Vegan Sachertorte aka Dense Chocolate Birthday Cake
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A dense chocolate cake with zero eggs, cream or butter! This Vegan Sacrhertorte is easier and tastier than the original version, and it goes perfectly with birthday candles.
Recipe type: Dessert, Cake, Birthday
Serves: 12
  • Cake:
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ½ cup marmalade or jam
  • (br) Ganache (chocolate sauce):
  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cover the bottom of an 8" spring form round cake pan with a cut circle of parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, or kitchen aid, whisk together first 6 ingredients (until the salt)
  4. Form 2 wells in the mixture, and fill one with the vanilla, and one with the balsamic vinegar. Then, pour water over everything.
  5. Mix until everything is moist. A few little bumps are fine.
  6. Pour the batter into your cake pan.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes (stick a tooth pick in the centre of the cake and it should come out clean)
  8. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Use a spatula to make sure the sides of the cake aren't stuck to your pan. Place a serving plate upside down on the pan, and flip it. Now your cake is on the serving plate ready to make pretty.
  10. Spread a layer of jam or marmalade over the top.
  11. Place the cake in the fridge for a few minutes while you make the ganache.
  12. Make the ganache by whisking together the powdered cocoa and powdered sugar in a bowl. Then add water and stir to make a thick glaze.
  13. Spread the glaze over the jam layer, allowing some to drip over the sides (drooooool).
  14. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes for ganache to solidify
  15. To finish it off, place a paper stencil in the middle of the cake (like a star), and sprinkle powdered sugar over the whole thing through a sieve. Remove the stencil carefully, and serve!
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