The BEST chocolate cake ever...that happens to be VEGAN. I kid you not!

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First off, I will admit, I have never been a cake person. For the first 20 years of my life (I'm 26 now), I rarely touched my birthday cake. I'm not sure if my palate didn't like boxed/store-bought cakes or what, but only when I started baking them myself did I begin to take a liking to the moist airy treat. Also, I am an omnivore, with a lot of vegetarian and vegan friends, so imagine my excitement when I perfected the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted, AND made it vegan in the process. Don't believe me? Bake it! You can thank me later. :)
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Step 1: Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar

Chocolate Glaze

1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp margarine
2 tbsp soy milk
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract

Note: if you don't care to make it vegan, or don't have soy milk or margarine, you can use butter in place of the margarine, and whatever milk you prefer in place of the soy.

Step 2: Mix

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In an 8X8 square pan/dish, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a fork, making sure it is really blended together. Add the water, vanilla, oil, and vinegar, and again, mix together so that it's really blended together. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides if necessary.

Step 3: Bake!

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Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a rack completely (2 hours).
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jchronic2 days ago
I'm not known for my neatness...
jchronic made it!2 days ago
But that's my own fault!
jchronic2 days ago
amazing! but +1 on the tray greasing!

does anyone know if it freezes well?

I used coconut oil for the glaze instead of margarine, and it turned out great! I also microwaved the glaze to melt the oil and the sugar, and it also created a great creamy texture. I love this recipe. It is also important to grease the pan, because the first time I made this I had an extremely ahrd time removing the cake from the pan after baking.

EssyReads8 days ago

I don't understand what I did wrong!? I followed the instructions and used all the right ingredients that was listed and my cake tasted so bad. Please help if you possible know what I did wrong.

jazk11911 days ago

its all purpose flour right

considering all this talk about margine not being vegan friendly (and the fact that we only have butter in the cupboard anyway) was thinking of replacing the marargine in the glaze to vegtable oil, has anyone tried this before?

Margarine is what gives the consistency to the glaze, I don't think it would work. You can try make your own vegan butter with a coconut oil base! Recipe here

AngeB made it!25 days ago

I made this last night for my sisters 26th Birthday.. It was soo good!!!! 10 out of 10 people LOVED it! I doubled it to make 3 thinnish tiers.. Thank you for sharing!

AngeB AngeB25 days ago

Oh and I used a vegan buttercream frosting instead of the chocolate one in this recipe.. :) Yummm..

ErynC1 month ago

I made this cake for our church get-together and it was a big hit! The only complaint was that there wasn't enough! I've made it several times now, and have played with the recipe a bit-one time adding some cinnamon, another time adding a teaspoon of instant coffee for a mocha flavor. Always delicious!! Thanks for posting the recipe!

mamasobus2 months ago

I've made this recipe dozens of times! i've made it as is and other times i've replaced the oil with greek yogurt (no longer vegan then, but i don't usually cook/bake for vegans so it doesn't matter) and scaled back the sugar to 3/4 cups and it's delicious both ways. i've made it as a full on cake one or two times but usually just add chocolate chips and put the batter in muffin tins. the recipe pretty much makes one dozen muffins if anyone is curious :)

Thanks! I was wondering how many cupcakes it would make. Thanks for commenting about reducing the sugar too. I try to never put the whole amount the recipe calls for.

mika.gill.792 made it!2 months ago

got all confused with the Brit vs American when it comes to baking soda and baking powder - could someone please illuminate me as to what type of "baking" it really is in the recipe that we need to add 1 tsp of?


Bicarbonate of soda = baking soda.

Baking soda is also called bicarb, that is what I think is meant to be in this recipe.

KimQ1 month ago

I was wondering if you have change the recipe a little to make the cake into cookies? Any ideas? I love this recipe and I am looking for a easy vegan cookie recipe. Thanks!

JeniB1 KimQ1 month ago

Google vegan chocolate cookie recipes, there are literally thousands out there.

