This Vegan Chocolate Cake is perfectly moist, fluffy and so chocolate-y! It’s made with vegan egg substitute, diary free butter and cashew based yogurt. Easy to make and perfect for your next birthday party or other special occasion!
It’s finally February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I’ll admit that we don’t really do much in celebration of Valentine’s Day but I do alway love an excuse to eat chocolate cake 🙂 Today I’m sharing the BEST Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe with you! This chocolate cake is light and fluffy but also fudge-y and perfect.
This Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe is adapted from my favorite Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe and I always get amazing reviews on it. People repeatedly say that no one could tell that it was gluten free, and I assure you that no one will be able to tell that this cake is vegan!
VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE INGREDIENTS
- Flour – I use organic all purpose flour for this recipe. I have also tested it with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour and it works perfectly!
- Cocoa Powder – I use regular unsweetened cocoa powder. I assume that dutch process cocoa powder would work as well but I haven’t used it myself.
- Baking powder, baking soda and salt
- Dairy Free Butter – I like to use the Earth Balance brand sticks of butter for baking but you can use whatever dairy free butter alternative you feel comfortable with, you just need it to be softened to room temperature. Softened coconut oil would also work, just make sure to use the refined kind if you don’t want it to taste like coconut.
- Sugar – I use a mixture cane sugar and light brown sugar. This vegan chocolate cake is not low in sugar, but sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself! Coconut sugar could be subbed for the brown sugar. I also add vanilla extract.
- Vegan Egg Substitute – I used two servings of Bob’s Red Mill Vegan Egg Replacer. It is my favorite vegan egg substitute because it’s light in color and mild in flavor. It also works really well in everything I’ve used it in so far. You could also use ground flax or chia seeds to make your vegan egg substitute.
- Dairy Free Yogurt – I think that any plain, dairy free yogurt would work in this recipe. I used Forager cashew based yogurt. In my non-vegan version of this cake, I used non-fat greek yogurt so the thicker the better.
- Dairy Free Milk – I used plain, unsweetened almond milk because that’s what I usually have on hand, but any plain dairy free milk would work.
FROSTING YOUR CHOCOLATE CAKE
I love topping my chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, chocolate on chocolate is just perfect to me! Vanilla, cream cheese or even strawberry frosting would be great too, really anything you like. I have included a vegan chocolate buttercream recipe in the recipe card but feel free to use something different.
This vegan chocolate cake is so good though that I honestly don’t even think it needs frosting!
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE
- Make sure to follow the recipe exactly. Baking is much more scientific than other kinds of recipes and a simple ingredients swap or change of measurement can really change things. Feel free to ask me if you have questions on changing things up.
- Let the cakes cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This chocolate cake recipe is very light and delicate and it’s important to be careful with the cakes.
- Let cakes cool completely before frosting. You don’t want warm cakes to melt the frosting. You can put them outside or refrigerate them if needed.
- Don’t over bake the cakes. I always have trouble figuring out exactly when chocolate cake is done because you can’t tell if the edges are turning brown. You want to bake the cake until it’s firm to the touch and an inserted toothpick or fork comes out clean.
- This cake is delicate and tender, which is great because it makes it super light and fluffy, but you want to be extra careful when transferring the cakes out of the pan and onto your cake stand.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Can I make this cake gluten free also? Yes! I have tested it with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour and it works perfectly. I have not used any other kind of GF flour to test this recipe.
- Can I make this into a two layer cake instead of three? Yes, just cut the recipe down by 1/3 and you will get enough batter for two round cakes, or one large rectangle cake.
- Can I make cupcakes instead of a cake? Yes, just scoop about 1/4 cup of batter into a muffin pan and halve the baking time.
- Can this cake be frozen? Yes, make sure to cool the cakes completely and then wrap each individually in an airtight freezer friendly material. Freeze cake up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or on the counter before using.
- Can I cut the amount of sugar down? I wouldn’t change the measurements too much since it’s a baking recipe but you would probably be able to cut it down a little bit without seeing much of a difference.
Have another question? Ask me in the comment section below and I will try my best to answer it!