I created this seasonal strawberry cake around this time last year, but was unable to feature it on my blog due to work load and other life distractions. Plus I didn't get round to taking a photograph of it as it disappeared within hours of making it.
Well last week I was given a chance to cook some of my vegetarian and vegan delights at a local arts venue. I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and thought I'd feature this Red Velvet Strawberry Cake alongside some of my most popular and seasonal dishes, such as the Red Dragon Burgers, Rhubarb and Puy Lentil Curry and vegan BLT. This red velvet strawberry cake, well it was truly popular, even the kids from a local primary school who had come in to view some artwork by a young talented new artist were going 'wow'. So it won't be any surprise to some of you that more than half of the cake was gone by the day. Everyone who had a slice, could not only believe it was vegan, but were surprised to note how moist it was. I know I could have added more colouring to make it a deeper red, but I was being cautious. After all its a red velvet cake, not a 'oh my bloody bleeding heart cake'. If you so wish, you could decorate it with more fresh strawberries, but personally I did not want to over-do it.
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Vegan Red Velvet Strawberry Cake with Strawberry 'Cream Cheese' Frosting
You will need a 10 inch round spring form cake tin for this cake
425g plain flour
11/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
180g golden caster sugar
400ml soy milk
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
200ml vegetable oil
100g - 120g fresh strawberries, sliced plus extra for topping
1 Teaspoon red food colouring
Sieve the dry ingredients first over a large bowl, then stir in the sugar. In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients, then carefully pour into the dry ingredients, along with the sliced strawberries and red food colouring and combine well. Then pour into baking tin. Bake at gas mark 4/180oC for 45 - 50 minutes of until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and cover with cream cheese frosting the following day.
For the vegan 'cream cheese' frosting
Vegan Cream Cheese
2 - 3 fresh juicy strawberries crushed or pureed
Put the icing sugar, margarine and 1 - 2 tablespoons of crushed fresh strawberries into a blender and blitz. Allow to chill, then carefully with a spatula spread over the top of the cake and leave to set. Then top with additional freshly sliced strawberries.