The time has come. Long story short, I’m currently rehearsing a show called “Gypsy,” in which I perform an elaborate burlesque strip tease. I tried on my strip “under garments” this weekend and let’s just say I need to lay off the sweets and do some major crunches before we open in two weeks! (Any ab routine suggestions are welcome…PLEASE). Rock Hard Abs are the idea here…
Now, cutting out sweets altogether is completely out of the question, so I needed to find something sweet AND healthy to satisfy my daily cravings. I knew just where to turn: my trusty Moosewood Cookbook. The first cookbook I bought, it’s been a book I know I can turn to for something consistently different and creative. So here it is, their Dark Chocolate Vegan Cake. Super easy and quick to whip up. It’s rich and chocolatey without being too heavy or sugary.
One slice a day. Gypsy Rose Lee is going to look fantastic in her sparkly bikini! The recipe may just be in your own Moosewood cookbook, but it’s also on the Moosewood blog, and my version is below! If you’re in Atlanta and would like to come check out our show, please follow the link below!
My savior, The Moosewood Cookbook, has brought me this fanastic vegan recipe (no eggs, no dairy) that is light yet rich, and filling yet light and fluffy. Best part: it's super easy to make!
1 1/2 cup Unbleached white flour
1/3 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Cold water or Chilled Brewed Coffee (Corey picked me up a dark blend from Caribou :))
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons Cider Vinegar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Oil a 9 inch round cake pan and cover the bottom with sifted cocoa (or parchment paper)
Sift together flour, cocoa, soda, salt, and sugar in one bowl
In another bowl pour in the oil, water or coffee, and vanilla
Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry and mix until smooth
Add vinegar and stir, the vinegar will start to react with the soda and make swirls in the batter, "don't waste any time" and pour into baking pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes
Add some sifted confectioners sugar to the top or your favorite frosting or glaze
On Moosewood's blog they have an even more simplified version where you can mix everything in the pan! Definitely cuts down on your dishes! You can add your favorite glaze, frosting, or in my case, powdered sugar on top!
Jill Ginsberg is a local actress and singer originally from Lexington, MA. She has played everything from princesses to pilgrims and when she's not on stage she can usually be found eating somewhere. Jill currently resides in the neighborhood of Summerhill, Atlanta, GA with her charming boyfriend and loyal hound dog.