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Moist Vegan Chocolate Cake (Easy Recipe)

Yields16 ServingsPrep Time20 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time55 mins

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake is quick and easy recipe, made in 1 bowl.This really is the best chocolate cake ever, vegan or otherwise. It's super moist, fullfy, rich and full of chocolate.

vegan chocolate cake

Chocolate Cake
 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
 ¾ cup cocoa powder
 2 tsp baking powder
 1 ½ tsp baking soda
 pinch of salt
 ½ cup canola oil OR melted coconut oil
  cup unsweetened applesauce
 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
 1 cup boiling water
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
 1 cup cocoa powder
 1 ½ cups earth balance vegan butter sticks
 4 cups powdered sugar
 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
For the Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease two 9-inch cake pans. you can also line them with parchment rounds and lightly flour for easy removal of the cakes later.


Measure 1 cup unsweetened almond milk and add the tablespoon of vinegar to it.stir constantly and set aside to curdle.


In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then mix well to combine.


Now add the oil, applesauce, vanilla and almond milk/vinegar mixture. Mix on medium speed with a hand mixer until well combined.


Lower the speed and carefully pour in the boiling water, continuing to mix into the cake batter until combined. The batter will seem very runny at this point, don't worry all is good.


Divide the batter evenly between your cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. After 10 minutes of cooling in the pan, carefully remove the cakes from the pans and let cool completely before frosting.

For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Add the cocoa powder to a large bowl. Whisk well to remove any clumps.


Add the softened vegan butter and mix with a hand mixer until creamed and well combined.


Add half of the powdered sugar and half of the almond milk, and mix until combined. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Mix starting on low, and turn to high. Mix until fluffy and combined.


If the frosting seems too dry, add more milk, a tablespoon or two at a time. If the frosting seems too wet and doesn't hold it's shape, add more powdered sugar until it thickens up


Frost the cake using an icing spatula or just a butter knife.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Slice

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 496
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g39%

Saturated Fat 4g20%
Sodium 408mg17%
Potassium 222mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 71g24%

Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 53g
Protein 4g8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.