(Accidently) Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cake

I was looking up some low-fat baking recipes and stumbled upon this one. It’s not listed as vegan, but as you can see, it is! I’ve posted a review after the recipe with photos.

pudding cake You need:
1 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cut water
2 tbsp apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup cocoa
2/3 cup brown sugar

1 3/4 cup hot water

1. Preheat to 350F and spray an 8″ square pan/dish.

2. Mix the first section of ingredients. By hand is fine. Pour into prepared pan.

3. Mix the cocoa and brown sugar. Sprinkle over mix in pan.

4. Pour on hot water.

5. Bake for 45 minutes.

Well, I don’t think the fact that I forgot the salt had too much impact on this recipe, although you should probably still add it if you decided to make this one. The two-year-old I babysit was helping me to stir and I got a little distracted, it happens. Anyway, I guess I didn’t really think about what “pudding cake” is when I tried this out out. Because once I cut into it, I was horrified to find pudding sitting at the bottom of the pan. At first I thought somehow only the top had baked all the way and then I realized what “pudding cake” is. It’s cake, with pudding. I tasted, with extreme caution, because I was still not totally convinced the pudding wasn’t just raw batter but then remembered there’s no dairy, so worst case scenario I’m eating unbaked applesauce and cocoa powder.

Anyway, it’s pretty ok. It tastes like a vegan brownie (translated: like a brownie, but slightly less delicious) with about an inch of wet, pudding-like muck stuck to the bottom. I actually flipped it on the plate because that way it looked more like frosting and I could try it without vomiting on myself. I have strange food issues, fear of undercooked batter is only one of them. I am also terrified of lumps in my yogurt, nearly-expired dairy products and all mayonnaise.

I think Lila will like it, and because it’s not overly sweet or full of fat (although with all the cocoa and sugar it’s far from low-cal) it shouldn’t hop her up too terribly much. I give it a C over all, or, in stars I’d give it a 2.5 of 5. Or, if you’re a movie fan, it gets one thumb kind of sideways and one down but almost to the side.

cut cake

In the second picture you can see the “pudding” on top. I find this to be one of the grossest looking photos I have ever seen. Oh, and that smear is not from me eating like a pig, the pudding smeared when I plated this piece and I was too lazy to wipe it off for the photo.