Nobody believed this cake was vegan! It was incredibly moist and flavorful, and I have to admit, when I tasted it, I wasn't fully convinced it was vegan...even though I made the cake :) I added a teaspoon of espresso powder to enhance the chocolate flavor, and it worked wonders. Definitely give this a try if you or your friends/family are vegan! Have I mentioned yet this is also one of the quickest and most painless from-scratch recipes I've made? (basically, make this cake. Now. You won't regret it!)
Vegan Chocolate Cake
adapted from Padhu's Kitchen
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 c sugar
1/4 c cocoa powder
1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 c vegetable oil
1 c warm water (*I microwaved a cup for about 20 seconds and it was fine)
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, sieve the dry ingredients together (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt). Incorporate the sugar and espresso powder.
Add the wet ingredients - warm water, vinegar, vanilla, and oil. Mix together well using a spoon or a whisk.
Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until a fork or toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool. Then frost it, or sprinkle it with powdered sugar like I did. Slice up and serve!
note to mods: eeeek, I'm sorry about the post I submitted before this - I forgot to close my cut! it's all fixed now.