Looking for the BEST Vegan Chocolate Cake in all of the land? Look no further because you have found it!
Well, kids, today I’m bringing you something amazing you can bake for the one you love on Valentine’s Day. Or Saint Patrick’s Day. Or Mother’s Day.
Whatever the day, when you need a Vegan Chocolate Cake, I’ve got the recipe for you.
Whenever I have a special day that calls for a no-holds-barred chocolate cake, I will typically make Beatty’s Chocolate Cake from Ina Garten. That recipe has never let me down.
Then I had a request for a vegan chocolate birthday cake. Could I veganize Ina’s iconic chocolate cake recipe? (That baby has over 2,000 positive reviews, it’s a tried-and-true classic.)
The bigger question: would it be just as good?
It took some tinkering and trials (waaaay too much chocolate cake has been consumed at my house in a two week period…) but I have landed on a recipe for the BEST Vegan Chocolate Cake.
Nobody will even know it’s vegan if you don’t tell them.
How to Make Vegan Chocolate Cake from Scratch
It is 100% worth it to make your vegan chocolate cake from scratch. I promise you that it’s worth the extra effort. The substitutions are probably ingredients you have, if not, they are easy to get.
The buttermilk was easy to replace with a simple vegan buttermilk substitute. It’s just unsweetened almond milk with vinegar added. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
The eggs were trickier, but applesauce ended up being the best substitute in terms of not altering the flavor and lending the best texture. Other ingredients I tried made a more dense cake, so I definitely recommend making your vegan chocolate cake with applesauce.
As I was testing recipes, I tried different ways to make it a healthier chocolate cake, also. (Vegan doesn’t automatically mean it’s healthy. Sugar is vegan. ;-)) Here’s what I found:
- Whole wheat pastry flour works just as well as all-purpose flour, with hardly any noticeable difference in taste or texture.
- I tried Swerve ( erythritol, a sugar alcohol which is natural and has no calories or sugar) as a replacement for the sugar and it worked well.
The winning cake was light, moist, and had intense chocolate flavor. You’ll notice there’s coffee in the recipe and that’s what help bring out the chocolate flavor. You don’t taste even a hint of coffee.
I used this vegan chocolate ganache recipe for the frosting and it was amazing! I love a deep, fudgy chocolate frosting recipe over a too-sweet buttercream any day of the week.
Feel free to use a different frosting recipe if you prefer. I also added some crushed freeze dried strawberries to the top for their pop of color since it does happen to be Valentine’s Day week when I’m publishing this. It was an easy way to add some prettiness to the cake since my cake-decorating skills are null.
Ready to do this?!
How to make the Best Vegan Chocolate Cake
If you love vegan desserts, you should try this Vegan Chocolate Pie! It’s also gluten free.
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