Introduction:

Get ready to experience chocolatey bliss with our sensational Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe. This is not just any cake; it’s a moist, fudgy masterpiece that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. Whether you’re hosting a special occasion or simply indulging in a sweet treat, this cake is guaranteed to impress even the most discerning palates. With its rich cocoa flavor, velvety texture, and heavenly ganache frosting, it’s no wonder that this recipe has garnered rave reviews from our readers. Join us on a journey of culinary delight as we delve into the art of crafting the perfect vegan chocolate cake.

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (cashew, soy, or almond)
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 200 grams dark chocolate (or dairy-free chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp vegetable oil (grape seed or canola)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (Demerara sugar)
  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder (regular or decaf)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Chocolate Ganache Icing:

  • 350 grams dark chocolate (or dairy-free chocolate chips)
  • 1 can (400 ml) coconut cream
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 9-inch round non-stick cake pans and line them with parchment paper.
  2. Create Buttermilk Mixture: In a small bowl, combine the non-dairy milk and vinegar to create a buttermilk mixture. Set aside.
  3. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  4. Prepare Wet Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the chocolate pieces and boiling water. Let it sit for a minute, then whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add the remaining wet ingredients, including the buttermilk mixture, and whisk until combined.
  5. Combine Wet and Dry: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, whisking until smooth. Be careful not to overmix.
  6. Bake: Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10-15 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Prepare Chocolate Ganache: In a dry mixing bowl, add the chocolate pieces. In a saucepan, heat the coconut cream until hot but not simmering. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla extract, then whisk until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour, whisking after 30 minutes, until the ganache reaches a spreadable consistency.
  8. Assemble and Frost: Once the cakes are completely cool, frost them with the chocolate ganache. Enjoy the decadent goodness of your vegan chocolate cake!

Notes:

  • Gluten-Free Option: Some readers have successfully made this recipe using a gluten-free flour blend.
  • Customization: Feel free to use your preferred unsweetened plant milk. Soy milk is recommended for optimal buttermilk texture.
  • Baking Time: The cakes are typically baked for 35 minutes, but adjust based on your oven’s performance.
  • Storage: Store leftover cake covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Unfrosted pieces can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to a month.
  • Serving Suggestions: Pair your cake with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream or fresh berries for an extra treat.

Conclusion:

Elevate your dessert game with our irresistible Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe. From its luscious texture to its heavenly ganache frosting, every bite is a symphony of flavor. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply satisfying your sweet tooth, this cake is guaranteed to be a showstopper. Indulge in the ultimate chocolatey delight and experience the magic of vegan baking at its finest.

Vegan chocolate cake ever

  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  •  Yield: 16 servings 
  • Diet: Vegan

The BEST vegan chocolate cake you’ll EVER make!! Super moist fudgy and full of chocolate with an easy healthy dairy free ganache frosting. All 5 star reviews from my readers! They love this cake recipe!

INGREDIENTS
WET INGREDIENTS:
1 cup unsweetened non dairy milk, I like cashew, soy milk or almond milk
1 tbsp white vinegar (could sub apple cider vinegar)
200 grams dark chocolate, broken up, I use 2 Great Value dark chocolate bars from Walmart (Canada) or the equivalent of dairy free chocolate chips
1 cup boiling water
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tbsp vanilla
3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil plus 1 tbsp, I use grape seed oil (not coconut oil)
DRY INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, I use Demerara sugar
2 tsp instant coffee powder, reg or decaf ( espresso powder)
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
CHOCOLATE GANACHE ICING:
350 Grams dark chocolate, broken up, I use Great value dark chocolate from Walmart (Canada) or the equivalent of dairy free chocolate chips
1 (400 ml) (14 fl oz) can coconut cream (not milk), I use Savoy brand from Walmart
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350° Lightly grease 2- 9 inch round non stick cake pans. I also line my pans with parchment paper rounds and lightly grease them.
In a small bowl add the plant milk and vinegar, this is your “Buttermilk mixture”, stir and set aside.
In a medium bowl add the dry ingredients and stir to combine, set aside
In a large mixing bowl add the chocolate pieces, and boiling water, let sit for a minute. Now add the cocoa powder and whisk it until smooth. Then add in rest of “Wet Ingredients” including “Buttermilk mixture”, whisk it until it’s combined.
Next add the dry ingredients and whisk until it’s smooth. Do not over mix.
Pour the cake batter into your 2 prepared baking pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean or with a few crumbs. Cool the cakes in pans for 10-15 then remove cakes from pans and cool completely on racks before icing.
Dairy free Chocolate ganache: Add chocolate pieces to a large DRY mixing bowl,
Heat the coconut cream on stove until hot, don’t let it simmer. Pour the cream over chocolate mixture. Let it sit for a minute then add the cocoa and vanilla. Whisk it until smooth.
Refrigerate for 1 hour, whisking after 30 minutes. If the icing seems to soft after 1 hour leave it in the fridge and check every 15 minutes until you have a good consistency.
Ice the cake: Once cake is completely cool, frost the cake! Enjoy!
NOTES
for vegan gluten free chocolate cake: a few of my readers have said they have made this recipe using a gluten free flour blend and it turned out great. I personally have not tried it.
You can use any unsweetned plant milk you like, soy for nut free, etc.. (soy milk curdles the best for ‘buttermilk’)
I bake my cakes for 35 minutes
If you leave icing in fridge for to long, just remove to counter until spreadable.
If wanting cupcakes bake for 20- 25 minutes
I use Great value dark chococlate bars from Walmart (Canada) for a lot of my dessert recipes. They are excellent quality and super affordable.
I wouldn’t use a really dark chocolate for this recipe or your icing won’t be sweet enough.
The cake does not take on any coffee flavour from the instant coffee, it just adds a richness to the cake. I highly recommend adding it.
Prep time doesn’t include cooling time for cakes or chilling time for icing.
This cake will keep covered in the fridge up to 5 days. If using vegan buttercream frosting you can store the cake covered on the counter.
To freeze cake: Wrap unfrosted pieces with plastic wrap. You can freeze cake for up to a month.
Serves 16Serving Size: 1Calories Per Serving: 457
Total Fat 23.6g 30% 1%Cholesterol 1.7mg12%Sodium 284.5mg21%Total Carbohydrate 57gSugars 36g10%Protein 5g23%Iron 4.1mg7%Niacin (B3) 1.1mg