This is the chocolate truffle cake that will have everyone thinking you bought it at a bakery!
It’s an easy one bowl mix for the chocolate cake and two ingredient truffle ganache for the icing and filling
Good quality raspberry jam filling seals the deal with fresh raspberries on top!
This cake is perfect in every way and it’s so easy to make with just 2 recipes and a jar of jam!
NOTES FOR SUCCESS:
Many people (across the pond) are not sure what “cake flour” is and it is not the same as self raising flour click for more info!
If you cannot get cake flour it is totally fine to use all – all purpose flour (plain flour) instead just use 1/4 cup (30g) less than the recipe lists for the total weight/volume of both flours
Most people are against using coffee in their recipes but please understand that coffee enhances chocolate recipes.
While you cannot taste the actual coffee in the final recipe it does wonders for the overall taste!
However if you still cannot use coffee you can replace with water or plant milk
Typically I use 7″ cake pans for all my layer cakes but for this one I finally went back to my 8″ cake pans
This chocolate cake recipe will make 2 very thick layers so you can use 9″ pans as well!
While you may be tempted to use Dutch Process Cocoa powder here, but be sure to use natural or the cake will not turn out well!
Click here for more info on Why Dutch Process is not Always Better than Regular Cocoa Powder
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL YOUTUBE VIDEO TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE THIS CAKE
FOR MORE RECIPES USING THIS CHOCOLATE CAKE CLICK THE LINKS BELOW!
CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE BIRTHDAY CAKE
For the Cake:
- All Purpose Flour 2 cups (250g)
- Cake Flour 1 cup (120g) *see notes
- Natural Cocoa Powder 8 Tablespoons (40g)
- Granulated Sugar 2 cups (400g)
- Salt 1 teaspoon (6g)
- Baking Soda 2 teaspoons
- Apple Cider Vinegar 2 teaspoons (10ml)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons (10ml)
- Vegetable Oil ¾ cup (177ml)
- Strong Brewed Coffee 2 cups
- Or add 3 teaspoons instant coffee granules to the water
For the Ganache:
- Semi Sweet Vegan Chocolate 8ounces (226g)
- Full Fat Plant Milk ¾ cup (177ml)
- For the Garnish & Filling:
- Fresh Raspberries for the top 1-2 pints
- Raspberry Jam 1 cup
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and then grease & parchment line 2-8" Cake pans
- Sift both flours, baking soda, salt, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine the natural cocoa powder with the hot coffee and then add the vinegar, oil and the vanilla extract whisk smooth.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the sifted dry ingredients and whisk vigorously with a hand whisk until smooth (about 30 strokes)
- Pour batter into greased and parchment lined 8" x 2" cake pans
- Bake immediately for approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs and the cake is springy to the touch when you gently press the center
- Meanwhile prepare the ganache by heating the soy milk until it just starts to boil, pour the hot milk over the finely chopped chocolate in a large mixing bowl and whisk smooth
- Let the ganache cool at room temperature to a soft spreadable consistency while the cakes also cool
- Build the cake as per the video tutorial
Chocolate raspberry truffle cake can stay at room temperature without the fresh raspberry garnish for up to 3 days.
For longer storage & for storing it with the raspberries on top, keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week
Dora B Melton
Hi, What is vegan chocolate and butter?
Hi! Both will not contain dairy. Bakers brand chocolate does not contain milk and Earth Balance butter is the vegan butter brand I use.
Can I use a gluten free flour instead of normal all purpose flour?
GAIL ann DINKEL
THANKS I NEED the same ? ans
Just as a note, you forgot to add raspberry jam to the written recipe!
How much is 3/4 cup veg oil ? Is it 300 ml?
Que lindo!!!! Não entendi a parte do café com a cerveja. Eu preparo o café e depoi acrescento a cerveja? A farinha de bolo posso substituir por outra? Eu não conheço essa farinha. E no ganache posso usar outro leite vegetal? Como o de aveia ou castanhas? Me desculpe por várias perguntas. Obrigada Katiuscia
Hi! I cannot translate your comment! Except for the part about the coffee? You can use brewed coffee (2 cups) or make your own coffee with instant granules and boiled water (Like I did)
brewed coffee = café acabado de fazer
Basta fazer o café – sem cerveja.
A farinha para bolo é uma farinha mais fina, como o amido de milho.
Você provavelmente poderia substituir amêndoas moídas e água por leite de soja, embora o leite de castanha soe bem.
Sorry if does not make sense. I used a translation tool from the following (to Portuguese):
Just make the coffee – no beer.
Cake flour is a finer flour, like cornstarch.
You could probably substitute ground almonds and water for soy milk, though chestnut milk sounds good.
Chocolate and raspberries are like a match made in heaven! It looks so decadent!
I added cinnamon cardomom and nutmeg. This recipe is amazing!
YUM!! Love cardamom in chocolate recipes and I sometimes add cinnamon to this one too!
will this ganache hold up to piping? thanks.
yes, just let it set at room temperature to a pipe-able consistency
HI Gretchen can you use Almond milk instead of Soy milk and for vegetable oil what kind do you use.
yes totally! I typically use coconut oil, but this time I use safflower oil
As usual, absolutely delicious! Now, I am so waiting for the ultimate vanilla sponge cake with soft, tight crumbs, vanilla sponge and the most decadent, not so sweet vanilla buttercream frosting (this you got several versions of). But to see a a classic white vanilla vegan cake, that would be awesome! If anybody can come up with it, it would be you! 🙂
YES! You are reading my mind! It is coming next week!!
