Step 4: Make Chocolate Glaze

For the glaze, in a small saucepan, bring sugar, margarine, milk, and cocoa to a boil. Stir frequently; then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. It'll look gloppy, but it's just the bubbles! Remove from heat and stir for another 5 minutes.

Add vanilla, stir, and immediately pour onto cake. Glaze dries really quickly, so spread it immediately and add any sprinkles now. Let this cool for an 1 hour, if you can wait that long!
<p>I've made this so many times! It's amazing with berries! I also made it recently for a dinner with my vegan friends and I topped it with coconut cream caramel and oh lawdy it was the best thing ever, everyone loved it so much. </p>
Coconut cream caramel? Recipe please? :)
Hey Sarah :) I've made this a bunch of times and it's super simple, kinda made it up but I'll try give you a recipe.<br><br>Approx. 1 cup of sugar (I've used both brown and white - both are nice)<br>1 can of coconut cream (use cream and water - it's fine)<br>2 tsp vanilla extract <br>A couple dashes of salt <br><br>Put the sugar into a pot over medium heat until it's completely melted and turning golden (keep a close eye on it.)<br><br>Once it's at that stage, add the coconut cream in, a small amount at a time as it froths up when you add it, lumps may form but this is absolutely fine, happens to me every time, they'll melt away. <br><br>Once you have incorporated all the cream, add the vanilla and salt and continue to cook it for about 10 minutes or until it has thickened up and is a nice, rich golden colour. <br><br>If, for some reason it doesn't want to thicken up (this happened to me when I made this cake - think it might have been the coconut cream I used?) place the caramel into the fridge until it has a nice solid layer over it (about an hour or two - sorry didn't keep track of the time!), take it our and give it a mix with a hand held mixer to combine all the caramel and it will thicken right up. <br><br>Hope this all works for you - sorry it's not perfect :) good luck and let me know if you like it!
<p>hmmm yummy </p>
<p>For fellow Brits: &quot;Baking powder&quot; is what we call baking SODA. If you use our baking powder, you don't need the vinegar. Self-raising flour doesn't need either additive. Here's my bread-machine cake, with injuries from the wire rack. I stuck it all back together with frosting ;) </p>
<p>Hi, I just wanted to say that actually what here in America is called &quot;baking powder&quot; is also called &quot;baking powder&quot; in the UK, but what Americans call &quot;baking soda&quot; Brits call &quot;bicarbonate of soda&quot;. You can find both in the baking aisle at Sainsburys or any other supermarket. I always get the yellow Dr. Oetker brand and the baking powder comes with a red lid and the bicarbonate of soda comes with a blue lid. I hope this helps :). Also have to say that I have had only amazing results with this cake and as a vegan am in love with this recipe! </p>
Do use plain flour or self raising flour?
<p>Plain flour!</p>
<p>Really nice info.</p>
<p>Also a brit here! I'm still a wee bit confused, do I use Baking Powder or Bicarbonate of Soda in this cake? </p><p>And do I still use the vinegar?</p><p>I don't wanna attempt this and make it wrong first time :(</p><p>Thank you!</p>
<p>British friends - I'm part Canadian, part American ;-) .Baking powder, *no* vinegar. Or Bicarbonate of Soda *plus* vinegar. To me the results are the same. The great thing about this recipe is it's a small cake and if you make it wrong the first time, how bad can it be? Someone will eat it, and you won't have wasted much.</p>
<p>bicarbonate of soda with vinegar.</p>
<p>Thanks for clearing that up :)</p>
<p>My housemate who is vegan was having a bad day, so I thought I'd give this a try, my first attempt at anything vegan......OMG this is awesome!! Once I'd converted cups to grams it was such an easy cake to make. The glaze just finished it off beautifully</p>
Do you have the grams conversion please? Is this an American recipe?
Thank you SO much for sharing this! I never thought vegan cake could be anywhere near this good, it's AMAZING &amp; even better served warm with soya vanilla bean ice cream!
How do you make soya bean icecream?
Can this be made in a microwave oven?
