Chocolate fudge cake is one of those classic recipes that is enjoyed worldwide both as a dessert, hot chocolate sauce anyone?…or as a mid afternoon slice of heavenly indulgence.
This super vegan version not only ticks the box for all of our plant based followers out there but for anyone who has family members or loved ones with certain allergies such as egg or dairy.
This moist fudgy chocolately cake can be whipped up in no time and can be decorated to suit any occasions such as special birthdays or in this instance Easter Celebrations.
Using a traditional wet and dry method where you mix all the wet ingredients together before stirring in the dry ingredients the cakes are then baked for around 45 minutes which gives you more than enough time to make that indulgent chocolate ganache which really does finish the rich chocolate cake off beautifully.
We have used two 8 inch cake tins in this recipe however you could increase your mixture by 1.5 and bake in 3 tins for a super duper chocolate fudge cake tower of indulgence.
The ganache recipe is based on one of Rupert's classic recipes but with the adaptation of non dairy cream.
The water and sugar are brought to a boil until caramelisation starts to take place, careful watching is required here and we find a light coloured pan base helps with being able to determine the caramel colour. You do not want the sugar to burn which can cause bitterness.
Once you have reached this stage it's just a case of adding your plant cream, we like to use Elmlea Double Cream, and then sieving over the dark chocolate.
If you bake regularly it may be worthwhile investing in a bulk purchase of dark chocolate and we always have a supply of the Callebaut Dark Belgian Chocolate Callets in our store cupboard. You can get dairy free chocolate at different cocoa percentages depending on whether you want a less intense flavour, smooth with fruity tones, quite often preferred when there are young children in the household. Callebaut 54.5%link But for that all out indulgence try the 70.4% cocoa content version.
Once you have made your ganache you can leave this in the fridge to start to set whilst your cakes finish baking and then cooling.
It is much easier nowadays to get your hands on vegan friendly embellishments such as chocolate mini eggs or bright jem coloured hard shell chocolate drops (we like to use Doisy & Dam) … so you can really go to town with your culinary creative skills.
Easter Egg warning here that the gorgeous garnishes may not last very long on your cake if there are little ones in your household ready to pluck them off when your back is turned!
Your cake could easily stay fresh for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight cake container, that is if it doesn’t get eaten before then.
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 45 minutes
375g plain flour
85g cocoa powder
400g coconut sugar or soft brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
480ml soya milk
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tsp vanilla extract
160ml rapeseed or vegetable oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp flaxseed
115g dark chocolate (dairy free), melted
250g dark chocolate (dairy free), broken into chunks
250g caster sugar
250g plant based double cream