Dad’s Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake

Dad’s 40th birthday was last week! Mr. O decided to make him a yummy chocolate cake (who doesn’t like cake?).
He used the Aunt Bonnie’s Wacky Cake recipe from one of our oldest and favourite cookbooks, How It All Vegan by Sarah Kramer, an old family friend. Dad has had his copy for 20 years! We can’t reprint copyrighted material from a book (you can buy your own copy – you won’t regret it!), but here’s a really similar recipe. They’re both based on a traditional recipe developed by home bakers during the Great Depression, when eggs, milk and butter could be expensive and hard to come by, making the cake accidentally vegan! The filling is Vegan Coconut Lemon Frosting, and the icing is a Basic Vanilla Buttercream, made with margarine and coconut milk (for lactose-intolerant Mom).

Most of our dry ingredients came from Hungry Frog Organics, as usual.

vegan chocolate birthday cake
A slice of the vegan chocolate cake Mr. O made for Dad. It has coconut filling and vanilla frosting with coconut sprinkled on top. SO YUM!
adding wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
Check out the reaction of the vinegar when added to the dry ingredients, which contains baking soda! Do you homeschool? That’s science!
measuring the oil
Measuring the oil. That’s math!
stirring the batter
Mr. O stirred the batter just enough to get all of the dry ingredients wet. Don’t stir it too much or the texture won’t be as nice as you’d like.
making the filling in the blender
When the cake was in the oven, Mr. O started the filling. It was originally meant to be the frosting, but it turned out to be not very pretty. It was really yummy, so he decided to use it as the filling instead.
decorating the cake
The next morning, after making the second type of frosting, Mom cut the cake in half lengthwise and spread on what was now the filling, and Mr. O iced the cake. He did a great job!
the cutest vegan birthday cake
He sprinkled some shredded coconut from Hungry Frog Organics on top and added the monster candles we’ve been using for all of our birthday cakes for a couple of years. They’re so cute!
the happy birthday boy
Dad loved the cake! Isn’t he cute?
blew out the candles
He blew out the candles and we had cake for brunch. A good way for Dad to start his forties, I’d say!
beautul cake with lots of icing
Isn’t it beautiful? You don’t have to use quite as much frosting, or you can skip the filling, if you’d like to taste the cake as well… ;P

Did you try this recipe? Tag your photos on instagram with #kidscookforclimatechange or post to our facebook group, Veggies Save the World!. Mr. O loves to see and share your kitchen creations!!

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2 thoughts on “Dad’s Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake

  1. Mr.O says:

    Thanks so much, guys! If you take any photos, have your grown up post them on our facebook group or hashtag #kidscookforclimatechange on instagram. We love to see your creations!

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