Super-Chocolatey Snacking Cake
This loaf cake certainly deserves its name! It contains not only cocoa powder, but also chocolate chips, and two further types of melted chocolate poured on top. Because one thing is clear: chocolate makes you really happy. Good for a wet Wednesday at work.
|For the cake:|
|Vegan margarine, for the tin|
|150g (5½oz)||plain flour, plus extra for the tin|
|100g (3½oz)||white spelt flour|
|130g (4¾oz)||golden caster sugar|
|1 tbsp||1 tbsp vanilla sugar, or 1½ tsp vanilla extract|
|1½ tsp||bicarbonate of soda|
|40g (1¼oz)||cocoa powder|
|60g (2oz)||vegan dark chocolate, chopped|
|4 tbsp||soy milk, or other plant-based milk|
|2 tsp||white wine vinegar|
|4 tbsp||vegetable oil|
|220ml (7½fl oz)||carbonated mineral water|
|For the icing:|
|60g (2oz)||vegan dark chocolate|
|1 tbsp||soy cream, or other plant-based cream|
|20g (¾oz)||vegan white chocolate|
You will need: a 20 cm (8 inch) long loaf tin.
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Grease the loaf tin with margarine and dust with flour. Combine both types of flour, the caster sugar, vanilla sugar or extract, bicarbonate of soda, and cocoa powder in a bowl with a balloon whisk.
2. In a separate bowl, stir together the soy milk and vinegar, leave to stand for 10 minutes, then stir in the oil. Add the soy milk mixture to the flour mixture, then pour in the mineral water, mixing everything swiftly but delicately with a spoon to create a smooth consistency. Fold in the chopped chocolate. Immediately transfer the mixture to a 20cm (8in) long loaf tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 50 minutes. Remove and leave to cool on a wire rack.
3. To make the icing, chop the dark chocolate, add it to a heavy-based saucepan with the cream, and let it melt over a low heat. Ice the cake with this mixture and let it dry. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Transfer it to a freezer bag, carefully snip off a corner and, with swift movements, draw decorative lines across the cake. Leave to set, then slice and pack up to take with you.