These cake bites were actually one of those happy mistakes I always talk about. I was originally making a regular cake, but I wasn’t happy with how my frosting job was going and I was in a bit of a time crunch to get them done. I made a quick decision to turn them into cake bites, and I’m so glad I did! They are so cute, fun, festive, and full of flavor! Perfect holiday party treat, or an alternative to cookies for Santa.
- 1 1/2 c ap flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 c sweetened soy milk
- 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 tsp red gel food coloring
- 2/3 c coconut oil
- 1 1/4 c coconut sugar
- 1/2 c applesauce
Preheat oven to 350. Grease cupcake pan, 3 6 in. cake pans, or 2 9 in. cake pans. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk soy milk, vinegar, vanilla, and food coloring. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat coconut oil and coconut sugar on medium high until fluffy. Reduce speed and add apple sauce. Beat for 2 more minutes, then alternate adding dry ingredients and and soy milk mixture. Pour into pans and bake for about 16 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack too cool. Once cooled, crumble into a large bowl. Add just enough cream cheese frosting to make a dough come together. Move the rest of frosting to a microwavable bowl to melt. Make 16-24 balls of cake dough. Dip each in the melted frosting, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with extra crumbled cake or sprinkles, and put in the fridge to set. Let fully chill and serve.
- 8 oz package vegan cream cheese
- 3 3/4 c powdered sugar
- 1/4 c coconut oil melted and cooled
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
In a stand mixer with a paddle, beat vegan cream cheese for 2 mins until fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add powdered sugar gradually. Add coconut oil, vanilla, and salt. Beat for 1-2 more minutes until desired consistency is reached.
Tips/Things I would Change:
- You could make these into cupcakes/cakes by not crumbling the cake and piping the frosting on top. Or just pop in some sticks and make them cake pops.
- Vegan cream cheese is sold at most grocery stores. I used Kite Hill brand, but feel free to use whatever you have available.
- If you don’t like cream cheese frosting, I have a good vanilla frosting recipe in my mini pumpkin cake recipe.
- I think swapping the coconut sugar for regular/brown sugar might provide a better flavor.