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Mar. 24th, 2008 | 07:56 pm

Chocolate Cognac Cake

    This cake is super easy and super tasty.  Michael bought a large bottle of Hennessy at Christmas for eggnog.  Being the non-drinkers that we are, there is still like 99% of the bottle left.  So now I utilize it in basically everything I bake.  :)  Feel free to substitute another liquor for the Cognac, or replace it with an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract.  This recipe yeilds enough batter for two cakes.  I use 6 inch, circular baking pans.


1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Earth Balance or other vegan buttery product
2 cups sugar
4 "eggs" * (This is one of the few recipes I will use Ener-G Egg replacer in.  Feel free to substitute with any egg replacer.)
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or your favorite almond milk)
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (I use Ahh-laska)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon cognac


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease and flour bottom and sides of two round cake pans.
2. Sift together THREE times**, the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Set in bowl to the side.
3. Make your "buttermilk".  In a dish to the side, add your vinegar to your almond milk and allow to curdle.
4. Cream your butter, sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla and cognac together with a hand mixer.
5. Add your EGGS* to the butter mixture.  If you are using Ener-G, turn your hand mixer on low and mix only
'til incorporated.
6. Add half your flour mixture and half your buttermilk to the butter mixture and mix until incorporated.  Add the other half of the flour mixture and buttermilk and mix until smooth.
7.  Pour your batter evenly into both of the baking pans.  Bake in the oven for about 55 minutes.
8. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes and then remove onto a cooling rack (or clean surface if you don't own a cooling rack, like me :)).
9. Keep cakes cooling and begin to make Icing.

* When using Ener-G, the ratio of powder to water is 1.5 teaspoons:1 Tablespoon.  So, for this recipe, use 2 TB egg replacer and 4 tablespoon VERY WARM water.  Combine them in a cup or small bowl.  Use a CLEAN whisk attached to your hand mixer and place it into the egg solution and beat until VERY fluffy.  You can also use a fork and beat until very fluffy.
** Sifting the flour will make it extra light and fluffy.  I highly suggest sifting but if you don't care that is fine, too. :)

Cognac Icing

    Same as the cake, this icing will be plenty tasty without the Cognac.  You may replace it with another liquor or a teaspoon of vanilla extract or any flavouring.  This recipe yeilds enough icing to frost two cakes, plus about a half cup extra for decoration.


3/4 cup room temperature Earth Balance or other vegan margarine
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon
1 tablespoon cognac
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons of almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)


1. Cream the butter for about 1-2 minutes or until extra smooth.
2. Add a cup of the sugar, followed by the cinnamon, salt, cognac and vanilla extract.
3. Continue to add the sugar one half  cup at a time and continue to beat.
4.  You frosting should be creamy, but not watery. 
If you notice the frosting becoming stiff, add a teaspoon or two of the almond milk.
5.  Your done!  Set this to the side covered with saran wrap until your cakes have completely cooled!

Assembling your Cake

    Once your cake has cooled completely, use a serrated knife to cut off the rounded tops to the cakes.  Place one of the cakes, bottom side up, onto your platter.  Surround the base with parchment paper to keep the platter clean.  Ice the top of the cake.
    Place the second cake, bottom side up, on top of the 1st cake.  Ice the sides of the cake, followed by the top.
    Use your remaining icing to decorate your cake.  I added a few tablespoons of raspberry jam to the remaining icing for color and flavor.  Put the icing into a frosting bag and decorate!  Voila!  You are done.  :)

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from: ex_somnolen
date: Mar. 26th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)

Ohhh shit, girl! That looks soooo good. I like your decorations. :)

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from: silentbirds
date: Mar. 27th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)

It was pretty tasty. As to my decorations, the jelly beans are pretty lame. But it was like 3 a.m. + had no clue what to put in the center + was like "well, i have no problem with piles of sugar" so I just put the pile of jelly beans. :)

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