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* The title of this blog refutes the dangerous idea that veganism is a weight-loss diet and that all vegans are skinny. Conversely, being a-not-so-skinny-vegan is also not the same as being overweight or unhealthy. All food intake must be part of a balanced lifestyle.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Best Chocolate Cake ever.

This chocolate cake recipe is moist and delicious and never ceases to please. I made it for my cousin's 21st last week and no one could tell it was vegan.

Best Chocolate Cake Ever
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 180C.
Mix all the dry ingredients together. Mix all the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. Then add the wet to the dry. Stir until you get rid of lumps but try to do it quickly so you can start baking while the vinegar does its thing. Bake until it springs back. 20-45 minutes.

Best Chocolate Icing Ever
adapted from Easy Vegan Cooking
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup cocoa powder
4 tbsp soy milk
1 cup raw sugar (raw does work best)
1 tsp vanilla essence

Combine first 4 ingredients over medium heat and bring to the boil stirring constantly. Boil for 1 min then take off the heat. Let it cool, beating occassionally. The colder it gets the more frequently you need to beat. When cold, add vanilla essence.

To speed up the cooling process I sometimes stick the saucepan in the fridge or freezer. You need to remember to stir it, though.

Spread over a cold cake and put the cake in the fridge. This icing tastes great but will melt if it's put on a warm cake or left out in the heat.

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