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AIBU to post a cake recipe on AIBU because requested?

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onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 17:54:18

This is a vegan cake I made a while ago that can be enjoyed by - vegans, non-vegans, men and women and non-men and non-women and doubtless quite a few other creatures. I think the only people excluded from enjoying this cake will be cake haters, but some exclusions seem insurmountable, non?

When I last served this cake it was eaten by vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, men, women, lesbians, bisexuals, and heterosexuals. Some of these people came into more than one category. All went well.

Vegan Ganache:
•350 g (12.5oz) vegan dark chocolate (40-70% cocoa solids. Or use half dark and half milk chocolate) chopped
•350 ml (1 1/2 cups) full fat coconut milk
Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake:
•360 ml (1 1/2 cups) almond or soy milk
•1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
•260 g (1 1/4 cups) caster (superfine) sugar
•150 ml (scant 2/3 cup) sunflower oil
•2 tsp vanilla extract
•230 g (scant 2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour plus xantham
•80 g (2/3 cup) cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
•3/4 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
•1/4 tsp salt
You simply whisk together the wet ingredients, sift together the dry, then mix the two together and bake.
1.Start by making the ganache; place the chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Heat the coconut milk until it is just boiling then pour it over the chocolate.
2.Set aside for 2 minutes then stir until smooth and the chocolate is completely melted. Cover and place in the fridge for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, while you make the cake.
3.Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease three 15cm/6inch round tins and line the bases with baking parchment (or use two 20cm/8inch tins instead).
4.Whisk together the almond/soy milk and vinegar in a large jug; the milk should curdle slightly. Whisk in the sugar, oil and vanilla extract.
5.In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking p, bicarb soda and salt.
6.Gradually whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until smooth; be careful not to over-mix. Divide the batter evenly between the tins and bake for about 30 minutes.
7.Leave the cakes to cool in their tins for 30 minutes then carefully turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely (they are delicate so be gentle). If you are making them a day in advance, wrap in clingfilm once cool.
8.To assemble the cake, place one of the layers on a serving plate/cake stand. The ganache should be thick but spreadable, if it is too runny still then return it to the fridge until it is firm, or pop it in the freezer for a bit to speed up the process. If it is too thick then gently warm it over a pan of hot water until it has softened.
9.Spread a third of the ganache over the first cake layer and place another cake on top, spread over another third of the ganache and repeat. Decorate as you see fit - with fresh berries, vegan chocolates, candied nuts etc.
Because there is no sweetener added to the ganache, make sure that the chocolate that you use isn't too dark and bitter, otherwise the ganache will be inedible. Go for around 40% cocoa solids if you prefer a sweeter, less intense flavour; and 70% if you want a richer, less sweet ganache. You can also use half dark and half (dairy free) milk chocolate for a less rich flavour; which I particularly recommend if you are going to be serving this cake to children.
@LillianBland @Bercows

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onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 17:55:11

Ha ha ha ha - I had no idea I was enabling voting!

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Picklypickles Sun 14-Jun-20 18:09:32

Hmmm, what is that suspicious looking fruit-stuff on top? Are you trying to trick me? Is this a fruity confection?

onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 18:24:55

Cherries. Can be left off without deterioration of cake. Or not. Or something else put on. Like whatevs.

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averylongtimeago Sun 14-Jun-20 18:29:49

That looks a very good cake- Thankyou

onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 18:30:24

@OldeMagick you've not missed my recipe, because I've given it its own thread. grin

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onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 18:32:18

averylongtimeago it was indeed a good cake and very easy to get right. I recommend the recipe to all. Thank you.

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BaronessBomburst Sun 14-Jun-20 18:34:31

Are you always canine-exclusionary? shock

octobersky19 Sun 14-Jun-20 18:34:39

That looks so good

BaronessBomburst Sun 14-Jun-20 18:35:06


onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 19:00:51

CERF grin guilty, m'lud.

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BaronessBomburst Sun 14-Jun-20 19:02:00

I'm copying the recipe anyway, mind...... wink

onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 19:08:02

'tis a recipe should be spread far and wide...

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BeatrixPottersAlterEgo Sun 14-Jun-20 19:10:29

Well I identify as an fruititarian attack helicopter and I see no place for me around your fascist cake eating table.

Looks bloody lovely though

WaffleCash Sun 14-Jun-20 19:11:52

I think the only people excluded from enjoying this cake will be cake haters

and coeliacs....

letmethinkaboutitfornow Sun 14-Jun-20 19:17:22

YABU - showing such a beautiful yummy looking cake! 😂🎂
It looks amazing! I am the target audience 😂😂
Well done OP! @onalongsabbatical

Arthur2shedsJackson Sun 14-Jun-20 19:18:14

What is xantham
And where is it used in the recipe?

TheFormerPorpentiaScamander Sun 14-Jun-20 19:19:39

@onalongsabbatical that cake looks amazing! Would you object to me posting a different vegan cake recipe? It has less ingredients, so more likely to be things people have in stock. smile

Inthemuckheap Sun 14-Jun-20 19:23:53


What is xantham
And where is it used in the recipe?

It's a thickener as there are no eggs. Buy it in powder form and add to the flour.

onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 19:24:56

@WaffleCash actually I successfully made it with gluten-free flour, forgot to say that!

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onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 19:26:11

@TheFormerPorpentiaScamander that would be lovely! smile

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GeistohneGrenzen Sun 14-Jun-20 19:27:02

I like your style grin

TheFormerPorpentiaScamander Sun 14-Jun-20 19:30:22

Thanks. Didnt want to tread on anyones chocolate fudge cake toes grin

DS made this yesterday. We swapped maple syrup for golden syrup
It was amazing <drool>

Serin Sun 14-Jun-20 19:31:27

You lost me at Xantham.
Bluegh, awful stuff.
It totally stinks and makes people who eat it smell weird too.
Not being rude (and I realise that for certain allergies it's the only alternative) but that smell really makes me retch.

onalongsabbatical Sun 14-Jun-20 20:54:04

TheFormerPorpentiaScamander oooo I've got all the ingredients for that. I could make that tomorrow. I've got golden syrup.

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