(Cooperation with Vantastic Foods)
I’ve had my lamb mold and my bunny mold for years now and bringing cute cake animals to the easter table has always been a huge hit.
This is how to make vegan cake animals based on my chocolate bomb recipe. I made a dark brown chocolate lamb and a light brown bunny. For the bunny I replaced the cocoa powder with almond extract and used white chocolate to make the ganache.
The chocolate products I used were kindly provided by Vantastic foods* who I am an affiliate partner with.
You’ll need a lamb mold* like this to make this chocolate lamb
or a bunny mold*
Ingredients for the cake animals
1 1/4 cups flour (160 g)
3/4 cup sugar (100 g)
1/4 cup cocoa powder (30 g) (replace with almond extract for light brown animal)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plant milk (240 ml)
1/4 cup canola oil (60 ml)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons plant milk
2/3 bar of chocolate (60 g), dark or white
1 tablespoon maple syrup
For the eyes, you can use skittles or vegan m&m’s style things.
How to make the cake animals
Preheat oven to 180°C or 350°F.
Combine dry ingredients well, combine liquid ingredients in a different bowl and then mix together until just combined.
Lightly grease mold and sprinkle with flour, especially the lamb nose/ bunny ears. Then pour the dough into the mold and bake for 40 minutes.
Open the oven door and poke a wooden stick into the dough. If it comes out with dough sticking to it, the cake still needs a few minutes. Otherwise take it out and let it cool off, the longer, the more stable the lamb.
The cake animals might overflow during the baking process. That is not a problem: after cooling, just cut that part of, an even bottom will add additional stability and you get to try the cake.
Carefully remove the cooled off cake animals from the mold and place in the fridge.
Now melt the chopped chocolate, the plant milk and the maple syrup into a ganache. That works best by heating water in a pot (don’t boil) and put the ingredients into a smaller pot in the water. Melt while stirring.
When the first pieces start to melt, you can switch the heat off. The chocolate shouldn’t get warmer then necessary for melting.
Apply the ganache with a knife to the cake animals. Place the eyes after a few minutes and make sure they stick. Put in the fridge to firm up.
The vegan chocolate lambs also looked cute on our brunch table:
Have you made a cake animal? I would love to see your picture on Instagram @flymetotheveganbuffet or #flymetotheveganbuffet.
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