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Triple-Layer Chocolate Mousse Fudge Cake


Vegan Dessert of the Year

I was so extremely honored when chose me to provide the dessert component of their “Vegan Recipes of the Year” feature. This was an intimidating task; not only was I in the company of three incredibly accomplished individuals (two popular cookbook authors and an award-winning chef), I also wanted to show that healthy and vegan food need not be bland nor boring.

I first browsed through my list of Healthy Dessert Recipes.

One thing was for sure: the dessert of the year had to include chocolate.


The above cake is based on my Magic Chocolate Pie.

It’s one of my favorite recipes on the entire blog.

Everyone loves that pie. (But I love it so much that I hardly ever share!) The chocolate pie, itself, could easily be my recipe of the year, which is why I chose it for the feature. However, to take the recipe up a notch in fanciness, I added two more layers—and some fresh strawberries for good measure.

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Question of the Day:

What would be your dessert of the year?

You can see mine here on

And I’ll be back tomorrow—with a new Larabar flavor!

Published on November 13, 2011

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  1. Denise says

    Hey, great work Katie! I tried the pie version, and my whole family loved it..until the hubby and I revealed it was tofu based lol, my daughters stopped mid bite and refused to eat the rest 🙁 they are only 10 and 12 and to rebel, they are anti-tofu and any ‘fake meat’’s a dying shame really. My Father in Law (a traditional Quebec french native) continued to devour his slice, and complimented me on how delish it was 😀 Next time I make this, I will def not inform anyone of the tofu addition 😉 Thank you so much for making dessert healthy, I am a big fan for sure. <3

    • Maya says

      It’s so funny how people are scared of tofu!!! My husband was about to taste something I had made with tofu, but stopped when I told him what it was. He seems to think he will spontaneously grow breasts if he eats one bite 🙂

  2. Megan says

    Katie that looks amazing! Congratulations on getting to provide the dessert recipe! I am in awe of your creativity and ability to think of recipes in your head and transform them into a delicious reality! Your pie looks beautiful and am I sure that lots of people will enjoy your hard work!

  3. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live says

    Congratulations Katie! Oh my- that looks so good!!!
    My dessert of the year? I don’t have an answer to that. I mean, there are desserts I love (chocolate, ice cream), but I don’t think I have had anything worthy of that title. Hmm- I think this gives me a good excuse to do more taste-testing!

  4. auntiecarole says

    Love the picture of the new cake, but can’t find the recipe on the post??

    What makes up the two new layers??

    Thanks a bunch!

  5. auntiecarole says

    Love the picture of the new dessert, but I can’t find the recipe on the post?
    What makes up the two new layers? Thanks a bunch—love your website, from one chocoholic to another!

  6. Erin says

    Wow, Katie this looks awesome. How exactly did you make it? Layer it with your chocolate cake? I want that slice to eat! 🙂

  7. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says

    Katie, you have outdone yourself this time! Very NICE! Looks scrumptious.

    My dessert of the year… hmmm… REALLY hard to choose. But I did just have a white chocolate caramel macadamia nut cheesecake the day before yesterday that was pretty up there. I think it could easily be veganized! 🙂

  8. Moni'sMeals says

    That is great Katie, congrats!

    I think this is perfect. oh wait…maybe just a shaving of more chocolate on top. 🙂 Did you save a slice for lil ol me?!

  9. Katie @ Nutrition in a peanut shell says

    Woah…that is stunning! I’m going to join the crowd and say it doesn’t link to! Just back to your pie. Not that that’s a bad thing….

  10. Kit-Kat says

    Yummy! A perfect Sunday night dessert.
    My dessert of the year would probably be a dense, fudgey brownie with a crackly top…. no nuts. I like my brownies without nuts. Do you prefer brownies with nuts or not?

  11. Kathy says

    I love the recipes on your blog; whenever I make something from here, and let my family taste test, they always, ALWAYS tell me it tastes great! (the chocolate pumpkin pie brownies are nice and fudgy 🙂
    I don’t quite know what would be my dessert of the year though!

  12. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    I love layered desserts b/c you get to enjoy the taste of multiple things all rolled into one. That’s one reason I love making bars because I can layer them, add in all kinds of different type of choc chips, white choc chips, PB layers, gooey layers, crunchy layers, add frosting or a drizzle…I love layers!

  13. Q. Le says

    Dear Katie,

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and just wanted to say: I try not to read it late at night because your pictures and descriptions tend to increase my appetite tenfold.

    In short: I love your blog. Thank you for being so generous with your recipes, and for sharing your love of chocolate and all that is deliciously healthy with the world 🙂

  14. Jaye says

    I made this glorious three layer cake for my dad’s birthday last weekend with the coconut whipped cream and all. Everyone LOVED it and licked their plates clean off. I got raaaaving reviews and when I revealed that the mousse part of the cake was tofu, everyone was so surprised they kept asking, “wait. so, this is tofu?” The entire cake was gone in a day…
    Anyways, thank you so much for creating this delicious recipe and I love your blog, and you totally deserve the vegan recipe of the year title!! (:

  15. Jami says

    i love your blog! i just wanted to tell you that i made this cake (minus the whipped topping) for my boyfriends birthday! he isn’t a vegan, but lactose-intolerant so I tried to find a good recipe for him and this had rave reviews. he really liked it (even though the bottom cake layer was slightly overcooked oops). and the mousse layer was a-ma-zing!

    in case anyone was wondering for the oil i used (melted) coconut oil, almond breeze original for the non-dairy milk, bakers chocolate chunks for the chips, and 2.5 Tbsp raw honey for the sweetener.

    thanks Katie you rock 😀

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