Vegan Cocoa Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

Friday, January 6, 2012

Vegan Cocoa Cake
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.

Vegan Cocoa Cake collage
Why don't you start of your 2012 with some vegan cocoa cake with a light cinnamon sugar topping. I found this recipe in 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
Recipe:
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.

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11 comments:

chefpandita.com said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my! This cake looks delicious. Craving cake now!

Nish said... [Reply to comment]

This goes on my to-do list for tomorrow. Done.
I'm collecting all kinds of vegetarian/vegan/egg less cake recipes to try one every weekend :D
Thanks for sharing!

The Mom Chef said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, that's so very moist. I'm not a chocolate person, but the rest of the family is. This looks like something they'd enjoy. I hope your sinus infection is gone for good!

Dharma said... [Reply to comment]

It's a delicious recipe, thank you very much, happy weekend. regards

Samantha Chu Ramage. said... [Reply to comment]

that cake looks too good! sorry to hear about your ring toe!

xo
sami

Trish said... [Reply to comment]

This looks great! I am a pastry chef for a local organic grocery/supplement store, and I have to keep a variety of desserts on hand to accommodate different health concerns and issues, including vegan stuff. I am going to print this recipe off and bake up a batch tomorrow at work and see how it turns out. It almost looks like the Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake, minus the eggs and buttermilk. I bet some almond milk with vinegar (or even coconut milk) would also be good in this.

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

Hmmm.....you are making me think I need to try this vegan stuff. It actually looks edible....hmmmm....

Shelly Donahue said... [Reply to comment]

I see a new after school snack in my kids future! I love chocolate and cinnamon together. This looks great.

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

I made this a couple days ago and am blogging it for Valentine's Day- it was delicious Mary, thank you!

On a side note, I looked up this cookbook through the link you sent and was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing a recipe from the book with me, for Kona Coffee Mud Pie. I'd truly appreciate it. Thank you!

Monica h
stillhopeful.monica (at) yahoo.com

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

Here's my link Mary!

http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-valetines.html

chibi said... [Reply to comment]

I made this cake today because I needed a vegan dessert. It turned out wonderfully. I couldn't unmold it from my pan though. But it popped out easily piece by piece. I also used a quarter cup of espresso and made of the difference with water. Thank you for the recipe.

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