This is the easiest and The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake, made with plant-based pantry-staple ingredients for a dense, rich espresso-spiked chocolate flavor and topped with light and fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting.
Who doesn't love chocolate cake? Especially when it's totally mouthwatering with ultra-rich chocolate. Whether it's for a birthday, Valentine's Day, or a regular Tuesday night, it's never a bad time for a slice of fudgy cake with plenty of frosting. This recipe is Dairy-free, Egg-free, and has a Gluten-free option- Trust me, even 'non-vegans' are totally fooled, licking their fingers and asking for seconds after they taste this vegan cake!
Depending on where you live, typing "vegan bakery near me" in the search bar might not come out with the best search results. That's why this easy Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe comes in handy---you can make it in the comfort of your home without too much fuss. The delectability of the espresso-spiked chocolate cake and decadent chocolate buttercream frosting is guaranteed to be a great celebration treat!
Okay, I know what you are thinking. ALOT of recipes claim to be 'the best' I get that. I tested it at multiple birthday and dinner parties, and with one bite of this decadent, moist vegan chocolate cake, every single person around commented that this was The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake they’d ever tasted, so that's enough proof for me! It's totally kid-proof and family-friendly!
Specifically, this vegan chocolate cake is made using common cake ingredients like all-purpose flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, and sugar. Though eggs are frequently used in baked goods like cakes, this chocolate cake recipe is totally egg-free and plant-based. Don't worry, it's still got that most rich cakey texture.
There are many kinds of non-dairy vegan-friendly alternatives to cow's milk you can buy in most stores these days. Or you can make your own. Try my Easy Homemade Coconut Milk recipe or my Homemade Creamy Oat Milk recipe!
For this tasty vegan chocolate cake recipe, I've used almond milk as a dairy-free alternative to replacing dairy milk. Almond milk is a light plant-based 1:1 alternative to dairy milk that does not carry an overpowering taste of almonds that translates into the finished cake product.
Start making this recipe with the chocolate cake batter. Here's what you need to make it:
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With this cake, you can either use all-purpose flour or cake flour, both of which are sold by Bob’s Red Mill. When it comes to the main ingredient of this entire recipe—-the flour, I enjoy using Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, which is ideal for all kinds of baking, including this one. However, I do occasionally use Super-Fine Cake Flour which adds a nice airiness and fluffiness to your cakes as well.
If you would love to make this cake gluten-free, then substituting all-purpose flour with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour is the easiest option. It’s a special blend of gluten-free flours, starches, and xanthan gum, which makes this cake just as soft, fluffy, and airy as the original!
Because this cake doesn't rely on eggs or dairy, there are a few steps that are slightly different from your typical cake-making process.
The frosting on this cake is an airy, light, and fluffy chocolate dairy-free buttercream. Even without any dairy, it's incredibly rich and airy. You'll want to keep this frosting on hand for all of your vegan baking projects. Here's what you need:
You can store leftovers for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. The cake also freezes well. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you're making the cake ahead of time to serve for a party, I recommend frosting the cake just before serving.
When your cake layers and frosting are ready, you can assemble this vegan chocolate cake.
Start by trimming the cake. The goal is to make as flat a surface as possible. The best way to do this is with a serrated knife.
You can make two or three layers with this cake.
If frosting the cake gets difficult, you can pop the whole thing in the fridge for a few minutes to help firm up the frosting.
On top, I like to make cute little decorations with a piping bag. And of course, chocolate sprinkles because there's never too much chocolate. Elegant chocolate shavings will also work beautifully!
So to those of you who need a chocolate fix right about now or who are new to the plant-based world and missing the taste of rich, decadent cake, give this recipe a try. You can't really go wrong! I tried to make it as fool-proof as possible!
OR, if you want something a little more bite-sized, try my plant-based dairy-free Fudgy Vegan Brownies recipe. Or you're sick of chocolate and looking for something new, try this Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream It's one of my go-to dessert recipes since it never fails to wow guests!
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Did you know that Cacao AND Cocoa are the same thing?
Chocolate is actually made from Cacao beans (or seeds). It's said that companies who use the term 'Cacao' are referring to the beans, pods, or ground-up version of the beans. However, the term Cocoa is often referred to as the powdered version of it all (which is formed after the fat is pressed out of the bean).
Of course, there's a whole process that happens, and you can find out more about that here.
Note that to make cocoa powder, the fat must be removed from the chocolate. This means that cacao or cocoa powder is lower in fat and calories than regular chocolate.
So, of course, it's always best to go with a brand of Cacao that contains those nutrients and are premium to ensure that your body actually receives all of those boosters. Navitas Organics' version of Cacao not only does that, but it's so delicious as well! You can always purchase it on their site or through a large retailer like Amazon.
Cacao has a host of health benefits which include:
Yup, you heard us right. Chocolate is GOOD for you... Any excuse for more vegan cake, right? Haha
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The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake + Chocolate Buttercream.