Join the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Posted on the 27th March 2017

Can you help Animal Aid by baking and selling vegan goodies?

From 15-30 April, please join people all over the globe taking part in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. The idea behind it is simple. Bake some cruelty-free cakes, biscuits or other tasty vegan treats and then sell them to your colleagues, friends, family or whoever, and donate the money to a worthwhile, animal-friendly cause. You don’t have to pick Animal Aid, but we hope you will!

Don’t worry if you’ve never made vegan cakes or biscuits before; it’s easy. We’ve even got some simple but delicious recipes below for you to try, and there are many more available online.

Taking part in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale is a fun way to raise money for Animal Aid and show people just how delicious vegan food can be. If you would like to take part, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Register your bake sale
  2. Bake and sell your vegan goodies (ideally between 15th-30th April)
  3. Donate the money to Animal Aid or an animal charity of your choice.

Why not get some friends involved too, to help bake a wider selection of treats?

You can find lots more information, advice and resources on the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale website or you can get in touch if you have any questions. You may also like to order some vegan info leaflets to include with your bake sale, in case anyone would like to find out more.

Recipes:

Peanut Butter Blondie Flapjacks

Ingredients

  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 6 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 300g rolled oats
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4.
  2. Add the sugar, vegan butter, peanut butter, and golden syrup to a medium saucepan and melt over a medium-high heat for 2–3 minutes. Stir often until the butter has melted and all the ingredients have combined. Tip in the oats and stir until all the oats have been coated in the melted mixture.
  3. Press the oaty mixture into a 3cm (11⁄4in) depth baking tray lined with baking paper and flatten down using the back of
a spoon. Crush over the sea salt and bake for 10 minutes until golden.
  4. Remove from the oven and cut into squares. Leave in the baking tray until cool.

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From 15 minute vegan by Katy Beskow (Quadrille £15). Photography: Dan Jones

Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 250ml soya milk
  • 225g plain dairy-free cream cheese (such as Tofutti or Cream Sheese)
  • 150g of vegan dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp dairy-free margarine
  • 8 to 10 vegan digestive biscuits – crushed

Method

  1. Melt the margarine in the bottom of a saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the crushed biscuits. Spread over the base of a cake tin (6-8 inch diameter) and place in the fridge to chill.
  2. Next, melt the chocolate over a pan of hot water, or in the microwave, until it is smooth. Remove from heat. Empty the cream cheese into another bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth, add the oya milk and melted chocolate and mix together well.
  3. Try a little of the mixture as sometimes it can be a little bitter, depending on the chocolate used. If necessary, add a teaspoon of golden or maple syrup and mix in thoroughly.
  4. Place the mixture on top of the biscuit base and return to fridge. Leave for a couple of hours or preferably overnight.

 

Old-Fashioned English Tea Loaf

Ingredients

  • 250ml strongly brewed tea (I use green tea)
  • 225g mixed dried fruit (I use raisins, sultanas, goji berries, candied citrus peel)
  • 113g unrefined caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp marmalade (or apricot spread)
  • 227g fine wholemeal or chapatti flour (I use the latter)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon or mixed spice
  • 3 tbsp water

Method

Get prepared:

  1. Soak the dried fruit in the brewed tea for 4-5 hours (can be left overnight).
  2. Lightly grease a 2lb loaf tin and line the bottom with non stick baking paper (or use a non stick loaf liner).
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 160C / 325F / Gas Mark 3.

The cake:

  1. Tip the dried fruit and any remaining soaking liquid into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar and marmalade. Sift in the flour, baking powder and spice. Add 3 TBSP water and stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Tip into the prepared loaf tin. Spread the mixture evenly in the tin using the back of a metal spoon. Bake for 1¼ hours, or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  3. Leave to rest in the tin for 30 minutes or so. Gently run a knife round the edge of the tin, tip upside down and shake to release the cake. Place on a wire rack until completely cooled.
  4. Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the loaf will keep for up to five days. It also freezes well. (I always keep a few slices in the freezer for lunchboxes). The loaf is delicious served on its own, or with marmalade or apricot jam.

