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Simple Chocolate Cake

What you need: 

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons vinegar
2 cups water
optional: chocolate chips

What you do: 

Place all dry ingredients in a 9"x13" pan, and mix well.
Make three wells, and put the oil in one, vanilla in the second, and vinegar in the third.
Pour the water over everything, and mix well (right in the pan!). Bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes.
This cake is really great with a maple syrup/chocolate glaze. Substituting peppermint extract for the vanilla is also delicious!

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Recipe Category: 


This is delicious. I was wary, having had bad luck with vegan cake baking in the past, but this cake rose beautifully. It's light, fluffy, and just generally brilliant. My non-vegan roommates were suspicious, but fell in love after one bite. Make it!

I used rice milk in place of 1 cup of water (since I didn't have enough for two).


This was great!  The first time I made it my mum (a dedicated carnivore) didn't realise it was vegan and thought it was so excellent that she asked me to make it for her birthday cake!  Thank you  ;)b


How many people would it serve? I plan to bake a cake for my biology class for St. Patricks Day (even though no one's Irish, lol. I'm just known as the kind of cooking fanatic around my school), which is about 40-odd people.


I was a bit sceptical at first, but I figured I'd not lose much by trying it, so I went ahead.
It worked very well. It was most tasty and entirely too easy. I taught my boyfriend the next day and am happy to be able to make some kind of cake without needing an oven.

Does anyone have any advice on how to get it to come out of the tin looking decent? I used a ceramic oven dish, and just cut it while still in there. As I wasn't going for fancy, it did just fine, but if I want to make something more special it wouldn't work.
Would greasing help, or should I simply use one of those silicone things?


this was SO yummy! and so so so easy! and you can't taste the vinegar at all! also this cake is really moist!!!
anyways i think i will have to make this again!  :)


I have to try this one again because my friend and I made it with rice flour....BAD IDEA. It tasted like really gross mochi. lol.


I would like to suggest the following modifications:

1. Use soy milk instead of water.
2. Mix the vinegar (I use unfiltered apple cider vinegar) with the soy milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes to let it curdle slightly (so you get a more acidic "buttermilk" mixture) before mixing with the rest of the wet ingredients.
3. Mix the fats and the sugar together then add it to the wet ingredients, then add to the dry ingredients.  This gives the cake a better crumb. (Ok, I'm lying, this really only holds true with the creaming method (mixing "butter" and sugar to entrap air resulting in a light an fluffy crumb) but it's good practice. And you'd be using cake flour with a lower gluten content, but I digress...)
4. Add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract (adds nicely to the depth of the flavor).
5. Mix the ingredients in a bowl before pouring it into a pan (don't over-mix, little lumps are fine).
6. Buy a digital kitchen scale and start weighing ingredients, it's definitely worth it if you are serious about baking from scratch OR be sure to sift your flour before measuring. 

Note: If you are going to substitute applesauce for oil make sure to add at least 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil to the mix anyway -- a little fat never hurt anyone and it makes a huge difference when it comes to the texture of the cake.


I used 1/2 whole wheat flour 1/2 white flour and sweet potatoes baby food instead of oil.  It was really good!


i really didn't think it was gunna work.. i read the reveiws and everyone said it worked.. but i didn't think it was going to.. but it DID!! it's great.. like a combo of a decadent brownie and a cake.. EVERYONE loved it.. people couldn't believe there were no eggs in it.. i will make this for EVERY birthday.. or just a specail weekend.. thanks again!! :o)


Nadown, Thank you!  I am making this cake on Sunday.  I've wanted to pick up "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World"  for a while, now I have an excuse, lol ;D ...and I have blueberries in the freezer. I can't wait.



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