Vegan School Dinners Chocolate Concrete Cake
Vegan school dinners chocolate concrete cake is a nostalgic throwback to the British old-school dinners puddings of the 1970s and 80s.
It’s a perfect pudding to bake during our quarantine/lockdown which is currently affecting millions around the world.
Chocolate concrete cake is so easy. If you have kids they will likely love baking this for the family.
Plant-based Chocolate Concrete Cake
- 200 grams plain flour
- 160 grams sugar, I use granulated or caster but you could experiment with any type of dried sugar
- 30-50 grams cocoa powder, or hot chocolate powder, the amount of cocoa powder/hot chocolate you use depends on how chocolatey you like your bakes to be. I use 50 grams.
- 100 grams of plant-based margarine, or any type of butter/margarine/baking fat you happen to have at home.
- 1 tsp vanilla essence, optional
- Preheat oven to 160 Fan/180 Celsius/Gas 4
- Grease and line a baking pan with baking paper. I used a 10 x 7 inch rectangular tray. Any baking tray roughly about that size can be used, even a circular cake pan if that’s all you have.
- Melt the margarine in a saucepan or microwave.
- If using the vanilla add to the melted margarine and mix.
- Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and pour in the margarine.
- Using a metal or wooden spoon mix thoroughly.
- Press the back of the spoon against the mix to break up the lumps.
- The finished mix will look like a mountain of dry, fine, chocolate breadcrumbs.
- Tip the mix into your baking tin and press it all down into an even slab. Press quite firm so it’s all compact. Smooth it all out.
- Bake in the middle rack of your oven for around 20-22 minutes.
- Your chocolate concrete will be soft and a little crumbly when it comes out of the oven but will firm up when cool. Mark into portions while soft.
- Sprinkle a little sugar over the top.
- Enjoy warm with custard or cold with a hot drink.
- Chocolate concrete can be softened a day or two later by microwaving it for 30 seconds or warming it in the oven for a few minutes.
For a plant-based custard recipe check out https://traditionalplantbasedcooking.com/school-dinners-vegan-jam-sponge/ and scroll down.
If you’d like bakes that kids can easily prepare during their school lockdown then check out this site which has a few good, tasty recipes: https://earthcadetseducation.com/kids-bake-vegan-cupcakes/ The link is for delicious, healthy Carrot and Courgette cupcakes. The banana bread is awesome to!