Union Co Cafe's vegan chocolate cake

Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Ask a Chef reveals the secrets of those superb dishes you ate in cafes and restaurants and wanted to try yourself.Ingredients
3 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
¾ cup cocoa (a good-quality Dutch cocoa is best)
¼ tsp salt
2 cups soy or almond milk
¾ cup oil
¼ cup vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
double shot espresso (optional)

250g 50% cocoa dark chocolate (we use Whittaker's )
1 can coconut cream1 cup frozen berries
2 Tbsp icing sugar

Mix dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients together. Combine the two.

Bake in two equal-sized cake tins at about 180degC for 25-30 minutes.

For the topping
Melt chocolate into coconut cream over low heat.

Reduce berries with icing sugar over low heat for 5-10 minutes.

Recipe provided by Union Co, Port Chalmers. Recipe requested by Kay Hannan, Oamaru.

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