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vegan peanut butter chocolate cake

4 June, 2016

This is not a healthy cake. 

Nor is it sugar-free in ANY way. 

But it is vegan. And delicious (or so I have been told – I’ve just started a 30 day sugar-free challenge). 

Vegan chocolate peanut butter cake

My beautiful friend from the US turned 25 this week, and to celebrate (with the help of her incredibly lovely mother back home) we threw her a surprise birthday party. I’ve thrown parties before, but never a surprise one. It honestly sent my “double-checking, make back up plans to eliminate unnecessary things going wrong” self a little bit crazy.  Actually getting someone to go out somewhere when they think that nobody wants to do anything with them is neither a nice thing to do to a friend, nor an easy thing to pull off. Thank goodness for convincing friends and complicated cover stories.

Despite a couple of moments of nervousness, I must admit that it was completely worth it though to see the look on her face when she walked in the door. That, “I have zero idea what is happening right now, but this is a good thing… I think” expression that people get when all of their expectations have been turned on their head is pretty special.  

Because the birthday girl is vegan, we went to the amazing newly re-opened licensed vegan restaurant Greenhouse Canteen. If you want a vegan experience that will blow your mind, this is definitely it. The generous serving sizes of utterly delicious, nourishing food will make you feel so good inside and out (well, that’s if you don’t happily end up in a uncomfortably full food coma, which is usually where I’m at). It’s one of those places that will have you eating far after you feel full, because you know you’ll regret it if you stop eating. I have now had the Planet Plate and the Savoury Socca (both usual choices which I highly recommend), but I have tried the nachos, vegan pulled pork enchiladas and the Vietnamese pancakes. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every mouthful of food I have ever had there. The staff are absolutely divine, and ridiculously accommodating. They even let me decorate and bring my own vegan birthday cake (which they served on a beautiful platter with extra decorations and brought out with sparklers lit singing happy birthday). If you don’t BYO cake, regardless of how full you are, I suggest treating yourself to one of their raw or baked vegan desserts (the red velvet and snickers cakes are favourites – and they will even give you a container to take home what you can’t get through). 

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The most important thing that I have learned about getting people to love your vegan food; don’t tell people it’s vegan. Because no one in their right mind (allergies aside) could say no to this incredibly moist, heavenly creation. 

Even my non-vegan, sugar-loving friends enjoyed it. I added a peanut praline in between the layers of the cake and on top for extra crunch, which was a massive hit.

vegan chocolate and peanut butter cake
Serves 12
A incredibly moist vegan chocolate cake with a divine vegan peanut butter buttercream frosting and pralines.
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  1. 1 and ½ cups self-raising flour
  2. ½ cup plain wholemeal flour
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao
  5. 2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  7. ½ cup melted vegan butter
  8. 2 Tbs ground flax seed
  9. 1 cup almond milk
  10. 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  11. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup black coffee
  13. Frosting
  14. 1 cup natural peanut butter
  15. 1 cup vegan butter
  16. ½ cup icing sugar
  17. ⅛ cup maple syrup (for depth - otherwise add more icing sugar)
  18. ½ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  19. Peanut praline
  20. ½ cup sugar
  21. 2 tbls water
  22. 1/4 cup crushed roasted salted peanuts
  23. Optional: Vegan dark chocolate, extra peanuts (to decorate)
  1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees Celsius.
  2. Whisk together almond milk and apple cider vinegar before mixing in the melted butter, vanilla, coffee, and ground flax.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cocoa together.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour into a well greased 9 inch cake pan or a spring form pan and gently tap on counter to release any bubbles.
  6. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick placed in center comes out clean. Let cool.
  7. For the frosting, use a mixer or a blender to whip peanut butter, butter, and sweetener until smooth
  8. Place in fridge until ready to use.
  9. For the praline, stir the sugar and water in a saucepan over a low heat until combined for 2 minutes. Turn the heat up to high and let it bubble without stirring for 5-7 minutes, until it turns a golden colour. Remove from heat and set aside until it stops bubbling. Stir through peanuts and spread out onto a sheet of baking paper. After letting it cool and harden, crush the praline into smaller pieces.
  10. When Cake is cool, carefully cut horizontally in half to make two layers and spread half the frosting on the first layer. Sprinkle on praline and extra peanuts).
  11. Add the second layer and spread on the remaining frosting.
  12. Optional: sprinkle with the rest of the praline, peanuts and chocolate shavings.
  1. You could seperate the mixture into two pans if you want to avoid having to cut the cake.
  2. I used a youtube tutorial to learn how to make chocolate shavings; (it's so easy!!).
Adapted from Dora's Daily Dish
Adapted from Dora's Daily Dish
Travelling Table Tales
Warning: if you want to go vegan for health reasons, this cake will be extremely counterproductive. But if you want to convince people that veganism isn’t as crazy and restrictive as they think it is, start here. Prove to them that you can save animals and have your cake too. 

xx Liz 

Vegan chocolate peanut butter cake

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  • Reply Judy Dean 4 June, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Can you adopt me as a friend? Oh that’s right, we’re related! That cake looks divine. Nice work for a Uni student. You are indeed a unicorn.

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 4 June, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Birthday cakes galore for you! xx

  • Reply Cassie 6 June, 2016 at 4:37 am

    This cake looks BEYOND divine. And happy birthday to your friend! I’m sad that Greenhouse Canteen is only in Miami, but I hope that if I ever am in Miami, I visit this place!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 6 June, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you. It is definitely worth the visit! xx

  • Reply Claire at My Pink & Green Life 8 June, 2016 at 10:56 am

    It looks divine and that restaurant sounds amazing! You should definitely make the cake for yourself after your 30-day sugar-free challenge is over 😀

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 8 June, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      I already have orders for my next friend’s birthday. I am looking forward to the balance that cake brings to my diet! x

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