by Sierra Drucker and Catherine McNulty

Aural Fixation is the collaboration between soon to be chef-extraordinaire, Catherine McNulty, and music aficionado, Sierra Drucker.  We’re teaming up to bring you a delicious sensory overload that will satisfy both your taste for bites and bytes.  Indulge your sweet tooth.  Get some sweet tunes.

Grab a fork and some headphones.  Let’s dig in.

Vegan Devil’s Food Cake

Why vegan?  I go to a giant corporate cooking school and the sheer amount of animal products we go through on a daily basis is staggering.  So by the time I’m doing my zen weekend baking, I feel like I’ve more than used up enough animal products.  This cake is so rich and moist; you won’t even miss what’s not there.  And the best part of vegan baking?  You can totally lick the bowl.

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegan sour cream*
  • 1/3 cup coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • equivalent of 3 large eggs using your favorite vegan egg replacer**

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease desired baking dish – 8” or 9” cake pans – using vegan butter/cooking spray or line cupcake pan with paper liners.

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

Combine vegan sour cream, coffee, and vanilla.  Set aside.

Beat coconut oil and brown sugar together.  Add equivalent of one non-egg at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.

Add 1/3 of dry ingredients to coconut oil/sugar/non-egg mixture and stir until just combined.  Add ½ of wet ingredients to mixture and stir until just combined.  Repeat dry, wet, dry.  Batter will be thick.

Pour into desired baking dish.  For cake pans bake 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.  For cupcakes, bake 15-18 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack.  The cake is quite dense, so it won’t rise as much as a lighter cake.

*Blend one package silken tofu – drained, juice of one lemon, tablespoon vinegar, tablespoon sugar, and a teaspoon salt until smooth.

**There are many different options for vegan egg replacer.  For this recipe I used oil, water, and baking powder.  One egg is 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon oil and 2 teaspoons baking powder.  Blend well, preferably in a food processor.

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup vegan butter, room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder*

Mix vegan cream cheese and vegan butter together until light and fluffy.  Sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder into the bowl.  Add vanilla.  Mix thoroughly to ensure there are no lumps.  Ice cake as desired.

*Optional, I just wanted to use up the remainder of my cocoa powder.

And now for some tasty tunes:

“Chocolate Box” – Prince feat. Q Tip

You can’t go wrong with Prince, and he also happens to be a vegan. This song is has just as much flavah as the cake.

“Carbon Monoxide” – Cake

And speaking of cake, take a listen to “Carbon Monoxide” from my favorite Cake album, Pressure Chief. I chose this song in particular because Miss Catherine has the pleasure of working with an oven that likely doesn’t meet your typical safety standards. Sometimes I come home to the smell of gas and a semi loopy Catherine who is one match away from meeting her maker. If we suddenly stop blogging, you’ll know it’s because of the cloud of oven gas that is slowly but surely filling our apartment. But hopefully we enjoyed one last delectable home-baked treat.

“Natural Blues (Lulu Rouge vs. Stella Polaris Remix)” – Moby

Sir Moby also happens to be a vegan. I’ve been digging this remix, which was released as a single last summer. Moby is sharing some brand new goodies on his Be The One E.P., which you can download for free from his website.

“Where’s The Chocolate?” – Darwin Deez featuring Das Racist

The chocolate is currently in my belly, though I’m finding it quite hard to spoon it in while I’m bopping my head to this groovy tune. You may know Das Racist from their other food-centric event of a single, “Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell.” True, that song was over-played, but if you dig deeper into their roster, you’ll find that they consistently pair fresh beats and production with the wittiest of lyrics. And thank you Darwin Deez for providing indie pop goodness and this superb video which features some semi-appetizing munchies and basically defines hipster for all of you who need clarification: Radar Detector.

“Devil’s Pie” – D’Angelo

D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie” was an obvious choice. Great song. And do you remember D’Angelo’s video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel)?” Sinfully delicious, just like this here devil’s food cake that I’m currently devouring. Thank goodness these blogs don’t have video or you’d see me in my sweats and matted hair, face smeared with chocolate, barely coming up for air between each bite. No, I’m not using a fork.

“Ego” – Thom Yorke, Four Tet, Burial

Brand spanking new leak of this awesome collab between electronic pioneers Thom Yorke (also a vegan), Four Tet, and Burial. You can find the other single, “Mirror,” here. Can’t wait to devour this 12” when in comes out on Four Tet’s label, Text.

“Sleazy (Remix)” – Ke$ha feat. Andre 3000

I never thought the day would come when I blogged about Ke$ha, aka the devil incarnate. I mean, my God, she has a dollar sign in her name. But, this song is a lot like this here Vegan Devil’s Food Cake; it’s riding the line between good and evil. I wish I could stop listening to it, but Mr. Andre 3000 (who is, you guessed it, vegan!) put such a badass spin on an otherwise nutritionless harbinger of candy coated junk. Much like this cake, I can’t stop gorging myself on it. Maybe if I pop and lock my way through it a few times I can burn off some calories…

 

Catherine McNulty quit her day job and decided to become part of the problem, not the solution in America’s battle of the bulge by attending culinary school to become a pastry chef. When she’s not cursing ovens and scarfing cookies at ungodly hours in the morning, she can be found at http://noms-away.blogspot.com.

Sierra Drucker lives, breathes, and apparently now eats music. She currently works for Format Entertainment as a Music Coordinator/Supervisor, and also spins locally as DJ Sea. If you’re hungry for more musical musings, head over to her digital homebase, http://inlandsounds.blogspot.com.

“Where’s The Chocolate?” – Darwin Deez featuring Das Racist

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The chocolate is currently in my belly, though I’m finding it quite hard to spoon it in while I’m bopping my head to this groovy tune. You may know Das Racist from their other food-centric event of a single, “Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell.” True, that song was over-played, but if you dig deeper into their roster, you’ll find that they consistently pair fresh beats and production with the wittiest of lyrics. And thank you Darwin Deez for providing indie pop goodness and this superb video which features some semi-appetizing munchies and basically defines hipster for all of you who need clarification: Radar Detector