For Vegan Month of Food 2014 I am adapting recipes from the first book I ever learnt to bake from: Chocolat: Fondre de Plaisir by Camille and Nathalie Le Foll. Join me as I veganise 20 recipes from this book – it’s going to be a month of total chocolate decadence!
Marbré au chocolat seemed to be quite the popular cake when I was little. I remember it as the type of simple cake that mothers would make for their children to take to school bake sales or make just for a ‘quatre heures’ , the afternoon pick-me-up treat. A typical continental marbled cake is made from a basic recipe known as ‘quatre quarts’, which means four quarters: a quarter flour, a quarter butter, a quarter sugar and 4 eggs. From there on, you may add baking powder, flavours and/or decorations.
You know me, I thrive on simplicity. Making a plain loaf cake with two foolproof flavours – vanilla and chocolate – is the key to household bliss. Well, at least it is in my life. But the traditional 4 quarters template didn’t work for me using only plant-based ingredients. I had to add soya milk to make up for the lack of liquid provided by the eggs, but I guess I added too much the first time. The trick turned out to be coconut oil.
Coconut oil gives this cake a crunchy top, which is great because, if you’re anything like me, you really enjoy slicing through a loaf with a bread knife and hearing that satisfying ‘crunch’ when you cut through the crust… no? Is that just me? Oh well. It’s the little things in life.
Aside from the joys of slicing through crusty cake, coconut oil is a lot healthier than vegan butter. But that doesn’t really matter because this cake is loaded with sugar and white flour and cocoa powder. If you want to serve this as a breakfast loaf, I would cut the sugar by half because otherwise it really is very sweet, even for me.
Chocolate Marble Cake
Notes: Cut the sugar by half if serving this cake as a breakfast loaf. The batter is quite thick, so don’t be surprised if you find it hard to pour into the loaf tin. Trust me, it’s supposed to be like that, and it will turn out fine. Plus it makes the marble shapes more fun.
250g (1 + 2/3 cup) plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
200g (2 cups) of sugar, or less (see note)
250g (1 cup) coconut oil, melted
175ml (3/4 cup) soya milk
1 tsp vanilla paste
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 5 tbsp water
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and line or grease a loaf tin.
2. In a small bowl combine the ground flaxseed and water. Set aside.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the sugar, coconut oil, vanilla paste, soya milk and flaxseed mixture. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry.
4. Pour half of the batter into another bowl. Fold in the cocoa powder.
5. Pour half of the vanilla batter into the loaf tin, spreading it out evenly with a spatula. Pour over half of the chocolate batter, smoothing it out over the vanilla batter as best as you can. Repeat with the remainder of the vanilla and chocolate batters.
6. Bake for 1 hour, at which point the top should crack open like the top of a volcano and a skewer should come out clean. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.
I’m bringing this cake with me to a party tonight in celebration of a friend’s move to London. What’s your go-to cake recipe for a celebration?
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