Eggs are the bane of my baking existence. One of my favorite chocolate cake recipes yields two layers or two dozen cupcakes, but on days where I don’t need twenty-four sinful temptations, I’d rather cut the recipe in half. The problem? It calls for three eggs.
How in the world do you split three eggs in half? Do you use one egg and one egg white? Do you crack the second egg into a bowl, scramble it up, and pour half down the drain? Or do you just use one egg and keep your fingers crossed that the cake stays moist?
It’s a huge predicament!
How’d I solve the problem? I omitted the three eggs altogether. Yes, that’s right. A cake with no eggs.
I found this recipe a few weeks ago, and although it looked deceptively easy to whip up, I didn’t have high hopes. So few ingredients, and no butter, milk, or eggs. What kind of cake was that?
The moistest chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten. And it’s vegan.
After serving it to multiple people, I never spilled the vegan secret. They all agreed—without knowing it was vegan—that it was deliciously moist and delectable. And watching their jaws drop in utter shock was the icing on the cake!
Simple Chocolate Cake
adjusted from Cindy’s Chocolate Cake
I’ve found that that the easiest way to cut the cake is by using a large bread knife and gently wiggling it into the top of the cake until the blade breaks through the surface, then pressing straight down. If desired, sift powdered sugar on top once the cake has completely cooled.
1½ c. flour
1 c. sugar
⅓ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ c. vegetable oil
1 tbsp vinegar
½ tsp vanilla
1 c. warm water
- Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat a 10” round baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients (flour through salt). Make three large indentations in the dry ingredients, and pour the vegetable oil, vinegar, and vanilla into the holes. Pour the warm water over the top and stir until just combined.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 23-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.