I always feel like I have to say “for Valentine’s Day” whenever anything looks all pink and red and amazing!
But honestly this Chocolate Bundt Cake is perfect any time of the year!
I actually made a Thanksgiving version several months ago and it was a hit!
Super moist chocolate mud cake needs no icing!
How often can you say a cake can stand alone with no icing needed?
A thin glaze of chocolate just so it doesn’t look so “naked” and of course the colorful chocolate to make it perfect for whatever holiday you are celebrating!
This recipe has quite alot of ingredients which for some people may be a turn off right away.
But once you taste this rich, dense, chocolate heaven in a plate, you will realize how worth it, it all is!
I’ve made this recipe into layers for layer cakes, cupcakes for the best cupcakes you will ever eat; and miniature bundt pan style too!
Just try it! I know you will thank me and hate me (since you won’t be able to stop eating it!)
Oh yeah, by the way I add bourbon to this recipe for an amazing depth of flavor that is unmatched!
You can omit that and just replace it with another liquor like Rum or Frangelico or even Grand Marnier would be awesome!
Or more coffee if you want to forgo the alcohol altogether.
If coffee is something you also look to replace (I am crying now) you can just use all water, but be aware the flavor will just not be the same.
Coffee really brings out the richness of chocolate and why it is so often used in cake recipes.
One note about this cake though, it can be a real bear to get out of the pan! Bundt pans are already notorious for sticking cakes, and this recipe (even the original non vegan version) would sometimes give me trouble!
So be sure to use a really good pan grease click here for my recipe, AND be generous with it!
Also let it cool all the way in the pan before trying to unmold it.
If it gets so cooled that it is actually COLD this is Ok, just take a blowtorch or dip the pan into HOT water to release those surface fats and it should come out easily.
A plastic knife to loosen the edges and some of the sides would also help.
I don’t want to scare you from this recipe since it is hands down my favorite tasting chocolate cake recipe on the planet.
It can be made into cupcakes and layer cakes too and with the parchment lining in cake pans the unmolding in never a problem, its just the bundt cake here that may be a headache.
I have also found that those ceramic bundt pans are the worst! Definitely go for a non stick bundt pan for the best results!
But if for some reason you do get a stuck or semi broken cake, you can sometimes stick it back together and then the ganache glaze will cover up the disaster!
But hopefully you won’t have any problems and you will also find that this cake is your new favorite chocolate cake on the planet!
For the chocolate glaze combine 4 Tbs coconut oil witih 5 Tbs cocoa powder and 1½ Tbs agave, heat stirring constantly over a low heat
For the colored glaze: 2 cups of confectioners sugar with 2-3 Tablespoons of almond milk makes a very pourable glaze (just be sure the cake is 100% cooled before you do it) add color to your liking
- For the Cake Recipe:
- Vegan Butter or Coconut Oil 8Tablespoons (113g)
- Vegan Semi Sweet Chocolate 3ounces (85g)
- Unsweetened Applesauce 2 Tablespoons
- Light Brown Sugar ½ cup (105g)
- Granulated Sugar ½ cup (100g)
- Flax Meal 2 Tablespoons (16g)
- Warm Water 5 Tablespoons (75ml)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons (10ml)
- Whiskey 2 Tablespoons (30ml)
- Strong Brewed Coffee ½ cup (120ml)
- *Or do what I did and use 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules and hot water
- All Purpose Flour 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon (133g)
- Natural Cocoa Powder 3 Tablespoons (30g)
- Baking Soda ½ teaspoon
- Baking Powder ¼ teaspoon
- Salt ¼ teaspoon
- Chocolate Glaze recipe in the summary above
- Colored Glaze, recipe in the summary above
- Combine the flax meal with the warm water and let stand to thicken about 10 minutes
- Melt the vegan butter or coconut oil with the chocolate over a low heat stirring constantly
- Sift together half of the sugar(s) with the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder
- In a mixing bowl combine the other half of the sugar(s) with the flax paste, applesauce, vanilla extract, coffee and whiskey, mix well.
- Add the melted chocolate and butter and mix well.
- Add the sifted dry ingredients a heaping spoonful at a time while mixing on low until it is all incorporated
- Pour into the prepared bundt pan and bake in a preheated 375° F oven for 15 minutes then turn the oven temperature down to 350°F for another 20-25 minutes
- The cake will rise a lot and then fall slightly as it nears the end of bake time and when you insert a a toothpick into the center it will come out clean, you will know it's done
- Cool completely and then ice with chocolate glaze and colored sugar glaze as I mentioned in the above text.