Vegan Chocolate Cake

Posted on 06/23/2012 by choseri

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.
rhiannon_666 23rd-Jun-2012 07:46 am (UTC)
No worries! Thanks for resubmitting! It looks so yummy, and it's always good to have more vegan noms in the community.
sinkwriter 23rd-Jun-2012 07:53 am (UTC)
Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I'm always looking for healthy alternatives.
ejia_arath03 23rd-Jun-2012 08:00 am (UTC)
What happens if you use milk (or soy/almond/rice milk) instead of water?
reseda_3067 23rd-Jun-2012 11:01 am (UTC)
This DOES look very moist. I was wondering about the white vinegar; it's not white WINE vinegar, is it? I don't know if we have any other kind here in Sweden.
reseda_3067 23rd-Jun-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Would that work in this recipe?
wattle_neurotic 23rd-Jun-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
White vinegar is just normal vinegar (aka: distilled vinegar, virgin vinegar). Not sure if that would help :/ it's definitely different to white wine vinegar, the taste varies between the two rather a lot.
reseda_3067 23rd-Jun-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
I see. Thanks. I have never used vinegar while baking before. Nor do I know much about vinegar in general, I'm afraid.
kamaliitaru 24th-Jun-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Although I'm not the OP, I do know that in the US, when a recipe calls for white vinegar, it's to distinguish from apple cider vinegar. It's clear, and not white wine or white balsamic. It's just plain vinegar. If you were going to substitute, you could probably get away with apple cider vinegar, but I wouldn't really sub anything else, since you could taste it in the final product.
reseda_3067 26th-Jun-2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
wattle_neurotic 23rd-Jun-2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
This looks wonderful :) I'm going to have to try it! :D
what_is_written 23rd-Jun-2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Would apple cider vinegar work?
lorcas_novena 23rd-Jun-2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
i think apple cider would be good. I think it's basically anything that will curdle the non-dairy milk but I could be wrong.
wildmagelet 23rd-Jun-2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Yum! I'm allergic to both dairy and cocoa, so I'm always interested in vegan cakes even though I can eat eggs. I wonder if you could leave out the cocoa and maybe up the vanilla to make this a white cake?
fickletastictot 15th-Jul-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! I'm gonna try it out tomorrow.

Question though: could I, perhaps use really strong coffee instead of expresso? Or perhaps a bit of instant coffee powder/granules?
choseri 15th-Jul-2012 05:34 am (UTC)
from what I know, I don't think strong coffee / instant coffee has quite the same effect as espresso powder :/ you can try a bit of instant coffee to see if it has the same properties, but I'm not sure if it would end up giving your cake a bit of a coffee-y taste - if that suits you then please go ahead and experiment and let me know how it is! otherwise, I would elect to leave it out.
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