Credit to VegKitchen for the picture above.
If you’re vegan, you’ve almost certainly experienced something like the following exchange:
Them: “Oh wow, that chocolate cake looks amazing!”
Me: “Yeah I know! I’m pleased with how it came out.”
Them: “I bet. You won’t be able to eat it though right?”
Me: “I can! It’s a vegan chocolate cake.”
They try to hide it, bless them, but they just can’t hide their disappointment. And I don’t blame them, because I used to feel like that too before I gave up dairy and eggs.
But vegan cakes can REALLY be just as nice as the “real” thing! It’s true that you usually need to use more oil, but you can get a really nice soft sponge consistency with cakes that is surprising. There are also egg substitutes that have a similar effect without the ethical concerns.
I had friends round this weekend and had the exact conversation I wrote above. They would never say it – they are too nice for that – but I know they were thinking “why couldn’t she have just baked a real cake!?”
The good news is that their politeness meant that they had to try a bit – and when they did they completely changed their mind. I’ll probably type up the recipe, which is one of my own, in the near future, because it really was good.
But until then, here are some tips for cooking the perfect vegan cake:
- Make sure you weigh EVERYTHING correctly. I find vegan cake recipes are a lot less forgiving, you need to get everything right.
- On the same note, pre-heat your oven so it’s at exactly the right temperature.
- Eggs are usually vital for baking, as they bind ingredients together and maintain the moisture. That’s why you need a good vegan egg substitutes.
- Shortcrust pastry is much easier than puff pastry, so stick to the basic option if you’re new to baking (you’ll have enough to think about already).
- You can often just use substitutes from a regular cake recipe. For example, scones can be made from soy milk (unsweetened) and vegan margarine.
Those are just a few tips to get you started. If you would like to see more, let me know in the comments!