Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

Cake, Recipes, Sweets | November 22, 2015 | By

Following a chocolate layer cake recipe can be a daunting task.. trust me! In my test kitchen this week, I had to scrap several full cakes due to improper taste, texture, or size. It sucks to be a perfectionist. Fortunately, going through all this trial and error, I was able to create the most fool-proof vegan chocolate layer cake recipe to date! Easy to follow, easy to recreate, this beauty can be used for any occasion cakes are needed (when are they not!?)

Overhead chocolate layer cake recipe

Check your ingredients before departing on your chocolate layer cake recipe adventure!

After almost ruining two cakes, I started to question what I was doing wrong.. My cakes weren’t rising, or they would rise and then sink halfway through baking. I’ve made plenty of cakes before, but it felt as though I was brand new to the science. After doing some research, I discovered that my baking powder had gone stale! When mixed with water, instead of a violent bubbling I got a sad-looking fizz. Who knew it has to be replaced within a year!? That would explain my recent bad-luck with sinking cakes, the powder wasn’t active enough to help them rise! The phrase science of baking is no joke! Everything must be in perfect sync for the baked good to turn out flawlessly.

chocolate layer cake recipe cut

On to the real fun! And by fun, I mean the chocolately realness that is this cake.

chocolate layer cake recipe overhead

Rich, indulgent, moist, decadent.. I can go on forever about this chocolate layer cake recipe. After many disappointing batches, this cake was everything I could have hoped for. I used my all-purpose buttercream to decorate this beautiful work of art, along with fresh, organic strawberries and raspberries for a nice pop of color! Perfect for any occasion, I purposefully chose the red berries for a nice holiday-feel. Leave them or change it around for an all-reason cake! Birthday? Cake. Bat Mitzvah? Cake. Family reunion? Being so deliciously distracting, this cake could very well be your only escape from your aunt’s favorite game of 1,000 questions.


Serves 8-10 Pieces

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

Who doesn't love chocolate cake!?

1 hrPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 45 Total Time

Save RecipeSave Recipe
Recipe Image

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Slightly less than 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Grease up a 8 or 9 inch round pan (I used 8, 9 may produce a more evenly cooked cake)
  3. Sift together the flours, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  4. Incorporate the rest of the ingredients, save the boiling water!
  5. Mix on medium speed until well combined
  6. Reduce speed and slowly add boiling water
  7. Mix on medium-high for 1 minute to add some air to the mixture
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes
  9. Let cool completely before removing from pan or frosting
  10. Decorate cake as desired! I used my vegan buttercream frosting recipe and organic berries, but this cake can really be dressed up however you please!
Recipe Type: Cake

Notes

Store tightly wrapped in the refrigerator

7.6.4
56
ESHA Logo
Calories
31 cal
Carbs
6 g
Protein
1 g


Click Here For Full Nutrition, Exchanges, and My Plate Info

How did you decorate the cake? How did it turn out? Let us know in the comments below!

The Basics: Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Recipes, Sweets, The Basics | November 20, 2015 | By

easy creamy buttercream recipeVery few dessert components are as functional (and necessary!) as a delicious, easy buttercream frosting recipe. I require mine to be light and creamy enough for beautiful height, all while maintaining a rigid and tacky texture. A sloppy buttercream will not hold a simple layer cake together, let alone deliver precise piping work.

Having gone through hopeless batches of goopy messes, this easy buttercream frosting recipe was an answer to my dreams. I am able to pipe with it, adhere cakes to all kinds of cake-boards, frost cupcakes, and spoon directly into my mouth (please send help). Even better, it only takes a couple of minutes to whip together, quickly becoming my go-to frosting for almost everything!

A new take on an old classic, this easy buttercream frosting recipe is guaranteed to please. Creamy, fluffy, and light in all the right places, a beautiful consistency all comes down to the technique!

Buttercream frostings tend to be fussy about two things;easy buttercream frosting recipe ingredients time spent whipping and the butter temperature. If you don’t please the sugar-gods, you’ll have a chunky, oily, melted mess. No thank you. Save yourself the hassle, learn from my mistakes!

  • The butter needs to be slightly stiffer than ice cream; solid enough to hold its shape, but soft enough to manipulate. I usually let it sit out for about two hours before making.
  • Whipping the mixture is gonna take time, too. Once the butter is ready, cream it together with the shortening until it looks soft and uniform (usually a couple of minutes). Adding the sugar is another four minute mixing procedure, followed by the milk and another six to seven minutes of mixing. All the whipping adds an immense amount of air into the mixture, resulting in a deliciously light frosting!

 

These guidelines will help create a delectable frosting that is practically all-purpose! For more intricate piping designs and cake-construction, keep the mixture quite thick. Otherwise, add milk to desired consistency!

Yields Enough frosting for 12 cupcakes, or a crumb-coat on small cake

The Basics: Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

A new take on an old classic, this easy buttercream frosting recipe is guaranteed to please. Creamy, fluffy, and light in all the right places!

1 hr, 30 Prep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

Save RecipeSave Recipe
Recipe Image

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • up to 1/4 cup soy milk

Instructions

  1. Warm the butter at room temperature until slightly more solid than ice cream
  2. Cream together butter and shortening until soft and smooth, a couple of minutes
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix on medium-high until evenly incorporated, usually 3-4 minutes
  4. Finally, add the vanilla and milk (one Tablespoon at a time) and mix on medium-high for another 6-7 minutes

Notes

Refrigerate prior to intricate piping work to help hold shape. If too much milk is added, and is too runny, compensate by adding more powdered sugar as needed.

