Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cultured cakes in a cup

Okay, it is more of a mug cake, but I'm a sucker for alliteration.  I stumbled upon a site,, whilst looking for tips on making sourdough starter. It's crammed with DIY info on anything you could imagine and has heaps of vegan recipes. I found an interesting recipe for 5-minute chocolate cake which was later veganised in the comments section of the post. It didn't turn out exactly to plan, as I strayed slightly from the recipe, but it was edible nevertheless.

  • 4 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 squares of lindt 85% chocolate chopped up (original vegan version called for 2 tbs cocoa)
  • 3 tablespoons soy milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips
  • dash of cinnamon

Mix dry ingredients together in a mug then add wet ingredients and mix into a cake batter consistency. Microwave for 3-4 minutes.

As you can see, my mug was a bit too big and I could have doubled the quantities. Also probably nuked it for too long and burnt the chocolate a bit.

Now to the eating. This was a little dry in parts but was cakey enough to rise above the standards I've randomly set for 5 minute cakes.  I didn't let it cool long enough so could have burnt my mouth if I didn't have a glass of soymilk on standby. Overall, this is an ideal item for anyone craving empty calories but is unwilling to go to the trouble of baking a proper cake.

Also, for those who were paying attention earlier, I've started growing a sourdough starter using the instructions from here. I'm using whole grain Atta flour that should hopefully have enough bacteria in it to get the job done and lead to loaf after loaf of deliciousness.

I'll update the progress whenever there is a significant change.


  1. the cake looks like a delicious cookie! thankyou for this blog :) im a new vegan in preston and find your blog extremely helpful!!

  2. Thanks, shewolf. I'm glad my blog is of use to somebody :D Preston is a pretty good suburb for vegans.

  3. Ha! Looks a bit gross but I'm sure it is yummy. Where is the protein, comrade?