It’s the cake which elicited the exclamation “how is THAT vegan?!” This cake is so simple to put together but is sure to impress anyone lucky enough to get a piece.
Here a recipe for a mega simple chocolate sponge which forms a nice solid base for the layers. You will need two 8 inch baking tins for the quantities below or, if you want a really towering cake, double this and split between three tins. I did not invent this recipe, but found the simplest recipe I could. Cooking times are a bit different from those on the link because the mixture is split.
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar
Quite simply, mix all the dry ingredients together well, add in the wet ingredients and mix well. Divide the mixture between the two or three tins. Cook for around 20 mins at 200/400 degrees or gas mark 6 and check by poking the cakes with a small knife or (preferably unused) toothpick. If the knife or toothpick doesn’t come out clean, put back in the oven for 5 mins at a time until the poke test comes out clean. Leave the sponges to cool when done.
Many recipes said frozen or fresh cherries should be used, but I used two tins of cherries, drained, and used the left over juice and cherry liqueur to make some lovely sweet shots to go with the cake!
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 dash salt
1/3 cup cherry liqueur or water if you do not want to include alcohol
Two tins of cherries, drained
Heat the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a pan. Stir in the cherry liqueur or water. Then add the cherries and cook until it thickens up. It can be a little runny as the juice can soak into the bottom sponge. Mmmmmmm!
I buy my whipping cream from the Vx shop in King’s Cross, Caledonian Road. If you are lucky enough to be able to get there, see the freezer for a Kosher cream in a yellow packet. Otherwise, you can buy Soyatoo whipping cream from US or UK online stores. Get in! Just keep whipping these until they are as thick as you can get – using an electric whisk is best, otherwise you might be there all day.
Place the cherry filling over the first sponge and let the juice soak in. If you have only one more sponge, place the cream on top of the cherries. If you have two more, place the next sponge on top of the cherries and the cream on top of that. Then plonk the last layer of sponge on the cream. On the top, you can go crazy with all cream, or cream around the edge and some cherries in the middle. Garnish with your choice of glace cherries, chocolate shavings or maybe chocolate chips!
Serve to all your favorite family and friends and watch their happy little faces!