Vegan Birthday Cakes – Resolving the sugar Problem In my research on the subject of vegan birthday cakes, the issue that stood out was their high sugar content in most of the recipes. So I started looking for recipes that contained a wider variety of ingredients to be able to cut down on powdered sugar. Our chef Marc Thomas got us too much used to, well-balanced delicious desserts and I thought that our vegan layer cakes had to stand the test of our refined clientele at La Joya.

The base of most vegan icing in the recipes out there is powdered sugar and vegan butter, in the proportion of approximately 1 to 4. To follow the line of La Joya´s healthy and organic culinary style, I decided that identifying alternative recipes was a priority. At the end of the day, we aspire for those cakes to be enjoyed by vegans as well as non-vegans alike.

Here are the basic conclusions for delicious and healthy vegan cake recipes that are not only flavoursome but also practical in transportation (indeed, most of our cakes travel far! ).

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Vegan “Nutella” Birthday cake

Created by Erin from The Almond Eater, in this recipe, the icing is home-made vegan “Nutella” made out of two ingredients: vegan dark chocolate and hazelnuts in a proportion of 1 to 4 (it doesn’t sound quite as frightening in this case!). That seemed far enough from the alternative of powdered sugar and vegan butter, to simply give it a try. Pure cacao is naturally bitter so it was another clue, that the recipe would be a success. On the other hand, apple sauce would give it a slightly sour bite, promising an overall umami result.

Our chef Marc Thomas, encourages to make ones own unsweetened apple sauce. Here, in the South of Spain, it would be difficult to find one in the supermarket anyway.

Simply peel 6 apples, chop them finely and simmer on very low heat, gradually adding few tablespoons of water as you go, preventing the apples from carmelizing. Don’t worry, extra moisture will evaporate in the cooling process. Note that no oil should be used in the preparation of the apple sauce. Wait for the mixture to cool down, mix with a blender and it is easy to use it in your pastry part of the recipe.

Another recommendation is to use a fan mode whilst baking, to add volume and lightness to the cake. Coconut oil and vegan butter make the pastry heavier than what you would expect in ordinary cake recipes; using the fan will prevent that, as the cake will rise a little more.

The final advice is to reduce the sugar level by half, with the final quantity of ingredients as follows.

Vegan “Nutella” Cake:

For the cake:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cane sugar or granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil melted
2 cups almond milk
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the icing:
3/4 cup homemade Nutella
1/2 cup dairy-free butter softened
1 cup powdered sugar

Mode of preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Next, melt coconut oil and set aside, allowing it to cool for a few minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk milk, apple sauce, vinegar, and vanilla together; add coconut oil.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients with an electric mixer.
  6. Next, spread coconut oil inside a tall 15 cm cake tin and then distribute cake batter evenly into them. (Later, you will cut the cake base into three).
  7. Bake the cake for approximately 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Take the cake out of oven and wait 10 minutes before carefully transferring it onto cooling racks, allowing it to cool completely before slicing it..
  9. For the icing: Follow the instructions above to make the homemade Nutella. Then, add 3/4 cup homemade Nutella to a bowl and stir in the butter and powdered sugar until smooth.
  10. To assemble: Use a serrated knife to remove the “dome” from the top of the cake. Then slice it horizontally into 3 equal disc.. Next, place a good amount of icing on the one cake disc and smooth it out, and then place the second disc on top of the icing layer, and repeat that process for the final layer.
  11. Then, place icing all along the sides until the whole cake is coated with icing.
  12. Top with crushed hazelnuts and enjoy!

As a result, you get an attractive cake for literally every taste. It’s a stable cake, that you won’t have to worry about melting when you take it out of the fridge. It will stay firm and will be easy to slice… Success guaranteed!

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