I have flirted with the idea of becoming a vegan for quite some time now. Every time I think I would be able to do it, my dear old friend, chocolate, stares me in the eye telling me not to do it.
This being said, this week I have decided to make a vegan chocolate cake from scratch. I found a recipe here that I decided use. When I was reading through the comments one lady suggested to use applesauce instead of oil, and honey instead of sugar. I thought I would give this a try and feel a little less guilty while eating the cake.
The cake was very easy to make and for having made the cake form scratch, the clean up wasn't to bad either. After letting the cake bake for 45 min, I decorated it (Betty Crocker Vegan icing) and brought it over to my best friends house- a vegetarian who was turning twenty-two years old.
The cake looked good, minus my decorating job, and everyone could not wait to try it. The birthday girl made the first cut and tried the first bite. She didn't spit it out, which was a good start, swallowed it and said, "it's not to bad." I thought to myself, " THIS IS GREAT, YOU CAN EAT CHOCOLATE AND BE VEGAN." I anxiously took the next bite, gagged, and spit it out instantly. I was told I was being dramatic, but I know the birthday girl was just being nice. The texture of the cake was dense and had an almost jelly- like texture. It was awful.
If you are planning on making a vegan cake- please save yourself the time, effort and embarrassment and DO NOT try this recipe. I think I may try it again using the sugar and oil, or I’ve been told to buy a regular cake mix and substitute the egg with diet soda.
That's all for this week, feel good about what you eat- bon appetite!