One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake

Two Layer ONE BOWL Vegan Chocolate Cake! Make it in one hour with no fancy or special equipment | so moist, fluffy and chocolatey!

Four years ago this month, John and I were just kids planning our wedding. We decided to give up sweets during our engagement to feel our best on our wedding day, and to more fully enjoy our dessert bar and wedding cake.

The big day finally arrived. We had been so good, not even having an ounce of sweets aside from honey and the occasional after-dinner mint. And you better believe we pigged out like fat kids at the reception. I was in sweet tooth heaven.

One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake!

Like most, our honeymoon was a time of sheer indulgence so when we got settled back into “real life” we hit the reset button on our diet. Sweets were out the door again.

That was, until we attended the wedding of some close friends in Portland where I met the chocolate cake that perhaps changed my life.

Easy One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake! #vegan

Yes, big words for a cake.

I’d resigned to give desserts up indefinitely. But then we show up at this wedding and it’s absolutely charming and the food is delicious and the ambience is perfect and the music is a local bluegrass band…and all at once they bring out this giant chocolate cake.

I wrangled our entire table into a discussion over whether or not this cake was worth breaking my fast for.

Unanimously, we agreed yes. I took one bite into this luxurious, velvety, rich chocolate cake, and amidst so many layers of mousse, cake and ganache my mind couldn’t comprehend what my taste buds were experiencing.

Was it worth it? Without a doubt, yes.

1 Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake! minimalistbaker.com

These days my sweet tooth still wins once in a while, but I keep it to the occasional indulgence. A donut here, a cookie there, almost always something on the healthier side of the spectrum. But especially in the last 6 months, always dairy free. And so, it was a given that I had to make my dream chocolate cake vegan style.

Friends, I’ve done just that.

As the title suggests, this cake is made in 1 bowl in under 1 hour! You can even make your buttercream frosting in the same bowl you used for the cake. Simplicity at its finest.

Vegan Chocolate Cake! One bowl, simple ingredients, SO moist and chocolatey | minimalistbaker.com

The ingredients are fairly simple and considerably “healthier” than most chocolate cakes.

Coconut oil replaces vegetable or canola
Oil is reduced with the addition of applesauce
Cane sugar replaces granulated sugar
And the only  (vegan) “butter” is in the (vegan) “buttercream” frosting

Vegan Chocolate Cake! One bowl required and SO moist and chocolatey! #vegan!

So, what does it taste like? Just like chocolate cake should! It’s:

Tender
Fluffy
Chocolatey
Sweet
Moist
Decadent
Generously frosted
And perfect with a glass of almond milk

1 Bowl, 45 Minute Vegan Chocolate Cake! Moist, rich, chocolatey and SO delicious

If you’re like me, chocolate cake (or any cake for that matter) deserves a giant scoop of ice cream beside it. Melty ice cream and a thick slice of heavily-frosted cake – does it get any better than that?

But for the modest cake eater, a glass of almond milk is really all you need to wash down this vegan chocolate dream. Enjoy!

1 Bowl, 1 Hour Vegan Chocolate Cake! So simple yet so moist, fluffy and chocolatey!

Speaking of almond milk, this recipe marks the first of several recipes we’ll be sharing over the next few months featuring Blue Diamond Almond Breeze! I’ve been using Almond Breeze for years and am thrilled to bring you guys some tasty recipes featuring a product I adore so much. For more information about the integrity of this brand, see their FAQ page.

Now bring on the cake!

One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake! Easy, moist, so fluffy and delicious

4.8 from 43 reviews
One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake
 
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1 bowl vegan chocolate cake made in 1 hour with simple ingredients. A two layer, buttercream-frosted cake that's moist, fluffy and rich with chocolate flavor.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • For the Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups original unsweetened Almond Breeze Almond Milk
  • 2 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce*
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee (or sub more almond milk)
  • 2/3 cup melted coconut oil, or sub grape seed or canola oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups cane sugar (or sub granulated sugar)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) vegan butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free semisweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ~1/4 cup unsweetened original Almond Breeze Almond Milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly spray 2 8-inch round cake pans or one large rectangular pan with nonstick spray (see notes for cooking times for different size pans). Dust with cocoa powder, shake out the excess and set aside.
  2. Mix the almond milk and vinegar in a large mixing bowl, and let set for a few minutes to activate. Add the oil, coffee, vanilla extract, and applesauce and beat until foamy.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a sifter and slowly sift over the wet ingredients while mixing with a hand-held or standing mixer. If you don’t have a sifter, simply mix dry ingredients in another bowl and add to the wet mixture while beating. Beat until no large lumps remain. It should be creamy and pourable. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed, adding more sugar if desired (I found it plenty sweet).
  4. Divide batter evenly between your 2 cake pans or rectangular pan.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  6. While cooling, prepare frosting by beating together all ingredients until light and fluffy, adding the powdered sugar in small amounts until you reach your desired consistency and sweetness. If it becomes too thick, add more almond milk. If it's too thin, add more cocoa powder or powdered sugar.
  7. Once the cake is cooled, frost generously with buttercream frosting, adding a thick layer between the top and bottom layers (if doing a 2-layer cake). Alternatively, omit the frosting and dust with cocoa powder.
  8. Serve with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream, a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce, coconut whipped cream or a glass of almond milk!
Notes
*I tested butternut squash puree in the original recipe and it made it a bit too dense for my liking. Applesauce was perfect, which is why I highly recommend it over other purees.
*Double the recipe and use four pans for a 4-layer cake. Halve the recipe and use one pan for a 1-layer cake.
*Adapted from my Fudgy Vegan Beet Cupcakes
*Buttercream adapted from Martha Stewart
*Confused on how long to bake your cake when using different pans? Here's a helpful guide.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 524 Fat: 26 g Saturated fat: 15 g Carbohydrates: 74 g Sugar: 51 g Fiber: 5.1 g Protein: 4.8 g

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Comments

    • says

      “I swear it’s better than the standard chocolate cake recipe with butter and eggs.”
      That’s the secret to vegan baking–I’ve discovered the same thing. Things just taste better without the butter & eggs (especially eggs), IMO!

