Every mom needs a trick up their sleeve and this is mine: a perfectly wonderful chocolate cake that literally takes minutes to throw together.
I call it my lifesaver chocolate cake because it’s the one I always turn to if I just need a cake, quickly. Let’s face it, there are usually not enough hours in the day! Most recently I used it to make a birthday cake for my two-year-old son. As you can see, we went with the construction site theme — also an easy option if you need an emergency birthday cake for a little boy. More on that later…
So, back to the cake. A friend gave me this recipe years ago. Not only is it quick to make, it’s vegan. That’s right. No eggs. No butter. No milk. Don’t worry, it still tastes great! It’s very moist and most people are shocked when I tell them it’s vegan. This means you can make the cake for people with allergies or eating preferences and you can make it when you’ve run out of typical cake ingredients.
It also means your kids can lick the batter out of the bowl and you don’t need to worry about food poisoning from raw eggs. Hurray!
Don’t be shocked by the vinegar in the recipe. You don’t taste it at all in the finished cake. I’m not sure but I think the reaction with the baking soda is what helps to make the cake so light and fluffy. The same technique is used in these vegan chocolate strawberry cupcakes (I’ve made these too; they’re also amazing but slightly more work).
P.S. If you want to take this chocolate cake and turn it into a construction site for a special little boy, here’s what to do.
- Go buy 4-5 little construction vehicles at your local department store.
- Bake two of these cakes in round forms.
- Use a knife to level off the top surface of one of the cakes. This will be your bottom layer. Cover the top surface in glaze.
- Take the second cake and cut away part of it to create the effect of an excavation site. Put on top of the first cake.
- Use the rest of the glaze to cover both layers and the sides. Let the glaze cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before continuing.
- Make a batch of this buttercream frosting and use it to frost the top surfaces of the cake, to create a ‘muddy’ effect.
- Put the vehicles on the cake and have them ‘spill’ their load all over the cake. Use different coloured sprinkles for effect.
- Serve to one very happy little boy!