Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – day of love and almost as importantly, a day of chocolate. Apparently, 70% of people in relationships will opt to stay in and cook for each other versus splash out in a fancy restaurant (where they usually up the prices with fixes menus!) Since Sam and I both love to cook, we usually opt for a special dinner at home. There’s just so much more that I’d like to put money towards than an overpriced restaurant!
HelloFresh also corroborated something that I already knew: that most people do find chocolate an aphrodisiac. (Though a large food “turn off” was spicy food. 40% of people are crazy! There’s nothing better than spicy food!) But one of the things that I found most reassuring was how down to earth most people’s Valentine’s Day dinner plans were: few oysters and lobsters. Steak and chips, roast dinner and curry were the top three. There are loads of other interested Valentine’s Day food facts on the HelloFresh website.
We did have one memorable Valentine’s restaurant experience: Sam took me to The Pope’s Eye, a steak restaurant in south west London. When I say it is a steak restaurant, I really mean it – steak is the only thing in the menu, apart from a tiny number of sides. It’s a funny little place, but the food and wine are incredible. Ever the glutton, the steak that Sam chose was so big that it was hanging off both sides of his plate! Unlike the majority of restaurants there was no special Valentine’s menu; they just offered their usual, very precise choices.
As for my plans for tomorrow? They will definitely involve chocolate! As most of my long-time readers will know, there are few things that I like more than a good piece of chocolate cake. I sincerely believe that it can solve most of life’s problems!
If you want to celebrate a job well done: cake. If you want to treat yourself after a hard day’s work: cake. One of my favourite things about the Harry Potter universe was that they always seemed to solve most ailments by chocolate. That’s my kind of universe. And the epitome of Valentine’s Day treats: chocolate cake.
So here’s my go-to recipe for Vegan Chocolate Cake. I use the same frosting recipe that I used on my vegan beetroot chocolate cake because it’s just so, so good. I could honestly just eat this frosting on a spoon by itself.
But if you’ve nothing else planned for tomorrow evening, I definitely recommend whipping this up quickly in the kitchen. Singletons, relationshipers- it doesn’t matter. Everyone can enjoy this cake!
- 300 mL of dairy-free milk (I used almond milk)
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 150 g of dairy-free butter
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- 275 g of self-raising flour
- 175g of sugar
- 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarb)
- 75g of non-dairy butter
- 200 g of powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of water
- Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease two 9'' cake tins.
- Stir the lemon juice into the milk and set aside. (This is how you make vegan buttermilk!)
- Cream your butter, sugar and syrup together. Once they've mixed together, add in your dry ingredients. Pour in your milk mixture and stir until smooth.
- Pour into your baking tins and bake your cakes for approximately 25-30 minutes.
- Whilst your cakes are cooling, make your frosting. Beat all the ingredients together.
- Once the cake has cooled, frost and enjoy!
What’s your experience with vegan cakes like? (Either eating them or baking them.) Will you be eating anything special tomorrow or will all the sugar from Pancake Day have tired you out?
***This post was in collaboration with a brand, but all thoughts and opinions are forever my own.***