“Chocolate cake is a hit with everyone, so whether you’re vegan, or gluten or dairy intolerant – or you just love a good cake – this one’s for you ”
1.Epic vegan chocolate cake
VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE & DAIRY-FREE, TOO!
COOKS IN 50 MINUTES
DIFFICULTY NOT TOO TRICKY
300 g dairy-free margarine (suitable for baking) , plus extra for greasing
300 g gluten-free plain flour , plus extra for dusting
300 g golden caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
200 g organic soya yoghurt
2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
70 g cocoa powder
6 tablespoons rice milk
100 g fresh raspberries
dairy-free dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) , to serve
FOR THE ICING
200 g icing sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
100 g dairy-free margarine
2 tablespoons organic soya yoghurt
Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Grease two springform cake tins (roughly 20cm) with margarine, then line the bottom with greaseproof paper and dust the sides with gluten-free flour.
In a bowl, beat the margarine and sugar for around 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and yoghurt, then mix until combined. Sieve the flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and cocoa powder into the bowl, then fold through. Add the milk and stir briefly until you have a nice, smooth batter.
Carefully divide the mixture between the cake tins, then place on the middle shelf of the hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, before turning the cakes out onto a wire cooling rack, then leave to cool completely while you make the icing. Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then add the margarine and beat until smooth. Stir in the soya yoghurt to combine.
Once cooled, place one of the sponges on a plate or cake stand. Carefully spread half the butter icing on top, then scatter over most of the raspberries. Sandwich the second sponge on top and press down lightly, then carefully spread the remaining icing over the top and finish with a scattering of berries and a few shavings of chocolate.