Shayzima1 month ago
Thank you for this recipe! I am not vegan but it's nice because I always have the ingredients on hand. Sometimes I add a few ripe bananas and less sugar. The recipe is very moist and versatile. Thanks again!
FataLenora1 month ago

I haven't made this.. I was hoping to make one for my fiancé.. but he isn't a fan of chocolate.. he is into the chocolate chip vanilla type of stuff.. do you have an idea for that?

elsalita2 months ago

i have been baking this cake for years, originally made it at a wedding cake for my vegan nephew and wife. i did not used the glaze, but made a vegan butter icing instead. i am not vegan but this is the VERY BEST EVER CHOCOLATE CAKE and i use any old icing or chocolate gnache (yummy). i am typically a baking substituter and love creating my own recipes BUT i do follow this recipe but now cut back a bit on the sugar. i was just reading through comments and had to add my two bits :) by using honey it will no longer be vegan. i believe the vinegar works with the baking soda to make the cake what it is, and the vinegar cannot be tasted once it is baked. not so sure i would substitute baking powder and don't find it crumbly with the b. soda. i love chocolate, so would never sub carob and i typically double the recipe for 9x13 or larger layered cake. one last thing, i do like the idea of subbing coffee for water and might just try that today!

mika.gill.792 made it!2 months ago

got all confused with the Brit vs American when it comes to baking soda and baking powder - could someone please illuminate me as to what type of "baking" it really is in the recipe that we need to add 1 tsp of?

MichelleI12 months ago

I've made this recipe on numerous occasions and it always gets rave reviews! It is the most moist chocolate cake I have ever had. I've also used this recipe as a base for vanilla cupcakes by swapping out the cocoa powder for more flour and upping the vanilla to 1 tbsp - the only vanilla cupcakes I have ever made that have not over risen in the oven. Such a great recipe!! The below picture is a double batch made in 2 9 inch pans topped with chocolate "butter"cream :)

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oh my that looks amazing Michelle. do you have a cake decorating tool to make those swirleys?

Crikey, that looks beautiful!! You put my broken, square-shaped cake to shame. It still tasted wonderful, though ;)

mani.vinaik2 months ago

hi You have mentioned only baking soda in your baking powder,do you think its sufficient for the cake to rise.

yes the amount of baking soda called for has been sufficient to cause the cake to rise.

i love this cake, i have made it a handful of times already to rave reviews. am planning on continuing to perfect it! don't overdo it on the baking time, less time = more moist = more deliciousness.

cherry.austin made it!2 months ago

For fellow Brits: "Baking powder" is what we call baking SODA. If you use our baking powder, you don't need the vinegar. Self-raising flour doesn't need either additive. Here's my bread-machine cake, with injuries from the wire rack. I stuck it all back together with frosting ;)

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Hi, I just wanted to say that actually what here in America is called "baking powder" is also called "baking powder" in the UK, but what Americans call "baking soda" Brits call "bicarbonate of soda". You can find both in the baking aisle at Sainsburys or any other supermarket. I always get the yellow Dr. Oetker brand and the baking powder comes with a red lid and the bicarbonate of soda comes with a blue lid. I hope this helps :). Also have to say that I have had only amazing results with this cake and as a vegan am in love with this recipe!


Thanks for clearing that up :)

suerobarts2 months ago

Am definitely thinking of adding a jig of rum to the mixture.. by way of a grown up high-tea version.... :)

sorry correct me if I m wrong but margerine is not vegan...

aliciak (author)  pthom012201221 year ago
Margarine is derived from veg's not dairy.
echok9 aliciak2 months ago

This statement is incorrect. Margarine contains dairy. Please read the ingredients list on your margarine and try not to confuse people who may not be vegan but are allergic to milk and eggs.

Some are not and have all sorts of things in. Stork in the UK marketed at cake makers as it taste so bad has lard in.

Correcto, 95% of Margarine contains Milk Solids, so therefore is not vegan.

There are a few Vegan spreads, Nuttelex in Australia, or even better use coconut oil!!! yum :)

There is vegan margarine available. I am going to use coconut oil.

Meggey2 months ago
I'm Not a vegan. I didn't have any eggs or milk and stumbled across this recipe today as I was craving chocolate cake. I was pleasantly surprised, came out beautifully moist and tastes great!
I followed recipe, only thing is I didn't have milk for icong so just put water.
thanks for sharing this hot the spot today A++
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