bowl):
1/4 cup sugar (50 grams)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
3. Add oil, vinegar, vanilla and coffee/water to the bowl. Stir together with a whisk - but be sure you don't overbeat. Do not make this in a KitchenAid mixer or electric mixer - a fork or whisk are just fine. You'll see bubbles because of the reaction of the baking soda and vinegar.
4. When combined, immediately pour into the 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar topping.
5. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes.
6. Let cool and cut into squares.