<p>I multiplied the recipe by three, substituted coffee for the water and made an amazing mocha birthday cake! I will never make another chocolate cake!</p>
<p>That looks so good:)</p>
<p>How to you make these cupcakes?</p>
<p>So, when you take the cake out of the oven and cool on a rack for 2 hrs., should it be in the pan still or out of the pan cooling? Thanks!</p>
<p>Mine worked out perfectly. Did you us self raising flour, I did. Plain flour won't rise.</p>
I just made this and it's come out about 10cm!! It is no thicker than a piece of bread. I followed it exactly. Not happy ☹️
<p>Because you have to put one layer on top of another and between put some cream you like x)</p>
<p>awesome. thanks</p>
<p>OMG, just made this today for my hubby's birthday and it was so good and he loved it (I'm vegan, he is not). Used coconut oil for the 1/3 c vegetable oil and instead of warm water used someone's suggestion of a cup of coffee. It really was great. When I took the cake out of the oven it had seemed to rise and 2-3&quot; hi in the 8 x 8 dish but as it cooled it seemed to go down to about 1.5&quot; hi. That said, the cake was delicious, not dense, like a moist cake you'd expect to taste. Will definitely be making this again. Thank you! </p>
<p>I do have a questions; what is the best way to store the leftovers... yes, we have leftovers because just hubby &amp; I. Should I just put it in the refrigerator and if so, how long will it last there? Thanks!</p>
It doesn't have to be refrigerated. It's actually best if kept out covered in foil because it retains its moisture so well.
<p>thank you :)</p>
This is literally the only chocolate cake I make in our home. Ever since I came across this recipe, I've used it for so many birthdays, holidays, and just because. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.. It's absolutely my favorite!
<p>my sister made this the other day and its godlike</p>
Perfect recipe. Made cupcakes for the first time and they turned out AWESOME. Happy kiddos, happy mommy.
Did you adjust time or temp at all? :) scared for another baking failure!
I followed exactly as the recipe said. <br>Cake was baked in 22 mins. It is a perfect recipe.
As cupcakes is that?
<p>yep meant cupcakes. about 11 of them </p>
<p>This recipe is AMAZING!!! Made it for my mum's birthday and everyone loved it!</p>
<p> I made this for my daughter's 22nd birthday. It really is &quot;the best chocolate cake ever&hellip; That also happens to be vegan&quot;. This is by far the best chocolate cake I have ever made. If you are looking for a super moist, rich, delicious chocolate cake, vegan or not, look no further, this is your cake! I did however deviate from the glaze and made frosting instead. </p>
<p>I turned it into cupcakes! was really good :-) Didn't require anywhere near as much cooking time. maybe 2/3 of the time and yeah 3/4 fill the patties as it doesn't rise much. </p>
<p>I made this cake tonight and i'm not sure what exactly i did wrong but i followed the recipe 100%. my cake came out extremely flat and the icing just went everywhere! even after 10 mins of cooling. the tray and saucepan wasnt too big either.</p><p>i think the issue with the icing was that my bf pointed out i should've used icing sugar, but as im new to baking i didn't know that and the recipe didnt specify.. :( </p><p>anyway it tasted pretty good. i think if i make it again i'll omit close to an entire cup of sugar because it was SUPER sweet. (personal preference). And possibly use an even smaller baking tray. it looked really nice with gold and silver decorations on it though.</p><p>thankyou for sharing your recipe!</p>
My son turned vegan so I made this cake on 8 February.. He loved it and appreciated the effort.. Everyone else thought it was delicious.. Used organic coconut oil.. I have another baking in the oven.. 10 mins to go.. Lol.. Used icing sugar, cocoa, Soy milk, coconut oil and vanilla essence for icing.. It's amazing.. Thanks for the wonderful recipe :)
This was DIVINE
does anyone know if this cake freezes well?
I left it in the fridge it still look ok.need to thaw it before eating.
It taste awesome.
I just made the cake. Not really sure whether it should rise some more. Pls comment.
I made this cake yesterday! :) it was delicious and held a nice texture! Yay for dairy free and vegan! I added black coffee in place of the warm water :) Thank you!

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