The Vegan Nigerian: Vegan Edible Dish Sponge Cake | April Fool’s Prank
April Fool’s day is just around the corner and who doesn’t love a good prank? Throw food in the mix and even better! I first saw this illusion cake concept on Emmymade’s YouTube channel, by way of Emma’s Goodie’s YouTube channel. I stored the video at the back of my mind, determined to make a vegan version some day. Now’s the perfect time!
I used a 28cm by 21cm rectangular tin. You can also use a brownie tin.
(makes approx. 8 “sponges”)
– 4 cups self-raising flour
– 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– pinch of salt
– 1.5 cups caster sugar
– 2/3 cup sunflower oil
– 2 cups vegan milk (such as almond, oat or soya)
– 1 tsp vanilla extract or juice from half a lemon
– yellow gel food colouring
– green gel food colouring
– 1 tbsp golden syrup or maple syrup or marmalade
– 1/4 cup extra vegan milk (optional)
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, sugar, oil and vegan milk in a large mixing bowl. Fold gently to form a thick cake batter. Flavour with either lemon juice or vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
Divide the cake batter into two separate bowls in the fraction of 1/3 and 2/3.
Add a few drops of green gel food colouring to 1/3 of the batter. Add 2-3 drops of yellow gel food colouring to 2/3 of the batter.
Pour the green cake batter into a 28 by 21cm cake tin that has been lightly greased and lined with baking paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.
Pour the yellow cake batter into a 28 by 21cm cake tin that has been lightly greased and lined with baking paper. Bake for 20 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.
Take the cakes out of the tin and allow to cool completely. If the top of the cakes are a little bumpy, use a serrated knife to even them out.
Spread a thin layer of syrup or marmalade or jam over the yellow cake (this will act as a glue) and gently place the green cake on top so that all the edges match. Use a serrated knife to trim around the edges of the cake. Cut the cake into 8 “sponges”.
To add to the illusion effect, whisk 1/4 cup vegan milk until frothy. Scoop some of the froth over the sponge to mimic soap suds.