7.6.4
16

This easy buttercream frosting recipe is as traditional as they come, tailor to your needs! Experiment with colors, flavors, and other additions and let me know how they turn out in the comments below!

Almond Butter Cookie Recipe

Recipes, Sweets | November 8, 2015 | By

I’m not saying that I’m addicted to almond butter, but I’m also not denying that I would sell my soul for an unlimited supply (have you seen the price recently!?) Okay, you’ve caught me; almond butter is life. Familiar with the documentary “Forks Over Knives“? My version is called “Spoons Over Forks” because of how often I’m shoveling the almondy-goodness out by the mouthful. Smothered on toast with banana, it has been my go-to snack for as long as I can remember.. This almond butter cookie recipe is merely another way for me to get my fix 😉

With all this adoration, how is it that I have never made an almond butter cookie recipe!?

Peanut butter cookies are everywhere! What about talmond butter cookie recipe pressed downhe peanut butter haters? Folks with peanut-allergies!? Are they expected to be left out forever? Nay, I tell you! Fix ’em up with this delicious almond butter cookie recipe! Tall, soft, insanely easy to make, even easier to eat cinnamon-deliciousness that delivers it all! The banana flavor was a little stronger than I’d like, try it without (or simply add more almond butter) and let me know how they turn out!

Serves 1-2 cookies

Almond Butter Cookie Recipe

Tall, soft, insanely easy to make, even easier to eat.. this almond butter cookie recipe delivers it all!

21 minPrep Time

9 minCook Time

Save RecipeSave Recipe
Recipe Image

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Cream together the butters and sugars until it looks like a glittery wonderland
  3. Add the rest of the wet ingredients (flax egg, banana, and vanilla) and cream again until smooth
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the rest of the ingredients (save the chips)
  5. Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry, being cautious of over-mixing
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips
  7. Scoop onto prepared baking sheet
  8. Press down lightly with fork to desired shape (I dipped the fork into a cinnamon-sugar mixture to enhance the effect)
  9. Bake for 9-12 minutes until nice and golden
  10. Let cool on pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer to cooling rack
7.6.4
22
ESHA Logo
Calories
692 cal
Fat
2 g
Carbs
150 g
Protein
18 g


Click Here For Full Nutrition, Exchanges, and My Plate Info

 

Serving Baked Goodness (with Chocolate Cupcake Recipe!)

Cupcakes, Recipes, Sweets | October 18, 2015 | By

IMG_20151011_153610editBaking had always been a huge creative outlet for myself, but as I found myself more and more wrapped up in the “real world”, I lost touch with the majority of my former passions.

Amplifying the problem was a dwindling feeling of satisfaction when I did cook or bake. I had been following the same, basic recipes for so long that I grew uninterested.. I fit nicely in my box and was fearful to venture outside. Especially with something I held so dearly!

I knew that I needed to change. Why not be adventurous with my cooking? What could I lose!? (Other than 5 cups of flour..) Chronicling my experiments along the way could very well be the final push I need to fall back in love with the art of cooking.

 


 

Presenting the only Chocolate Cupcake Recipe you will ever need!!
Moist, fluffy, light, and… most importantly, chocolately deliciousness. I’m talkin’ Chocoholics Anonymous here. This is on account of adding a bit more Chocolate Extract in place of Vanilla and it delivers big time.
*(Don’t stress if you don’t have chocolate extract! Vanilla will work fine, but the all-natural, real stuff is well worth the effort to find)


I also replaced half of the all-purpose flour with pastry flour, which definitely adds a lighter texture to the cupcake. In further efforts to play with the recipe, I sifted the flour using a small mesh strainer. You could see the difference it made with the dry ingredients! Perfectly blended and light, it incorporated effortlessly with the wet, resulting in an even softer final product.

Lastly, you may notice the faint tint of pink on the tip of the frosted cupcakes.. I tried dying the frosting with strawberry purée, with semi-successful results. Next time I would completely replace the milk with the preserves, as it was too runny with both.
(Variation not noted in recipe)

 

Yields 12 Cupcakes

Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Buttercream Frosting

Chocolately Perfection with a light, creamy buttercream frosting!

42 minPrep Time

18 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

Save RecipeSave Recipe
Recipe Image

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ------
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract (or more vanilla)
  • ------
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ------
  • For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup earth balance butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line your cupcake tin
  2. Whisk the milk and the ACV together and set aside to make a quick buttermilk
  3. Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla to the mixture and beat until foamy
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  5. Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry and beat until no large lumps remain
  6. Fill liners 3/4 of the way (I've learned that using an ice-cream scoop insures size consistency!)
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes
  8. Let cool completely before attempting to frost
  9. To Make Frosting
  10. Cream the shortening and butter together until fluffy
  11. Incorporate vanilla
  12. Thoroughly mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl often
  13. After insuring sugar is fully dispersed, slowly add milk and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy
  14. For a creamier frosting, add more milk 1 Tbsp at a time

Notes

Based off traditional recipes, veganized by me and tailored for chocolate lovers for easy, decadent cupcakes everyone will enjoy

7.6.4
15

Food Blog Theme from Nimbus
Powered by WordPress