Moosewood Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

Today’s my mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday Mom! Over the weekend I made her a cake using a recipe from the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY. This has become one of my family’s favorite vegan cake recipes.

You can find the recipe on the Vegetarian Times website, but I’ll post it here too. The chocolate peanut butter icing really is the biggest selling point of this recipe for me. I could eat that just by itself. I also like that the recipe calls for coffee in the cake. Coffee, chocolate, AND peanut butter? So good!

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water or chilled brewed coffee
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. cider vinegar

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 to 4 Tbs. water
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously oil 8-inch square or round baking pan. Dust with sifted cocoa, or line bottom of baking pan with parchment paper.

To make Chocolate Cake:

2. Sift flour, cocoa, soda, salt and sugar. In another bowl, combine oil, water or coffee and vanilla. Pour liquid into dry, and mix until smooth.

3. Add vinegar and stir briefly; baking soda will begin to react with vinegar, leaving pale swirls in batter. Without wasting time, pour batter into prepared pan.

4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve cake from pan, or, when cool, transfer to plate.

To make Chocolate-Peanut Butter Frosting:

5. In heavy saucepan, melt chocolate over medium heat. Beat together peanut butter, water and vanilla until smooth. Beat in confectioners’ sugar, and add melted chocolate, mixing until blended. Spread frosting on cooled cake.