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Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry & Vanilla Coconut Cream

Yield 1 four layer cake

What really makes this cake extra-amazing though are the fillings and frosting. Creamy coconut-dark chocolate ganache and maple-raspberry jam are layered between the light fluffy cake and then topped with vanilla coconut cream frosting. Are you drooling yet? I am.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I think you should treat yourself and your loved ones (but more so yourself ) to this quadruple-decker of decadent heavenly goodness. Trust me on this one.

Ingredients

Cak-adapted from an old wartime recipe-unknown source

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Raspberry Filling

Vanilla Coconut Cream Frosting

Instructions

Make Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF with rack in center.
  2. Cut 2 8" round circles of parchment paper.
  3. Grease two 8" round cake pans with 2 Tbs. of earth balance or canola oil and place parchment circles in each pan. Dust side of each pan with the extra Tbs. of cacao powder by tapping the sides of the pan as turn it with the other hand.
  4. Whisk together flour, sugar, cacao powder and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Combine hot coffee, oil, vinegar and vanilla in a large mixing cup. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined- a few lumps are ok.
  6. Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 15 minutes on a rack and then invert them onto the rack. Lift pans off of cakes and remove parchment. Leave the cakes inverted as this will help flatten a domed top. Allow to cool completely before assembling the final cake. The cakes can sit at room temperature or refrigerated overnight as well.

Make Ganache:

  1. Heat coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it starts steaming but do not allow it boil. Turn off heat and add chocolate. Whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth and glossy.
  2. Transfer ganache to a bowl and refrigerate until firm-about 1 hour. Can be kept refrigerated overnight.
  3. Once firm transfer ganache to a mixer and whip to a thick airy consistency.

Make Raspberry Filling:

  1. In a saucepan, heat raspberries and maple syrup together until the mixture starts to boil. Turn down to simmer and reduce to a jam-like consistency, about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Allow to cool to room temperature or chill in refrigerator overnight.

Make Vanilla Coconut Cream Frosting:

  1. Dissolve cornstarch into a few tablespoons of coconut cream so that it doesn't clump when added to the rest of cream.
  2. In a mixer whip coconut cream, cornstarch mixture, maple syrup, and vanilla bean seeds until the mixture thickens and becomes airy. Keep the frosting refrigerated until ready to use.

Assemble cake:

  1. Using a long serrated knife carefully slice through the center of each cake to divide each into two layers, totaling 4 layers of cake.
  2. Arrange 4 pieces of wax paper around the edge of your cake plate to catch any messes during assembly. Once cake is done, remove the wax paper pieces to reveal a clean plate.
  3. Place the first layer of cake down cut side up. Spoon half of the whipped ganache onto the first layer and spread evenly to the edge.
  4. Place the next layer of cake cut side up on top of the ganache. Spoon all of the raspberry filling onto the layer and spread evenly to the edges.
  5. Place the 3rd layer of cake cut side up on top of the raspberry filling. Spoon the remaining ganache onto the layer and spread evenly to the edge.
  6. Place the last layer cut side down on top of the ganache. Starting with the sides of the cake use a cake spatula to spread half of the vanilla coconut cream frosting evenly. Then spread the remainder over the top of the cake.
  7. Stick the shredded coconut to the sides of the cake. Arrange fresh raspberries in the center of cake.
  8. Cut and serve right away or refrigerate for later. This cake will last for up to a week refrigerated.

Recipe by Fare Isle at https://fareisle.com/recipe-vegan-dark-chocolate-ganache-and-rasberry-chocolate-layer-cake-with-vanilla-coconut-cream-frosting/