Hey pixels, yesterday was mardi gras. Here, in my town, we celebrate it making a BBQ with friends and family. Like every year I was the only one not eating meat. But, like every year I had a wonderful and cruelty-free menu: vegan lentil burgers and hummus as a starter!!!
And, like always, I brought an awesome (and vegan) cake… Everybody loved it!!!
Really, this cake is wonderful: moist and it melts in your mouth… You’re going to love it, even if you are not vegetarian.
Note: the recipe is adapted from Whyveg.com. When I became a vegetarian in 2012, I had my first vegetarian recipes from them. So, thanks for the inspiration!!
But let’s go back to the cake. Here is the recipe, my lovely and happy pixels 🙂
- 200g whole wheat flour
- 200g plain flour
- 15g baking powder
- 60g dark cocoa powder
- 350g sugar
- 250ml olive oil
- 350ml water
- 1 jar 350g raspberry jam (I did not use it all, maybe 2/3 parts). If you want to use another flavour, orange or strawberry are great, too 😉
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1 tablet vegan dark chocolate
- 1 bag mini lacasitos
Preheat oven to 175C
Mix all dry ingredients together. Add wet ingredients and mix.
Pour into a round baking tin. Cook for 40-45′.
Allow to cool to room temperature. Then, slice the cake in 2 layers. Spread jam on between the layers and on top of the cake. If you don’t have enough time, you can make the cake and make the slices the day before; then, you’ll only have to frost and make the ganache. The cake will be ok!!! (but be sure it has cooled enough before slicing it)
Make the ganache and cover the cake with it. To make it, you only have to melt both ingredients on a double boiler or using the microwave. Allow to cool a bit before frosting the cake.
When the frosting has cooled to a room temperature, if you want, decorate with lacasitos. Actually I don’t know if they are vegan or not (but I don’t think so), so you can skip this step, just in case. At home we are not strictly vegans, so I did this heart shape.
If you do this, this cake could be too a great Valentine’s Day present!!
Do you celebrate Mardi Gras, my happy pixels? How do you do it? Please, let me know in the comments below.