What, a vegan cake? Yes, vegan, you read right. I made a vegan cake. For the first time in my life. Why not accept a challenge? When Ramona invited me for a guest blog entry on her vegan blog somegreenlife.com, I was intrigued. Have you ever baked anything vegan?
I could have gone for something easier, like a fruit pie. But instead I decided to go for a chocolate cake with a mango coconut filling. Because, why not? So I checked recipes and read a lot about vegan baking. I am definitely not an expert, but from what I read cooking vegan sytle seems much more doable than baking. You know, it is fairly easy to replace my beloved butter with margarine, yes, you can use almond milk instead of regular milk. But people, eggs, eggs are the tricky part. I checked, there are replacements like apple sauce, flax seed and other things, but if you need the whole egg and not the egg white only, vegan baking becomes tricky.
As a sidenote, egg whites have gotten a fascinating vegan version. Have you ever heard of aquafaba? That’s the leftover water of chickpeas (Kichererbsenwasser). It may sound weird, but if you start whipping this chickpea water like you would egg whites, it does become meringue. It does look and taste like meringue. I tried it, I was too curious. Look at the pictures for evidence. It really is a wonderful replacement. Vegan meringue is possible with it, I have proof. I fooled my colleagues even when I took them to work. But unfortunately, I didn’t want the egg white only, I needed the whole deal, the whole egg.
That’s why I checked some vegan blogs (there are many out there) and worked with a slightly altered version of this vegan chocolate cake. I am proud that I invented the mango cream filling myself. Well, I based it on the non-vegan versions of my favorite fruit cream fillings. This one is with raspberries, this one with strawberries. Mango and coconut are good old friends, so coconut cream is a perfect replacement for cream cheese.
I have to say that I was positively surprised how nice the cake tasted. I don’t think I will ever become a vegan. And I do find it rather tedious for baking. Looking for all the replacements, it is a really hard job to bake anything vegan, which lives up to the non-vegan version. But this chocolate cake is really moist and fluffy. It is not overly sweet and I do like the mango coconut cream, which gives it a nice exotic touch. If I didn’t enjoy this cake, I wouldn’t have posted it. So if you are interested in the recipe, head over to Ramona’s blog on somegreenlife.com and give it a go. I am sure you will impress not only your vegan friends, but more so the non-vegan ones.
For recipe click here.
So, have you ever baked anything vegan? How did it turn out? Happy to hear from you!