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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Vegan Birthday Cake

Usually I treat myself to vegan scallopini picata on my birthday but, this year I wanted Impossible Sliders with no cheese from White Castle. I also wanted chocolate cake which I had not had in a few years. I should have taken a picture of the slider's for you but I just forgot. They are delicious by the way. If you live in the Midwest and like White Castle, you should try them.

Now, I realize I said I was cutting back on the junk food and oil and sugar and all of those bad things but I treated myself on my birthday. I can do that. 

For dessert which I normally do not have, I wanted chocolate cake. It's so easy too. You will need a small pan or you can even make little mini cupcakes.

Let's get to the recipe. Here is what you will need. 
1/4 cup neutral oil (I used organic canola oil)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup cacao
3/4 cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup vegan butter room temp
1 tbsp cacao
1 cup powdered sugar
splash of vanilla
almond as needed to thin frosting.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar. 

Add the remaining ingredients and whisk thoroughly. 

Depending on the pan you use, you might need too lightly oil your pan so the cake will come out easily. If you are making little cupcakes, you will need cupcake liners. 

If you make cupcakes, do not fill the liners all of the way. Fill them about 2/3 or 3/4 of the way. They will rise. These should take about 12 minutes to bake. You will have to watch and test them with a tooth pick.

I used a silicone pan that is about five inches in circumference. 

Once you have decided on the pan you will use, pour the batter in desired pan and bake. My five inch pan took about 35 minutes. 

Let it cool for a few minutes then remove from pan and let cool completely. 

With an electric mixer, beat butter, add cacao, powdered sugar and vanilla. If it is to thick, add just a very little bit of almond milk. 

Once your cake is cooled completely, spread the frosting evenly onto the cake and enjoy!!!

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