      Looks lovely Dana!

      (& my birthday is next week…perhaps a chocolate cake is in store.)

      • says

        Hi – Just found your blog by searching for healthy granola bar recipes. :) Lot it! Question… I’ve only used coconut oil in solid form (or when I’ve needed it melted, it’s always been in the summer and the oil is already liquid). Do you measure the coconut oil in solid or liquid form? I want to make sure I get the proper measurements. Thanks! :)

  1. says

    This cake looks like pretty much the best. thing. ever. I love everything about it and just glancing at that ingredients list I can tell that it’s the most awesome chocolate overload ever. That buttercream!! See that little bowl of it in the background? Can I have that with a spoon? Please?
    Pinning!

  2. says

    This looks fabulous. I love your commitment to making cake healthier. I can’t wait to try this! I bet the applesauce really brings a great texture. I do love a moist slice of cake – slightly dense is incredibly appealing to me!

  3. Sara says

    This cake is happening this weekend. Oh yeah! I can’t tell you how much I love your site and your vegan recipes. I know you’re not vegan but I so appreciate non-vegans who really embrace vegan recipes with no baggage. Thank you.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Oh, thank you Sara! That means so much. I try to embrace veganism as I go, naturally. I’m not ready to dive all in yet and maybe I never will be. But experimenting and trying to eat more vegan dishes has proved super enjoyable! Plus, vegan baking? Super fun (and you never miss the eggs, butter, milk, etc.).

  4. Ariana says

    I live in a country where I can’t get Almond Breeze, can I make something similar myself or substitute it with something else?

    • Miriam says

      It’s very easy to make your own almond milk. Just soak one cup of raw almonds in water for 8-12 hours. Rinse the almonds well with water after they are soaked. Put almonds with 4 cups of water in a blender with a few dates and a teaspoon of vanilla and a pinch of salt. Blend for a few minutes. Use cheese cloth or a milk nut bag to strain the almond bits out.

      That’s all you need for almond milk with out the added chemicals.

  5. miss agnes says

    Oh my! A chocolate cake with no eggs, buttercream without butter. All I need to do is use gluten-free baking mix instead of wheat flour, and substitute rice milk for almond milk, and my kids will be able to eat it. I will definitely try this one out (and will not make the mistake of using coconut flour this time).

  6. says

    I LOVE coffee in chocolate cakes! It just adds so much depth and flavor. Now I’m torn which to make this weekend — this cake, or your previous vegan beet cupcakes! Have to bring a dessert to a baby shower, so maybe I’ll just make both and let them decide which is the most delicious :) Thanks, as always, for sharing.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Not all almond flour, but potentially a mix. This is just a loose recommendation, but I’d sub the all purpose with a mix of almond meal or flour, oats or oat flour, and a gluten free flour blend + a little xanthan gum for binding. Hope that helps!

  7. says

    Cake that changed your life?! OMG…I need this! Also, huge props for giving up sweets during your engagement. I’m getting married in August and feel like the closer I get to the wedding day, the more celebrations that happen, the most sweets I eat, etc….you’re an inspiration to cut back! xx

    • Dana Shultz says

      Right? I realized that would happen so we just cut them out to avoid temptation. For me, it’s all or nothing. Happy engagement!

  8. says

    Oh my gosh. My birthday is next week and I was trying to think of something I could make for dessert but still keep it somewhat healthy. DING DING DING we have a winner! I can’t get vegan butter though so I think I’ll use coconut whipped cream instead. NOMS. I’m so excited to make this. Thank you!!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Perfect! If I wasn’t photographing this cake, I probably would’ve just served it with coconut whip and fresh berries. Excellent choice! And early happy birthday, Sophie!

  9. says

    I have to say I am loving all your posts lately.. also, my best friend is a vegan and she is deffinately getting this for her birthday! I was wondering though, what size pan did you use?

  10. says

    The recipes you two share always have the best WOW factor! Sounds like a wonderful wedding with lots of nummy sweets (good on you two for holding out on sweets before then!). I pinned this before I even read the recipe. I so love the addition of fruit puree, cane sugar and coffee – my go to ingredients in every chocolate cake like dessert! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Thanks Ceara! Fruit puree in baking is the best! It’s even better tasting (and way healthier) than oil, I think. The coffee sends it over the top. Hope you enjoy!

  11. Kate says

    This looks amazing! My daughter has quite a few food allergies and making delicious desserts for her has been tricky. Could you substitute anything in for the flour? I saw you mentioned almond flour in one of the comments, but we are nut free too. Basically we are gluten free, nut free, meat-eating vegans (if that makes any sort of sense)! Can’t wait to give this cake a try!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Kate, I totally understand where you’re at. I’d recommend going heavy on the GF flour blend since you can’t compensate with almond meal. Also, some GF oat flour might help break it up. If you can do eggs, throw an egg in there for binding. If not, add xanthan gum. Hope that helps!

  12. says

    Love all these shots Dana! Especially the first one on the fork, and that one where you’re holding up the whole cake with your fingers. Eeek! Were there any close calls with dropping that one? I have horrible balance. This cake looks so mouthwatering and I love the addition of fruit puree!

  13. Colleen says

    Looks amazing! I’m currently on a “break from sweets” (funny that you should write about that), so this will have to wait, but I will save it for a day in [very near] future!

    I have a silly question, but could not find a suitable answer from google–what is the difference between cane and granulated sugar??

