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Super Moist Chocolate Cake

What you need: 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (can substitute with whole wheat flour)
1 cup white or brown sugar
3 tablespoons sifted good quality cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
5 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cold water

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Make three deep holes in the dry mixture. Into one hole, pour the oil, into the next hole, pour the vinegar, and into the final hole, pour the vanilla.
2. Pour the water into the bowl, over all. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until there aren't any more lumps and pour into an ungreased 9x9 baking pan, 2 inches deep.
3. Bake for about 30 minutes, test with a fork.
By far the most surprisingly deeelightful cake. This recipe is great for adults and for kids ages 3 and up. Enjoy this delicious cake. You will be surprised at its moistness and richness! It can be cooled and iced with your choice of icing or can be enjoyed on its own. The batter can also be used to make cupcakes!
For an instant cake, have the premeasured, premixed dry ingredients at hand, then simply add the wet ingredients when you want a fresh treat! It makes a great birthday cake! Hey, it even freezes well!

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
Servings: 
1
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

I love this recipe.  I've been using it for years (aka "wacky cake", "crazy cake", etc. originating from the Depression Era).  Today I made 12 cupcakes and filled the inside of each with Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting (from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World), then topped them with a thick layer of Chocolate Glaze from this website.  YUM!!!

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Once again..this is one of my absolute favorite things. I love it with chocolate chips!! I would take a picture..but mine never looks all too pretty..just tastes fabulous!  :D

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My... god. That's all I can say. Here in Toronto, we have a vegan bakery called Sweets from the Earth. They make this amazing moist chocolate fudge cake. Well, I beat that!

The cake, my god, it IS super moist, isn't it???

And I made a coconut-chocolate ganache cream/frosting and used almond extract cause sadly I ran out of vanilla but I'm glad I did cause it turned out amazing.

And surprisingly, even with the ganache, it tastes so light.

I will debate anyone who says it's just "ok". People, we're VEGAN, we don't eat a lot of delicious cakes!  :P

Really thank you for this recipe, I will use it for cupcakes too. With peppermint extract it'll be amazing.

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Love this cake!! I've made it 5+ times now (sometimes two days in a row)..and it is fabulous! Everything about it is perfect..non-vegans love it also. I haven't tried a frosting yet b/c I don't think it needs it..but I might some day. It's so easy to make, too. Thanks so much!  :D Does anyone know about how many calories it might have? I'm just curious..

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like this needs any more reviews...but i thought it was ok. it was easy to make and light and fluffy.
though i did add a bit more baking soda and some baking powder to help lighten it. i also used some coffee in place of the water.
that said, it was just okay. delicious when it was still warm, but not verry tasteful.
it is really all about the frosting, i guess. it was also a bit oily for my taste as well, so perhaps you could cut back a bit.

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Yummy yum yum!! I doubled this recipe and made a two layer cake for Thanksgiving dessert. It was deee-lish! I will definitely make this again, most likely as cupcakes for my son's class parties and my daughter's upcoming birthday party.  ;D

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I made this tonight for dessert. I doubled the recipe because I wanted to make a bundt cake.  I topped it with a lemon glaze it was delicious.

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Animalove... I want to eat that cake!  OK, I at least want to make it.  Would you be willing to share your icing recipe?  I'd love to be able to get a filling that will fluff up like that and hold up under a layer of cake!

Thank you! but i should tell you that i made the icing using a recipe from this website (a white frosting recipe i think?). I just added a bit of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest to that.

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Animalove... I want to eat that cake!  OK, I at least want to make it.  Would you be willing to share your icing recipe?  I'd love to be able to get a filling that will fluff up like that and hold up under a layer of cake!

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I used 2 T oil and 3 T applesauce. it turned out fine. but the top layer is lighter than the bottom as you can see on my pic. its because i ran out of applesauce so on the top layer i had to use 3 T oil and 2 T applesauce. i think the applesauce makes it more dark.

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