Easiest vegan baking hack

Vegan baking is sometimes a very cruel mistress, and there are so many ‘hacks’ out there that it can be so overwhelming trying to find out which method to go with. I have tried quite a few of them, and have found that this is the easiest one by far.

All you need is:

  • Betty Crocker cake mix (it doesn’t have to be Betty Crocker, this is just my favourite!)
  • A can of fizzy

I have used Pepsi Max as that was what we had in the fridge at the time and I find that if you use full fat coke/pepsi it tends to make it super sweet. And with the amount of icing I panned to put on this cake, I did not need more sugar!

The hack is to use 300ml of fizzy. A can contains 330ml, so take a really good swig of the can and you should be left with 300ml. I have also found that it helps to add the fizzy slowly: add a little bit, thoroughly mix it, and then add more until you get the desired consistency. I find the best consistency is a thick batter. It should be smooth, but still pretty thick.

To bake this, I put it into two separate cake tins. They each took 20 minutes to bake and I then left them to cool down for about 30-45 minutes once out of the oven and out of the cake tin.

I then sandwiched the two cakes together and covered it all in the fudge icing. I also then added some sprinkles because I am that kind of person and who doesn’t love sprinkles?!

Another accidentally vegan product!

If I do say so myself, this cake was blooming loving! It was moist and fluffy, yet held it’s shape really well when cut into. Definitely very rich but what else would you want from a chocolate cake? I have found this hack is the easiest and produces the best results, and you can use it with pretty much any cake recipe. Just swap out any wet ingredients (such as milk, eggs, oil etc) and just add a can of fizzy to your dry mixture.

Are there any baking hacks that you guys have tried that work really well? Or any hacks that actually made the baking task worse? Let me know with a comment so I can try out a few of them next baking day.

T xxx

Sweetpea Pantry Brownie mix

Now I don’t know if I am just being dumb, but I always thought that brownies were automatically chocolate. Are they not? Have I been lied to? Someone help!

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With lockdown easing and being back at work, spending a lot of time baking in the kitchen is no longer that inviting a pastime. So I thought I would try these Sweetpea Pantry brownie mix. We wanted something sweet to snack on, and all of the healthy ingredients on the front of the box could convince us that we were, actually, having a healthy snack rather than a slab of brownie.

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So the good thing about this mix is that it was insanely quick to prepare and cook. All in all, I think these took maybe 20 minutes to be ready? 5 mins to mix everything in a bowl and then roughly 10-15 mins cooking. Now if you want gooey brownies, you only cook them for the least amount of time suggested, but as we like ours to be a bit more cakey we went for 15mins. They also rose really well and look very much how you would expect brownies to look.

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The downside….THESE ARE NOT BROWNIES. There is absolutely NO chocolate in this. Whatsoever. So I felt very cheated. Now it did taste sweet, but for the life of me I have no idea what actually made it sweet. It tasted….odd. It tasted like the type of healthy fitness brownie you might find at a really posh gym, where they say it’s made from all natural sources and only contains 15 calories per slab. You know the type I mean. So I can’t decide if they are nice or not. You bite into it expecting chocolate and instead you get this odd sweet vegetable taste…like sweet potato almost. But I repeat…NO CHOCOLATE.

Honestly I don’t even know if they can call themselves brownies.

Overall: 3/10. Will not be trying these again. If you like sweet things that don’t actually contain any sweetness, then highly recommend these. But if you are like me, and believe that brownies should have chocolate in them and anything else is a cruel trick, then steer clear!

T xxx