Did you ever think it was possible to make a decent sized chocolate cake for a £1? I certainly didn’t. Not, that is, until I set myself the challenge of doing so. This £1 banana chocolate vegan honey cake is not only delicious, but it can be cut into eight generous slices.
Live Below The Line
As many of you will know some intrepid people are taking part in the Live Below the Line challenge this week. This is a campaign to raise both awareness and money for the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty around the world. Yes, some people live on £1 a day, or even less. We are so lucky living in one of the richest countries of the world. Even though we moan about the cost of food and some families have been struggling in the current recession, it is as nothing compared to those who genuinely have little, or even no, food, fuel or home and certainly no welfare state to look after them.
Participants have been challenged to spend only £1 per person per day on food and drink for five days and raise funds whilst they are doing so. Vanesther of Bangers & Mash is putting her family through its paces and taking part this year as is Michelle of Utterly Scrummy. Ceri of Natural Kitchen Adventures too the challenge earlier last month to help promote the cause. Hats off to them. Well if they can live off £1 for a whole day, surely I can have a go at making a cake for £1.
Chocolate Cake for a £1 Challenge
A few months ago Froogs of Frugal Queen challenged me to make a cake for £1. A chocolate cake for a £1 – really? I thought not, so let it sit on the back burner – until now.
So, I am challenging you all for this month’s We Should Cocoa to try making a chocolate cake for £1 (or equivalent currency). I didn’t think it was even possible, so I will be particularly interested to find out how you fare. Please make your best effort and if it can’t be managed, then let us know how much over £1 it cost. I know you are an inventive lot, so I’m pretty sure some of you will work wonders. I leave you to interpret the £1 as you will, but I am thinking cost of ingredients rather than oven time.
Good luck and I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.
£1 Banana Chocolate Vegan Honey Cake
To get you all in the mood, this £1 banana chocolate vegan honey cake was the first of two I made for this challenge. The second one was this malted hot chocolate cake. I surprised myself hugely and managed to get them both within budget.
The banana chocolate vegan honey cake reminded me of a banana version of sticky gingerbread. It makes an 8″ (20cm) round cake. Here are the costings:
- 190g plain flour – 15p
- 100g golden caster sugar – 17p
- 40ml organic sunflower oil – 12p
- 9 tsp G&B cocoa powder – 27p
- 1 large banana – 20p
- 2 scant tbsp dandelion honey – 6p
- 1 tsp baking powder + pinch salt – 2p
- 1 tbsp malt vinegar + 1/4 tsp bicarb of soda – 1p
- 150 ml water – 0p
Extreme Poverty – The Facts
- 870 million people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of USA and the European Union combined.
- 98% of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries.
- Two-thirds of the world’s hungry live in just 7 countries: Bangladesh, China, DR Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan.
- Around 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
- 1 in 6 infants are born with a low birth weight in developing countries – Malnutrition is the key factor contributing to more than one-third of all global child deaths, resulting in 2.3 million deaths per year.
- Every fifteen seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.
- 13 million people (1 in 5 of the population) live below the poverty line in the UK, 2.3 million of these are children.
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£1 Banana Chocolate Vegan Honey Cake – The Recipe
£1 Banana Chocolate Honey Cake
- 190 g plain flour
- 9 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 level tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- a pinch rock or sea salt
- 100 g golden caster sugar
- 2 tbsp dandelion honey
- 40 ml sunflower oil
- 1 large banana
- 1 tbsp malt vinegar
- 150 ml water
- Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.
- Mash the banana in with the oil and vegan honey, then add the vinegar and water.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and slowly add the liquid stirring gently as you go until all is just mixed.
- Pour batter into a prepared 8″ cake tin or mould and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180℃ for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Leave to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.