Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Happy Birthday Shorty!!
This is Shorty's 4th Birthday today. She asked for a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and that's what she's got. She is allergic to eggs and milk, so this is a vegan cake, but I challenge anyone to tell the difference - This cake is amazing!
1.5 cups of white flour (I used self rising)
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup of soy milk
1/2 cup of orange juice
2tsp vanilla extract
2tbs white vinegar
Preheat oven to 180C. Double sift all dry ingredients and remove any lumpy bits. Mix all wet ingredients - EXCEPT VINEGAR; that's put in last - and whisk into dry until smooth. Should make a thick batter. Add vinegar ans stir in quickly, pour and get straight into the oven. The vinegar and baking soda begin to react and is what makes the cake rise and become really fluffy so you cannot let it sit around. Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven until a stick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Fudge filling recipe:
1 cup caster sugar
6 tbsp corn starch
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbsp vegetable oil
Mix dry ingredients in a large sauce pan and whisk in the water. Heat over medium flame until it starts to boil. Once it boils watch for it to become lumpy and pull off the heat and whisk the shit out of it. if it's really runny, put back over the heat but be careful not to burn. It should get thick but not as thick as frosting. Add oil and vanilla and whisk in. Allow to cool completely - it'll thicken while it cools, then spread onto a cooled cake.
3.5 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup vegan margarine (I use Pure Soya in the UK)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mush it all together with a flat spoon or spatula until it becomes frosting (I blew my nose after this part and it was coated in chocolate/sugar dust. Ew!)
Topped with marshmallows and icing hearts.
We're taking the cake to Pre-school today for a party there with all of Shorty's friends.
Pictures of Shorty to come soon...