Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Free-From Chocolate Brownie Cake

Having held you all in suspense on our Facebook page since announcing an EGG FREE cake recipe was on the way...... here it is!!

I can't take much credit for this though, it really is a creation of my daughter's, who at 9 was rather cheesed off that she wasn't able to eat the gluten free brownies her older brother enjoys frequently and decided to do something about it!

We are really lucky and are allowed some egg here, which makes life much easier. But many are not able to eat egg so we are officially making an effort to include more egg free recipes.

I had read about eggless "crazy" cakes before, and we had a basic recipe for guidance. The were created during the "Great Depression" in 1930s America, when eggs and butter were hard to find and expensive.


(Adapted from an official "crazy cake recipe")

Dry ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups of flour (we used Juvela Harvest White but any blended flour would do)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (We used Bournville for that brownie taste)
  • 1 cup sugar (we used caster, the recipe said granulated but that tasted gritty)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Wet ingredients
  • 1 tsp white vinegar (I only had wine vinegar as it's gluten free)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

This is really *so* easy, I was not involved at all, my 9 year old made this by herself.)
  • Grease an 8" deep sandwich or square tin
  • Measure out the dry ingredients in order
  • Mix lightly and make three wells in them 
  • Put the wet ingredients one in each well, the oil in the largest - like a face!  (2)
  • Pour the water over the entire lot in the tin (3)
  • Mix well! (4)
  • Bake at 170C / 350F for 35 minutes, the middle should be slightly squidgey to avoid the outside getting too dry (that was the problem with our first effort) and once cooled it can be decorated if desired. 
When warm, it tastes just like chocolate brownies..... yum!!

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  1. As the mother of a boy who can't eat eggs, we are always searching for new recipes and will definitely try this one! Please say thanks to your daughter. My son is 9 too and we are always baking!

  2. I love this - I am not a fan of eating eggs so always look out for recipes that don't include them and this looks great. Thanks to your daughter from me!!

  3. I would love to try this. I like the idea of free from recipes. I don't have allergies, that Im aware of, but I would eat this most certainly x

  4. Sounds perfect, just goes to show you don't need half the ingredients.

  5. I am a big egg fan actually, but it'd be nice to try something new!

  6. Oh yum. This sounds delicious and one for our cook book

  7. OO I do love chocolate brownies and this looks so delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I think I would have it warm with cream.

  8. Fantastic recipe! I was allergic to eggs as a child so my mum could have done with this! xx

  9. im a huge fan of chocolate cake and i have made cakes like this before so i know they taste fantastic

  10. Great recipe, whilst im not allergic to eggs, I like how this sounds x

  11. oh this sounds amazing! i need to do more baking so may try this :-)

  12. This looks amazing !! I must try this

  13. The fewer ingredients the better for me! I have a friend who is allergic, passing this on!

  14. This looks so nice and chocolatey. Loving it!

  15. I've seen so many people mention crazy cake so it's good to see it actually works. And great when the kids can take charge in the kitchen. #freefromfridays

  16. This is fantastic. Trying it, pinning it and sharing it. Thank you. Over from #FreeFromFridays

  17. I've never had a cake with vinegar; I will have to try it one day.

  18. This sounds lovely, even though the vinegar seems a little strange!


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