Einkorn is an amazing flour, made from an ancient, unadulterated wheat that contains high nutrition and does not cause inflammation. Many of you have asked for specific instructions for using Einkorn flour when baking this recipe, so I’m re-posting with specific instructions. The original vegan Wacky Chocolate Cake recipe made with standard wheat flour was posted here. Learn more about baking with Einkorn flour here.
This eggless, butterless, milkless cake was popular during World War II when the egg and dairy ingredients were scarce. It is the most moist, delicious chocolate cake I’ve ever come across. Many people mistakenly think it is a mayonnaise cake. It’s always a hit!
- 1 1/2 cups Einkorn flour
- 3 tablespoons finely ground flax meal
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup cooking/salad oil
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Sift together the einkorn flour, flax meal, cocoa, salt, sugar and baking soda.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Beat the batter well so that the flax meal will release its binding properties thoroughly.
- Bake in greased loaf pan or 8×8 square cake pan at 350 Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes. It is done when an inserted toothpick pulls out clean.
- Makes 12 cupcakes, or mix up 1-1/2 of this recipe for a 9×13 pan.
Flax is added to serve as a binder, since Einkorn has very little gluten and needs a binder or it will be too crumbly. You could substitute 3/4 tsp xanthan gum, but my family doesn’t like it’s tendency toward slimy texture and it causes gas in some people.
Be sure to use finely ground flax meal. Coarsely ground flax meal doesn’t release sufficient mucilage to bind. If you aren’t sure if yours is finely ground, process it in a blender until it’s soft and fine.
You can substitute Gluten-Free Flour. If your GF flour already includes a binder, such as xanthan gum, omit the flax meal. If it does not contain a binder, include the flax meal.
Frosting: You can make vegan vanilla or chocolate butter cream frosting using your choice of nut milk and an alternative vegetable oil “butter”.
As a general rule of baking with Einkorn, I add 2 tablespoons flax meal for each cup of Einkorn flour. I decrease the liquid by 20%. Einkorn can take a bit longer to bake than regular flour – it can look browned and finished on the top, yet not be finished in the middle, so be sure to insert a toothpick in the center of a cake to assure it pulls out clean.
That’s it! Einkorn cake texture is denser and not quite as refined as usual white flour but everyone loves it.
Try this and you may never use another chocolate cake recipe. I confess – I usually eat a significant amount of the batter!
- Substitute left over coffee, or orange juice, for the water.
- Add coffee, almond, or orange flavoring to the frosting.
You might also want to try my Easy Peanut Butter Cookies!
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