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Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake

What you need: 

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Thoroughly mix dry ingredients first (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt).
3. Mix in wet ingredients (water, vegetable oil, vinegar, and vanilla). Continue mixing until you obtain an even batter (no lumps).
4. Pour into a cake pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes.
I recommend topping the cake with Chocolate Frosting by Sarah.

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Recipe Category: 


Yum.  I made these for my daugher's fourth birthday.  I ended up with two dozen cupcakes and three star-shaped mini cakes.  They remind me of nonvegan decorated cakes that you would buy in a grocery store or cake mix cupcakes, as they are light, fluffy and mildly flavored.  I personally prefer my cakes more rich, thick and fudgy.  These are perfect to serve to a nonvegan crowd at a birthday party.  Thanks for the recipe!


i cut this in half and it came out well... fit in a single 9 inch pan. But i agree with those who said it tastes like too much flour. Could be cuz I used whole wheat flour. And didn't have any icing on it.


Made recipe 2x since finding our my almost 3yo has an egg allergy! Taking them to her party tomorrow and I know they will be a huge hit! This is better than any other cake I've ever made! Thank you!


This cake is very yummy! I had to make it three times to get it right though! First, I did TBSP. of salt, instead of tsp. then I made it again and did TBSPS. of baking powder, instead of tsps. I had to throw away two batches, but the third time was a charm! I made a layered cake and put chocolate frosting and fresh strawberries in between and on top. I posted some pictures!
I was wondering, would it be more rich and creamy if I used soymilk, in place of the water?
What does everyone think? Thanks

Shannon :snail:


Lawl I love your thinking. And thanks I should of thought of doing that.
I'm wondering - has anyone tried this with Stevia instead of sugar?

2 cups of sugar is ~1500 calories! Stevia has no calories (and I use it in all my drinks now) and I've been thinking about trying it out w/ food. If no one has - I'll totally do it and let everyone know how it came out!

Ok I did some math, these are the ingredients that have noteable calories:

Food Name       Cals    Fat  Carb   Prot
Flour           1365    4    286    39
Sugar           1548    0    400    0
Cocoa powder    74      4    18     6
Vegetable oil   1445    164  0      0
Total           8864    172  704    45

What I'm thinking - is 1548 (15%) of calories can be dropped using the Stevia. Also - I'm a big fan of using babyfood applesauce in exchange for Oil in cakes/etc. I've never had a cake come out dry doing that. So that's another 16% of calories, which is 31% of calories. (not to mention almost all the fat.....). Or maybe using just 1/3 cup of oil and the rest apple sauce to kind of meet in the middle.

I dunno, I'm bored at work hahah

p.s. Using coffee sounds like an incredibly intense and great idea.


thank you thank you thank you!
Its moist and the texture is even through out the whole cake.
Nice and chocolately but it's not too sweet! It's just FANTASTIC.
I can't wait til the whole family try it! hehe
I followed the whole recipe above but I added one more tablespoon cocoa and another teaspoon of vanilla. SO TASTY!


Made this again, using 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup oil... SO GOOD! so moist. yummm! This recipe is definitely a keeper...


I have a problem... this cake is AWESOME! I'm undoubtedly gonna gain a few hundred pounds now, because I am going to feel compelled to make this chocolate cake, like, every day. I am totally totally serious... I'm in big trouble!  (But quite happily so!) I put peanut butter-chocolate frosting on it... MMMMMMMMMMMMM!
Super easy, & incredibly delicious... Thanks for the excellent recipe!


the title of this recipe doesn't's SO easy.  I made it on a whim last night when PMS took over, haha... I was excited by how quickly I could throw all the ingredients together and just shove it in the oven.

I actually split the recipe in half, and made one half exactly the way the recipe calls, and the other half I omitted the cocoa to create a marble cake :)  I added a few dashes of cinnamon in the batter (and on top of the frosting) because I'm a cinnamon FREAK...

it came out great as a marble!  I used a frosting mix...Pamela's vanilla frosting. (see attached picture)  Normally I wouldn't use a mix, but a friend gave it to me, so why not.

It was seriously SO good... one of the best cakes I've EVER had...
my boyfriend's very anti-vegan friend was shocked and loved it...


WOW!!!  I am not even a chocolate cake lover and I am EXCITED about this one!!  This recipe is phenomenal  - no need to ever use another cake recipe.  One review said they'd substituted mint extract for the vanilla, and being a mint-chocolate lover that I am, that's what I did - in both the cake and the frosting! Can you say YUM?????  We had guests over last night, 3 vegetarians and 3 omnivores and ALL of them raved about this cake!  Besides subbing the extract, I also used Hershey's 'Special Dark' cocoa powder. I will be making this cake often! I used Wally's frosting recipe as others suggested - delicious. ;)b

Oh!  And I baked it the exact time (checking with knife when taking out of oven) and it was perfect!

Thanks for sharing this recipe!  I'd give it 10 stars if I could!



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