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When I turned 28, my husband and I left our boys with my parents for the night and went out to celebrate. I wanted to go shopping for my birthday to get some new clothes. The mall was almost closing, and I told my husband that we needed to go to a restaurant for dessert, because it isn’t your birthday unless you have a piece of cake.
A couple years later, I was told I could no longer eat any dairy products because of a medical condition. Not being able to eat dairy meant no cheese on my pizza. No ice cream after dinner. And, worst of all, no cake on my birthday. Today I can walk into practically any store and grab some soy milk, dairy free cheese or dairy free butter, but back in 2011, that wasn’t the case.
Birthdays passed without one bite of cake. I was able to find some dairy alternatives that I could use to replicate some of my other favorite recipes, but I was never quite able to make a cake. Make a cake that was moist and chocolatey like I remember. A cake with a delicious, thick buttercream frosting.
When I became Vegan in 2017, I started checking out all the cookbooks I could get my hands on from my local library. I seriously had a new book every week. One of my absolute favorites is Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized, by Sam Turnbull. Recipes for Overnight Cinnamon Bun French Toast Bake, Blueberry Bliss Muffins, and Better-Than-Ever Bakery Cheddar and Chive Scones were on my list to try. But first up was definitely the Sinfully Rich Chocolate Cake.
I missed making cakes so I could not wait to dive in. The recipe was super easy, and used basic ingredients that I already had in my pantry and refrigerator. I was so excited to take my first bite. Oh. My. Gosh. It did not disappoint. It was seriously the best chocolate cake I had ever eaten. You would never guess that it was vegan! I have made this cake several times and each time it comes out perfect and is super yummy. I even changed it up with a mint chocolate chip buttercream for my husbands birthday and it was a huge hit!
Lucky for you guys, not only is in published in the Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized cookbook, it is also on her blog: It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. Even if you aren’t vegan, you need to try this cake. I know you will love it too.