A six-minute cake that is directly mixed in the pan and is vegan and delicious? Is this a fairy cake? No, it is a cake adapted from the amazing Six-Minute Chocolate Cake that appeared in House and Garden Magazine in 1976. And it is so easy and miraculous, that kids can make it entirely by themselves with little mess and a whole lot of satisfaction. (And because of the way the vinegar mixes with the baking soda, there is a lovely swirl that will captivate kids as they stir.)
We know how much kids want to celebrate their moms but often that celebration means that mom has to cook and clean alongside. But this cake gives moms a little break on Mother’s Day allowing her to simply eat the cake rather than make it for a change! Print out the recipe card, lay it out in the kitchen, let dad get out all of the ingredients and the kids get to this fun work!
Since the cake part is so quick and easy, it gives children lots of time to decorate with edible flowers and berries.
Gather The Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar (can substitute with coconut sugar or cane sugar)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
Mix & Bake:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sugar into an ungreased 8-inch square or a 9-inch round cake pan. In a 2-cup measuring cup (or use a small bowl if you don’t have one of these), measure and combine the oil, water and vanilla. Pour the liquids into the flour in the pan and mix well with a whisk or a fork. Then add the vinegar and stir quickly. You will see pale swirls from the vinegar and baking soda reacting.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow the cake to cool before you frost and decorate.
Decorate For Mom!
This is the part where your kids can be cake artists. If you have a favorite frosting recipe or have found a healthy store-bought version, go ahead and add that to the mix. Otherwise, a sprinkle of confectioners' sugar will add a touch of elegance without adding too much extra sweetness. Kids can then add fresh berries and violets, calendula, rose petals, or nasturtiums, if you have any of those available. Fresh strawberries, blueberries or blackberries also make delicious toppers for this cake.