Video:Tips for Baking Dairy-Free Cakeswith Michelle Barton
Vegan or lactose intolerant? You can have your cake and eat it too with dairy-free substitutions! Watch this About.com video on tips for making dairy-free cake recipes just as delicious as the originals.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Baking Dairy-Free Cakes
Hi, I’m Michelle Barton, here at Clementine Bakery for About.com, to give you tips on baking dairy free cakes.
Common Dairy Substitution Ingredients for Cakes
Many people would want to baked dairy free cookies because they have an allergy, are lactose intolerant or they lead a vegan lifestyle. But just because you forgo diary doesn’t mean you have to forgo cake.
You can easily swap out eggs for applesauce or tofu, both don’t have a distinct flavor and they both lock in moisture. When looking to replace milk, you can easily replace it with soy milk, rice milk, almond milk or coconut milk.
Another useful tip is to use a portion scoop to divide your batter. This will help your cakes to cook at the same time and come out consistently in size. This also helps with layers your cakes. Another good tip is once you’ve proportioned out your batter to spin your pans before they go into the oven so that it levels out the batter.
Dairy-Free Cake Frosting
Some diary free frosting option are cream cheese, buttercream, chocolate ganache, and a raw young coconut and cashew icing. Cream cheese icing, this can easily be veganized by using tofu based cream cheese. Its great for icing carrot cakes and red velvet cakes. Buttercream frosting can be easily made by swapping out the butter for a vegan margarine, and the milk for soy milk, rice milk or almond milk. You can also ice your cake with a chocolate ganache, this can easily be made by using either vegan chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate squares. Simple by melting them with safflower oil or canola oil.
When you’re making your ciing make sure it isn’t too stiff or too wet. If its too wet you can always add a bit more powdered sugar, if its too dry you can always add a touch more milk.
Another great option is to make a raw icing, you can easily make a raw icing with young coconut, cashews and coconut oil. However, this does require some prep.
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