I've been looking for the past week and a half for a good strawberry cake that is vegan. That means no jello mix. The 2yo turns 3 in a week and a half and requested a strawberry cake. I like to make the cakes vegan so that everyone in the family can enjoy without making two cakes :-/ So, the inventing began. Couldn't find anything that I had all the ingredients to, so I adapted my chocolate cake recipe as a starter. This is what I came up with:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground flax seed mixed with 1/4 warm water and whisked until thickened like eggs (binder)
3/4 cup berry puree (I used mixed berries for starters because I have more of those)
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup cold water
Bake 350 in 9" round pan or in cupcakes (I did both for this experiment) for 20-30 mins. The cake took 25, the cupcakes took 20. I got 1 9" round and 10 cupcakes. The cake is light and fluffy and dark purpley blue. (The mixed berries had blueberries, raspberries, and black berries.) Tastes great, just sticks to the cupcake wrappers. Not sure about how to get the cake version out of the pan as I forgot to grease and flour it... :-/ There's always tomorrow for another experiment and this time with flour and grease!
UPDATE: Once the cake was tasted (she liked it, btw), she said, "Well, maybe chocolate..." Ugh! 2yos! :-) Also, the cake came out of the pan VERY easily! Yay!!!
Birthday girl with her cake ready to blow out candles.