Vegan Chocolate Orange Cake

We rent, as some of of you know, and this was one of those months that reminded me why renting is less than desirable. For much of the time we’ve lived here we have had problems with the boiler—it keeps shutting itself off. We surprise find we have no hot water once we are already in the shower or we wake up to discover that the heat has gone out in the night. The rental agency has sent someone in to look at it no less than 5 times and, so far, no luck. This month it has been going out at least once a day sometimes twice. It has become our morning and mid afternoon ritual to reset the boiler. As an added bonus my washing machine totally died. Every time we try to run it, it cuts power to the whole house! I appreciate that it is handy to not have to pay for these issues to be repaired but waiting for the rental company to get the okay from the landlord and then waiting for them to get an appointment with the various technicians means long stretches of time without working appliances. Of course once they come and look at it they discover some part that needs to be replaced and then I have to wait for that to come in and then for them to come and install it. I have been without a washing machine for 2 weeks now! I have very kind friends that have been letting me use theirs but this means walking bags of laundry to their house and then carrying it home wet to hang to dry. It is months like these that I miss making a call and paying for someone to come fix things around the house, and that is a sad thing to miss.

After weeks like this there is really only one thing to do, soothe myself with chocolate. I am also trying to lose the extra 12 pounds that I have mysteriously gained (and when I say mysteriously I obviously mean because I have been indulging in chocolate therapy and not working out) so I decided to go vegan in my chocolate indulgence. If it says vegan than I can totally convince myself that it is way healthier, which it isn’t but I am happily living with my lie.

I am not a fan of complicated or hard to find ingredients so that eliminates a lot of vegan dessert recipes. After compiling a few that met my criteria though I realised that with a little brain power and some tweaking I could create a delicious chocolate orange cake that would satisfy my frustrated soul.

Vegan Chocolate Orange Cake:

2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons grated orange peel
2 1/3 cups almond milk
1/3 freshly squeezed orange juice
2/3 cup oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

Start by preheating your oven to 350° Fahrenheit or 175° Celsius. Grease two round 8″ cake pans, I also line the bottom with parchment paper.

I found that two medium sized oranges were the perfect amount for this recipe. I started by juicing both oranges completely.

Then I zested the peels from both oranges, this may be more than you need but I used almost all of it.

In a large bowl (seriously this makes a lot of batter so use a big bowl) whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange peel.

In another medium bowl whisk together the almond milk, orange juice, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Add the liquid to your dry ingredients and stir until moist but not completely moist.

Divide the batter between the two greased cake pans and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. In my oven this is closer to 30 minutes so check earlier to avoid burning your delicious cake. Cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

Vegan Chocolate Orange Icing:

1/2 cup dairy free butter softened
4 cups icing sugar
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
4  tablespoons cocoa powder

Mix all the ingredients together until smooth and spreadable. Place your first layer on the plate and spread a generous layer of the icing. I also sprinkled some grated orange peel over the icing before adding my top cake. Place your second cake on the iced base and spread remaining icing over the top. Garnish with grated orange peel and dark chocolate shavings.

Honestly guys, this might be my new favourite cake recipe. my birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I have already put in the request that this be the cake I get served. It is super moist and you likely have almost everything you need to make it in your pantries even as we speak. It is also vegan so you can feel a tiny bit less guilty about indulging. Okay, just kidding, there is nothing healthy about this cake but it is a lie I will continue to tell myself as I bask in the amazingness of this cake.

If you try this, tag me in your photos. I would love to see your versions!



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