    • Dana Shultz says

      Cane is basically less processed. It’s slightly darker in color and only slightly coarser in texture, making it perfect for swapping out for sugar in baking. Basically, it makes me feel better about myself when consuming mass amounts of sugar ;D

      • Colleen says

        thanks! I do have cane sugar but the granules are fairly large, so I wasn’t sure if it would work the same way in baking. Thank you!

        • Colleen says

          MADE IT! and it was….WONDERFUL! The frosting was my favorite (and I ate way too much of it plain, especially considering I’m on a “break from dessert”…hmmm). I made this for my students, one of which is vegan and GF, and used a GF flour mix I purchased from my local co-op. Only other substitution I made was that I used granulated sugar, and perhaps a bit more of it then the recipe called for. I’m not sure if it was the GF aspect of it, but on its own the cake was a bit “bland” (a student’s word, not mine). Not sure how to remedy this….it was still amazingly moist which I loved, and will be making it again! Thank you! This was my first vegan/gf baking experience and I can’t even tell you how happy and appreciative my vegan/gf student was.

  14. Hippy Mom says

    I will make this for my children, They love chocolate/cacao/cocoa/carob. Maybe will skip the frosting and just scoop ice cream on top. Yum! I always love your unique original Creativity!

  15. Kim says

    Dana! This (and all your recipes) looks amazing! I loved reading how that wedding cake inspired this masterpiece. I remember wanting to go sit in a dark corner with no one watching and eat me some dang wedding cake uninterrupted. Funny thing was the caterer dropped the middle tier on the way to the reception!!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Wha!!?? No way. Can’t believe he dropped the cake! I didn’t envy you on your wedding day. You were too busy meeting and greeting to devour that cake! Suh good. We miss you guys! But we’ll be out in Portland this summer so I’ll keep you posted!

  16. says

    Whoa… that is a seriously awesome looking cake! It’s my birthday in a few days… so i’m totally making myself this cake… maybe i’ll add sprinkles to make it festive :) Love your posts guys… seriously!!!

  17. Amanda says

    Made this cake yesterday, it is amazing and gets the seal of approval from my 6 year old who is a chocolate cake connoisseur!

  18. says

    Daaannnaaa, my birthday is in two weeks…..do you ship? ;) I want to take a big bite out of my monitor! I love that this is a quick and simple cake. Sometimes ain’t nobody got time for making a complicated cake! :)

  19. says

    We were planning our wedding this time 4 years ago, too. It seems like forever ago, but in the best way. we also had a dessert bar that my friends and fam still talk about…probably my proudest DIY from that day.

    That said, THIS CAKE looks glorious. I mean, chocolate on chocolate is always a good idea.

    • Dana Shultz says

      WHAT? You DIY’d your own wedding DESSERT BAR? No wonder I’m obsessed with you ;D Chocolate on chocolate for the win!

  20. says

    Holy crap, that is one seriously amazingly gorgeous perfect cake! My mouth is pretty much salivating right now…cute! :-D I don’t know if there is anything better than a rich chocolate cake and a glass of milk.

  21. says

    Do you think this would work out with Gluten Free All Purpose Flour? Or any GF suggestions? It looks aboslutely decadent, I’d hate to miss out!

  22. Sara says

    Back again! As I said I would, I made the cake this weekend and man, was it delicious! It was served to 4 non-vegans who loved it and devoured it. And it was super easy to make too which makes it even more great. I have a feeling this will be in the permanent rotation. THANK YOU!

  23. Mary Beth says

    I made this cake today, and OMG it was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had! I just had to post and thank you!!
    Fabulous

  24. Loumadet says

    I made this cake and follow all the instructions to the letter. It looked perfect and I was so happy to seve to my friend for our afternoon tea. Unfortunetelly it was not good. It was not cooked in the middle and was very heavy not soft and moist as it was suppose to be. What went wrong?

    • Dana Shultz says

      Hmm, you didn’t make any substitutions? I’ve tried it with a heartier puree and it was more dense than I prefer. But with applesauce it should’ve been fine! Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

  25. says

    So, I’m not even a huge chocolate fan but I made this cake yesterday with my friend and her daughter and it was AMAZING!!! VERY moist, not too sweet, and light! Hands down my favorite dessert and I’ll be making one for my birthday this year. I’m officially a chocolate convert, even had a piece for breakfast this morning. Thank you Dana for continuously offering these awesome vegan recipes!!!!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Yay! So glad you all enjoyed this, Denisio! And if you ask me, cake for breakfast is a brilliant idea ;D Cheers!

  26. Mikal says

    I made this cake over the weekend for a girls cooking club, substituted a different frosting recipe (one that is made with real butter, powered sugar, vanilla and espresso!) and it was delicious! The cake was great and friends have asked for the recipe. My husband was not happy there wasn’t any leftover!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Yay! SO glad you all enjoyed it, Mikal! Thanks for sharing your experience. I guess you’ll just have to make it again for your hubby ;D

  27. says

    I made this over the weekend… I posted a pic on Instagram… WHOA, I literally ate almost half the frosting on its own – SO Delicious!! No one knew this cake was vegan… I also used gluten free flour and it turns out INCREDIBLE! this is my new stand by cake :)

  28. Valerie says

    Hi Dana —

    This cake looks amazing. My boyfriend is gluten-free and vegan, and also can’t eat regular sugar — yet thinks he’s a low-maintenance eater, ha. :) He can eat other sweeteners, though, such as agave, honey and stevia. Would you have any suggestions to substitute the sugar?

    — Valeire

    • Dana Shultz says

      Valerie, I think this is a tough one because liquid sweeteners will definitely mean the cake will require more dry ingredients to compensate. Plus, sugar usually works best in cakes texture wise. So if I were you, I’d use powdered stevia (don’t sub 1:1, obviously, since it’s much sweeter), and then add a bit more GF flour to compensate. You’re looking for a pourable batter. Just taste to make sure it’s sweet enough before you bake it off! Hope that helps!

