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Slice of vegan chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting
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5 from 6 votes

Vegan Chocolate Cake

A vegan Chocolate Cake that's tall, dark, moist and oh so scrumptious. The cake recipe comes together in one bowl and couldn't be easier to make. On top goes a creamy vegan buttercream chocolate frosting crammed with gooey melted chocolate and cacao.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Cake/Dessert
Cuisine: Soy-free, Vegan
Diet: Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Vegan chocolate buttercream, Vegan Chocolate Cake
Servings: 20 slices (approx)
Calories: 369kcal


  • Large bowl and whisk or stand mixer with whisk attachment


For cake

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • cup cocoa powder
  • tsp baking powder
  • tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup vegan yogurt (Use ¼ cup almond milk if replacing this)
  • cups water
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • cups sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules (optional)

For frosting

  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup vegan butter (two sticks or 16 tbsp)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare two eight or nine-inch cake tins by lining the bottoms with parchment paper and then greasing and flouring them. It helps to add a touch of cooking spray before you place the parchment paper into the tin to help it adhere.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk to mix.
  • Dump in the remaining cake ingredients--vegan yogurt, water, vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, pure vanilla extract and cofee, if using.
  • Whisk for a few seconds, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula, and continue mixing for just a few more seconds until you have a smooth batter. Don't overmix.
  • Divide the batter equally between the two cake pans. Place in the preheated oven and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool in the pans for around 30 minutes, then slide a knife along the sides to loosen, invert each cake into a plate, turn right side up, and continue cooling on the rack. These cakes are fairly sturdy but always be careful when handling baked cakes, especially if you are new to this.

Make the frosting

  • Place the chocolate chips in a bowl over a simmering pot of water. Stir a couple of times with a spatula until they are completely melted and creamy.
  • Place the softened butter in a bowl with the cacao powder and vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer until mixed and creamy, then begin whisking in the sugar, half a cup at a time. I like mixing it slightly with the spatula before I start the hand mixer to ensure it doesn't fly all over the place when I start the hand mixer.
  • Stir in the melted chocolate and beat until mixed. If using maple syrup instead of sugar, and if the frosting splits, refrigerate it for 30 minutes before beating in the melted chocolate.
  • Frost the cake.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg