What is always moist, fluffy, comforting at any time of the day and a definite crowd-pleaser? Why, Vegan sponge cake! This egg-less, dairy-free, cruelty free, simple yet yummy cake is perfect for: breakfast, mid-morning snack, tea time, coffee break, dessert, or any other random moment of the day. It can be eaten alone as is (my fave, I’m a simple gal), or topped with your favorite ingredients (vegan nutella spread, peanut butter, chocolate pudding, jam, sugar sprinkles, fresh berries, you name it) or it can even be used as a basic ingredient in more elaborate preparations such as marbled cake, trifle and tiramisù (more on this soon!) – so as you can see it is also very versatile.
I think Vegan sponge cake is the perfect addition to your cold winter afternoons – see proof number one: this picture taken by my husband just before we’d munch on our slices, together with some warming green tea for me and some herbal tea for him (aren’t those mugs the cutest? they are the Christmas gift my parents got us ♥)
Funny thing is… the first question I get asked about Vegan baking is: how do you replace the egg? So I start explaining how many and interesting egg replacements there are, from store bought products to flax seeds, but in this particular recipe no special egg replacer is used. A few simple ingredients that you already have in your kitchen cabinets are all you need to start eating a freshly baked cake in just above 1 hour!
Indeed this recipe is so simple it doesn’t even require shortening or any such products. I never use shortening (not sure what it is) as my Italian background is made of very basic mostly fresh ingredients. For this cake, I have been inspired by the cakes my mom used to bake on sunday when I was a child, the basic one was a very similar vanilla cake and when she really wanted to spoil us, she would cut up a chocolate bar and add little chocolate chips. Ah, such sweet memories! So all I’ve done here was to think of that flavor and texture, and veganize what I remembered.
So are you ready? Let’s get started!