Monday, March 15, 2010


I have a total sweet tooth. Every night before bed I have to have a sweet snack. It is my bedtime ritual. Completely unhealthy and completely delicious. For years, I have never been happy with any of the chocolate cakes I have made. I have made them from recipes and from my own head. The only thing I have come up with was a great chocolate banana pecan cake. I just wanted a basic chocolate cake...not fancy, just simple.

I think I may have stumbled upon a masterpiece of simplicity. This cake was so simple and basic that I had about zero hope for it as I was throwing the ingredients into the bowl. I even just spread some commercial store bought icing on it out of lazy, uninspired, hopelessness. I just needed a snack for the night, just something to get me threw.

At my first bite, my eyes opened wide, eyebrows popping off my forehead in surprise. This was delicious! I have found my recipe. Just to be sure I had two more pieces after that. I had to be sure, I could not give out a recipe that was not prefect.

Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water (cold)
1/3 cup of cocco powder
1/4 cup of oil
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of vanilla powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x9 baking pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, coco powder, vanilla powder, baking soda, and salt. The dry mixture should be a nice brown color. The add the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Mix well until all clumps are gone and it should be very wet and runny. Pour into the baking pan and bake for about 35 minutes.
This would be easy to make into a double layer circle cake. Just double the recipe and pour into two circular cake pans. This was moist without being dense. Just the great medium for a good vegan cake.


Jes said...

There is **nothing** like a perfect, easy chocolate cake. And I love the pyrex!

Catherine said...

Your recipe sounds a lot like Moosewood's vegan chocolate cake -- google that one, 'cause it's MY favorite chocolate cake!

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!! The Chocolate Cake looks gorgeous!!! mmm yummm:)

kmouse said...

That cake is out of control! I have to make one this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Frosting Recipe?

Anonymous said...

What is vanilla powder?

Crystal Trejo said...

I just made this with Mexican vanilla can't wait to try it.