Whether you choose to try veganism for a day, or embrace it for life, you will be doing a good turn for your health, the environment and animal welfare.
What better way to try out veganism than with a cake?!
The ingredients are mostly healthier than standard coffee and walnut cakes and easy to use. We subbed:
The best bit? It tastes amazing and is ready in an hour!
1 tbsp instant coffee granules dissolved in 100ml hot water
100g coconut oil (or sub dairy-free spread)
150g organic cane sugar
200g self-raising wholewheat flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cider vinegar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp xanthum gum (or flaxseed or chia seed binder)
100g chopped walnuts, reserving 25g for the topping
50g dairy-free butter
200g icing sugar
1 tbsp instant coffee granules dissolved in 3 tbsp boiling water
Make the coffee mix and leave to cool.
Preheat the oven to 170C/150Cfan/gas 3.
Cream together the coconut oil and sugar.
Add all other ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Divide the mixture between two greased and lined 20cm sandwich tins.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and remove the greaseproof paper.
For the icing, soften the spread if necessary in a bowl. Add the icing sugar and mix together, adding enough coffee to make a spreadable icing texture. Spread over the two sponges and on top of the cake. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts over the top.
Enjoy your vegan cake!
I could never be vegan. Mind you, it's always nice to have a piece of cake!
xanthum gum is interesting - my research (cough...) on the usual site shows it quite often comes from whey protein, so I presume for a true vegan cake it would have to come from elsewhere. I will read labels carefully before catering for my vegan friends!
Mmm, love coffee and walnut cake, and this one sounds vaguely healthy too, so less guilt. I will be trying it.