ITZ MA BIRTHDAY!!!
I'm the happiest with these mini cakes. They're helping me ignore the fact that whilst Paris is bathed in sunshine, I'm actually working instead of frolicking in the streets.
25 year old Jessica is very different from the 24 year old Jessica. Hello mr. Responsibility? (psh...)
I'll make up for it this weekend with a VEGAN PICNIC POTLUCK by the canal with some friends. Totally stoked! ... until then: CAKE TIME.
White chocolate chai mini cakes - What you need:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
- 100 grams white chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup freshly brewed (hot!!!) chai tea
White chocolate chai mini cakes - What you do:
Preheat your oven to 160 celsius (~325F). Grease with vegan margarine or butter a 33 x 23 cm (13 x 9 in) baking dish. Line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper and re-grease with the margarine. Dust with flour.
Put the chopped chocolate in a small bowl and pour the hot chai tea over the chocolate. Allow this mixture to sit while you prepare the rest of the cake.
In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
In a large bowl, beat together the banana, apple sauce, sugar, and oil.
Stir together the chocolate and tea mixture. At this point the chocolate should be mostly melted. Pour the chocolate mixture into the banana/apple/oil mixture. Beat until smooth and fully incorporated.
Add the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. Stir until combined.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth out the top.
Bake the cake at 160C for 30 minutes. An inserted tooth pick should come out clean.
To prepare the frosting:
Peanut butter frosting - What you need:
- 1/2 cup vegan margarine, softened
- 1/2 creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups confectioner's sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk of your choice
Peanut butter fudge frosting - What you do:
In a large bowl beat together the margarine and peanut butter. Add in the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach a consistency that you're happy with!
This is NOT a fluffy normal cake frosting - but instead a dense, fudgey frosting. A little goes a long way on these mini cakes.
To make the mini cakes, take a small cookie cutter and cut out small circles.
(((There will be a lot of left over cake (and frosting!!!). You can make even smaller circles for super mini cakes, or throw all the leftovers into a huge bowl and roll out cake balls. This is what I did! I'm going to serve them at the picnic I'm having this weekend.)))
I put the fudge frosting in a piping bag and piped out big circles onto one mini cake. Then I stacked it with another cake and topped them off with another dollop of frosting!
And birthday flowers are 100% completely necessary for any birthday girl.
On Saturday they will be in my hair (MIDSUMMER!!!), but today they are on my cake(s)!!!
These cakes are total stars.
The actual mini cakes are SUPER moist. Plus they give off the subtle spice of chai tea and cinnamon.
The fudge-frosting is SWEET, so a little goes a long way! But, the peanut butter flavour is awesome with the white chocolate and chai cakes. I love the texture of it as well... it's a nice change from the fluffy frostings that I normally make. This frosting reminds me of the fudge that I used to eat as a little kid when I visited the coast in North Carolina. YUM.
PS: I read on someone's tumblr when they re-posted a BAKECETERA photo that they didn't think they made vegan white chocolate! It can be tricky to find, but most organic stores/health food grocery stores should have one option. Alternatively, you can order some here OR substitute in a different type of chocolate (although this will change the colour of the cake!).
BIRTHDAY bake soundtrack - tunes to inspire your inner baker:
This is gonna be a hopefully short list of all of my favourite tunes... aka: the songs that I have on repeat for hours a day and never get tired of listening to them. (In no particular order...)
Amaduo + Mariam - Sabali (This is actually probably my favourite song in the entire universe.)