Friday, May 6, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Cake, for Mother's Day 2011

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A couple of poems that touched my heart, I dedicate to my loving mom:
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
  Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
  But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper

No painter's brush, nor poet's pen
   In justice to her fame
Has ever reached half high enough
  To write a mother's name.
~Author Unknown

I have been thinking what to post in honor of Mother's Day and this is what I concluded with. My mom who has a weakness for anything sweet would be very pleased with this "Earth-Loving" cake.
So here's to you, Amma, for all of your endless support, boundless love and angelic patience! - over the years.
Recipe Source: One Perfect Bite.

Dry Ingredients:
  • 3 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2-1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Dutch-Processed Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Espresso Powder or Instant Coffee Powder (Folgers or Nescafe`)
  • 2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • Confectioner's Sugar, or dusting
Wet Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups Cold Water
  • 1 Cup Canola Oil
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2  Tsp White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 9 X 13 X 2 inch Oven-Safe Rectangular Baking Pan
  • Parchment Paper,for lining the pan (Optional)
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda and cocoa powder in a wide pan.
  • Add the granulated sugar, salt and espresso/coffee powder to the sifter flour mixture.
  • Add cold water to the measuring cup. Stir in the vinegar, vanilla extract and almond extract.
  • Pour the water-vinegar-extract mixture into the dry ingredients and mix it with a rubber/silicone spatula. Add the Canola Oil and mix till the batter is lump free.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the baking pan with little oil. Line the bottom with parchment paper, if using. Grease the paper with little oil and lightly dust with flour. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 45 minutes to 50 minutes or till the toothpick inserted into the center comes clean.
  • Completely cool the cake and cut it into square(s) a couple of hours later with a very sharp serrated knife. Enjoy it as is or with a good dusting of confectioner's sugar on top.
Makes ~20 Servings.
If you like to add ripe banana in the batter, check this recipe for Vegan Chocolate Banana Cake.

  • This cake isn't too sweet. You may add 1/2 Cup sugar additionally if you prefer a sweeter cake.
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  1. That looks perfect dear, a perfect for mother's day. Happy mother's day to you too :)

  2. the cake looks soooo decadent!!...I am totally loving it CL....clicks are perfect!....perfectly moist and well baked....
    The poems are fantastic dedication!
    what can be better for mother's day!

  3. wow.. i am drooling here.looks so yummy and soft.....

  4. Perfect looking cake to celebrate Mother's day...Happy Mother's day to you.

  5. Cake looks so delish n perfect ..Happy Mother's day to you

  6. delicious looking cake..a grand treat for your loving mom..happy mother s day to you too dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  7. Whoa! That looks insanely moist! Delicious.

  8. the cake looks just awesome..happy mothers day..

  9. love the earth loving cake...would love to give it a try....;)....wish u a grt mother's day too....:)

  10. Cake looks perfect and treat to the eyes. Happy Mother's day.

  11. Vegan chocolate cake looks absolutely divine and incredible..

    Happy Mother's Day dear..

  12. those flowers add a beautiful touch to the cake..
    my cakes have been acting up recently..none of them are moist:(

  13. COol Lassie , that's so pretty and wonderful a cake and so nice for mothers day + its sooo quick to put together aint it?
    WOnderfully moist i agree!
    Happy mothers day to u too with lods of love!

  14. after a long time i saw ur sweet comments on my blog Lassie ...
    Happy mothers day to u too with lots of love dear ...

    Have a good weekend !!

  15. Chocolate cake looks just perfect..
    Wish you a very Happy Mother's Day CL.. Enjoy!!

  16. chocolaty and yum, CL! Love the deep dark color.
    Lite Bite

  17. Happy Mom's day CL and chocolate cake looks wonderful! yum!

  18. Happy mother's day CL..

    Loved the perfect chocolatey deep colored vegan cake!!!

  19. Vegan Chocolate Cake looks so moist and divulging.

  20. Happy Mother's day CL! The cake look so tempting ~ yummy to the core :)
    US Masala

  21. Happy mothers day CL. This one is bookmarked.


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XoXo, Cool Lassi(e)