I did not set out to make an epic vegan chocolate cake. I set out to make a chocolate cake. It happened to be vegan and it turned out epic. Chocolate cakes are a family favourite and I love trying out recipes that speak to me, and this one did.
From Ritu Dalmia’s Italian Khana: Desserts. Ever since I saw her on the TV series Italian Khana, I’ve wanted to buy her books and try out her recipes — which in turn are authentic Italian. Ritu is quite the successful host and restaurateur, and her love for Italian food shows through.
Whenever I’m in the mood to eat a cake and I have no eggs, I turn to her book, knowing fully well I’ll find a recipe that uses just olive oil. Ritu succinctly talks about her recipes, and it seems just right reading it, and then later while tasting what you made. For example, in the book she says, “ …it’s even better than using butter”, and I found myself thinking and nodding my head (to no one) as I ate the cake.
The chocolate olive oil cake is simply glorious! It’s light, not too dense, nor too sweet (I say that because I like less sugar in every sweet thing I eat, and I usually put less sugar in my cakes too — but I knew that the sugar in this recipe would help get the cake all fluffy and so I went ahead), it’s moist of course, and simply delightful. You won’t feel heavy either after you eat it, making it a perfect tea cake. Or an anytime cake (like it is for me).
And the best part? It’s made of extra virgin olive oil! One more reason that makes it the epic vegan chocolate cake. If you want it sweeter then serve it with a sprinkling of icing sugar. This cake doesn’t need bells and whistles (read: icing), it’ll draw you like a siren with one whiff. And have I mentioned that it’s easy to make? No? Well, it is. It’s an easy cake to make — because you just put everything together and beat them together without having to add air to the non-existent eggs and butter, it’s a simple chocolate cake, and it requires only 9 ingredients!
Perfect for first-time bakers, I say! Happy baking.
Epic Vegan Chocolate Cake | Chocolate Olive Oil Cake | 9-Ingredient Chocolate Cake
- 280 gm flour
- 280 gm caster sugar
- 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence or 1/2 stick vanilla pod
- 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 200 ml chilled water
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven at 180ºC (356ºF).
- Brush an 8-inch pan with butter or olive oil and dust it with flour.
- Mix all the dry ingredients, then slowly beat in the wet ingredients one by one till the resulting mixture is smooth.
- Pour this into the cake pan and bake it for 30 minutes.
Serving: Let the cake cool down to room temperature before you serve it.
Notes: Monitor your cake, and take it out of the oven after 30 minutes. It tends to dry out quickly, you see. Sprinkle some water if your cake does turn out dry because you forgot to take it out of the oven sooner.