Today, I was tasked with making a dessert for the Wingnut's annual Memorial Day Cookout. Most of the people who live/hang out around The Wingnut are vegan or at the very least sympathetic to a cruelty-free, animal product-free lifestyle. To avoid excluding people, I usually tend to bake entirely vegan. Why not if you can't tell the difference? Below is a lemon cake recipe I've been working on for quite awhile. Every time I make it, I tweak it just a little bit. This time around, I added some fresh raspberries and I think it added another level of complexity to the over-all flavor. Regardless, I hope you enjoy it and I hope, if anything, it helps open up your mind to veganism.
1 cup Non-dairy Butter (e.g. Earth Balance)
1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 cup Sugar
5 1/4 cup Flour
5 1/4 Tbsp Cornstarch
3 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
2 1/4 cup Non-dairy milk
3/4 cup Lemon juice
Zest from 1 1/2 Lemons
3/4 cup fresh Raspberries
6 cups Powdered Sugar
3/4 cup Vegetable-based Shortening
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
Warm non-dairy milk
Begin by "buttering" two 9 inch cake pans. (Tip- a sure-fire way to guarantee that your cakes won't get stuck to the bottom of your pans, is to simply cut up 2 wax paper circles and add them to the pans before you pour in the batter.)
Mix the soymilk and lemon juice together in a big bowl or cup. Set aside to curdle (yes, curdle).
Cream the non-dairy butter together with the sugar in a large bowl until white and fluffy.
In another bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, soda and salt.
Add half the milk and all of the oil to the "butter" mixture. Mix well. Slowly rotate between adding in the milk and dry ingredients. Mix until just blended.
Use a spatula to stir in the raspberries. (Tip- make sure they are completely dry before adding them to the batter.) Pour into the baking pans and level out with the spatula.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
Remove and let cool before frosting.
When your cakes are almost completely cool, start making the frosting. Cream together the powdered sugar and shortening. Add in the salt and vanilla.
Heat up the non-dairy milk. Add milk to desired taste and spreading consistency. (Tip- if you frosting is too thick it will rip the top off your cake)