Thursday 18 June 2015

I Made Cake!!

I made cakeeee..

But you already know that, which is why you're probably here!!

I found this recipe in one of my Nanny's old cook books, and after a quick Google I discovered that this used to be a rather popular cake. Know as the 'Depression Cake' (such a catchy title), it was made during the Great Depression, when eggs, milk and butter were sparse, little did they know they had made a vegan cake.

After discovering the blog 'Deliciously Ella' and Beyonce's earth shattering announcement, I decided to jump on the band wagon and join in the vegan hype in an attempt to feel glorious and new again like everybody describes. The only way this was going to be possible was if I could still have my treats, which sparked my first EVER cooking post..

Just before I get into the recipe, I wanted to introduce you to my kitchens new BFF.
Tala is a company which has been around for yonks but I never knew there was a magical instrument called the 'Cooks Measure'..

Not only has it got numerous different measures but it also gives you the quantities for your common kitchen ingredients.

If you're wanting to save yourself massive amounts of time then pick ourself up one of these buddies!
(I got mine from Robert Dyas!)

On to the recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C / Gas Mark 4.

I will just add before we begin that I made a major mistake here, the recipe states to 'grease the tin' (you mix everything in it) I thought I was being majorly smart by lining the tin making it easier once its cooked but it does NOT make it easier when mixing, everything went under the paper - what a mare - so please grease the tin!!

Grease a tin 8x8inch (my tin was slightly narrower and longer and created a thinner cake buttt you can always bulk it up with icing!!).

Into the tin add:
190g all purpose flour
200g granulated sugar
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix it. Mix it.

(It looks like a pregnant woman's been laying in the sand.. haha)
You need to make two small indentations and one big one!

You need:
5 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1tsp white vinegar

Add the vanilla to one small hole, the vinegar to the other and oil to the final large hole.
Cover the whole thing with 235 ml of water.

And again mix it!
Place in the middle of the oven for about 35 minutes.

Ta dahhh.

I decided to cover mine simply with icing sugar, bit of vaniall essence and water to make a paste you can 'flick?'

Let me know if you give them a try!
And if you do, make sure you send me a picture on twitter!


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