It is Advent and Coptic Christians, of whom I am a poor example of late, are fasting for 43 days leading up to the Nativity feast on January 7th (per the Gregorian calendar).  During the fast of the Holy Nativity we should abstain from dairy and meat.  Thus vegan cakes are abundant.

What I love about this cake is it takes very little time to make and the ingredients are pantry staples.  Lately I’ve been stocking thisorange peelwhich is super convenient to have during Christmas time when you don’t want to run to the store just to buy an orange.

This cake recipe comes from my mother and we have been baking it for decades.  It is yummy whetheror not you are abstaining from dairy.  And It’s one of the recipes included in my Egyptian cookbook. 

Speaking of which I decided to do something fun with this post.  DH claims I am not fun and that when I bake I go into mad scientist mode and thus transform my kitchen into a hostile environment.  That is not far from the truth.  In my defense,  one can not keep track of puff pastry turns if one’s husband is sitting in the kitchen constantly chattering about his eBay deals and football scores.  But, I digress.  Fun.  Right.  Amazon no longer has my cookbooks in stock because I have the last dozen or so copies in my home.  So I decided to have a giveaway.  I will send a free copy of my cookbook to a randomly selected person.  It will be my Christmas gift to you.  You must do two things: 1) Leave a comment below this post and tell me about a post that you have enjoyed reading and/or a recipe you made from this blog;  2) subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already because I will need your email to notify you if you’re the winner of the giveaway.  That’s fun, right?  I will pick the winner on December 20th.  Merry Christmas!  Happy Nativity Feast!

Vegan Chocolate Orange Cake


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a bundt or tube pan. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat oil with sugar. Add vinegar and orange juice.
  2. Gradually add flour mixture to liquid mixture, Add orange zest and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Pour half the the batter into the bundt pan. Add melted chocolate to the remaining batter and mix until no white batter is visible. Gently pour chocolate batter on top of white batter and then run a dull knife back and forth through the entire batter to create a marbleized pattern.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Loosen edges with a dull knife then invert onto a serving platter.

One thought on “Cookbook Giveaway and a Vegan Chocolate Orange Cake

  1. Eva says:

    Love your blog.. my favorite was when u did the macaroon.. I couldn’t even start to make it.. but it’s my favorite dessert
    Merry Christmas sally and Stephen
    Love u guys and love reading your blog

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