Play-date chocolate cake


My little reception-aged daughter is very, very excited today. She has the little girl who she’d most like to be friends with coming round for a play after school. This is big stuff. So, to give them a snack that they’ll hopefully all like (and to use up the leftover buttercream from the iced gemys), I decided to make a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream. It’s a new cake recipe for me, pointed out by Ali from The Beech Cafe (sorry, but I really can’t remember the name of the book it comes from). I should have made double the recipe for an impressive double layer cake, but splitting the single layer and filling it worked perfectly well. I hope they enjoy it, and here’s to a happy and successful play…

Play-date Chocolate Cake (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegetarian, vegan, can be soya-free)

Makes one 20cm round cake, double the recipe for a double layer cake

  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 25g cocoa powder (M&S do a dairy-free one)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 150ml soya milk (could use oat milk)
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch of salt

– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade

– Grease and line the base of a cake tin

– Sift together the flour and cocoa and stir in the sugar and salt

– In a separate bowl combine the soya milk, bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice and sit for a little while to curdle. Add the oil.

– Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, until smooth

– Pour in to the cake tin and bake for approx. 30 mins until a knife comes out clean.

– Let cool in the tin. Once cold turn out onto a wire rack.

– Ice if desired. I used the remaining buttercream from the Super size iced gemys

– I decorated with a pile of Whizzers

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Welcome. I'm a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother with a passion for cooking vegetarian food. All recipes featured here are dairy, egg, and nut-free, thus 'accidentally' vegan, as my children are allergic to those. My aim is to recreate any dish, even what seems impossible, but free of the ingredients we can't have, and log my exploits here. Please browse what is now several hundred recipes. All the recipes posted (unless stated) are my own creations.

3 thoughts on “Play-date chocolate cake

  1. here here sister I’m a veggie mom with kids with dairy allergies. I don’t like eating egg so I am thrilled to see choices my kids can enjoy!

    1. Hi veg-ease! Someone who understands 🙂 Thank you for your kind comments… i hope you’ll keep checking back and find some useful recipes

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