tasty treats: vegan coconut cake.


Can I be honest? Up until recently, I’ve had negative connotations towards desserts that claim to be vegan (or gluten free). I know it’s narrow-minded but it was difficult to wrap my mind around a cake void of eggs (or cream cheese frosting! Blasphemy!) Having a few good friends who’ve recently switched to veganism for various reasons has opened my eyes to a whole new world.

I originally tried a piece of this cake* in Montreal and had nobody told me it was vegan I would have been none the wiser. The results were moist and flavourful and it took virtually all of my willpower to not devour it entirely in one sitting. In celebration of a friend’s birthday this past weekend, I quickly relished in the opportunity to recreate it. It was a huge hit and, much to my dismay, we were left with one measly piece for me to enjoy the next day. (Click read more at the bottom of the post for the recipe)

*cute story: my friends boyfriend made her this cake as a surprise on Valentines day. The original recipe called for cocoa in both the batter and the glaze. He sweetly mistook cocoa for coconut and made the switch without realizing. The results were so delicious that I decided to officially alter the recipe and it will hereby be referred to as a coconut cake. I love happy accidents.
::what you’ll need::
(for the cake)
1.5 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

(for the glaze)
1 cup confectionary sugar
1/2 cup coconut
6 tablespoons water
a few strawberries (to decorate)

::what you’ll do::
.Preheat your oven to 350 F
.Line the bottom of 10″ square cake pan with parchment paper (cut to size), and coat sides with cooking spray
.Combine all of the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth
.Pour batter into pan and bake 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean
.Let cool in pan for 10 minutes
.Remove from pan and cool completely
.Once cooled, whisk together glaze ingredients
.Dip strawberries in glaze and set aside
.Pour remaining glaze on top of cake and set aside to dry
.Decorate with glazed strawberries (whole or cut) as you see fit

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COMMENTS (18)
18 Responses to “tasty treats: vegan coconut cake.”
  1. These pictures are so gorgeous! That cake looks delicious and I want to make it immediately. Such a cute story to go with it, too.

  2. Gabrielle | Savvy Home says:

    Yummy! That story about your friend’s boyfriend is so adorbs :)

    PS – you need to let me know next time your in Montreal! Would love to meet up :)

    • Jacquelyn says:

      Isn’t it so cute?
      That would be awesome! My best friend and brother both live in Montreal so I try to head down a few times a year – it’s usually jam-packed trying to fit it all in there but it would be so fun to meet!

  3. Jenna says:

    Love the story behind it! I have a feeling the coconut version would be yummier anyway!

  4. I too had the same attitude as you, but things change :D. This looks incredible – beautiful shots.

  5. yum! I am completely in love with the vegan chocolate peanutbutter pie I make so I wll have to try this too

  6. That is the cutest story and so brave of your friend’s boyfriend to attempt a birthday cake! It makes me smile just to think of Jason trying to bake a cake…if fact I would pay good money to see that! :)

    • Jacquelyn says:

      isn’t it sweet? Justin once made me a heart shapped cake (he had his mom help him) and to date it’s one of my favourite things he’s ever done

  7. Anna says:

    Yum! I had a vegan/gluten-free cupcake recently and was blown away by how delicious it was. I might have to try this out. :)

  8. tiffany says:

    a little hello… i just found your blog today and wanted to tell you how beautifully done it is.. i look forward to peeking around and playing catch up.. xo, tiffany

  9. Yum. The balsamic addition is so intriguing…!!! I guess with chocolate it would’ve been something else entirely.

  10. Alexis says:

    The first time I made this cake, it was a little thick and didnt raise well. I added 1/4 tsp of baking powder and and 1/2 cup coconut butter and it added moisture and lift.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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