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Chocolate Pumpkin Beer Cake {Vegan}

This cake has rapidly become my go-to when it comes to birthdays.

Truthfully, I am kind of snob when it comes to baked goods. Despite the fact that my kid loves Oreos, we very seldom have them in the house. I prefer to send him to school with homemade cookies in his lunch.

Chocolate Pumpkin Beer Cake Vegan

Same goes for birthday cakes. Now, I’m not much of a decorator. My cakes are not elegant by any means. Rustic rules the day. But what they lack in finesse, they make up for in flavor.

It was my brother’s birthday a few months back, and I made this cake (for a table full of carnivores). This was the result:

Vegan chocolate pumpkin beer cake

Yup, you don’t have to be vegan to like it. It’s just good cake.

I liked this recipe so much, I put it in my cookbook. This version I’m sharing with you today is a slight adaptation that includes pumpkin, because, well, I had some that needed to be used up, and also, it’s that time of the year. Pumpkin is great to add to vegan recipes because it both binds and helps to make the cake nice and moist.

I’m using a dark beer here. Porters and stouts are perfect for this kind of recipe. They go so well with the chocolate, and they add both a depth of flavor and also a lightness to the cake, from the carbonation of the beer.

So if you’ve never baked with beer, why not?? It rocks.

Chocolate Pumpkin Beer Cake

For the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1⁄2 cups dark beer (I’m using Granville Island Brewing’s Mocha Porter)
  • 3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba
  • 1⁄8 tsp cream of tartar

For the Chocolate Ganche:

  • 1 cup 70% good quality vegan bittersweet (dark) chocolate
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk (approx.)

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip together the sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and pumpkin. Add the beer and stir again until everything is homogeneous.
  3. Using a hand- or stand- mixer, add the aquafaba and the cream of tartar to the bowl. Whip for about 6-10 minutes, or until soft peaks form.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Carefully fold the whipped aquafaba into the cake batter. Pour into a prepared bundt pan.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool, then remove from the pan.
  6. To make the ganache, melt chocolate and milk together over a bain marie, adding more milk if needed to get the right constancy. Pour over the cake and allow to drip down the sides.

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Pumpkin-Spiced Brownies {Vegan}

It’s Thanksgiving this weekend, and you know what that means… Tofurky for all! Okay, so not really… I’m not the hugest Tofurkey fan, but I am grateful for all the great vegetarian versions of holiday feasts out there that give me an alternative to the turkey the rest of my family will be eating at our dinner on Monday night.

I will say this, though: my omni family has zero problems with my vegan desserts. A couple months back, we got together for a family birthday, and I supplied a vegan chocolate cake. The result was a platter that was completely licked clean, and not one complaint heard.

Pumpkin Spiced Brownies Vegan

It usually falls to me to contribute some kind of sweet dessert thing to our holiday family dinners. Pie, obviously, is a default dessert, but I’ve also done things like Pumpkin Creme Brulees (catch my entire collection of Pumpkin recipes here)

It looks like this year’s dessert will be these pumpkin brownies.

Now, you might be thinking “chocolate?? and pumpkin??” with some skepticism, but I love them together. The pumpkin makes for a more moist brownie, and let’s face it, nobody wants a dry brownie. Add in some pumpkin pie spices on top of that, bam! You’ve got yourself a winner.

I adapted this recipe from Green & Blacks. The original was almost vegan (it had eggs but no butter or milk), so I simply swapped out the eggs for some aquafaba, and veganized it.

Dark chocolate, by the way, is nearly always vegan. Anything above about 70% usually has no milk added. Check the label just to be certain, of course, but you should be good. For me, the bonus of using dark chocolate is that it intensifies and deepens the flavor.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Vegan Pumpkin Spiced Brownies

Pumpkin-Spiced Brownies {Vegan}

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Dark Chocolate (I used about 1 & 1/4 bars) Green & Black’s Organic 85%)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1-1/2 cups vegan (unrefined) sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup aquafaba
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (OR 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp each ground ginger and nutmeg, and a pinch each of ground cloves & allspice)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Method

  1. In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt the Chocolate and the coconut oil together, stirring regularly.
  2. Once melted, stir in the sugar and pumpkin puree, then aquafaba and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and sea salt. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and fold in without over mixing.
  4. Pour the brownie batter into a parchment-lined 8″x8″ pan, prepared pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes.

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