  29. says

    I mean a one bowl reciepe….who -in their right mind- wouldn’t want that. Since my boyfriend always complaints about me using such a h-u-g-e pile of dishes whenever I cook/bake. This is perfect! HAHAHA ;-)

    And your describtion makes my mouth water!

    Love from Germany,
    Elisa

  30. Claire says

    I actually made this recipe, and the cake portion turned out great. Moist, chocolatey, and completely delicious. The icing, however, was not so delicious. Maybe my chocolate was too hot? I forgot to ‘slightly cool’ it. At any rate, the icing turned out strange looking- sort of wet, and it looked lumpy even though the texture was smooth. You can make simple glazes just with melted chocolate and a couple other ingredients, so that’s what I opted to use. Ultimately it was a delicious cake!

  31. Sara says

    Hello! This looks great, but I was wondering what brand of dairy-free semisweet chocolate you used? I’m kind of new to what brands would be best. Thank you!

  32. Nanda says

    I haven’t tried to make this cake yet, but if it tastes half as good as it looks, I’m gonna be the happiest person alive (yes, I’m that crazy about chocolate). That said, I really, REALLY hope this works, because since going vegan I haven’t had the pleasure of eating rich, delicious chocolate cake. So yeah, I’m looking forward to see how this goes. Oh, and I can’t express how thankful I am that you seem to be making more vegan dishes lately, because I really love this blog, you guys are amazing and do great work! :)

    • Dana Shultz says

      Thanks, Nanda! I’ve been eating almost entirely vegan lately, so the recipes are certainly a reflection of that. Let me know if you try this cake! Be sure to use applesauce because it’s the best puree to keep it light and fluffy. Hope that helps!

  33. says

    Just made this with bob red mill’s gluten free flour + 2.25 tsp xantham gum in place of the flour!! I can hardly wait for it to cooll!!!!!

  34. says

    I just made this gluten free by replacing the flour for bob red mill’s all purpose flour+ 2 1/4 tsp xantham gum! SO yummy! Moist and subtle sweetness…just perfect with the AMAZING icing!

  35. Jessica says

    This looks amaing and I will try it out. Only one question, can I substitude the cider vinegar with e.g. white wine vinegar? I live in the netherlands and it is very difficult to buy apple cider vinegar.
    Also coul I substitude part of the vegan butter in the butter cream with peanut butter?

  36. says

    The liquids are smelling AWESOME right now! But the coconut oil solidified as soon as I poured it into the liquid mix. =/

    I’m hoping it doesn’t alter the outcome of the cake!

  37. Beckie says

    Hello! Am making this tomorrow for my brothers bday, so a crowd of vegan sceptics!! Cant wait to show them how amazing the cake it.
    Can I use wholemeal spelt flour instead of the flour you have specified?

    Thankyou! :)

  38. Kim Parham says

    The minute I saw this recipe a few weeks ago, I decided I would make it for Easter. It was a hit! So delicious and moist and chocolaty! I love your blog!
    My daughter-in-law assumed it had way more oil than it really had. She was pleasantly surprised, as were the other non vegans in the family. I shared your blog with them all!!

  39. Beckie says

    Just made this cake, was sooo fudgey and delicious and went down a treat with all my non-vegan family! I followed the recipe exactly but for some reason the cake didnt rise at all :( and was rather flat. Still delicious thought, but maybe next time I’ll try increasing the baking soda/powder

    • Dana Shultz says

      Hmm, perhaps it was an issue of the baking soda/power. Everyone else’s cakes have seemed to rise quite well!

  40. says

    I made this on Monday for my wife’s birthday and can honestly say after waiting decades (in her case) for a decent vegan chocolate cake, this is it – in spades. It is as easy to make as you say and your description of the flavour is spot on. Very rich, chocolatey and incredibly moist – it was just as good after three days in the fridge (well there was only the two of us eating it).

    Simply the best
    Thanks

    • Dana Shultz says

      Thank you so much, Russell! So glad it turned out so well for you and that it made an excellent surprise for your wife’s birthday. Cheers!

  41. Lucy says

    Wonderful recipe!!! I made this last night with great results. I halved the frosting recipe and still had plenty left. I baked it in two parts as stated, but the first cake collapsed after taking it out of the oven (although the toothpick came out clean) and was still a little sunk. Would it be worth using an egg replacer next time? Thank you again for this recipe!!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Lucy, I’ve never used egg replacers but it’s definitely worth a go! Let me know if you give that method a try :D

  42. says

    Made this cake last night, can’t wait to taste it! I’m not very good in the kitchen, but we’ll see.

    Any suggestions on how to keep the top layer from sliding off the bottom layer? As a quick spur of the moment solution I stuck a few tooth picks in the cake ;-).

  43. A.Compton says

    I’m not vegan but there are a number of members in my running club that are, so I decided to try this recipe so that they would have more options to choose from. I made a sheet cake instead of a layer cake since it was a larger group. It was fantastic and everyone raved about it! My daughter even asked if she could become vegan because it tasted so good :) I’ll be sharing this recipe with my friends.

  44. says

    This cake looks wonderful! I would have never expected it to not be Vegan. Definitely, archiving this in my bookmarks!

  45. Bridget says

    Just wondering if you would recommend your own GF flour mix included in your banana bread recipe. I really want to make this but don’t want to have another GF flop. Vegan /gluten free baking is tricky and sometimes a major let down.

  46. Janette says

    Hi, would substituting coconut oil for the vegan margarine in the frosting prove disastrous? I want to keep the same ‘butter cream’ texture that yours has but I don’t have any vegan margarine at the moment.
    Thanks!

