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Have you noticed how restaurants are now so much more skilled and willing to cook tasty vegan fayre? but when it comes to dessert there’s still a lot of fruit salad around…
Don’t get me wrong, I really like fruit salad but when I go out for a meal I want to be wowed by my dessert. A couple of weeks ago I was taking part in the #veganrecipehour on Twitter and we were chatting about the best vegan dessert we’d ever had in a restaurant. This is IT for me – Demuths’ Chocolate Fudge Cake!
Well, at least my re-creation of it!
This cake is deeeeeelicious. My gratitude goes to the wonderful Rachel Demuth who picked up on our conversation and generously shared the link to the recipe here. You can either serve this Chocolate Fudge Cake cold as an iced cake or hot, in a pool of warm, lip-smackingly good chocolate sauce.
When we went to Demuths Restaurant in Bath for the first time I would have been vegan for a year or two. The memory of being served something so outstandingly delectable has stayed with me to this day.
In fact, when we visited one year with a very tiny baby Sam he wouldn’t settle at all during our meal and we had to miss out on dessert. I assure you that we went back the very next morning to have our cake then… definitely worth it!
When I tried out the recipe, we certainly had our cake and ate it too… I got a bit distracted when making the first cake and accidentally forgot to add oil. With all that swirly icing it was still quite successful. But here is the real thing:
Simply delicious with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream… and good enough to share at Fiesta Friday and VVLP.
It’s not been ALL about food in our house this summer, but somehow ‘foodie things’ have even managed to sneak into our artwork.
Sam’s sunset with lentils, turmeric and paprika
And here is Alex’s version… Isn’t it great how they have created entirely different pictures with the same ‘ingredients’? A lot like cooking really 🙂
Finally, as we’re getting ready for a few days of camping by the Welsh seaside (a proper break from work, blogging and social media!)…
These ‘Rock Cakes’ are great to bake with young children. They may not make it in my food photography portfolio because of their good looks! But with a little added cinnamon and ground cardamom they are the perfect treat for a beach holiday.
So pleased that I still kept some of the candied lemon peel and kumquat peel (!) my mum had made and sent over to me from Germany. I’ve been saving this for a special occasion as the flavours are really wonderful.
What’s been the best dessert (vegan or not) you’ve ever eaten in a restaurant? Go on, make me envious 😉 I look forward to catching up again after my break.
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vegantarian lifestyle said:
This looks divine. Ive been using this word a lot lately, strolling around all these great food blogs, however, this cake redefines it. I don’t really have stumbled upon a dessert that stuck with me yet, but I do love a good ice cream.
Thank you for stopping by and the kind comment. ‘Divine’ will do this dessert justice, that’s for sure 😉
Wow, that cake looks crazy good! I love your cake plate 🙂
It’s my favourite plate. My friend Rachel bought it for me and I love serving cake on it… in fact I like it so much that I keep it on the kitchen table with a bowl of fruit on it when it’s not ‘in use’. 😉
Oh. My. Gosh! Perfection!!
Why, thank you. very. much! 😉
Have a good weekend.
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It looks absolutely amazing and so delicious 🙂 Happy FF!
Thank you very much. Happy FF to you too.
Wow! I’ve seen so many vegan chocolate cakes, but I always wonder how it tastes. I mean – does it taste like the non-vegan chocolate cakes? Enlighten me. I might try a vegan version next time. 😀
Thank you for sharing this and all wonderful photos here at FF. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. ❤
Jhuls, if you have never tried to make a vegan chocolate cake please start with this recipe. I’ve done lots of experimenting, including many disasters…. this one is lovely! You could even add some dark chocolate chips for extra cocoa overload 😉
Hope you had a great weekend too.
oh my, your chocolate cake looks divine, i would definitely have it with ice cream, love your cake stand too:)
Thanks Lily. I wouldn’t go for ice cream with a slice of cake but when you serve this warm with the fudge sauce then ice cream is just amazing!
Pang @ circahappy said:
Vegan or not, I will happily enjoy this chocolate cake in a heart beat. This looks so so good even for non-vegan like myself. 🙂
I totally agree with you… you don’t have to be vegan to throughly enjoy a delicious vegan meal. I’m thrilled if I’ve been able to tempt you 🙂
Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake said:
ooh that looks fab, would assume it had eggs and the work in it!! yum!
You wouldn’t know this was egg and dairy-free. It’s utterly decadent!
Nicky Corbishley said:
yum! That looks so inviting! I love the drippy sauce!
Thank you so much for stopping by, ‘Nicky-with-the-amazing-cookie-experiment’. You really are one dedicated lady when it comes to the perfect cookie!!
Yes, there are so many more vegan/vegetarian options in restaurants – but vegan desserts aren’t so common. But this one looks and sounds so delicious – all that dripping chocolate looks scrumptious!
I hope you’ll give it a try one day. It tastes just as good as it looks 🙂
Selma's Table said:
What a lovely recipe and to be honest, if you hadn’t mentioned that it was vegan, I don’t think anyone would’ve noticed and would’ve just thought that it’s an oil based, eggless, fudgy cake! Which is quite often something that I do – make something and then when I start to tag it, realise that it’s vegan! It is a shame that restaurants don’t make more of an effort with vegan puds – it’s not that difficult as this recipe proves. Thanks for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday and have a wonderful time camping (yay for no internet!!) with those delicious looking rock cakes!
Thank you for your lovely comment Selma. You really make such an effort to comment and support other bloggers. I know how much time it takes… it’s very much appreciated.
I’m not a vegan but I’m sure I would love this cake! It looks incredibly good 😀
Hi Sarah, thanks for dropping my a line. You certainly don’t have to be vegan to love a good vegan cake… or any tasty vegan meal for that matter.
An open mind (or mouth??) and a hearty appetite will do nicely! 😉
haha I believe so too! 😀
The Burlap Kitchen said:
this looks yummy! 🙂
Wow.. This looks absolutely stunning… Loving it..:)
I really hope you’ll get a chance to try it. Really, really good!
A Home Cook said:
Oooh. It looks so good. Egg-free is the way to go in our house, and gluten free for a short time. Thanks for pointing us to this cake.
There a lots of different ways to replace eggs but I’m still a real novice when it comes to gluten free. Is it by choice or an intolerance?
A Home Cook said:
A bit of both. We’re using the exclusion method to screen for possible intolerance in a family member. On the way, we’ve discovered we prefer some of the things we’ve made with GF flour, so there’s a surprise for us all!
Wendy Tooze said:
I have so got to try the dairy free chocolate fudge cake – my favourite dessert ever! It will go really well warmed with some Swedish vanilla dairy free ice cream! MMMMM I can almost taste it now! Lipsmackingoodness!
Oh yes, I can see we’re talking the same language 😉