Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thin Mint Andes Candies Chocolate Cake (and a Giveaway)

I cannot tell you how excited I am to write this post. Not because I have found yet another So Delicious product that I adore and not because I get to do a give away for a So Delicious product to one of you. but because I BAKED A CAKE!  A from scratch, created by me, didn't have to be thrown in the trash when finished So Delicious cake!
















The flavors in the cake take me straight back to childhood memories of  Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and those fancy Andes Candies my Mom used to keep in the house to serve when we had company.  I was conflicted about which to name the cake after- Thin mints or Andes Candies so what the heck, I will use both!

I have  previously posted about the So Delicious Seasonal Holiday beverages.  The Coconut Nog was amazing and the Mint Chocolate Coconut Milk is as well.

Photo courtesy of The Laziest Vegans in the World

Before baking the cake my son and I poured some in a glass to try it.  He took the first sip and his whole face lit up! "Wow, Mom! That takes just like a thin mint cookie! Can I have some more?" I told him yes, but not until AFTER the cake was baked, you know, "just in case". Lucky for him, the cake was fine so he can have at it with the rest of the carton!

I would love to share some of this great product with you. Just leave a comment on this post (please be sure to leave me an email address to contact you) or tweet:

@VeganVersion Please enter me to win a @So_Delicious Seasonal Holiday beverage
[UPDATE: Congratulations hlee- the random number generator selected you-you are the winner!]

One lucky entrant (limited to the US and Canada) will win a coupon for a free So Delicious item. I will draw a winner on 11/05/2011. Good luck!

Thin Mint Andes Candies Chocolate Cake

For the cake:
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup So Delicious Mint Chocolate Coconut Milk
1 cup organic sugar
1/3 cup melted Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp peppermint extract

For the icing:
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread, softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tbsp So Delicious original Coconut Creamer
1/2 tsp organic peppermint extract
5 drops green food coloring**

For the topping:
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli brand)
6 tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread
1/4 tsp peppermint extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On the stove top, over low heat. cook the Chocolate Mint milk and cocoa until the consistency of custard, whisking continually. Add the baking soda and whisk that in. Turn off the heat.  Add the sugar, melted butter, flour and peppermint extract. Stir to combine. You will end up with a VERY thick batter.  Grease a 9x9 baking dish and dust  with a thin layer of coca powder.  Spread the batter in the baking dish evenly.  Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  Place on a wire rack to cool.

To prepare the icing mix all ingredients together in a bowl and blend using a hand mixer until very smooth.

Once the cake is cool flip the pan over and release the cake onto a cutting board, cake board or tray.  Spread the icing evenly on the cake.

Prepare the topping by melting the chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler until smooth. Add the peppermint extract.  Pour melted mixture over the cake and refrigerate to set.

Note: the cake was inspired by this recipe and the icing this one.

**I used food coloring derived from plant sources. Check labels as not all food coloring is vegan.

27 comments:

  1. I have tried Silk Nog before but never So Delicious. This is great because I have a soy sensitivity. I think I am going to do a comparison post.

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  2. Oh man. Congrats on your cake success and thanks for sharing your recipe-- that looks phenomenal. Thin Mints were one of my favorite cookies as a kid.

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  3. Argh that looks *so* good! Maybe I could come up with a gluten free version if I win. I am dying to try these two new products!

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  4. That cake looks so amazingly good! I'd love to win a coupon. :)

    [girlinthegarden AT gmail DOT com]

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  5. Oh my goodness gracious I HAVE to try. The Mint Chocolate one is going to be tested first I think!!! Thanks for the recipe too.

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  6. That cake looks so good!

    rebeccastar at gmail dot com

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  7. Ooh looks amazing! Love Mint Chocolate during the holiday season. Now I wonder if we could pull off a Nog cake ...

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  8. Awesome! I love So Delicious, and Mint Chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations.

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

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  9. Looks delicious. I'll have to try this recipe.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  10. Mmm! That chocolate cake looks good.
    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  11. OMG must get my hands on this, especially the mint flavor!!

    xmeliss182x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  12. That looks amazing, Lee! You are a vegan baking goddess!

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  13. I haven't had thin mints in foreverrr.. Andes candies are the bomb, but not my favorite ingredients... i love SoDelicious!

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  14. I was so excited to see So Delicious create these products, and your cake sounds incredible.

    thelaughingvegan@gmail.com

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  15. I'm so excited to try these products. Nog is one of my favorite drinks of all time! And not to mention that amazing cake you made!

    theunintentionalvegan@gmail.com

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  16. I'd love to win :)
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  17. Oh no way...that cake looks ridiculously yummy! Can't wait to try the new So Delicious holiday drinks! Can't stop thinking about how delicious they also might be in my coffee! :)

    AlexLDorman@gmail.com

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  18. That cake sounds amazing. And I'd love to try the egg nog. Yum!

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. Ooh, ooh, yes! I want to win!
    stenance@gmail.com

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  20. My husband is a chocolate/mint nut! I'm going to give this a try on his b'day. Thanks!
    aeisenberg AT mindspring.com

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  21. I would love to enter..thanks very much for the giveaway!

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  22. Wow! the cake sounds amazing and I love SO Delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  23. I would love to enter! I adore So Delicious products-- especially their ice creams-- and I've been wanting to try the mint chocolate drink but haven't seen it in stores yet.

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  24. Oh my that looks and sounds delicious! I have to try it!
    caherh@yahoo.com

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