Archive for October 8, 2009

Chocolate Cake

My mother often made what she called Wacky Cake when I was growing up, and still does sometimes. It was always her go-to chocolate cake and it’s the basic vegan soda/vinegar/oil chocolate cake. I think she liked the recipe because it tastes good, it’s pretty cheap, and it really easy. This was even before our family went vegan for awhile when I was a kid.

A couple of years ago, I bought the Veg-Feasting Cookbook from Vegetarians of Washington, and I noticed the German chocolate cake recipe from the Swan Café in Bellingham. It looks like a regular wacky cake, but there’s more cocoa in it. I think that’s the main difference; and the coconut pecan frosting and the chocolate ganache, of course.

I first made this cake for a birthday party for my friend, Aaron. I was the only vegan and besides Aaron there may have been one other vegetarian. But everyone loved it. So now it’s MY go-to chocolate cake. It’s written for 3 layers, but I’ve made it in a 9″x13″ pan, or divided it to make just one or two layers. Yum. 

B and cake knife

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