December is the month of celebration as it is flooded with festivals and special times. It is the season when festive and party food are cooked, sometimes in excess and served with love and kindness. This month paves way to a new year, to new hopes and dreams.
I must say that this is the season where chocolate, cinnamon, mixed dried fruit and oranges fill our menus and their aromas fill our homes.
There are a few special people who don't prefer the usual chocolate cake with eggs and dairy added to it. This cake is for such special people. Personally this is the first time that I have tried baking a cake without eggs or dairy. I was quite apprehensive of how the cake will be but I must say that it turned out to be very nice.
It had a wonderful soft texture and "melt in the mouth" feel to it. Of course this recipe comes from a cookbook as I really didn't grow up baking cakes.
The recipe also gives an alternate to use rice flour instead of the self raising flour. I did try using rice flour. The cake came out well but with a slight grainy texture. I thought that the cake had a slightly different flavour because of the rice flour - more rice floury flavour than the normal cake.
You can make the cake either with the normal flour or rice flour - it is your choice. Be careful when handling the cake as it is very delicate and breaks quite easily.
Self raising flour: 360 gms.
Cocoa powder: 60 gms.
Baking powder: 2 tsp.
Golden caster sugar: 400 gms.
Vegetable oil: 140ml + 1 tbsp for oiling the tins.
Vanilla extract: 2 tsp.
White wine vinegar: 4 tsp.
Water [at room temperature]: 400ml
Salt: 1 tsp.
Raspberries: 400 gms.
Icing sugar: to dust.
1.Preheat oven to 170 degrees C fan / Gas mark 3 1/2. Oil two 20 cm cake tins and line the bases with baking parchment.
2.In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir in the sugar.
3.In another bowl, mix the oil, water and vanilla extract. The oil and water will not mix obviously but just give it a stir. Add the vinegar.
4.Add this to the flour mix and stir well until well incorporated.
5.Divide the batter equally into the tins and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer emerges clean.
6.Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes and then run a knife around the edges of the cake tin to release the cakes.
7.Turn out on a wire rack and cool completely.
8.Remove the paper and put one cake on the cake stand or serving plate.
9.Arrange a layer of raspberries and place the other cake on top.
10.Scatter the remaining raspberries and dust with icing sugar.
Serve with joy and enjoy with happiness...
Sending this to Food of Month - Party Food by Amy, Cakes for Christmas by Ramya, Baked Goodies and Winter Carnival by Radhika, Holiday Baking by Sravani, Christmas Delicacy by Julie, Jingle all the way by Kavi and Christmas Newyear Eve 2011 by Hema.
Scribbled by Reva
Absolutely Gorgeous Reva... wish u happy hols and New year in advance !!! Stunning cake :)
Lovely cake and love the way you presented.
cake looks awesome.. delicious..
Awesome looking chocolate cake. Simply a Masterpiece. That too egg and dairy free made it nutritious as well. Great baking.
cake looks delicious happy holidays
This looks amazing and so so professional!You really baked it in your kitchen?!?Hard to believe!Awesome cake and awesome decoration.Thanks for sharing the details - this sure is different:)
Drooling oce..lovely and perfect
what a heavenly beautiful cake!!!yummylicious !!!!!!!!!!!!
Superb gorgeous chocolate cake...
Lovely Clicks Reva. Hearty bake indeed. Thanks for linking it to the event.
A perfect cake...........
That is too good... couldn't imagine a cake with rice flour... It looks soft and moist.
Stunning Reva!! Loved the clicks, the presentation & the color combo..And ofcourse the cake too!!
Yummy cake and wonderful presentation....
The cake looks very delicate but good one without diary and egg!
A true vegan chcolaty cake..soft n perfect,Reva!!
Wishing you n family a Merry X'Mas !!
Ongoing Event -Christmas Delicacy (15 Nov-31 Dec 2011)
Nice and yummy cake...merry christmas and happy new year to you..
Great looking cake..awesome,love the texture
I feel like I was there at your table. Yummy cake, beautifully presented
wow, awesome cake..love the gg and diary free version...beautiful clicks..
Great looking cake, well baked Reva..
Awesome cake n well presented.Looks so delicious n inviting too...
Lovely cake. Interesting observations.
your cake is awesome..thanks for sending this to my event
Thats just beautiful ..and looks so so yumm!!
Merry Christmas Dear !
Absolutely awesome and apt post for this season
Marvelous cake, perfect for the season. Luks moist n delicious..
a perfectly made cake..looks absolutely delicious n mouthwatering :-)wishing u n ur family a merry christmas !
Totally awesome chocolate cake....can't believe it is egg-free and dairy-free!
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Perfect!!I am sure it is very tasty too...
Thanks a lot for linking with Food of the Month-Contest
wow its such a wonderful cake...I loved it specially it is egg free..even I too baked the chocolate cake for the Christmas..which i will be posting it very soon...Have a Wonderful new year dear....
Happy New Year... if you get time, check out my recap 2011 http://arusuvai-kurippu.blogspot.com/2011/12/arusuvai-kurippu-recap-2011.html
Baking a cake as per the liking of the person is what makes the whole process so full of love & warmth!! Nice cake..wishing u and ur family a great year ahead!!
awesome Reva....drool over...wanna have a bite...
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Awesome! Perfect vegan cake :) Happy New year to you and your loved ones, Revathy!
Awesome cake.... n gud presentation vth nice cliks.Looks so delicious n tempting
ya..sure.reva....i`l post the link of biryani recipes.
Such a moist and delicious cake - yum yum yum!I have passed on an award to you - please do come over and accept your award.Wish you a very happy New Year:)
superb one ! Rice flour in cake is totally unheard of.. awesome clicks as usual !
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delicious cake and awesome decoration!!
You have a lovely space!!
Happy to follow you dear !!
cant believe it doesnt have eggs... looks so soft & spongy. those raspberries looks awesome :)
Hi Reva, what an absolutely delicious cake with all those yummy raspberries. I'm going to make this one soon. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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