Ever wondered what type of sweet treats you could bake with supplies from the food co-op? Our excellent volunteer Michelle made a vegan chocolate cake last week with supplies (mostly) sourced from the co-op, and sold slices as a fundraiser for the UTS French Society. The total price of the cake came to $4.35, with a couple of extras supplied from Michelle’s kitchen. A whole cake for under $5 is pretty impressive!
1.5 cups wholemeal flour: 55 cents (we also have spelt flour that you could use)
1/3 cup cocoa: 95 cents
1 cup sugar: $1.25
1/2 sunflower oil $1.10
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar: 15 cents
1 cup brewed tea (rooibos): 35 cents
1/2 teaspoon bicarb from home kitchen
1/2 teaspoon salt: negligible price
1 teaspoon vanilla essence from home kitchen, but the co-op also sells vanilla beans
And the recipe’s pretty easy: mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, make up a cup of tea with the rooibos (or use coffee, or another liquid), add the oil to the tea. Add the tea/oil to the dry, mix well, and then add the vinegar (it’ll start to react with the bicarb and go a bit white).
Bake in a moderate (180) oven for about 30 minutes or until done.
Experiment with the cake recipe too; add fruit from your box, or see what different liquids do to the taste (orange juice perhaps?). Michelle iced hers here with plain icing sugar.