Vegan chocolate fudge cake...

It's quite tricky to make a chocolate cake without eggs, a chocolate birthday cake which was a request from my 5 year old, who happens to have an egg intolerance. It's no an impossible task, but I really wanted to make something without bananas, as that's the most common and easiest egg substitute.
After doing some research I settled for this chocolate fudge cake. I was slightly apprehensive at the start, but once I tried the cake mixture (yes, I ALWAYS try the raw cake mixture, but be honest here - who doesn't?! ;) ) I liked the taste - not too sweet but definitely very chocolaty! The smell when the cake was in the oven was absolutely fantastic, it smelled like a rich, hot chocolate drink, that was definitely a good sign.

This cake is best served with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (unfortunatelly I wasn't able to do the icing suggested in the recipe). It has quite a dense and slightly sticky texture, just like fudge, which I'm personally a huge fan of! My Husband wasn't entirely convinced by it, but both girls loved it, and that was the main thing :)

The recipe was taken from a "Mayim's vegan table" by Mayim Bialik. It's an interesting cookbook and perfect for someone who's a novice in the vegan world. The original recipe calls for a vegan icing, made from tofu, as I can't seem to be able to tofu anywhere near me in the shops, I had to omit that step.

How to make it...

- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 6 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups warm water
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda together into a bowl. Add the warm water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Beat until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
Bake in a 9 × 13-inch pan (I used a standard round cake tin) for 30 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean (with a few moist crumbs attached). Let cool in the pan and remove from the pan.


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