Fluffy and delicious, this Vegan Chocolate Oreo Cake has it all: tons of chocolate, sweet, fragrant vanilla buttercream, and chunks of Oreo cookies. Vegan, soy-free recipe, can be nut-free.
New Year's resolutions about eating skinny are for the new year. For now I give you this scrumptious Chocolate Oreo Cake.
Early on in a new vegan's journey comes the delicious discovery that Oreo cookies-- yes, those gorgeous little black-and-white nuggets of chocolaty goodness-- are vegan. And life is never quite the same again.We all can agree that Oreos aren't health food, but it would have to be a true killjoy who does not enjoy eating one every now and then. And the holidays are a perfect excuse.
My Oreo Cake is two layers of moist, velvety, soft-as-a-cloud chocolate cake sandwiching a layer of white vanilla buttercream. On top goes an icing of chocolate buttercream and some Oreo cookies. Can you imagine more deliciousness in one place?
I had been wanting to share a vegan chocolate cake recipe for a long time but the recipes I've tried before (with my favorite, for flavor, being the one from the Candle Cafe Cookbook) tend to be too delicate and the cake almost always ends up falling apart while unmolding.
For this vegan Chocolate Oreo Cake I modified my Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream and it was perfect. The cake was tender but not too fragile, and it tasted better than any chocolate cake I've ever had.
The chocolate buttercream is a must-try: its creamy and chocolate-y, of course, and it looks really pretty too. I used mini Oreos as a topping and I left them whole, but you could always just use the regular-sized ones, crumble them up, and scatter them on top of the cake. Or you could leave out the Oreos altogether.
Here's the recipe, then, for a scrumptious vegan Chocolate Oreo Cake. Enjoy!
Looking for more vegan cake recipes?
- Low Fat Cucumber Cake
- Vegan White Chocolate Raspberry Cake
- Vegan Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
- Vegan Lemon Yogurt Bundt Cake
- Vegan Carrot Cake
- Vegan Chocolate Cake
Vegan Chocolate Oreo Cake
For the cake
- 2 cups almond milk (can use any nondairy milk)
- 2 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- ⅔ cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoon instant coffee powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegan butter (2 sticks)
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Make the cake
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, or with a hand-held mixer, beat the sugar, vanilla extract and oil until fluffy, about two minutes.
- In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, coffee, cocoa powder and salt.
- Add the cocoa-flour mixture to the wet ingredients in three batches, alternating with the almond milk-vinegar mixture, beating 20 seconds after each addition. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl after each addition to ensure everything is mixed together. Don't overbeat.
- Line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper at the bottom, and oil and flour the bottom and sides. Divided the cake batter evenly between the two pans.
- Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center of each cake comes out clean.
- Cool the cake pans on a rack for 15 minutes. Then run a knife along the edges of the cake pans and unmold the cakes by putting a plate over the mouth of the pan and flipping it. Peel off the parchment paper.
- Place the unmolded cakes on the rack to cool completely.
Make the frosting
- Have your butter at room temperature. Place them in a bowl and with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer with a whisk attached, beat until you have a fluffy mixture, about a minute.
- Add the confectioners' sugar in batches of ¼ cup at a time, beating about 20 seconds after each addition. As with the batter, scraped down the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition to ensure everything is evenly mixed.
- Remove ⅓rd of the frosting to another bowl. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Set aside. This is your vanilla buttercream frosting.
- Add the cocoa powder and instant coffee powder to the remaining buttercream and mix well. This is your chocolate buttercream frosting.
Frost the cake
- Place one cake on a cake stand or a plate and top with the vanilla buttercream. Using a table knife or a spatula, spread the frosting evenly on top of the cake.
- Place the second cake on top of the first one. Top with the chocolate buttercream and spread it evenly on top of the cake and on the sides.
- Decorate with mini Oreos, as I did, or crumble some Oreo cookies and scatter them on top of the cake.
- Enjoy, all!
This recipe is seriously amazing. Just made it for my son’s birthday and he is one happy little guy. Thank you !
I made this today - and it turned out really good. The batter was wetter than I expected, but the cake was great. So grateful to you for sharing. Thank you!
Hi Vaishali! Can we add flax egg, so that the cake grows more or it's not necessary? I am gonna make it in a bit 😀
No need for a flax egg. It doesn't really help with the rise anyway, it's more of a binder and you don't need it here.
Help please! I cannot see where shortening is listed in the ingredients list and I don’t know how much to use as a result! Would it be terribly different without it, since I see in the directions to beat the earth balance butter with the shortening? Today is April 17, 2018 and i want to make it this weekend on April 20th 2018, so my fingers are crossed there can be an answer before then. Thank you in advance!
