Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9″ round baking pans.
In a stand mixer, combine butter, cane sugar, salt and cacao until fluffy.
In a small bowl #1, whisk the egg replacer with dairy-free milk, 2 TB of apple cider vinegar, vanilla and red food coloring. Alternate adding this mixture and flour to the stand mixer while running on low, scraping down sides as needed.
In small bowl #2, mix baking soda and 2 teaspoons vinegar then fold into batter.
Divide batter evenly between prepared pans and bake 25-30 minutes. If toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, then it’s ready.
Cool pans on a wire rack at least 10 minutes then flip over to release. Cool completely before icing.
Make the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a stand mixer, whip the butter, cream cheese, vanilla and maple syrup until smooth, making sure to scrape the sides to incorporate it all. Lower speed and slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time. Once combined, whip on high for a minute to get nice and fluffy.
Make the Ganache:
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter for 45 seconds. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.
Put it all Together:Place the first cake on a serving plate and spread with 3/4 cup frosting. Top with second layer and spread with remaining frosting on the top and sides. Pour cooled chocolate ganache on top of frosting and allow to drip down the sides a little.
Find a large lidded saucepan in which the linguine will lie flat on the bottom, or snap the linguine in half to fit in a regular pan. Cover the linguine with the pasta, then re-fill the pasta carton or jar half way with water (250ml), and add this to the pan. Bring it to the boil and reduce to a simmer. Keep stirring whilst the pasta softens to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
De-seed and finely slice the chilli, drain and finely chop the sun-dried tomatoes, halve the olives and drain the capers, then add all these ingredients to the pan, along with the sugar and olive oil. Stir well, cover with the lid and cook on a medium heat for 10-11 minutes, (stirring regularly), until the pasta is cooked through.
Roughly chop the basil. When the pasta is cooked, stir in the basil and a grind of black pepper (it shouldn’t need any salt), then serve.