Incredibly simple and a real showstopper with the bright frosting that happens to be vegan and will taste just as good two or three days after being baked making it a great snack cake.
220 grams / 7.75 ounces vegan butter
150 grams / 3/4 cup superfine sugar
2 chia eggs
230 milliliters vegan buttermilk (see note)
360 grams / 2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cranberries
1/3 cup cranberries
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon sugar
120 grams / 1 cup confectioner’s/icing sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons water, add in batches
- Greaseproof a bundt tin and preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
- Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl on medium speed until pale and fluffy, approximately 2 minutes.
- Add the chia eggs and beat a further minute until combined.
- Add in the buttermilk and beat for a further 30 seconds until well combined.
- Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and pinch of salt and beat on low until combined and no dry parts remain.
- Add in 1 cup of the cranberries and stir through.
- Spoon into your bundt tin and smooth out, the cake batter will be quite thick but still easy to smooth out.
- Bake for 40 minutes until golden and a skewer comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes.
- Flip and allow to cool on a cooling tray.
- Meanwhile, place the 1/3 cup of cranberries. water and sugar into a saucepan and cover, cooking on low heat.
- Cook until they look to have ‘popped’ and set aside to cool.
- Places the cranberries, half the confectioner’s sugar and 3 tablespoon of water into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the glaze into your pouring dish and add the remaining confectioner’s sugar, stirring to combine.
- Add another tablespoon of water if you want the glaze to be thinner.
- Place your cake onto the serving plate and drizzle the glaze over the top evenly.
- Slice and serve.
Making chia eggs: If you’ve never made a chia egg before it’s basically 1 part chia seeds to 2.5 parts water, the seeds need time to expand and I always refer to this recipe when making them.
Creating vegan buttermilk: Making vegan buttermilk is the same as regularly buttermilk in that you add acidic juice to milk until it begins to curdle when you stir them together. The warmth of orange works particularly well in this cake, however, you will need at least half the juice of a large orange to make the buttermilk.
Getting homemade vegan buttermilk right: It’s best to start at 150 milliliters of vegan milk and add juice to the milk, stirring until it begins to curdle. If it curdles before you reach the desired amount needed for this cake, add a little more milk and a small amount more of orange juice until it resembles buttermilk and is 230 milliliters of liquid necessary.
Cake batter texture: The cake will be firmer in texture when you’re ready to put into your cake tin than a non vegan cake, however, this cake will be perfectly moist (don’t hate me) for several days, so don’t feel the need to add milk or more chia eggs if you feel it’s too firm.
Keep the cake: The cake is best covered for the first three days and then covered in the fridge for any longer.
Recipe by Roamingtaste