Chocolate Berry Cake

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one day i will be one of those people who keeps their room neat, throws away flowers when they start to die, does their homework well in advance and doesn't pick their nail polish. 

i am not one of those people. today is not that day. 

instead i am one of those people who would rather spend my money on cookbooks than new shoes and occasionally forgets to shower. this is my reality and there is no point denying it. so when a birthday rolls around and i need to make a cake, you can be sure as sugar that i'm going to prioritise making that cake perfect over anything else.

the other weekend was the family collective birthday bash!!! wooo! because within about a month we'll all be in different post codes (what a well traveled bunch we are!!) there's going to be five, yes five, birthdays celebrated in one afternoon. i've made about a million of these and coupled with this cake, my offerings will possibly leave everyone well chubby to cope with these winter blues. 

let's sing happy brithday!! happy birthday to you! happy birthday to you! happy birthday dear kellie, paul, nicole, jess (me!!) and scarlett! happy birthday to you!! hip hip, hooray!!! hip hip hooray!! hip hip hooray!! *counts to 160 because that's the collective age we all are* yay!! 

notes: this cake makes either one large standard sized (22cm) cake or two mini cakes. i made the mini cake version, for sharing purposes and also cos i wanted to use my new daiso cake molds. it will rise quite a bit, so make sure you allow for that.  


chocolate Berry cake 

{makes 6 inch mini cakes}

ingredients

for the cake

3 eggs

150g vegan butter

1 c castor sugar

1 1/2 c gf plain flour blend

1/2 c melted dark 80% chocolate (preferably unsweetened)

1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

for the frosting 

300g vegan butter

600g icing sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

3 tsp unsweetened almond milk

method

on high in a stand mixer, mix all the cake ingredients (adding the milk last) until pale, thick and creamy. pour into cake tins and bake at 180 degrees C for 40-60 minutes or until cooked through & a skewer comes out clean. 

to assemble, frost a circle around the outside of one of the cakes. fill the middle with frosting . add the second cake layer on top and crumb coat, then frost the outside. 

serve to the hungry masses!!


-jess!

p.s. i nearly wasn't going to post this because photo composition, but i figured that you guys really wouldn't care that much anyway. also the cake is legit really good :)