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Valentine’s Vegan Chocolate Cake for Two

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Ahh Valentine’s Day, is there any other day like it? I’m not a lover or a hater of the day in particular. I like pink and red things, especially when they are edible, you know when one of your coworkers brings every women in the office a pink heart donut in the morning, we all gladly accept, not only for the thought, but yes! score! free jelly donut! are you on a diet? okay I’ll take that off your hands. Yum. So let’s talk Valentine’s desserts, we have the classic strawberries dipped in chocolate or cream, we have red velvet brownies, pink cupcakes, basically anything with a hue of red is considered a Valentine’s day treat, or anything with a heart on it. Today I think we should go vegan chocolate cake for our dessert, that might scare you? no eggs, no milk, no BUTTER? but it’s ok, chill, there is still coffee, bourbon and yes chocolate in it, we can do this. Vegan Chocolate Cake for Two ingredients The best part about this chocolate cake, it’s probably the easiest chocolate cake you can whip up in under 35 minutes (with baking) when you want chocolate. You probably have all the ingredients at home and just have to toss them into a bowl and give it a few stirs with the spatula. IMG_9889 Vegan Chocolate Cake for Two Dusted panThis recipe is for a mini cake, I call it a cake for two, how very romantic YET it can easily be a cake for one as I ate 95% of it myself, tiny slice after tiny slice. I needed a chocolate fix and it worked perfectly, the cake itself is not very sweet, and I couldn’t resist topping it with some rose colored frosting for some extra creaminess and extra love. Vegan Chocolate Cake for Two ingredients To make this cake you need a few things, flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and powder, salt, coffee, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, vinegar and just a wee bit of bourbon (optional of course, but not for my cakes) vegan Chocolate Cake for Two Mixed batter All the wet ingredients are mixed together, I used the same coffee cup after brewing my coffee for mixing the wet ingredients. The wet are poured into the dry ingredients and mixed around a bit, not too much as it should not be over mixed, we want this cake moist. Of course I threw in some extra chocolate, it’s Valentine’s live a little, eat more chocolate.Vegan Chocolate Cake for Two in baking pan The batter will be thicker than a usual cake mix batter. It’s then poured into the baking dish and popped into the oven. I conveniently had a mini springform pan from my hangover frittata  so I used that, if you don’t have one you can use any small baking pan or ramekin. This cake should also be watched carefully, since there are no eggs or butter, it can lose some moisture if over baked. When the toothpick is dry and clean, take it out immediately. Vegan Chocolate Cake for Two Frosted hearts While the cake is cooling, the pretty rose colored frosting is made. What you use in the frosting is up to you, you can go vegan and use a tofu based cream cheese or you can use coconut milk fat, or any way you prefer. I haven’t tried many vegan versions but I feel the texture greatly depends on the type used, some are runny and some are just as firm as regular cream cheese. Just remember to adjust to your preferences, I’m not a frosting snob by any means, I can hardly frost a cake! In this case I used a cream cheese substitute and some grated beets (and their juice) that I had in my refrigerator to create this color. You can use food coloring or you can use raspberries or strawberries, any of these will make a pink frosting when added to the base. Vegan Chocolate Cake for Two cut I stuck with the hearts theme on this one…as you can see. I had these tiny heart sprinkles and I went to town dropping and throwing them against the frosting. To add I cut out a heart in a piece of cardboard and used it to stencil this cocoa heart, so darn cute. The cocoa heart, the pastel heart sprinkles, the perfectly dusty rose frosting, if this doesn’t say Happy Valentine’s Day, then I don’t know what does! Add even though it’s cold outside and this winter is a tough one for my NY friends, I made this cake to warm you up, inside and out.  Vegan Chocolate Cake for Two plated    

Valentine's Vegan Chocolate Cake for Two - The Recipe
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For the cake
  1. 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  2. 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 2 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark)
  4. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  5. pinch of baking powder
  6. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 cup strong coffee, cooled slightly
  8. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1 teaspoon bourbon
  11. 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  12. a few chocolate shavings (optional)
  13. mini springform pan or small baking dish
For the frosting
  1. (this can be made vegan or not)
  2. 4oz vegan cream cheese (like tofutti) or regular cream cheese
  3. 1-2 cups powdered sugar (depending on how thick you want it)
  4. dash of vanilla extract
  5. 1 teaspoon hazelnut milk
  6. dash of salt
  7. 1 tablespoon grated roasted beets or raspberries (any red fruit/veg. you have)
for the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees (180C)
  2. Lightly grease the sides of a mini springform or 4.5-inch pan with olive oil or vegetable shortening, dust the sides with flour or cocoa, and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together sifted flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate cup/small bowl, mix together coffee, oil, bourbon, vanilla, and vinegar.
  4. Pour the coffee-oil mixture into the dry ingredients and mix slowly until just combined. You don't want to over mix this batter, over mixing will produce a drier cake. Lastly fold in chocolate shavings (optional if you want more chocolate flavor)
  5. This batter is thicker than batters with eggs and butter. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and dry, about 20 minutes (will vary on the baking pan used). Cool before cutting in half and frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Beat the cream cheese, and your choice of red fruit/beets until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency and add vanilla extract. Use hazelnut milk to smooth out the frosting if it becomes too thick.
Notes
  1. This is a recipe for a miniature cake with a diameter of 4.5 inches. The recipe can be doubled or tripled for a bigger baking pan.
  2. The frosting will vary in consistency depending on which cream cheese used, please adjust accordingly if cheese used it thicker or thinner.
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