Friday, October 26, 2012

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


I first came up with this recipe to make my husband's birthday cake last month, and he promptly declared it his favorite birthday cake ever.  Granted, he says that every single year, but it's still a darn good cake.

The Ingredients:
Cake:
2 c almond milk
1 T apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 c flour
1/4 c cornstarch
1 1/2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2/3 c oil
1 1/2 c sugar
1 T + 1 t vanilla extract
2 t peppermint extract
1 c chocolate chips, roughly chopped

Frosting:
1/2 c margarine
1/3 c shortening
1/2 c cocoa powder
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 t peppermint extract
1/4 c + 1 T almond milk
2 1/2 c powdered sugar

The Process:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, stir cider vinegar into almond milk and set aside to curdle.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Whisk sugar, vanilla, and peppermint extract into almond milk/vinegar mixture.
  5. Whisk wet and dry ingredients together, then fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Divide batter between 2 oiled 9" cake pans, and bake until done, about 30-34 minutes.
  7. Let cakes cool for about 5 minutes before inverting onto baking racks to finish cooling.
  8. Meanwhile, to make icing, beat together margarine and shortening, add cocoa powder, extracts, and almond milk until combined, then beat in powdered sugar at high speed until icing is fluffy.
  9. To assemble, sandwich the cake layers together with icing, then ice the edges and top.
Next week's theme is Pineapple & Coconut.  Even though MoFo technically ends on Wednesday, I'll be posting pineapple/coconut recipes through Friday since I didn't want to shortchange one of my favorite ingredient combinations.  Also, be sure to tune in for the Virtual Vegan Potluck on Thursday, November 1.

7 comments:

  1. I can't really express how much I've been enjoying the chocolate and mint theme so far. Tell me there's a pina colada cake in my future some time next week?!

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    1. Alas, I had a pina colada cake in mind, but it didn't make the short list, so it will go up some other time. There will be a pretty great pina colada pie, though.

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  2. This cake is SUCH an awesome idea, I can't wait to give it a try!! :)

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  3. Thanks, you guys, I hope you enjoy it!

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  4. I made this for our Wednesday night group last week. It got lots of compliments.
    -Dad

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