Lunchbreak: Vegan Chocolate Cake

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Pastry Chef Becky Pendola, Virtue Restaurant

Virtue Restaurant
1462 E. 53rd Street (Hyde Park)

Hours of Operation
Wednesday – Sunday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

More Information:

Virtue has outdoor patio seating, and they also just launched delivery service (in addition to carryout) via . They are also offering an amazing Thanksgiving feast for pickup, now available for pre-order on the virtue website.

  1. Williams’ complete Southern-American feast feeds 4-6 ($189) and includes succulent brined and roasted turkey with all the delectable homemade fixings – Collard greens, giblet gravy, candied yams, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and a decadent pecan pie courtesy of Pastry Chef Becky Pendola all come to the table.
  2. Those who just want a pro to take the guess work out cooking the turkey for them this Thanksgiving can pre-order a whole 15lb bird on its own (also brined and roasted), courtesy of Virtue ($79).
  3. Orders can be further customized with the addition of other pre-ordered sides including homemade stuffing or Williams’ signature Mac & Cheese.
  4. Wine by the bottle is also available to add – Williams and his team recommend Pinot Noir as the perfect pairing for a turkey dinner, and there are several amazing bottles to choose from.

Pre-orders can be placed online at for pickup on Wednesday, November 25th between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.


Vegan Chocolate Cake

1 cup                     unsweetened soy milk

1T                           apple cider vinegar


1 cup                    all purpose flour

1 ¾ cup              granulated sugar

¾ cup                    cocoa powder

2 t.                         baking powder

1 ½ t.                     baking soda

1 ½ t.                     Salt


½ cup                    canola oil 

⅔ cup                    unsweetened applesauce

1 T                          vanilla

1 cup                     hot coffee

-Combine soy milk and apple cider vinegar and let sit. 

-In a mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Combine until no clumps of flour remain.

-Add soy milk mixture, vanilla, oil, and applesauce to the dry ingredients. Whisk until almost combined. It should look clumpy.

-Stream in hot coffee just until combined. Scrape down the bowl between mixing to make a smooth, thin batter.

-Pour into a prepared shallow pan sprayed with nonstick spray and lined with parchment.

-Bake 350 degrees for about 30-35 min or until the middle of the cake is set. Avoid opening the oven door while the cake is baking to avoid your cake sinking before it is set. 

-Allow cake to cool completely before cutting and enjoying!


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