This recipe is for my vegan lovers. My chocolate lovers. And my sourdough lovers.
Sourdough you say? Sourdough cake? Vegan chocolate cake? Sourdough vegan chocolate cake?! I know what you’re thinking – that sounds super hipster heady organic… and a little scary.
I say vegan because it’s just that. No eggs, no butter – all plant based ingredients. I say sourdough because that’s how I get it to rise with no eggs…sourdough starter. And a little baking soda and vinegar bubbly action.Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set – Easy To Clean, Nesting Bowls for Space Saving Storage, Great for Cooking, Baking, Prepping
I first found this recipe while leafing through The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz. I’ve used Vegan Chocolate Cake recipes before but never with the addition of a sourdough starter. Whoa. This piqued my interest, for sure.
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Vegan Chocolate Cake
The beauty of this cake is that it is completely natural vegan. And it’s moist. Decadent. Indulgent. Rich with chocolate, coffee and cinnamon. I can promise you, unless you let on, no one will know it’s vegan. When we think of vegan food we think the exact opposite. Dry. Vegetable forward. Wholesome. Humble. Definitely not binge worthy. This my friend, is for the anti-vegan. Use this to convince your stubborn uncle that veganism can be quite delicious.Wilton Aluminum Round Cake Pan, 8 x 3-Inch
It’s so good, it’s got me thinking what other (baking) recipes I can convert into vegan. Maybe these Apple Cider Donuts? That will be an experiment for another day.
Start with a Starter
Now, you do have to have a sourdough starter going to get this recipe down. Or at least borrow some from a neighbor. I had actually left mine at my in-law’s beach house this summer which is two hours away (WAH). So I called up my friend and fellow culinary creative Elana and she left me a happy little container outside for my baking needs.
Make sure you feed it about 12 hours ahead of time so it’s bubbly and happy and you’re ready to go. I personally don’t have a post about how to create a starter (yet) but here’s a great video on how to get started if you’d like to join the Sourdough Squad.
Once you’ve got that together, the recipe is super straight forward. You mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and bake. That’s it.Icing Spatula, U-Taste Offset Spatula Set with 6″, 8″, 10″ Blade, 18/0 Stainless Steel with Premium PP Plastic Handle Angled Cake Decorating Frosting Spatula Set of 3 (Black)
CHEF TIP: Use good quality ingredients, especially for the chocolate. It goes without saying that if you use sh***y ingredients, your product will reflect that. I typically use organic when I can (especially the dairies) but don’t skimp on the cocoa powder. It’s truly worth it to spend the extra dollar or two to get the good stuff. END RANT.
I filled my Vegan Chocolate Cake with a mix of Strawberry and Raspberry Jam and then topped it with a Vanilla Coconut Milk Glaze. Let it set and serve. I’d say with a glass of milk but then again, I’m not a very good vegan.