Gingerbread Cake w/ Whipped Coconut Topping by Oh, Ladycakes
Vegan desserts can be GREAT, but when they’re bad, they can be REALLY bad! That’s why we love Ashlae’s Oh, Ladycakes blog.
Besides the enduringly hilarious name, Ashlae’s recipes are across-the-board amazing, her food looks beautiful, and everything is always animal-product-free.
This Gingerbread Cake with Whipped Coconut Topping is no exception. It’s the kind of dessert that’s guaranteed to stand out during these baking-crazy holidays, and Ashlae has generously shared it with us! Read on…
Notes: If you’re not familiar with chia eggs, the recipe can be found here – but if you don’t have chia seeds on hand, you can replace the chia egg with a flax egg or any other egg substitute. Whole wheat flour or unbleached flour can be used in place of the spelt flour, and coconut oil (or any other oil suitable for baking) can be used in place of the canola oil.
VEGAN GINGERBREAD CAKE WITH COCONUT WHIPPED TOPPING
- 2 cups spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
6 tbsp non-GMO canola oil
1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
1/3 cup cane sugar
1 chia egg
1/8 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup hot water
Coconut whipped cream
Cocoa powder, for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line the bottom of a round 8″ cake pan with parchment paper; grease and set aside.
2. In a small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; set aside. Combine the oil, molasses, cane sugar, and chia egg in a large mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Dissolve the baking soda in the water then whisk into wet ingredients. Add the flour mixture in halves and whisk until combined. Be sure not to over mix.
3. Transfer batter to the prepared baking pan and tap on the counter a few times to remove any excess air bubbles. Bake at 350˚F for 28-32 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
4. Transfer cake to a wire rack and cover with a towel (this will help the cake retain moisture). Let cool for 30 minutes then invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Wrap with plastic or store in an air tight container (for up to two days) until ready to serve.
5. Once you’re ready to serve the cake, top with fresh coconut whipped cream, fresh raspberries, and a dusting of cocoa powder.
Yield: 8 slices
Ashlae is the world-traveling, mid-distance-running, Denver-based blogger behind Oh, Ladycakes, an awesome vegan baking blog. She also makes her own organic vanilla extract, which she sells here! You can follow Ashlae on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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