Hi Simone, I updated the recipe since I first posted it to remove the shortening-- you can just use vegan butter.
Hello!!! I made this as a cake and it was absolutely delicious, how would I make these in cupcake form? Would the oven temperature be the same?
Hi Nicole! I read an earlier reply from vaishali saying that the difference for the cupcakes is just lowering the bake time to 18 minutes! I think that is for 18 cupcakes too
I've just made this for my brother's birthday, and used rapeseed oil instead of shortening in the frosting, and it worked out just fine! I don't normally like coffee, but this is amazing! Thanks!
hi - do you need the coffee in here?
Not strictly. You can leave it out, but it really enhances the chocolate.
I love this recipe. I'm using it for the second time. Last year one of my friends was concerned when I went vegan because she knows that I've always loved baking, and she thought that I would be hindered by veganism. So wrong! This recipe was the one I used to prove to her that vegan cakes can be fluffy, moist, and delicious. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Hi Alison, so happy you liked it! Chocolate cake makes a good argument, doesn't it? 🙂
Sadly Oreos aren't cruelty free, mor is earth balance, because of palm oil! I will modify and try out the recipe tonight!
I am new to veganism and tonight I will be making this cake for my son's girlfriend - she will be 21 and she introduced me to being vegan. Oreos are her favorite so what better than to surprise her with an oreo cake! Thank you for the recipe....and wish me luck that it is a hit!
Good luck, Kim. 🙂 And happy birthday to your friend.
Anon, just use the basic white vinegar. No need to use anything special for this.
what kind of vinegar did you use?
Sarita, yes they are over here. A lot of storebought cookies are, in fact, perhaps because it's more expensive for manufacturers to use butter and eggs and cream, and also perhaps because animal products have shorter shelf lives.
Thx for the recipe!
Are oreo cookies vegan? In the Netherlands they are not vegan.
Nisha, that sounds delicious.
Anonymous, Wholesome makes organic powdered sugar that is vegan, and I find it at the Whole Foods here. Usually though I make my own in the Vitamix with turbinado or cane sugar and some cornflour.
What is the brand of vegan powder sugar that you used? Does Florida Crystal sell it?
Thanks for the wishes. He for a change enjoyed the cake. I had made layer cake of basic vanilla sponge cake and chocolate cake, with the cocoa and coffee cream fillings.
Oreos are VEGAN?? =D
If you wanted to try another cook book recipe chocolate cake I would suggest this one - - I bought it in 2006 when it first came out and the chocolate cake in there is amazing.
Going to see if I can find Oreo cookies here in South Africa :).
Cham, Rashmi, Sharmilee, Thanks!
Nisha, A very happy birthday to your son-- give him a big hug from me, and my best wishes. Hope he likes the cake. 🙂
Anthony, the vinegar acts as an egg substitute and helps bind the cake. It's like magic. 🙂
This is very similar to a Hydroxy chocolate cake. Just kidding.
Since no eggs are used, how is the batter bound I wonder?
Vow!!!!!!! the cake looks superly delicious. You know what; to my surprise I get this vegan whipped cream which I use instead of making one at home. For the chocolate buttercream version, m planning to just add cocoa powder and instant coffee to the cream. Tomorrows my younger ones b'day, he will be 2
Luved the texture of the cake...moist n yumm
This cakes looks really great with oreo.I like it.
The cake is super moist and oreo , we can see pretty much in all dessert here 🙂 I love the icing flavor part!
Nish, thanks. I use Earth Balance shortening, but Crisco works just as well. Make sure it is free of trans fats.
Icchic, yes-- I adapted this from my chocolate cupcake recipe. This much batter would make 18 cupcakes and enough icing to frost them all. Reduce baking time to 18 minutes.
Poornima, Richa, Thanks!
Anonymous-- you're right, it is half a cup. I've fixed it. Thanks!
Vic, Thanks! 🙂
Stunning cake, simply looks awesome and absolutely gorgeous.
This looks awesome! I need this in my belly.
oooh.. yes! i love those mini oreos!:))
and the cake is so perfectly moist.. yummmmmmyyy! this month is killing me with the sugar high:)
Thats a beautiful cake Vaishali, love the rich, moist texture.
I suspect that this recipe would make lovely cupcakes too!
it does! I used this recipe to make cake and cupcakes!
That looks quite spongy without the egg!
What brand of vegetable shortening do you use? [I've never made anything with shortening...]
This cake sounds yummy! But in the buttercream frosting, 8 Tbsp is one-half cup, no?