this one goes out to the ones I love

10 Feb

I am adrift in a sea of templates, CSS and code. Alas, I am making progress on my awesome new improvements to nom! nom! nom! and shall be debuting them soon.

In the meantime, here is a recipe from my upcoming book Have Your Cake and Vegan Too. Out of all 50 recipes, this is definitely in my personal top 5, perhaps even my top 2. It would make a fabulous cake for Valentine’s Day. Your only requirement is that you have to watch the YouTube video below, as it is classic comedy gold, plus the namesake of this mouth-watering treat. If you end up making the cake, you have an obligation to sing the song at least once.

Dad is Great Chocolate Cake

If you’re still freaking out about tofu in dessert do yourself and everyone else a favor and get over it! This loaf cake is delicious and decadent and so very simple. My insanely picky little brother (who lives off of chicken fingers and french fries, no joke) loved it and so I made sure to tease him about the fact that he ate tofu after polishing off his piece. Hehehehe… he never knew.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa, sifted
1 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/4 teas salt
1 cup milk of choice
1/3 cup oil
1 1/2 teas. vanilla
1/4 teas. mild vinegar
3 tbsp. crushed chocolate cookies, crushed nuts or shaved chocolate to garnish

Chocolate Cream:
1 12 oz. aseptic container of firm silken tofu, room temperature
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
2 tbsp. brown rice syrup or agave
1/4 teas vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease and dust (with cocoa powder) a 9×5 loaf pan.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Let sit for a minute. Add the dry to wet in batches, beating until just smooth. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes before loosening and transferring to the cooling rack.

While cake is baking, prepare the chocolate cream. In a double boiler over low heat, melt the chocolate until smooth, stirring often. If you don’t have a double boiler, put about 1-2 inches of water in a pot and place a heat-safe bowl over it, making sure the bottom of the bowl is suspended over the water. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, crumble the tofu. Blend for about 30 seconds, until fairly smooth. Add the melted chocolate, brown rice syrup and vanilla and blend until well incorporated, scraping down the bowl or canister as needed. Transfer the cream to a container and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour.

To assemble: Carefully cut the completely cooled cake into thirds using a cake leveler or knife. Spread 1/3 of the chocolate cream on top of the bottom layer and place the middle layer on top. Spread another 1/3 of the cream on that layer then place the top layer on. Spread the final 1/3 on top of the cake. Garnish with crumbled cookies or chocolate shavings.

Store cake in an sealed container in the fridge.


16 Responses to “this one goes out to the ones I love”

  1. Molly February 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    i want to make this tonight! like right now! is there an substitute for the rice syrup? that is the only ingredient i don’t have on hand. 🙂

    • Kris February 10, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

      You could use agave or honey, too. Either of those should work fine.

    • Molly February 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

      Thanks lady!!

  2. Josiane February 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Reading through the recipe again, I honestly wonder why I didn’t jump on this one while we were testing for your book… it sounds great! I should be able to find an opportunity to make it soon, what with Valentine’s Day and my gentleman friend’s birthday being only a few days apart. 🙂

    • Kris February 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

      Josiane- It’s probably because you were the healthiest tester and stuck to the recipes that at least pretended to have nutritional value. 😉 But chocolate has antioxidants!

  3. Lee Ann February 11, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    I was thinking about this the other day – it is so good.
    I have a box of tofu that needs using – perfect timing.

    • Kris February 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

      I had some leftover silken tofu the other day and made a half batch of the cream just to straight-up eat. Ooh, I can’t wait to eat it with fresh berries. Come on, summer!

  4. Courtney February 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    I love Bill Cosby… :0)


    • Kris February 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

      I know, me too. I just watched some episodes of The Cosby Show on Netflix the other day. I love that show.

    • Courtney February 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

      I freaking LOVE the Cosby show…when I was little I wanted to be adopted into the Cosby family–no joke, lol. That show rocks! Actually, eating some of your delicious cakes while watching the Cosby show would rock…why didn’t I do that over the summer during testing?!!?? That needs to change NOW!


  5. Zachary DeLong February 12, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Hello! I thought my website might be of interest to you:

    Vegerator is a vegetarian recipe website that helps you create tasty meals based on what you already have in your home. It’s simple: you type in the food you currently have in your fridge and pantry; then Vegerator presents you recipes that include those ingredients.

    I understand this is probably considered spam, so no hard feelings if you delete it! We’re new to the web & just trying to get the word out.
    – Zachary

    • Kris February 12, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

      No worries, Zachary. You’ve gotta get your name out there somewhere! Very cool site!

  6. Laurie February 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I came accross your website today and read your recipe, looking for something good to make for Valentine’s Day. This cake sounds good, but I didn’t even know what “vegan” meant until I read about it on your website! I’m from rural Missouri where tofu is almost a bad word, even though soy beans are a major crop here. But, nevertheless, I’m going to try this on my family of 6 on Monday. And, by the way, Bill Cosby is a classic and nice touch to your recipe.

    • Kris February 12, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

      Thanks, Laurie! I hope you guys enjoy it and thanks for stopping by!

  7. Mo February 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Drool. That cake looks decadent!


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