Healthy Ring Ding Cakes (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)
Healthy vegan ring ding cakes, or ding dongs as some call them, are round chocolate hand cakes with healthy cream inside. Dipped in a healthy dark chocolate, these little chocolate hand cakes are a dream come true! You can even use your own favorite chocolate cake recipe and just follow my step-by-step.
Grease a 13-inch by 9-inch rectangular pan with vegan butter, and dust with cacao powder. Cut a square of wax paper and cover the bottom.
In a small bowl, stir together the milk and vinegar and set aside for 5 minutes.
In the large bowl, stir together the flour, cane sugar, cacao powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until well combined
In the medium bowl, stir together the oil, vanilla, and applesauce until fairly well combined, some separation is okay.
Pour the contents of the small bowl and medium bowl into the large bowl, and mix with a hand mixer until your batter reaches a smooth pourable consistency.
Pour batter into the rectangular pan, tap to even the surface, and bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool on a rack for 20 minutes, run knife around inside edge, place a rectangular cook rack on top of cake, and tip pan upside down and allow cake to come out of pan and sit on rack. Be very careful to not let cake break. Carefully peel off wax paper.
Place cake on rack in refrigerator for about an hour to allow it to cool and harden a bit before attempting to cut the cake circles. Cut 12 circles using a 2 1/2 circle cookie cutter, in two rows of four each. The left over cake cuttings can be crumbled on to a cookie sheet, toasted for 15-20 minutes at 350F. Don't burn them! Then use the crumbles as dessert sprinkles on ice cream or smoothie bowls.
Wash all three bowls before making cream and chocolate coating.
Make the Cream
To make the cream, open the chilled coconut milk can, and scoop out the solid coconut - there will be 2/3 cup of liquid left behind, save that for future smoothies.
In the medium bowl, blend this solid coconut with the powdered sugar and vanilla with a hand-mixer until creamy. Set in refrigerator to chill for the time left that the cake has to chill. When both cake and cream are chilled, insert cream into circles using this technique:Insert a baking tip into a plastic sandwich bag, cut off the bag corner, filled the bag with the cream, and pipe the cream gentle into the center top of each cake circle, or even into each side if you want a lot of cream in the center as we do!
Make the Chocolate Coating
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a shallow bowl in the microwave at 60 seconds. Stir until all is melted.
Dip each cake in the chocolate coating bowl using two forks and use a spoon to add mixture all around the cake. Set each coated cake back on the cooling rack and set them in the freezer for a few minutes to set, or leave them at room temperature.