With vegan diets becoming more mainstream, the demand for delectable vegan desserts has skyrocketed. Whether you're a seasoned vegan or just exploring plant-based baking, this vegan chocolate cake is a must-try! Healthy, cruelty-free, and utterly delicious, it’s an ideal choice for any occasion.

Vegan Chocolate Cake


To make this scrumptious vegan chocolate cake, you'll need:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (can substitute with coconut sugar)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water (for extra moistness)

Substitutions for Allergens or Dietary Restrictions:

  • Nut-Free: Use oat milk or soy milk instead of almond milk.
  • Sugar-Free: Substitute with erythritol or a sugar alternative of your choice.
  • Gluten-Free: Ensure the flour blend is gluten-free.


Step 1: Prepare the Batter

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the almond milk, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until well combined.
  5. Gradually stir in the boiling water until the batter is smooth and well-mixed.

Step 2: Bake the Cake

  1. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes for an 8-inch cake or 20-25 minutes for cupcakes.
  3. To check if the cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

Step 3: Cool and Frost

  1. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting and Decorating

Vegan Frosting Options:

  • Homemade: Whip up a batch of vegan buttercream using vegan butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and a splash of almond milk.
  • Store-Bought: Brands like Simple Mills and Miss Jones offer delicious vegan frosting options.

Decorating Ideas:

  • Top with fresh berries, vegan chocolate chips, or shredded coconut.
  • Create patterns using a piping bag and various frosting tips.

Serving and Storage

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve slices with a scoop of vegan ice cream or a drizzle of raspberry sauce.
  • Pair with a hot cup of vegan-friendly coffee or almond milk latte.

Storage Instructions:

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • For longer storage, refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.


We hope you enjoy baking and indulging in this vegan chocolate cake! Don't forget to share your own variations and experiences in the comments below. Vegan baking is not only fun but also a wonderful way to enjoy delicious treats while being kind to the planet and your health. Happy baking!

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