Northern Spy celebrated a birthday this week: Bethani is finally 21! In addition to the traditional birthday festivities—drinking—I thought I’d be a nice guy and whipped up a birthday cake for the little lady. However, as I was pressed for time for a variety of reasons, most of them personal and banal, I opted for a quick, but totez delish, recipe I’ve used before, with a few slight changes.
I present to you now Bethani’s Vegan Lime Poppy Seed Birthday Cake:
- ¾ cup poppy seeds
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- grated peels of 3 lemons
- ¾ cup apple juice
- ¾ cup (canola) oil
- ¾ cup (pure) maple syrup
- 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour (I'm sure white flour is fine)
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp sea salt (or regular salt)
- Mix dry ingredients.
- Mix wet ingredients.
- Fold gently together, adding wet to dry.
- Pour into greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan.
- Bake in preheated 350° F oven for 1/2 hour or until toothpick comes clean
Notes and Adjustments:
- ¾ of a cup of poppy seeds is a lot, I mean a lot, of poppy seeds. To make this I cut it down to half a cup, but you could probably get away with 1/3 if you wanted to.
- To make this a lime cake instead of lemon I used the peel of four limes, and it took about 2 of them to get enough juice.
- If you use maple syrup for this recipe get the lightest you can find, otherwise your cake will taste like pancakes (not necessarily bad, but the maple can be overpowering). For this and most other vegan baking applications I prefer to use honey! It’s a cleaner, more neutral taste, it’s attracts water so your baked goods will stay moister longer, and it’s a natural preservative so your food will keep longer!
- You could use an equal amount of Kosher salt in lieu of the sea salt if you don’t have it, or a ½ tsp of regular salt.
- I also added a ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract since I think most baked goods benefit from this.
- I used pastry flour for this and the cake was very light and tasty, the first time I made it all we had was all purpose and the cake was still excellent, just more dense. It’s up to you and your cake preferences, but if you choose a.p. flour mix this sparingly or enjoy your gluten block!
- I baked this in a loaf pan which took about 45 minutes, checking every five or so after the first thirty. This would also be great in a Bundt pan and would probably cook in 25-30.
- While this cake is perfectly delicious on its own I chose to top it with a glaze made from confectioner’s sugar, lemonade, and a bit of vanilla extract.
Baking playlist courtesy of my totez rad post-hardcore on-the-go iPod playlist:
- The Means – Heart
- The Future of the Left – The Lord Hates a Coward
- McLusky – 1956 and All That
- Refused – New Noise
- McLusky – Whiteliberalonwhiteliberalaction
- The Means – (t.p.) Massacre
- The Future of the Left – Wrigley Scott
- The Birthday Party – The Friend Catcher
- The Future of the Left – Real Men Hunt In Packs
- The Bronx – Strobe Life
- Gallows – In the Belly of a Shark
- Shellac – Dog and Pony Show
- Hot Snakes – Rock’n’Roll Will Never Die
- The Means – R. Loxley
- McLusky – You are my Sun
- The Means – Rob Wheeler
- Gallows – Six Years
- Detachment Kit – Hurricane Designed for People
- Shellac – Il Porno Star
- Refused – Worms of the Senses/Faculties of the Skull
- The Bronx – False Alarm
- Harvey Milk – Maelstrom of Bad Decisions
- The Birthday Party – Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)