Vegan Chocolate Cake with Ganache topping - With a gluten free option!
This is The Vegan Larder's go-to chocolate cake to make for Birthdays, Holidays or just any reason you can think of to make a cake!
For the sponge:
- 360 g self raising flour OR use gluten free flour & 2 tspns gluten free baking powder
- 60 g cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 350 g caster sugar
- 140 ml sunflower oil
- 400 ml water
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 teaspoon white wine / apple cider vinegar
- 300 g Dark vegan chocolate
- ½ cup Non-dairy milk
- Fresh / frozen fruit or chocolate shavings, to decorate
To make the sponge
Pre-heat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Grease and line and a cake tin.
In a large bowl sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Then stir in the sugar.
In another bowl mix the oil, water and vanilla extract. Then add this to the flour mixture.
Lastly stir in the vinegar.
Pour batter into prepared tin and bake for 30-35 mins or until clean skewer emerges.
Allow cake to cool before adding topping.
To make the ganache topping
Break up the chocolate and place in a glass bowl.
Place bowl above simmering water to melt the chocolate.
Once the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat. Let cool for just a minute. Then slowly stir in the non-dairy milk, a little bit at a time and mix in well.
Pour the ganache over the cake and spread evenly.
Decorate with fruit / chocolate shavings/ sprinkles/whatever your little heart desires!
Note for seasonal flavours:
Winter - orange For winter orange version, add rind of one orange to the batter before baking, and 1 teaspoon of orange essence to the chocolate topping mix. Top with candied orange
Summer - raspberry / summer fruits For summer, decorate with raspberries or any other summer fruit. Optional to add 100-150g freeze dried raspberries to batter before baking
Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg