This delicious GF/Vegan chocolate cake came about when our friend Nisheeth Tak, patron of our favourite restaurant “Rasam” www.rasam.ie in Glastule phoned me on Saturday evening with a dilemma. Where could he source a vegan and gluten free birthday cake!?…
As well as being one of life’s true gentlemen, Nisheeth is a wonderful host who makes every guest feel extra special. After years of being spoiled rotten by Nisheeth and Rasam team, I finally saw the chance to return some of their kindness. So with true pleasure I volunteered myself for cake duty.
I find vegan cakes (gateaux/sponges) like) quite difficult to create. I am really not an expert in this area. When I check them out on cake counters, they are often rather grey, with an unappealing, anaemic aura. Also, they often come with a high sugar content and questionable ingredients.
So I set out to create a wholesome vegan cake full of flavour, texture and quality – so on Sunday morning, I donned my chef’s hat and started experimenting.
I adapted this recipe from the one I posted for St Valentines day. I’d already worked out the GF bit – my vegan challenge was to replace the butter and eggs. I hope you’ll agree that I nailed it!
There are many substitutes you can use to replace dairy and eggs. As in GF cooking I find a combinations usually work better than just a single ingredient.
To replace butter: 50% Coconut oil and 50% avocado flesh give the right balance of flavour and creaminess. Though it does depend on what you are making: cake, cookies, pastry etc.
Chia seeds, flax seeds and banana are some of the common ingredients used to replace egg. I used ½ a banana and a brand new product I recently found at the Natural and Organic Products Show in London, called VeganEgg. Its GF,DF,SF, non GMO and when scrambled it actually tastes like egg – scary! VeganEgg is made mostly from sea vegetables and their extracts. I find it quite a good egg replacer, though I’ll need more practice to be sure. Check out www.followyourheart.com for more on this novel food. I know it is imported into Ireland, but right now I can’t remember who by. I’m sure you can buy on line anyway.
Serves 8-12 or more