TWO-LAYER GREEN VELVET CAKE!
Note the shamrock:
The recipe is from http://vegweb.com/recipes/sweets/4273.shtml
Ingredients (use vegan versions):
2 1/2 cups unbleached flour (I used regular all-purpose flour)
1 1/2 cups turbinado or other natural sugar ( I used regular sugar)
1 stick of softened magarine (soy) ( = 4 oz, so a quarter of the small tubs of soy butter)
1 cup soymilk (I use Silk brand)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce ( Following one of the recipe comments, I used 2 eggs' worth of Ener-G Egg Replacer [4 tbsp of powder and 4 tbsp of warm water mixed) and filled the measuring cup to 1/2 c. by adding in a teaspoon of applesauce. I suspect Ener-G will work fine alone, and the applesauce probably will also)
2 tablespoon cocoa powder unsweetened
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon each of lemon juice ( I only used one tbsp and it worked fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 ounces vegan red food coloring (or beet juice) ( And what makes it truly St. Patrick's Day: I used green food coloring. 2 ounces is a very good amount. They come in 1-oz bottles, generally)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a cup pour the milk and add the lemon juice. Let sit while preparing the next few ingredients. This makes buttermilk.
2. Cream together the margarine, vegan sugar and then add the applesauce/egg-replacer.
3. In a small bowl mix together cocoa and food coloring to form a slight paste. Add it to the creamed mixture.
4. Mix the salt and flour together and add it to the batter alterately with the buttermilk in three batches mixing after each addition. I didn't alternate, because I always forget to. I don't see what the purpose is.
5. Add vanilla extract.
6. Mix in baking soda and vinegar. Do this RIGHT before putting the cakes in the oven.
7. Pour bater into 2 greased cake pans (I used round) and bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. I baked for 40 minutes and the edges were a bit crispy - I suspect 30 or 35 will do the trick, although my dorm kitchen is a bit odd. My roommate's cookies took 2x as long as the recipe said, where as my 2 cakes burnt a tiny bit.
The link includes a recipe for frosting which didn't get great reviews, and I already had an open container of vanilla frosting. I let the cakes sit for a while, frosted the bottom one, then added the top layer and frosted all over the place. I very generously applied a layer of green cake sugar crystals/sprinkles and then using orange cake decorating gel added the decorations.
It was SO good!
Also: TMI but if your friends are drinking and drink a bit too much after consuming this cake, what comes out into the garbage can is allegedly bright green [I didn't look personally.] Further on the TMI path: apparently what comes out of the OTHER end (poop!) is also dyed green. Food dye is apparently perfect for coloring your digestive tract.
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