    • Dana Shultz says

      I haven’t tried it myself, but let me know if you decide to try it! It will melt more easily than regular frosting, so just know that if it’s hot, it will probably slide off :(

      • Janette says

        Thanks Dana – I decided to stick with nuttelex (vegan margarine in Australia) to make sure i didn’t lose the buttery-ness.
        Thanks for the recipe – this is the first vegan chocolate cake I have attempted and the family were very impressed!
        I did have a bit of trouble cutting the top off one of the layers (to make it level for layering) because it was so moist… I wasn’t sure if it was undercooked or perhaps I did something wrong during the preparation. And it definitely didn’t look anywhere near as amazing as yours did, but overall not bad for a first attempt!

  47. Mariah says

    Oh. My. Gosh.
    For all of you who have not tried this cake, it is fabulous!!
    One of my vegan friends decided to make this cake for me for my half-birthday (since she’s going to be in college when my actual birthday comes around) and while I was a bit skeptical at first, as soon as I took a bite… well, let’s just say I went bonkers and wanted to eat it all in a day! (Don’t worry I didn’t, I just went into a food coma (: )
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe!! Now I can try to make it too :o)

  48. SarahL says

    I made this cake on the weekend for Mother’s Day. It was awesome! All my non-vegan family members loved it. I was a bit worried because there was no sign of any reaction a few minutes after adding the vinegar to the milk and then it didn’t get at all foamy when I beat the wet ingredients, but it turned out perfectly. I used a gluten-free baking mix and made it in two 8″ pans then split each of them horizontally to make a four layer cake. The icing was soooo delicious. I finished off the left over icing last night after the rest of the family had gone to bed – yum! Thanks for the recipe :-)

  49. Margarita says

    As my first chocolate vegan cake…Must say it was pretty dam awesome! Its rich, moist and chocolatey. I am not a vegan however your delicious recipes may change me into one..So please keep it coming :)

  50. says

    Jesus God…this makes me wanna have a “cheat” day everyday! Keep up the good work. Definitely trying my hand at this recipe.

    Awesome photography, too, might I add.

  51. Sarah Rustad says

    This cake is awesome! It’s the best I’ve ever made, vegan or not. It is so moist, rich, and flavorful. The frosting was out of this world!

  52. Sally says

    I baked this yesterday! Silly me, I thought your 2 layer didn’t look very big so I made a 3 layer. My cake carrier wouldn’t close! Thanks so much for this simple delicious recipe. All the non – vegans were totally wowed and this tasted better than any store – bought vegan cake I’ve had to date!

  53. Kat says

    I am stoked, I found your vegan mint brownie ice cream, and then saw the ice cream cake recipe. OMG. !!!! It’s perfect because I was just stewing over what to make for my mom’s birthday tomorrow! So I was like, perfect, mint chocolate ice cream cake is IT! Then I realized that your cake isn’t gf. I’m dairy free and gluten free and make everyone else in the family “suffer” through with me ;) I mean, if I make ice cream cake, I clearly want to eat it, haha. So I’m glad to see that others have tried gluten free versions of this cake. I’m giving it a whirl tomorrow in the ice cream cake. I’ll let you know how it all turns out! Cashews are soaking and ice cream maker is freezing :)

  54. Nicola says

    I just made this substituting cane sugar for dextrose (powdered glucose), and it worked so well! Thanks, I will be making this again, for sure.

  55. Demi says

    Hi Dana!
    I made this cake yesterday and I just have to say that it was AMAZING!
    I added hazelnut praline to the top as well and it was delicious!
    I love all of your recipes so much, thank you! :)

  56. Fiona Lizzie says

    Hi there i just wanted to say i made this cake today for Fathers Day and leaving do for a friend and it was absolutely incredible!!! Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe – it made everyones day and i am sure i will be making it for many occasions to come!! :-)

  57. Fiona Lizzie says

    p.s just wanted to add that i made this cake with gluten free flour and as i said above it was absolutely amazing!!

  58. Michael says

    There is a special level of Hell reserved for people who make this cake, as truly it can only be the spawn of an unHoly union between the Devil and Betty Crocker.
    I am decidedly non-vegan, not even vegetarian and my gf made this cake on Saturday. Four days later and this cake has, if anything, gotten better everyday. What Dark Sorcery is this? I can truly say this is the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten.
    For those who dare dabble in this wickedness, I can only pray for your souls and your waistlines.

    • Sarah Madden says

      Cool! I am SO going to make this for Thanksgiving — I have a vegan niece and I was asked to bring “something chocolate” that’s vegan. Oh, and it has to taste great. THANKS!!!!

  59. Antonette says

    I made this last night- into cupcakes- and they turned out awesome. The cake was perfect. My frosting tasted awesome (like hot cocoa) but it was a little runny. Any tips on thickening it up? Maybe leave out the milk?

    Thanks

  60. Susan says

    Love Love Love this! I have made it as a layer cake, cupcakes, mini cupcakes and it is always amazing!
    I love that I can use regular milk/rice milk or almond milk depending upon my “eaters”

  61. says

    Hi!
    This cake is awesome! I just made it and we all love this one. It is really easy to make.
    Thanks a lot for this great recipe.
    Love, Tanja

  62. avu2012 says

    how much does frosting does this recipe make? want to make enough frosting for a 3 layer 10″round cake.

  63. Wren says

    Hi, I’m going to be making this for my husband this week, but I have a silly question — how do I manage to frost the cake without messing up the serving tray? Thanks!

    • Sarah Madden says

      To keep the tray clean, just slip some strips of paper under your cake about an inch or so. Frost away. Then gently remove the strips of paper.

  64. Stephanie says

    Love this cake! Do you keep this cake in the fridge, or is it safe at room temperature? I’m a newbie with the vegan butter and wasn’t sure. Thanks!

