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Moist Chocolate Oil Cake

21 Nov

This amazing Chocolate Oil Cake also happens to be a one mixing bowl vegan cake – easy to make with no eggs or dairy. The water and oil in the recipe make it an incredibly moist yet dense cake for any chocolate cake lover.

The key to this recipe? Quality (unsweetened) cocoa powder. Seriously. Find the good stuff and never look back – it makes a tremendous difference. I found it at my local spice & grain store.

Chocolate cake

Moist Chocolate Cake (vegan & one bowl) | Sabraheart



  • Cake flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • White Sugar
  • Filtered water (from my brita, not directly from the tap)
  • Canola oil
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Vanilla extract


Add the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients into the bowl

  • Preheat the oven to 350F or 175C
  • Measure 3 cups of cake flour and sift (this is an important step) into a big mixing bowl
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (sift)
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix the dry ingredients with a whisk or fork before you add the wet ingredients.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix by hand with a spatula until smooth. Pour into a 9×13 inch pan  and bake for 35 minutes. If you are using a smaller/larger baking pan, make sure the batter fills up just a bit over 1/2 of pan, but not more.

Insert toothpick into the center of the cake and it should come out dry. Let the cake rest before icing (if you want to).

I’ve also used this recipe for dairy-free cupcakes. I just poured 3 tablespoons into each cupcake and baked for 20 minutes. It makes 24 cupcakes .

*This cake does not need to be refrigerated.

**Inspired by the Chocolate Oil Cake recipe at All Recipes

Additional Recipes:

Rich Non Dairy Banana Bread 

Grape Leaves Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Walnut & Cranberries

Rita’s NY Style Cheesecake


All Hail the Kale

13 May

For years I have been hearing about this delicious yummy green leafy vegetable called “Kale”. According to one friend, kale is the one veggie she misses the most now living in Israel.

Well last week I ordered kale (!!!!) from an organic farm – I have been eating organic veggies for the past month and can select which veggies to include in my “box”.

I didn’t order enough kale. at all.

I made kale and it was scrumptious.

I washed (no really scrubbed) the kale clean, removed the entire stem/backbone from each leaf and then I let it dry.

I chopped up a bunch of garlic and a little bit of fresh ginger and added it to a large frying pot and with a bit of olive oil. I fried up the oil for a few minutes with the garlic and ginger and then added the kale. a pinch of  chili flakes, salt, pepper and a nice squeeze of lemon (about a teaspoon) and let the greens wilt for about 3 minutes and the closed the flame.

At the same time, I boiled up some short grain brown rice with just some salt and olive oil in the water.

Once the rice was done, I mixed the greens into the rice and Voila! Dinner was served.

I need to order more kale this week.

PS – Kale in Israel

1. Organic Community farms like www.haorgani.co.il

2. Bodek (online) http://www.bodek2go.com/

3. Namal Tel Aviv (Port of Tel Aviv) on a Friday morning

4. The Sufershol on Iben Gvirol by Migdal HaMeah (between Arlozoroff and Jabotinsky)

We Should Know What We Are Eating

28 Jul

There has been a backlash over the past decade regarding food in America and a promotion for organic food.

Over the past 7 years or so, I have changed my eating habits drastically. I rarely eat fast food, junk food and prefer fresh fruits, veggies and nuts to sustain me.

As a former residence of America, I am thankful I no longer eat the food that was readily available to me and welcome the fresh(er) food available to me in Israel.

The idea that most of the food I was eating was processed, genetically altered, rich in sodium and other toxins makes me nauseous. The meat industry alone makes my face turn green.

It scares me to read or hear about the food industry and the power it has over the American people. For all the discussions revolving the “unhealthy” state of Americans, the government is doing everything in its power to keep its population unhealthy.

If the government really wanted to end obesity and get the people back on the right track, they could. They could raise taxes for fast food, junk food, ingredients that are unhealthy.

Why is it the government against smoking and not unhealthy food? There is enough evidence to support the addictive and unhealthy nature of specific ingredients.

At some point the government must weigh the farming industry and all of its components vs. the rising healthcare costs that have some serious connections to the food the public is eating.

What is it going to be?

Want to learn more:


Food Inc

Fast Food Nation