Thursday, May 16, 2013

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake is one of my all time favorite vegan things to make and eat! I made it this past weekend for my dad's birthday. It was enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans alike!

The cake itself is chocolate and moist. There is a little sweetness, but the overwhelming flavor is chocolate with a hint of coffee. The frosting brings it all together. The frosting is sweet and chocolatey with a peanut butter flavor. Together, the frosting and cake make for a delightful after dinner (or anytime as we proved with the leftovers) treat.

This cake is inspired by a Moosewood Cookbook favorite.

1 1/2 cups of unbleached white flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons of freshly ground coffee
1/2 cup oil (you can use coconut or vegetable oil)
1 cup of cold brewed coffee
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

6 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup soy milk
1 cup confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Line a 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
3. In a small bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, sugar, and coffee together until well combined.
4. In a large bowl, combine oil, coffee, and vanilla.
5. Combine liquid and dry ingredients.
6. Add vinegar and combine without over-stirring.
7. Bake for 25-40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
8. Let the cake cool.

The cake cooling
9. Melt the chocolate over medium-low heat until melted.
10. In a food processor or with an electric mixer, combine peanut butter and soy milk until smooth.
11. Add confections sugar and the melted chocolate.
12. When the cake has cooled, spread the frosting on the cake.
13. Sprinkle with coconut and coco powder.

Leave a note to share what toppings you could add!

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