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Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

A simple vegan chocolate cake, made with basic ingredients and perfect for any occasion.

vegan chocolate cake recipe

This vegan cake is a good recipe to have on hand any time you need to make a basic chocolate cake.

It will never let you down, can easily be customized for different flavors, and non-vegans love it too.

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Dinner Parties

And any other type of gathering I might have forgotten!

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Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Cake Flavors

Nutella Chocolate Cake: Frost with chocolate hazelnut butter or my Healthy Nutella between layers.

German Chocolate Cake: Add a caramel frosting mixed with pecans and toasted coconut.

Mounds Bar Cake: Frost each layer with coconut cream or Vegan Chocolate Mousse, and top with more shredded coconut.

Black Forest Vegan Chocolate Cake: Frost with Coconut Whipped Cream or cashew cream and cherries or cherry jam.

Mocha Cake: Add a small spoonful of instant coffee to your favorite chocolate frosting or to my Chocolate Avocado Mousse.

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake: Use peanut butter in place of the oil. Frost with the vegan cream cheese frosting recipe from my Easy Cinnamon Rolls post, and beat a half cup of peanut butter into the frosting.

The vegan cake uses just a few basic ingredients you might already have on hand – no flax or chia eggs required, and no unusual ingredients like avocado or black beans.

Baking soda helps it rise, and applesauce binds the cake without eggs, also keeping it delightfully light and fluffy.

No one will ever suspect it’s healthier and vegan, because it simply tastes like classic homemade chocolate cake!

Want a single serving version? Try this Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake!

vegan chocolate cake recipe

(Above – watch the video how to make vegan chocolate cake!)

The recipe can be dairy-free, egg-free, whole-grain, and even oil-free!

I highly recommend this shortening-free Vegan Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

Make it as written if you want basic chocolate, or change things up by frosting each layer with any of my Healthy Frosting Recipes, or coconut frosting, peppermint frosting, or raspberry jam.

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Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

An easy vegan chocolate cake recipe, made with basic ingredients and perfect for any occasion.
4.93/5 (69)
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 2 cakes, or 1 double-layer cake


  • 2 cups spelt or white flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar, or xylitol for sugar free
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, banana, or yogurt of choice
  • 1/2 cup oil, almond butter, or allergy-friendly sub
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup water


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two 8-inch square or round pans. Set aside. Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, optional chips, and sweetener in a bowl. (If your nut butter is not stir-able, gently heat until it softens.) In a new bowl, whisk the oil or nut butter, applesauce or yogurt, water, and vanilla. Pour wet into dry and stir until just combined (don’t over-mix). Pour into the pans.
    Bake on the center rack for 25 minutes or until batter has risen and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out mostly clean. (I like to take them out when still a little undercooked, let cool, then set in the fridge overnight. This prevents overcooking, and the cakes firm up nicely as they sit.) If you can wait, I highly recommend not tasting until the next day… this cake is so much richer and sweeter after sitting for a day! When ready to frost, go around the sides with a knife, then invert each cake onto a large plate. Frost separately, then place one cake on top of the other if a double-layer cake is desired. At this point you can also frost the sides if you wish. I linked a few of my favorite frosting recipes earlier in this post.
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For a keto version, try this chocolate Keto Cake Recipe.
Or for a non-chocolate vegan cake, make this Vegan Carrot Cake.

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If you have any favorite vegan recipes, please feel free to mention them below in the comments for other readers to get inspired!

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Published on July 24, 2017

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  1. Harpreet Wadhwa says

    Hi! I’m looking for a cake with xylitol or erythritol as my parents can’t have sugar, and this looks great! They are ok with eggs and butter though. Should I substitute the half cup applesauce for two eggs (we don’t get applesauce easily in my neighborhood)? Can I substitute the water for coffee or milk? Also how much butter can I substitute for the oil? Thank you so much!

  2. Ash says

    Hey Katie

    How does the cake freeze well?

    I want to make the layers in advance 🙂

    Amazing recipe I have used Multiple times before 🙂

  3. Kay Manley says

    I love everything about this chocolate cake recipe. I’ve made it a couple of times, and it came out moist, rich, and delicious. You wouldn’t even know its vegan.

  4. Joan says

    I made this recipe for my daughter’s bday on the 31st. She’s not a big dessert lover, but does like chocolate cake. WINNER! I made and served same day, and it received good reviews all around. I know my baking soda is ok, and as I used 1/2 spelt/1/2 white flours…I’m wondering if that could be why it didn’t rise as much as I’d have liked? Recipe definitely going in the ‘to keep’ file. Next time I will add cherries for Black Forest Cake…my daughter would have just picked those out!!

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