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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: 


made my own chocolate frosting and coconut creme filling for the center. the cake was moist and yummy.


I LOVE THIS RECIPE!  It was absolutely perfect.  I made it in an 8x10 pan instead of the 9x9 and frosted it with chocolate frosting, and then decorated it with white icing.  I highly recommend warming it up in the microwave and eating it a la mode with vanilla Soy Dream (or other vegan ice cream).  I brought it to a party and didn't tell anyone it was vegan, and no one knew...even the most adamant non-vegans loved it.  Thanks for the recipe!


I LOVE THIS CAKE! Its amazing.

Tip: Use 5-6 heaping tablespoons of applesauce instead of the oil, why put in all that extra fat and calories when you don't need to?? I use 5 tbsp of guiradelli (sp?) cocoa. And add chocolate chips. And I used apple cider vinegar.

My family and I are addicted to this cake. It never lasts more than a few hours in our house!!!!  :D


Couldn't get over how moist this cake was. Reminded me of the ol' Betty Crocker mixes. The only thing is, I would have to agree with some of the other posters and say more cocoa powder is needed. Maybe 5 Tbs. should do the trick. Also, I found the vinegar odd as it left a subtle taste in the cake. I wonder if lemon juice works just as well.

I did use a chocolate glaze made of 3/4 c of bittersweet chocolate melted with 3 Tbs. vegan butter. Put over chilled cake and refrigerate for 20 to 40 minutes. Wow!  :D


I used this recipe for cupcakes last night, and they came out wonderful.  I iced them with reduced fat peanut butter and everyone loved them-- and I am the only vegan of the group! 

I tweaked the recipe a little and substituted applesauce for half the oil, next time I am going to nix the oil completely and just use the applesauce.  Also, I used Hershey's cocoa and they were just chocolate-y enough.


I made these into cupcakes and they were grrrreat. Like another reviewer said though, they're much more like muffins than cupcakes. I used 5 tbsp of cocoa and subbed vanilla soymilk for half of the water. I also used only 1 tbsp. of oil and 1/4c applesauce. Made them yesterday and they're still really moist tonight. Oh, I also added some chocolate chips. My brother thought they were "too rich" but he can suck it. I thought they were perfect. And they were so easy and quick. Will definitely be making again.


Why does this cake have to be so AMAZING!! I had to force myself to not eat about half the cake at once  ;D

It was incredibally easy to make and only took me about 10 minutes. I used apple sauce instead of the oil, and used 1/2 c. whole wheat flour for part of the white flour, and 4.5 tbsp of cocoa powder. I also added 1 c. of organic chocolate chips (definately add those! yum). I made it in a bundt pan and baked it for about 35 minutes.

Ahh, this is such an awesome cake!! I will definately make it again!


funny story about this cake. i make it all the time because we love it so much. i often add chilled coffee or nuts or crushed dry chillies and ground black pepper (my fave!). the indie video store down the street from me is awesome and always has vegan or body friendly snacks for sale (even for animals!!). their late charges are steep ($3.00/day) though because they're just a little shop so we forever owe money. on the board at the cash desk in small print is a funny little thing that says you can bring in vegan food or beer as guess what my roomate and i did? you got it!!! baked a vegan chocolate chilli cake!! they loved it and we are no longer in debt  :) thanks for the recipe.


i substituted apple sauce for the oil and it turned out really well. it wasnt chocolately enough for me so i added a glaze of 1/3 c sugar, 2 tbsp coaco and 2 tbsp coffee. that made it absolutely perfect.


this recipe is freakin awesome. i made it as a birthday cake  so i doubled the recipe & made 2 layers. i also added 1 teaspoon of baking powder. it rose perfectly & was wonderfully moist. i also added some chocolate chunks.  ;D



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