  65. Shelley says

    I’ve never baked a vegan cake before and I’m planning on using this recipe to make cupcakes for my son’s birthday party this weekend. I’m a bit nervous on how it’ll turn out and I have a few questions for you: 1.) Have you ever used this recipe to make cupcakes? If so, do you have any special tips to make sure they turn out? 2.) I wanted to add peppermint extract to the frosting to make a mint chocolate frosting. Is there anything in particular I should know when adding extract to a vegan frosting? Thank you for any tips!

    • Shelley says

      Update :-). I made these cupcakes for my son’s birthday and they turned out great! I opted out of the mint because, well… I forgot :-). My only complaint is that I didn’t find the frosting sweet enough. I probably should have added more sugar but was afraid if messing up the recipe. I’m thinking next time I’ll add some agave to sweeten it up just a bit. Thanks for another good one!

  66. Carmen says

    Wow! look so awesome! I wonder if it’s possible to replace the flour by a gluten free all-purpose flour?

    Say yes, pplleeaasse:)

    A girl from Quebec City who love your website.

    • Delia says

      hi! I just made this cake today with gluten free all purpose flour. I just added in 1/2 tsp of xantham gum like the gluten free flour bag recommended for cakes. It was delicious!!!!!!!! My parents who are neither gluten free nor vegan LOVED it and my dad asked me to make it for his birthday which is pretty incredible, as he pretty much hates vegan food.
      I would totally recommend it! I also added coconut flakes into the icing- yum.

  67. Julie says

    Made this for my daughter’s 17th birthday part as one of her friends is vegan and I was amazed that it is the best chocolate cake I have ever made! First time baking a vegan cake but so moist and chocolaty. Everyone loved it. I am addicted to this now as well as your granola bars!

  68. Molly says

    I’ve made this cake about three times and each time it’s been gobbled by housemate (and myself!) far too quickly. I halve the recipe and make it in a rectangular slice pan with a frosting made from avocado/agave/cocoa/etc for more “everyday” eating (well, I like to tell myself this when I’m piling it into my mouth at 11pm…or 6am).

  69. Kat says

    Killer recipe. Making it for the second time in cupcake form as I type (they’re in the oven). Thanks for coming up with this!

  70. Ajay says

    I made this cake for my family this past weekend. They totally loved it. I followed the recipe as written and it turned out great!! Thanks :)

  71. says

    My last vegan chocolate cake was a bit of a disaster, this one seems to be MUCH more successful, I’m off to impress my dairy avoiding boyfriend with a cake that might actually be edible!

  72. Deanna says

    My friend made this for upmy husband and I when when came to visit and it was so delicious! Crazy good! My daughter wants to make this into cupcakes, do you have any suggestions for us?

    • Dana Shultz says

      So glad you liked it, Deanna! I think other readers have made these into cupcakes, so scan the comments for suggestions/results. However, I would say just reduce the cooking time by half and check every few minutes thereafter for doneness. Hope that helps and good luck!

  73. Stacie says

    Well, I’m back to stalking. The summer is our busy season at work and I haven’t had time to experiment. I saw several of your recipes that I wanted to try, but when we were invited to a BBQ (with non Vegans) I jumped on the chance to make this cake. I’ve never made a cake from scratch, Vegan or otherwise, so I did a test run before hand. The first one tasted good, but was messy – Totally my fault! I learned a lot of general stuff about cake making on the first go. Well, the second one I made, the important one, was AMAZING. You are awesome!! Everyone loved it!

  74. Amy McGarry says

    Hey!! I was wondering what your thoughts were on using spelt flour instead? I really really want to make this cake :-)

    • Dana Shultz says

      Check the comments as I think other people tried it with success. I think it will work but as always, no guarantees!

  75. Ragnheidur says

    This is the best vegan cake I’ve ever tasted! I found your recipe a couple of weeks ago and I’ve all ready made it three times.
    Thanks!!!

  76. Chris says

    Sounds great. Suggest just pointing out to your readers that subbing granulated sugar and powdered sugar (if refined), disqualifies it as being vegan (processed via bone filtration). So many vegans these days confuse dairy free and egg free as sufficient for what truly vegan means. Even some vinegar is clarified with gelatin, etc.

    I’ll try your recipe, as it’s similar to another I’ve used.

    • Alison says

      Great point! In the US, all certified organic sugars are free of bone char, according to the USDA and the Vegetarian Resource Group. Many organic sugar packages are also labeled as vegan, in case consumers don’t realize.

    • Nightsinge says

      True that, regarding sugar. However, sugar cannot use bone char and be qualified as “organic.” So organic sugars are safe to use for vegans.

  77. says

    This cake is a dream. An actual dream. It makes me wonder why I ever bothered putting dairy in chocolate cakes before I was vegan. After making my apple sauce I realised I only had about 3/4 of a cup’s worth so I sub’d some soya yogurt to make it up to the right amount. I also only had self raising flour so I used that with a teaspoon of baking soda. The cake is so spongey and fudgey, it’s like eating a fudgey cloud. I filled it with some home made vegan nutella and topped it with with some coconut oil buttercream. I’ve had rave reviews. Thank you so much, this will be my go to chocolate cake from now on and most likely the recipe i use for my wedding cake!

  78. Liz says

    Just tried this cake and it had good flavor but i found mine on the overly dense side – like it didn’t bake all the way through! :( looked more like fudge than cake when i cut it. The batter looked really good before i added the applesauce (cuz i had forgotten)… do you think this would work without the applesauce?

  79. Brenda says

    Just wanted to say that I made this cake today. I’m not even going to frost it because it is wonderful on it’s own. Thank you for this recipe.

  80. Crystal says

    My son has several allergies, so when his birthday comes around, I have to find a suitable recipe. Would I be able to use soy milk instead of the Almond Breeze?

    I hope so :)

  81. Trina says

    This was a disaster. Never had a cake look like mush after 40 mins in the oven. Don’t know what went wrong.

