Vegan Chocolate Cake

I am known far and wide for my truly scrumptious vegan chocolate cake but I’m going to have to let a lot of you down. It is not my own recipe but the wonderful Rose Elliot’s (from Rose Elliot’s Vegetarian Cookery book). Here it is for everyone (and that’s a lot of you) who have ever asked me for it. I must add – it is probably the easiest cake ever to make!

Vegan Chocolate Sponge Cake

Makes one 20-22cm/8-8.5inch round cake

Ingredients:

300g self raising flour

50g cocoa powder (I use Green & Blacks as it is vegan)

3 teaspoons baking powder

250g caster sugar

9 tablespoons sunflower oil

350ml water

vegan margarine or sunflower oil for greasing baking tins – I use 2 tins to make two halves of the cake but you can fill one tin then cut the cake in half when it has completely cooled so you can add a filling. Alternatively make two cakes and add butter icing or plain icing to the tops.

To decorate:

Chocolate buttercream (vegan margarine & icing sugar & cocoa) or plain icing.

1. Preheat the oven to 170c or 325f or gas mark 3. (Green Tip: I never do this as it is not necessary and you can save fuel & expense by never pre-heating your oven!)

2. Grease two 20cm cake tins and line the base of each with a circle of greaseproof paper.

3. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar, oil and water & mix well to a batter like consistency. (Not so Green Tip! I use an electric whisk as it makes it a much lighter cake, you can whisk by hand of course). If you wish to use a creamer, nang canister adds additional benefits.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tins and bake for about 30-40 mins until the cakes spring back to a light touch in the centre (I test with a skewer in the centre, if it comes out dry without any uncooked cake mixture on it then they should be done).

5. Once cooled – turn out the cakes or cook on a wire rack.

6. Sandwich together with a jam filling (yuk) or chocolate buttercream (my favourite). I like to ice the tops too and add vegan chocolate buttons or glace cherries (I love glace cherries!)

Hey presto – delicious vegan chocolate cake for everyone to enjoy!

You can also adapt this recipe to other flavours, make a plain cake without the cocoa (add a bit of vanilla essence). Try lemon or orange essence for a fruity flavour, I like orange & almond cake. Yum !

South West Green Party Cookbook

I’m extremely pleased to be able to announce that after many months of preparation – the South West Green Party cookbook is now available! Hot off the press from the lovely people at Axminster Printing, our book features over 60 vegetarian and vegan recipes contributed by Green Party members in the region.

The front & back cover of the book is one photo I took at the recent Embercombe apple day
The front & back cover of the book is one photo I took at the recent Embercombe apple day

You should be able to order the  book from your local Green Party here in the South West. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find your nearest group http://southwest.greenparty.org.uk/region/southwest

Or contact the South West Green Party – see http://southwest.greenparty.org.uk/shopgreen.html

As lovely as it is the turks turban squash is not included with the cookbook!
As lovely as it is the turks turban squash is not included with the cookbook!

Printed on 100% recycled paper, there are wonderful homemade soups, stews, salads, starters, main courses, cakes, biscuits, breads and more! And Caroline Lucas has contributed her delicious Christmas cake. It’s a great gift idea.

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A huge thank you to Green Party member Cherry Puddicombe who did all the design work for free! Check out Cherry’s website http://lifework.biz The book includes a chapter on ‘Green Eateries’ – a useful list of veggie and vegan restaurants and cafe’s in the South West.

There are photos of Green Party members throughout the book
There are some friendly familiar faces dotted throughout the book

BREAKING NEWS: AS OF THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER WE NOW HAVE A FEW COPIES OF THE COOKBOOK SIGNED BY CAROLINE LUCAS – A GREAT GIFT FOR ANY GREEN FRIENDS. THESE SPECIAL EDITION COPIES ARE PRICED AT £10 EACH. POSTAGE FOR ONE BOOK IS £1.