Salty Caramel Cake

A recipe from Vegan: The Cookbook


Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes, plus 25 minutes cooling

Makes 1 (9-inch/23 cm) cake


• vegetable margarine, for greasing 

• ½ cup (65 g) plus 1 tablespoon wholewheat (wholemeal) flour

• 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

• 3 tablespoons maple syrup

• 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

• 6 tablespoons almond butter

• ¼ teaspoon salt

• 1 cup (240 ml/8 fl oz) almond milk

• 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan with vegetable margarine.

Mix the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder in a bowl. Set aside.

To make the caramel, combine the oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond butter, and salt in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 6–7 minutes, until the caramel is bubbling and smooth.

Set aside for 10 minutes.

Mix half the almond butter mixture with the flour mixture. Add the almond milk and chocolate and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Drizzle the remaining almond butter mixture over the top. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving.



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