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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
Recipe Category: 


I made cupcakes out of this recipe, and I think I left them in the oven too long - they turned out a little chewy. Still good though! Next time, I'll bake them for a little less time... and I might add more cocoa powder - make them even more chocolatey... yum.


I am totally making this into cupcakes tomorrow! so excited...


Oh we loved it!  This was my birthday cake this year and it was awesome!  My 11 year old son told me it was the best cake he'd ever had. I agreed!

We added 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  Yummy addition!

Caution:  This makes a small cake, but it is rich and you only need a small portion.  If you are having a lot of people, you better double or triple this recipe.


Yay!  ;D  All of my previous vegan baking attempts have failed horribly, but I made this as cupcakes and they are great!  I'm going to see a vegan friend next weekend, and will definitely be making more to bring to her.  Thanks for a great recipe!


I just made this cake this afternoon.  It is very tasty...not too sweet.  I did use 1 less tbs. of oil, I used sucanat instead of regular sugar, and I added 1/2 a banana for kicks.  I think it turned out great!  I put some chocolate chips on the top when it was still warm and they sort of melted over the top--yum!


This is a very good cake.  Fair warning to those of you that expect it to taste just like real chocolate cake:  it doesn't.  But it is a very good vegan version.  As long as you don't come into it without any expectations, it's a great recipe.  I added a half mashed banana to mine, also, as some on here have suggested, and also some carob chips.  I topped it with a chocolate frosting recipe I got from here; next time I'm going to try a whipped cream recipe from here and see how that is, too.


it was super moist! i made this yesterday and half of it is already gone, thanks so much im making this for my birthday with toffuti in the middle and chocolate icing, YUM! ;D


aww, that's too bad because it is a really good cake. one time i made it and it came out really poory- not like you describe but it was dry and not fantastic. no idea what's going on for you! my only other thought is to check your oven temp with a thermometer to make sure it's baking at the right temp. however, if your oven was off you would see it in other baked goods soo perhaps this recipe just hates you  ;)


lol.. its brand new baking soda. thanks for the thought though, but i've pretty much given up on this cake ever coming out right for me


i did a few days ago. still came out the same way

sariea-- have you checked your baking soda? i've read that if it gets old that it doesn't work right. take a spoon of it and dump vinegar on it-- it should foam up. you can also try increasing the vinegar to 2 tablespoons. when i make this cake i usually add more vinegar than it asks for and it turns out nice. (i skimmed though the discussion and didn't see anyone mention bad soda-- sorry if it's a repeat).



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