BAKING WITH KINDNESS with Georgia Irwin
Baker of delicious things, food photographer & TikTok sensation - Georgia Irwin is the talented creator behind vegan foodie go-to The Kindness Echoes. She shares her story, new cookbook and a favourite recipe with us.
Q How did The Kindness Echoes begin and how has it evolved?
After struggling with my mental health, I turned to cooking as a creative outlet around 7 years ago, I had also just turned vegan around that time. With a new way of eating, I was seeking out alternate ingredients and variations on classic recipes. I became obsessed with finding alternatives to recipes that I had once loved. Within the first few weeks of posting my cooking online, I had cafes and people reaching out to purchase my food. I called my local council, registered my kitchen, and started cooking for people. It all happened very organically. From there I have built a community of over 300k following on Instagram and TikTok, a home bakery on the Mornington Peninsula and was asked to write a cookbook with Affirm Press which is in stores this October. I am excited to see where else The Kindness Echoes can take me.
Q What inspires your recipes and decorative style?
I found a love for baking tarts, pies, cookies, and slices which were foods that made me feel nostalgic of growing up in country Victoria. I was inspired to recreate desserts that are usually found in classic Australian bakeries. I found joy in recreating simple wholesome recipes that I hadn’t had since turning vegan. My decorative style is inspired by spring. I love soft detailing with edible flowers, berries, and dehydrated citrus.
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Chocolate Coconut Yoghurt Bundt (Vegan)
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 50-55 minutes
What you need: Bundt tin
375g - 3 cups of plain flour
475g - 2 1/4 cup of caster
155g - 1 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
8g - 2 tsp baking powder
4g - 1 tsp bicarb soda
500ml - 2 cups of dairy free milk (I used soy)
40ml - 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
125ml - 1/2 cup of vegetable or sunflower oil
375g - 1.5 cups of coconut yoghurt
Chocolate coconut ganche:
150g - 1 cup of dark chocolate (chips or chopped)
170g - ¾ cup of coconut yoghurt
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and prepare your bundt tin by evenly oiling it. Make sure you coat all of the inside surfaces up to the top of the tin.
2. In a large bowl sift the dry ingredients together.
3. Create a well in the dry ingredients and add the plant milk, apple cider vinegar, oil, and coconut yoghurt and whisk until combined. Try not to over mix the batter.
4. Pour the cake batter into the oiled bundt tin and place into the oven to bake for 50-55 minutes. Place a skewer into the cake when you think it's ready, if the skewer comes out clean it is ready to be removed. If the mixture is still wet, continue to bake.
5. Remove the bundt from the oven and allow the bunt to cool in the tin.
6. Start on the chocolate coconut yoghurt ganache while the bundt is cooling in the tin.
7. Heat the chocolate over the stove using a double boiler on low or using a microwave heating the chocolate in small increments until the chocolate is melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.
8. Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and add the coconut yoghurt. Quickly whisk the mixture until it starts to form a thick, glossy chocolate ganache. This may take a minute to thoroughly combine.
9. If the bundt is uneven at the top of the pan, slice the uneven section of the cake or gently push the top down to even the bundt out. The top of the bundt will soon become the bottom so it is best of the bundt is even.
10. The best way to remove a bundt is to place a large flat upside-down plate over the top of the bundt and flip it over onto the plate, making sure you hold the plate and the tin together while flipping. Remove the cake tin carefully by giving it the tin a wiggle and tap to loosen the cake.
11. Pour the warm chocolate coconut ganache evenly over the entire bundt to create the drip look or if the sauce has slightly cooled and thickened you can use a spatula and coat the bundt.
12. Serve the cake with a large dollop of coconut yoghurt and edible flowers.
13. Pour the ganache evenly over the entire bundt, start by pouring in the centre of the cake (between the edge of the cake and the hole) and work your way around in a circle to create beautiful drips of ganache on each side.
14. Once completely cooled this cake can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days.