Originally Posted on June 25th 2006
Today being my mother-in-law's birthday, I decided to bake a cake but wanted an eggless version since I haven't included eggs yet as part of my recent 'Elimination Diet' - so i was browsing through several recipes in search of a good one. I don't easily trust all recipes and prefer those that have comments after people have tried them - unfortunately, today i couldn't find any that matched my criteria. So i had to take my chances with this recipe that I came across, but we were amazed at the result. For an eggless, butterless cake the end product was a very moist, light cake but without the icing it wasn't too sweet - so you may want to increase the sugar in the cake if you want it sweeter.
Here's the recipe :
EGGLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE
225g/ Half lb plain flour
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g/5oz caster sugar
63ml/2 fl oz vegetable oil
1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the icing:
113g/4oz icing sugar
13g/ Half oz unsweetened cocoa powder
38g/one and a half oz butter, diced
3 tbsp milk
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and stir in the sugar.
2. Combine all the wet ingredients in another bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients all at once and beat with a whisk until smooth.
3. Pour the batter into a greased 8 inch square cake pan and bake for about 20 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean (place a sheet of foil over the top of the cake if it becomes too dark). Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.
4. To make the icing: sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl and make a well in the centre.
5. Gently heat the butter and milk until the butter has melted, then pour into the well in the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
6. Beat with a wooden spoon until the icing has cooled and thickened slightly. Spread the icing over the top and sides of the cake.
Here are some snaps of how the cake turned out for us.