      • Trina says

        The only thing I did different was cook it in a bundt pan which could have been the problem. I will try again as so many others gave it such good reviews. I will use two pans next time.

  82. jinal says

    I should have added, I am not a vegan ( I’m vegeterian) but came across this recipe online and with such good reviews I wanted to bake it. I hope I’ve not offended by asking about substitution with milk. thanks.

  83. Nichole says

    I’ve been searching for a vegan chocolate cake recipe for my wedding cake and this cake is it! I’m in love. I made a test cake and nobody even guessed it was vegan.
    The frosting did really odd things and I have never before had that issue (looked so greasy and kind of separated). I just added vegan cream cheese and it was both beautiful and tasted great! Next time I may just make a spiced cream cheese frosting to go with it on for the wedding. I will never love another cake as much as I love this one. Thank you for that.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Lovely! Thanks for sharing, Nichole. A tip on the frosting: If you use Earth Balance (or real butter) from a tub instead of sticks, there is water added for ease of spreading. SO, when I’m baking, I always recommend the sticks! Hope that helps. Thanks for sharing!

  84. Nicole King says

    This cake was to die for. Nobody even thought it was vegan, haha! I paired it with a vegan pumpkin buttercream, it balanced out the sweetness of that perfectly! Thanks for the amazing recipe.

  85. Justine says

    So I totally read it as 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and now I’ve got this lovely sour concoction on my hands. EVERYONE DON’T DO IT. More sugar? Mayhaps.

  86. Lee Potvin says

    I made this cake last night and it was fantastic and so much better than any traditional chocolate cake. Unfortunately in my haste to prepare it, I forgot to pick up apple sauce. Instead I substituted fresh, peach puree instead and it was amazing. Even my non vegan (yet very supportive husband) was very impressed <3

    • Dana Shultz says

      Ah, lovely! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your changes! Always so helpful to other readers. Cheers!

  87. Ayu Martin says

    I made this cake for my hubby for Father’s Day. He thought it was “nice” and he ate almost half a loaf (I made 2 cakes in a tin loaf). My 3 year old daughter ate some, but thought it was too chocolatey and decided it was “a bit yucky” (boo!). I ate it and I thought I was a super woman!! I brought the other cake to work. My colleagues couldn’t believe it was vegan.
    I will definitely make it again. Whoever says being vegan is boring, has never tasted this cake. Thanks for the recipe.
    PS:
    I reduced the amount of sugar to half a cup. The icing was sweet enough.

  88. says

    not only is this the first vegan cake i’ve made, it’s also THE BEST chocolate cake i’ve ever tasted!!! seriously, WOW!!! thanks so much for such delicious delight :)

  89. Charity Odama says

    This was also my first time making a vegan chocolate cake and it was so delicious! Best chocolate cake I have ever had also! This is including non-vegan cakes! I altered the recipe to make it gluten free using a coconut flour mix and it was just as delicious :)

    Seriously, thank you so much for sharing this recipe. My only question is about the frosting. Its pretty sweet. Is there a way to make it hold up nicely if making cupcakes but not adding so much powdered sugar? Your expertise is appreciated. :)

    • Dana Shultz says

      Yes! You can add enough powdered sugar to get it to the sweetness you prefer. Then add in another flavorless thickener of choice, such as arrowroot starch or a gluten free flour blend. Hope that helps!

  90. Archana says

    Hi I tried the cake today. I had to bake it at higher temp of 400 F after trying for 30 mins at 350 F. The cake had risen nicely after baking at higher temp but dropped as it cooled down :( It looks so flat and hard now. I am a novice baker, where did I go wrong? The last time I tried an eggless recipe, the same thing happened. Please advise.

  91. Betsy Lou says

    I made this lovely cake last night for my boyfriend and it turned out so good. I halved the recipe to make a smaller cake but calculated 2 things incorrectly so I ended up putting in more coffee and less applesauce. It still turned out perfect. I find a half recipe is quite enough cake for my boyfriend and I to consume in a couple days, plus it’s just easier to make. I bought apple baby food instead of traditional applesauce which is a thinner consistency, cheaper, and less waste than a big jar of it. Also I added almond extract to the icing which gives it a nice amaretto flair. Next time I might drizzle a little rum over the cake after baking. I agree with everyone on the fact that vegan cake is so much better than cakes made with animal products! Thank you Minimalist Baker!

  92. Deanna says

    Don’t make the same mistake I did, I used liquid coconut oil that turned to solid after mixing with the cold milk. Have the milk room temperature at least. I set it over a pan of warm water and solved the problem. Has anyone tried making this as a bundt cake? This cake is delicious, I have made it for my twin sister and I for our birthday celebration. Very rich and moist!

  93. Caroline says

    Made this cake for the first time for my vegan step-daughter’s birthday cake. My non-vegan, exceptionally fussy hubby & son ate it and loved it. The finished cake was lovely and moist and (I’m pleased to say) actually looked like your pictures. The frosting is divine!!!!

    One comment, however, without the frosting the actual cake had no taste at all, despite all the cocoa powder in it and the batter tasting fine – any ideas why? I followed the recipe with two changes, I didn’t include the coffee (added the extra almond milk instead) and I used GF Flour and Xanthan gum instead of normal flour.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Hmm, not sure, but glad you still liked it! Mine was quite flavorful. Sometimes gluten free flours can absorb some of the flavor. Perhaps next time add a bit more sugar and cocoa powder? Hope that helps!

  94. says

    I just made this, and it’s cooling right now. The batter tasted amazing so I hope to get as great a result as you did. I substituted freshly brewed espresso for the coffee, and coconut milk for the almond milk. We will see how it turns out :)

  95. Debbie says

    I tried to make a vegan cake for the first time the other day and failed miserably. My housemate described it as looking like a fried tofu. I tried twice and both times they sank. But THIS cake I just pulled out of the oven and it looks amazing! It looks moist and soft. I haven’t been able to taste it yet as I am taking it to a fundraiser tomorrow but I’ll report back as soon as I do. Thanks!!

