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Veganuary Pick Me Up!

Tim Brooks

10 Jan 2024

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Veganuary doesn't just have to be about veggies! Here is my Vegan Coffee Cake recipe to brighten up your mood on a cold and wet January day!



800g Self- Raising Flour 200g Dark Brown Sugar 150ml Vegetable Oil
3 tbsp White Wine Vinegar 1 tbsp Vanilla Essence

6 tsp Coffee Granules – add a very small amount of boiled water to dilute
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda 300g Icing Sugar

80g Flora ‘Plant based’ Margarine
100g Walnut halves
3 Pinches of Salt


Heat oven to 170 degrees and line a 10inch diameter, 3inch deep cake tin.

Sieve the self-raising flour into a mixing bowl then add the 200g dark brown sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix together.

In a separate bowl, put the 150ml vegetable oil, white wine vinegar, vanilla extract and around 5 teaspoons of diluted coffee granules (cooled down), add 700ml cold water and mix together.

Add the wet ingredients gradually into the flour and

sugar bowl and mix well, the cake mix needs to be strong but not too ‘firm’. Add a bit more water if required, but don’t make the mixture ‘runny’. You need to feel a ‘resistance’ as you mix it all, stirring till all flour has been absorbed into the mixture.

Pour the mixure into the lined cake tin, giving it a tap to burst any bubbles in the mixture.

Put the cake into the oven for around an hour. But check with a ‘knife test’ after 45mins, returning to the oven if the knife does not come out ‘clean’. When another ‘ knife test’ is done and it’s clean, cake can be left to totally cool, removing from its tin.

Make the Icing by putting the icing sugar into a bowl. Heat

the vegan margarine in a pan until melted on the oven top, adding it to the icing sugar. Then add around 4tsps of the diluted coffee into it and mix well until the icing sugar mixture is firm, not runny!

If mixture is runny, add more icing sugar till it’s thick to stir’. Allow to cool in a fridge.

Chop up the walnut halves on a chopping board till they are small pieces.

When cake has cooled, spread on the icing mixture evenly, then sprinkle on the walnut pieces evenly on top. Place completed cake on a plate and enjoy a slice with a nice cup of coffee!

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