Decadent Chocolate cake with chocolate & strawberry frosting

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This is a slight variation to my best vegan chocolate cake I use. Made it for a friends tea party… This is an indulgent cake and no one will guess it’s vegan.

Recipe as follows:
1&1/4 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup warm water mixed with 1 tsp instant coffee powder
1/2 cup homemade apple sauce (from 1 small apple)*
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp margarine
2 tbsp almond milk
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt making sure it is really blended together.keep aside.
Add the water, vanilla, oil, sugar,cocoa, and vinegar in a bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients into dry mixture and fold in. Bake at 180 C for 30 mins.
Allow to cool for 2 hours or overnight.

Glaze:
In a pan, mix cocoa, milk, butter and sugar. Turn the heat on and keep stirring till sugar melts and bubbles appear on top of the sauce. It will get a glossy look. Turn off heat, add the vanilla essence.
Pour over the cake and spread along sides. Decorate with strawberries. Chill in fridge.

Tip: This cake tastes even more rich and flavorful the day after it’s made.

*Homemade apple sauce: 1 apple makes 1/2 cup sauce
Peel and dice 1 small apple.put in a pan with half cup water and 1 /2 tsp cinnamon pwdr(optional)
Cover and cook for 10 mins till soft. Puree and use.
Storage- Home-made apple sauce can be stored in the fridge and used within 3 days.

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