  96. Wendy says

    Hi! I just made this cake for my son’s 4th birthday (my daughter has allergy to egg, nut and dairy) and it was a HUGE hit! To make it nut free, I subbed the almond milk for soy milk. I paired it with an avocado chocolate ‘frosting’ and it was divine. People kept asking me how it was so moist with no eggs and no milk! This is going to be my go-to chocolate cake recipe from now on! Oh and cake & pastry flour made all the difference!

  97. Xan says

    Made this cake last minute for a friend’s visit. Last minute as in I barely had time to let it cool and slap the frosting on before they were there! We all enjoyed it and agreed it was a nice cake, even if the bf said it had a strange ‘healthy’ taste to it. Afterwards I put the leftovers in the fridge.
    OH
    MY
    GOD
    Overnight the cake matured into THE MOST AMAZING mud cake I have ever eaten. It 100% belongs in a posh cafe. It’s incredibly soft and dense and delicious (and I only made one layer). My advice is to make it the night before a special occasion and then gloat heartily as your friends and and family tuck in and stare at you like a baking god.

    Thank you so much for the recipe!

    Also due to time constraints and a lack of vegan butter, I subbed in a chocolate avocado frosting from a paleo recipe site. It was more like a ganache but it worked really well. The recipe is crazy simple too, just drop 1 ripe avocado, 1/2 a cup of cocoa powder, 1/2 a cup of maple syrup and a small pinch of salt into a food processor and pulse a few times until they’re good friends and all creamy.

    *I also subbed the unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze because it was in the fridge and had to use a sugar-sweetened jar of applesauce from the supermarket but doubt either of those things mattered too much besides added sweetness.

  98. says

    I made this cake yesterday as a birthday cake for a good friend. Myself and three carnivores concur, BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG, first I have to say, I haven’t baked a cake in 20 years. My culinary skills are such that, while I can bake, I’ve kind of devolved into a combination of Lucy and The Three Stooges in the kitchen. The 15 minute, one-bowl cake took me several shopping trips and cost an extra dress and three sweaters: a day and a half to make. Didn’t realize I didn’t have a hand-held mixer. Had a little bullet thing with a whisk attachment. So, picture wiping chocolate cake batter off of multiple walls and weird places in the kitchen. It was entertaining.

    I used super duper high-quality cocoa powder. Everything except my powdered sugar was of organic, good-quality ingredients.

    It rose amazingly perfectly, high, smooth, pretty. The only substitution I made was Organic Coconut Sugar for cane sugar.

    Honestly the taste, texture, richness, aroma, sweetness, complexity was all just fantastic!! Worth it!

  99. Erin H. says

    I don’t have whole wheat pastry flour but I do have regular whole wheat all purpose flour…would that work or do you think I should just stick with unbleached all purpose flour? Also, can I use my own homemade almond milk?
    Thanks and can’t wait to try this!

  100. Amy says

    We recently discovered our daughter has an egg allergy, so I have been frantically searching for recipes to replace my tried and true standbys. This recipe takes the cake (heh). I intended to go all out vegan for the cake, but didn’t have enough almond milk, so I subbed for raw milk. This was the most deliciously most, tender and lovely egg free cake I’ve ever eaten! It was my son’s birthday cake and I made ermine frosting for it. Everyone loved it! This will be added to my rotation for sure!

  101. billie says

    Does the taste differ greatly when you skip the coffee and add more almond milk? And do I add the same amount of almond milk as the amount of coffee?
    I want to make this for my daughter’s christening, but don’t want my 3 year old having coffee!!

  102. Christine says

    I have family coming for Thanksgiving that are vegan. Since I am the baker of the family, I was asked to make a vegan dessert. I planned on making your cake, but only issue is, they also do not eat any oil, in any form. There already is applesauce in the recipe, so what would you suggest I use to replace the oil as well? I have looked through the comments, but hadn’t seen any with any suggestions.

  103. Cait says

    If I want to make this gluten free, would I be able to simply replace the wheat flour with a gluten free blend? Or would you recommend changing anything else if I do that?

    Thank you for your time!

  104. Leah Ryals says

    I made this cake for Thanksgiving this year, and it was a huge success! Living in the South and being vegan has many challenges, but the look on everyone’s face as they were gobbling up my cake and I told them that it was vegan was worth it! Now I’m making it again this weekend for one of my best friends birthday party. Thanks for sharing!

  105. Sonny says

    Hi there. With your chocolate cake, what can I use to replace the oil and butter? I need to avoid these in cooking and was hoping you could advise me on replacements. Thanks

  106. Grannie Annie says

    At 70 years of age I am learning how to convert old recipes to vegan dishes since my son and his wife are now vegans after being vegetarians for all 15 years of their married lives. Today was Matt’s 39th birthday. So I made this cake and cannot begin to tell you how happy I am at how beautifully it turned out and at how delicious it is.
    I followed your instructions and knew as soon as I tasted the batter it was going to be good. No need for extra sugar. For the frosting I used 4 ounces of Earth Balance and 4 ounces of butter flavored Crisco. I scalded the almond milk before adding it a bit at a time and I also used a few teaspoons of strong coffee in the frosting since I had some left from making it for the cake. It was just perfect.
    Thank you for convincing me that vegan food can be this good. Old dog learning new tricks here.

  107. Jana says

    This recipe is out of this world! Delicious, moist, rich, chocolately without being too sweet. I’m the only vegan in the family but today I made this cake for the 4th time because everyone keeps requesting I make it for birthdays! Sharing wonderful vegan treats with people I love warms my heart like nothing else, so thank you Dana!

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