Easy peasy vegan cake recipe

vegan-cakeSo we are halfway through February – diets are a thing of the past and we are all up for a slice of cake again, hoorah!

This cake recipe is one I have adapted and I scale it up & down to fit the size of the tin and what I want to make flavour wise.   I’m the first to admit on occasion it just doesn’t rise – but nothing is perfect!

I also use this sponge mix to pour over fruit and bake it like a crumble but it’s a sponge –  I call it a rumble!

 This makes a medium size loaf style cake.

  • 320g Self Raising  flour
  • 100g sugar ( but I rarely use that much)
  • 2 tblspn golden syrup
  • 1 tspn baking powder or bicarbonate of soda – its vegan so needs an extra boost but you don’t want that bicarby taste.
  • 85g margarine
  • 300ml – warm / hot water  (if flavouring your cake swap it for orange juice or part for lemon juice for lemon cake, you could use coffee for coffee cake – you get the picture)

So that’s the cake mix you can favour it as you wish 

  • Lemon cake – use zest & juice of 2 lemons
  • If adding poppy seeds about 30 g,  whatever looks right in your mix
  • If you want to do chocolate cake swap 20g of the flour for cocoa – but I usually add at least 60 g cocoa so just add that extra on top.
  • You can add fresh fruit like blueberries, dried fruit like chopped dates & nuts or coconut, just check the consistency doesn’t get too wet or too dry by adding in your extras.

 Mix it up!

  • Put the dry ingredients in a large bowl & mix.
  • Melt margarine & syrup in a jug and then add your 300ml liquid on top – you may need to microwave it so it is all warm – hot – not boiling. The hot water activates the bicarb to give the cake a rise.
  • Pour on your warm liquid and mix  till all the lumps of flour are combined.  You will get a batter style mix.  Do it quickly so all the fizz and lift hasn’t gone! 

Bake at 150 degrees for about 45 – 55 mins depending on the tin.  You need less time if you use 2 shallow sandwich tins vs a deep loaf.  Get it in the oven fast don’t wait around!

Top it / fill it.

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