Monday, February 1, 2010

Chocolate Wacky Cake

CAKES-IN-SHAPES, more specifically. These are my greatest joy to create. they make everybody smile. And anyone, yes, anyone can follow these step-by-steps. We'll start with this basic recipe and I'll post the photos soon of the shapes it has ended up in, like Monkeys, tractors, whales, cats... you get the idea!

Wacky Cake (vegan)
This will satisfy any chocolate cake lover!
1 1/2 cups flour MINUS 2 TBL (soupspoons) (I always use spelt)
1 cup unrefined sugar
5 TBL cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 tsp (2 coffeespoons) baking soda (aluminum free)
1/2 tsp seasalt
6 TBL vegetable oil (I use unflavored sunflower oil or corn oil)
1 TBL white or apple cider vinegar
2 TSP liquid real vanilla
1 cup cold water

If you are making layers or shapes you'll need to double or triple the recipe. However DO NOT increase the amount of vinegar. Always use 1 TBL (soupsoon) of vinegar- no more, or you will be making a sweet vinegar tasting cake. And that is NOT very pleasing on anyone's palate!

Sift (yes, you must sift or the cocoa stays lumpy!) all dry ingredients into large bowl. Make 3 "holes" in the flour mixture. Pour into separate holes- oil, vanilla, and vinegar. Pour cold water over all. Mix just enough to blend well. Do not beat.
Pour into ungreased 8 inch cake pan.

Bake at 350F/175c for 30 minutes. But watch and smell for that strong chocolate aroma. When you smell it, check the cake with a skewer, no matter the time. too often out ovens are too hot or not hot enough, and we over cook. When it comes to chocolate cake, that is just so sad. Let the smell of chocolate be your guide. Call me Ms. Wonka...

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