Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blo's Whacky Cake (Vegan Chocolate Cake) With Chocolate Frosting

When a dear friend made this delicious cake, all who tasted it wanted the recipe - and she graciously passed it on - sweet! She said this was a favorite frugal family recipe from the 30's and 40's when times were tough and butter, milk, eggs etc were scarce or pricey. Even though neither cake nor the frosting uses any dairy products or eggs, a reflection of the times, the results are quite amazing.

I love to serve Blo's Whacky Cake without the frosting - who needs the extra empty calories, right? - but for company add a little whipped coconut topping (homemade or purchased) and fresh berries, cherries, etc; the beautiful jewel-like fruits brighten up the cake as well as make it more delectable!

Although the cake may be mixed and baked in one pan, I prefer to prepare the batter in a bowl and transfer it to the oiled pan for baking especially for company.

For a lower calorie treat, replace all or part of the oil with mashed bananas, unsweetened apple sauce or pureed figs.
Blo's Whacky Chocolate Cake

1½ cups Unbleached flour
3 Tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
3/4 cup Sugar
6 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Vanilla 
1 cup fresh cold water

Powdered Sugar for dusting OR Chocolate Frosting, or non-dairy Whipped Topping
Fresh Strawberries, Rasberries OR Cherries 

Combine all dry ingredients, mix well, and add to an oiled 8" square cake pan -preferably a glass or ceramic pan.

Make 3 wells in the flour mixture; add vanilla to one well, oil to another, and the vinegar to the 3rd. Pour the water on top, then mix all together thoroughly in pan using a fork.

Bake at 350 degrees F, 25-30 minutes (test center with toothpick to see if done), then cool completely.

When the cake is cooled completely, simply dust the cake with some powdered sugar or frost with the chocolate frosting. Decorate with the berries. Let the frosting set for 15 minutes before cutting.

If you are serving the cake without frosting, whipped non-dairy topping is a delicious addition. Add a dollop of the whipped topping to each serving, decorate with the berries and serve. 


Blo's Whacky Cake With Frosting

Quick & Easy Chocolate Frosting - Makes 1 cup

1½ cups unsifted Confectioners Sugar (powdered sugar)
6 Tbsp  unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 pinch Salt
About 3 tbsp non-dairy Milk, any type
½ tsp Vanilla 
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp butter substitute, like Earth Balance, at room temperature

Combine the ingredients except the butter substitute in large mixing bowl, beat until smooth.

Add butter substitute, beat until spreading consistency adding a few drops of extra milk if too thick.

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