Who doesn’t love candy, and who doesn’t love cake? These two things cross over brilliantly, and in this Seriously Decadent Snickers Cake recipe, I think I’ve really nailed the combination. This is a really simple recipe that’s perfect for if you’ve got a friend or family member coming over and you want to throw something really special together in unser an hour (considering your always have a can of coconut milk in the fridge!). I like to call those styles of recipes ‘emergency’ ones, and trust me: I’ve got a lot of them!
This Snickers cake is more than indulgent. It is soft, gooey, rich and decadent. This is something that can be quite hard to achieve in vegan food, as decadence is usually achieved by adding fat in some way. While a decadent stew could include vegetable or olive oil, a cold item such as this cake would need a solid fat. Vegan butter to the rescue!
Vegan butter can be made from plenty of different things. But some of the most popular ones are derived from nuts, often cashews thanks to their particularly high-fat content. This, along with the richness of high-quality vegan dark chocolate serves to make this easy, quick cake very decadent indeed.
The vegan dark chocolate serves to provide that classic chocolatey snickers flavor, while the vanilla paste throughout turns that up to eleven. It’s a classic pairing, though you might not know it: whenever you’ve eaten vegan brownies, vegan chocolate cake, or even vegan chocolate ice cream, there’s probably a little vanilla in there. Vanilla serves to really accentuate the flavors in the chocolate, leading to a much richer final dish.
Wanna change up the recipe a bit?
Snickers are a classic chocolate bar that we’re all familiar with. But what if you wanted to change this recipe up a little?
For example, let’s say you’ve got a friend with a peanut allergy. So they won’t be able to have your cake. You could swap the peanut butter out for something similar, though slightly different. The typical choice would be another nut butter, for example, almond (a personal favorite of mine). This swap wouldn’t affect the final taste too much. But it would allow you to serve this Seriously Decadent Snickers Cake to more people, so what’s not to love?
A great part of this recipe is the maple syrup. I, for one, absolutely love the stuff, but there are other substitutes on offer. The classic one that comes to mind is agave syrup, which is similarly sweet, and also vegan. Alternatively, you could opt for a thicker sweetener, such as molasses. Molasses is a classic sweetener which just so happens to be vegan. Love that it is made locally from sugar beets, which gives it a really rich, rounded flavor which could offer your cake just the edge it needs if you can’t get your hands on maple syrup.
Seriously Decadent Snickers Cake
- 150 g hocolate cookies
- 40 g vegan butter melted
- 1 can coconut milk chilled in the fridge overnight
- 1 tbsp vanilla paste
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 200 g peanut butter smooth
- 100 g vegan chocolate
- 1 pinch salt
- 250 ml coconut milk
- 30 g brown sugar
- Line a 20cm round baking tin with parchment paper
- Process the cookies in your food processor until they are really fine. Add the melted butter and combine. Press the dough into your baking tin and set aside.
- Get your can of coconut milk from the fridge, open it and only scoop out the solid white coconut cream and transfer it into a bowl. Stir in the vanilla paste and maple syrup. Spread the coconut cream mixture on top of your cookie layer. Transfer your cake to the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Melt your peanut butter in the microwave or on the stove to soften it a bit. Get your cake from the freezer and pour the melted peanut butter on top of the coconut cream layer. Return to the freezer.
- Melt the vegan chocolate in the microwave or in a water bath. Stir in the salt, brown sugar and coconut cream and combine well. Remove your cake from the freezer again and pour in the chocolate layer. Let the cake sit in the fridge for another 15 minutes before cutting!
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