One of the challenges of birthdays during Purtassi is finding an eggless cake recipe that works. This eggless chocolate cake is a predecessor to the last cake I made about a month ago, in preparation for my sons birthday. I opted for a sheet cake instead of layer cake because of the theme of this years birthday, Pirates. I also love sheet cakes because they are so easy to make. A thin cake layer smothered in frosting. Cover with an icing sugar or chocolate ganache layer in equal or double thickness for maximum delectability.
This post features the recipe for the cake as well as instructions for the Pirate themed cake. To jump to the recipe, choose one of the following:
How to Make an Egg-less Chocolate Cake
I used the same ingredient ratios as the eggless vanilla cake, but halved the flour content and added ½ cup of cocoa powder. A lesson learnt after making a flour-less chocolate cake with cocoa powder, is that cocoa powder serves as a superb substitute for flour in cakes. The result is a rich dark chocolate cake. Other variations to this recipe are the use of full-fat yogurt instead of buttermilk. The result was a dark, moist chocolate cake without using eggs. It is far lighter than the eggless chocolate cake recipe which uses butter and lemon juice.
To substitute the eggs, combine yogurt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Allow 5 minutes to activate before adding oil. This combination of ingredients will result in a thick egg-like consistency.
I used a 22cm x 32cm x 4cm rectangular pan. The ingredient quantity resulted in a 3 cm thick cake. To make a thicker cake in a deeper pan, double all quantities.
Combine with the dry ingredients to make a thick cake batter. Bake. Top with a luscious layer of frosting, Enjoy!
Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe
How to Make Chocolate Ganache with Cream and Dark Chocolate
Decorate as desired. I topped this cake with a chocolate ganache frosting. Some recipes use corn syrup for a silky consistency. I prefer cream and chocolate. To make, heat 200ml fresh cream on low heat then add 250g dark chocolate. Stir slowly until the chocolate has melted. Allow cooling at least 2 hours. Stir until a thick paste-like texture is achieved before applying over a cooled cake.
Pirate Themed Sheet Cake
This year my sons birthday fell on a weekday again, despite curating a Pinterest board, weeks in advance, there is never enough time to make everything I set out to make. This year I opted for a simple sheet cake topped with Playmobil figures and a few homemade props including a pirate sail and a shortbread boat.
I opted for shortbread instead of fondant. To make simply mold into desired shape, refrigerate for an hour then bake to retain the form. For the frosting I used buttercream icing, plain and coloured blue with food coloring,
I have saved a few of my favourite Eggless cake recipes form the web on
my Pinterest Board of the same name. For more inspired baking ideas,
tips and decor check out my Pinterest Profile.