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This is a basic recipe for a whole wheat vegan vanilla cake. You can add roasted nuts and soaked raisins to the batter before baking for a more festive treat. If you love coffee, feel free to add 2-3 heaped teaspoons of instant coffee powder to the batter for a delicate coffee flavor.

Whole Wheat Vanilla Cake [Vegan]

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Ingredients You Need for Whole Wheat Vanilla Cake [Vegan]

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (substitute with maida, if desired)
  • 1 cup bura/khand/powdered white sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (use lemon juice if ACV is unavailable)
  • 1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking soda
  • A pinch of salt

How to Prepare Whole Wheat Vanilla Cake [Vegan]

  1. In a deep-bottomed saucepan, combine the bura/khand/powdered white sugar, cinnamon powder, salt, water, and coconut oil.
  2. Heat gently (do not boil), stirring until the bura/khand/powdered white sugar is fully dissolved and the liquid looks glossy. Let it cool to room temperature. Add the ACV & the vanilla extract.
  3. Preheat the oven to 340°F.
  4. Sift together the flour and baking soda.
  5. Add the liquid mixture prepared in step 1 to the flour and combine well, but don’t over mix.
  6. Pour into a greased cake tin (7.5 inches diameter). Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  7. Once cooled, apply a generous layer of vegan vanilla cashew cream and decorate with slivers of roasted nuts & halved candied cherries.
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