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Recipe courtesey of Sharon Collins from Bit of The Good Stuff

Chocolate Orange Sponge Cake

Ingredients

Sponge:

  • 300g white self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 100ml sunflower oil (or other light vegetable oil)
  • 2 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • 175g brown sugar
  • 180ml water

Chocolate orange icing:

  • 150g icing sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 large or 2 small oranges – finely scraped zest from outer skin and juice, mix together.

Method

Sponge Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  2. Mix the water, sugar and oil in a pan and heat gently, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  3. Leave to cool and then add the dry ingredients, folding the mixture together carefully – rather than beating it – until well mixed.
  4. Pour the mixture into two 18cm (7inch) greased cake tins and bake for approx 30 mins.
  5. Leave to cool for 2-3 mins, the gently go around the edges with a blunt knife and turn out onto a wire rack. Leave to cool.

Icing:

  1. In a bowl, mix the icing sugar and cocoa with just enough of the orange juice to make a paste to coat the cake – you will need far less liquid than you think, so add only a little at a time and mix thoroughly.
  2. Spread the icing over the bottom cake, place the second cake on top and coat the entire cake with the remaining icing.

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients

Batter:

  • 250g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200g unrefined caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or agave syrup)
  • 70ml rapeseed (canola) oil (or other neutral-flavoured oil)
  • 240ml soya milk (or almond milk)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest of 2 lemons

Drizzle:

  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp unrefined granulated sugar

Method

  1. Lightly oil a 2lb loaf tin and line the bottom with non stick baking paper (or use a loaf tin liner).  Preheat the oven to 190C (170C fan) / 375F / Gas Mark 5
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Mix through.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, syrup, oil, milk, vinegar, lemon juice. Stir in the lemon zest.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until thoroughly combined (but do not over stir).
  5. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin.  Place on the middle shelf in the oven and bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  6. Meanwhile, place 2 tbsp juice from a freshly squeezed lemon in a small bowl with the granulated sugar.  Stir to combine.
  7. When the cake is baked, remove from oven and pierce all over with a toothpick.  Spoon the lemon drizzle evenly over the top of the cake.  Allow to cool for 30 minutes or so before transferring to a wire rack.  Leave to cool completely before storing.
  8. The cake will last up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  It also freezes well.  If you wish, you can slice the cake into single sized portions prior to freezing.

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Recipe courtesey of Sharon Collins from Bit of The Good Stuff

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 225g dairy-free margarine
  • 250g sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp soya flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100ml soya milk
  • 150-200g dark chocolate chips

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 190C/375 F/Gas Mark 5.
  2. Cream the margarine, sugar, molasses and vanilla with an electric whisk (or a wooden spoon).
  3. Sift in the flours, bicarbonate and salt. Whisk until well mixed. ten add the chocolate chips and soya milk and fold in.
  4. Lightly grease two flat baking sheets with dairy-free margarine. Using your hands, roll the dough into balls and then press down on to the tray to form cookies.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Featured in ‘Another Dinner is Possible’ by Isy and Mike.

Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients

  • 125g dairy-free margarine
  • 500g dark brown sugar
  • 120ml soya milk
  • 250g crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 300g icing sugar

Method

  1. Melt the margarine in a saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and soya milk and bring to the boil for 2-3 minutes without stirring.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla seeds or essence.
  3. Place the icing sugar in a bowl, pour the margarine and sugar mixture on top. Using a wooden spoon, beat until smooth.
  4. Pour into a 20cm square baking tray and set aside to cool slightly. Then put in the fridge to chill completely.
  5. Cut the fudge into squares.

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Chocolate Clusters

Ingredients

  • 225g plain dairy-free chocolate
  • 85g roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 85g crystallised ginger

Method

  1. Break up the chocolate and place it in a heat-resistant bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Stir gently until just melted, then remove from the heat and stir in the nuts and ginger.
  2. Use a teaspoon to drop clusters of the mixture into small paper cases.
  3. Refrigerate until set.

Easy Gingerbread

Ingredients

  • 220g self-raising flour
  • 225g sugar
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 225ml soya milk
  • 100g margarine
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup

Method

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. Meanwhile over a gentle heat, stir the soya milk, margarine and golden syrup until dissolved.
  3. Add the melted margarine mixture to the dry ingredients a little at a time and stir until a smooth batter is formed.
  4. Pour into a greased cake tin and cook at 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2 for one hour, with a sheet of tin foil on top.
  5. Store well wrapped.

 

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