Sunday, 15 June 2014

COCONUT VEGAN CAKE

WIKI NOTE: The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit. The spelling cocoanut is an archaic form of the word. The term is derived from the 16th-century Spanish, they were the ones who gave the name to this peculiar fruit. The word coco means "head" or "skull", which would mean in this case monkey face, because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey.

COCONUT VEGAN CAKE

YOU WILL NEED:
DRY INGREDIENTS:
1 cup panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
1 and  ¾ cups wheat flour (plain or all-purpose)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking soda
A pich of salt
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
WET INGREDIENTS:
1/3 cup sunflower oil (any neutral flavored)
1 cup coconut milk
2  tsp vanilla extract
1  tsp white or apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
NOTE: Put raisins in a glass with a dash of water for a kids cake or alcohol (to taste, I like with Cacha莽a) for an adults cake and the raisins plump up.

NOTE: Homemade measurement units



LET´S BAKE!
1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Grease a bread pan with margarine or sunflower oil.
NOTE: Standard dimensions for bread and loaf pans start at 8 ½ by 4 ½ inches. It´s the perfect size for that amount of ingredients. If you multiply the amount by the number of times that you want,  you will get a bigger cake. You have tons of different sizes of baking pan depends on the final amount.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, shredded coconut, cacao nibs and salt until well mixed. 
NOTE: Sift the flour for cakes. Sifting helps to remove any lumps and / or unwanted debris from the flour and also helps to combine the flour with any dry ingredients. If you don't have a strainer handy, you can also mix flour with a wire whisk or a fork.
3. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl:  apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, veggie oil, raisins and coconut milk until well mixed.
6. Pour the wet mix into the dry bowl. Mix everything slowly with a wooden spoon.
7. Pour the mix into the bread pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on the top.
8. Bake for it around 45 minutes, until browned.
NOTE: Don´t open the oven, you can always leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes.
9.  Remove from the oven. Leave to cool. Sprinkle a little bit of shredded coconut. Serve with a scoop of vegan ice-cream, mango flavor (optional).

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