so since my sweet vegan hubby celebrated a birthday over the weekend i decided to make this cake again - and this time i kept my notes. so lucky you, here's the recipe.
the cake itself is subtly sweet and really tender and the texture was awesome. i left out the organic cane sugar that i usually bake with and instead opted for an agave/maple syrup combo which i loved!
agave & maple sweetened vanilla cake
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
preheat your oven to 350f. lightly grease & flour 2 6" cake pans and set aside. whisk together the almond milk and vinegar and leave it to curdle a minute or two. add in the oil & sweeteners and mix well. sift in the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate and until no lumps remain. divide the batter between your cake pans and place them in the oven to bake for 25-40 minutes. cooking time will vary depending on your oven, the size of cake pans you use. so keep an eye on them and take them out once the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. once cakes are completely cooled, ice them with coconut frosting.
*a note on sweeteners... you can also opt to go all in with agave at 2/3 of a cup and leave out the maple. that's what i did with the cake in the photographs - my cake this time around was just a little darker in colour if that matters to you.
light coconut frosting
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened but still solid
2-3 tbsp almond milk
1/2 tsp coconut extract
2 cups icing sugar
whip the coconut oil until it's light and fluffy. add in the milk and coconut extract and whip again, then slowly add in the icing sugar to to create a light and lovely coconut frosting.
you can choose to either spread a layer of the frosting between the two layers of cake or your favourite preserve would also be yummy. i tried it with a raspberry jam and it was lovely! then ice the rest of the cake that throw a bit of unsweetened coconut at it until it sticks.
et voila, let them eat cake!
ps, i will totally forgive you if you opt to bookmark this recipe and wait until winter to bake again.