I’m feeling lost now that I haven’t blogged in a week! The reason being I’ve been head first into my literature review first draft. However I was so excited to get the book: Ms Cupcakes – The Naughtiest Cakes in Town that I took an hour this afternoon to try my first recipe from it – the brownies.
I wasn’t intending to include any cocoa powder based recipes in my Quest for the Perfect Vegan Brownie but this one is an exception (and there may be more). I must admit, I wasn’t sure that it can be a proper brownie if it doesn’t have ‘proper chocolate.’ So I’m including this with caution.
You’ll have to buy the book for the recipe 😉 but for me its worth it (the other recipes look yum) because this is a deliciously light chocolate cake with a nice hint of fudginess . And yes I would call it that. I would call it a really great tray cake rather than a brownie.
I’m definitely going to make it again as a cake or muffins with creamy chocolate frosting with nuts, or maybe some crystallized orange peel and cinnamon icing and for that purpose I think it would be awesome. It’s such a light mixture for being vegan. I’m really looking forwards to trying other recipes in the book. And I may also try it again if I don’t have any chocolate around, which, is rare. I guess in the interests of repeatability one should try it again! If you’re more cake-brownie inclined then it’s a good one for you. For the chocolate-fudgy-indulgence-brownie you will need to look elsewhere, like here.
Here’s the important bit:
- Cakiness: 9
- Gooiness: 6
- Crispy top: 6 (the same as you would get on a sponge)
- Chocolateyness: 5 (the chips on top helped though)
- Sweetness: 8 (despite a whole heap of sugar, these were pretty spot on)
- Ease of making: 9 (no melting of chocolate required!)
- Ingredient complexity: 8
- Overall taste: 7.5 (taste was pretty good, just weren’t quite brownies)
Interested in the others I’ve made so far for comparison? Click on these links!
- Vegan Richa
- Nigel Slater and Nigella Lawson (sorry not vegan, but read why I made them)
- Jamie Oliver
- Kris Holechek
Just thought I’d end with one of the hazards of photographing with someone who hasn’t had their supper yet….
Got a recipe to suggest – let me know!