Looking forward to trying this recipe, sounds yummy. I went to your vegan baking mastery that you talk about in the video but you cant seem to join it. Do you not do it anymore?
hi Thanks! Yes I do still offer the class! CLICK HERE
Hello how many kgs cake does this recipe make ?
What is natural cocoa powder? Hershey?
Yes Hershey’s is natural, most of the ones you get in the supermarket ARE natural, if it is Dutched process it will likely Say ” Dutched Process” and it will be much more expensive
James H Wall
Vedt chocolate cake. Moist even the next day. Ga.ache no so good. After melting the chocolate with almond milk, I let it con to room temp. When ready to use on cake…hard as a rock. Will try again. Any duggestiond taste was awful. Maybe bad chocolate?
Hmm, perhaps your chocolate was too bitter? I use a semi sweet 56% cocoa (Bakers Brand) and you can add more almond milk to it for a thinner consistency next time
Absolutely delicious! I love this cake ,do you think I could add a little more flour to make it a bit more dense for a double barrel cake Because as it is I think it will be to moist to stack that high
By just adding more flour to a recipe doesn’t mean it will simply be more “dense” Density in various cakes versus lightness in other cakes is not simply achieved by the addition (or subtraction) of flour. There are many factors that play into the way a cake turns out, so I wouldn’t advise to just just add more flour. Baking is a science and the ratios of ingredients as well as the mix methods that are employed are what make the end result.
For a more dense cake you can try this recipe CLICK HERE and this can be made into cake layers as well, just fill pans half full whatever size you are making
I can’t find natural cocoa powder where I live, only dutch processed cocoa 🙁 is it possible to use cacao powder?? thanks 🙂
yes cacao powder has not been alkalized
can you use dutch pressed cocoa?
CLICK HERE FOR WHY the answer is NO!
On a whim this weekend, I decided to try this recipe out, and it is incredible! I am kind of a newbie baker and made several adjustments based on what I had available, in case anyone reading these is wondering about their options. I can only assume a closer following of the recipe would produce an even more incredible cake, but what I ended up with got an A+ from everyone who tried it.
To start, the cocoa powder I had was alkalized, so I used 4 tbsp of baking powder. My next grocery trip will definitely be getting natural cocoa powder!
I didn’t have cake flour, so I did 2.5 cups of all purpose and 0.5 cups of cornstarch per a recommended alternative I found, and I used almond milk instead of soy milk.
And finally, I only have access to espresso at home, so I took a shot of espresso and mixed it with a little less than 2 cups of hot almond milk, and then mixed the cocoa powder into that.
Going forward I will definitely start stocking cake flour and natural cocoa powder, and my next attempt will try two shots of espresso just to experiment.
Seriously, I don’t even want to tell people how easy this was to make and put together – based on how it tastes, everyone is thinking I’m so talented!
awesome! thankyou for the feedback and I am so happy you loved it! (also for a self proclaimed “newbie baker” you substituted for your needs like a pro!!
Absolutely loved the recipe ! Cake was so moist and yum with raspberry preserve inbetween.
Wanting to know how I can preserve it overnight! I am making it for a friends birthday the night before. Can I stack and frost the whole thing and put it under a cover without it getting dry? Thanks!!
Yes!! This cake lasts great for several days airtight! (I would however wait to put the raspberries on top or they will get weird and start to break down at room temperature and you will have a juicy mess
Can Almond Milk be used in place of Soy milk?
Hi Gretchen. Thank you for the wonderful recipe of chocolate cake without eggs! Is there any substitute for coffee as I don’t consume coffee? Also, is this cake strong enough to go under fondant?
Great you are welcome and thank you too! You can use water instead and yes to under fondant!
Hi Gretchen please help, I would like to try your cake it looks delicious, but I dont eat any form of refined sugar. Can I use maple syrup or rice malt syrup? And because stevia leaves a terrible after taste I would rather stay away from that one too.
Yes you can use a liquid sugar here
I have tried many of your recipes and have never been disappointed.
Could you let me know what you use to grease your pans, is it just vegan butter ?
Hi Jean thanks! CLICK HERE
I made this cake for a coworker’s birthday today — it came together so easily, looked gorgeous and tasted amazing! It was devoured in seconds by everyone at work and it got so many compliments. I’m a novice baker but this cake tricked everyone into thinking I’m a pro. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I need to get your book!
YAY! Thanks for the feedback!
Looks good; however, raspberries (presumably a main component of a “Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake”) are not included in the printed recipe’s ingredients list at all.
Hey! thank you so much for catching that! Would be nice to include the main ingredient wouldn’t it! LOL Updated now!
You’re welcome (eye wink/smile)! And for my UPDATE: I made this yesterday for my vegan niece’s 16th birthday. Everyone, including myself, absolutely LOVED it, especially because the sweetness is perfectly balanced. These were my tweaks to an already excellent recipe: 1) One pint crushed fresh raspberries and 2 tsps raspberry extract added to the cake mix before pouring into pans. 2) I used a mocha coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor; if I could’ve acquired one in time, I would’ve used a chocolate-raspberry or chocolate-mocha coffee. 2) I reduced the oven temp to 325 degrees (I made 3 9-inch tiers) and baked for 30 minutes as suggested in the recipe. For some reason, reducing the temperature of most baking recipes by 25 degrees works for me; I assume it has to do with my location in west Texas. 3) I doubled the ganache recipe to cover the entire cake because my niece *loves* chocolate. 4) I used a combo of fresh raspberries and sliced strawberries to top the cake and dipped them in ganache (strawberry glaze also works) to help them stick to the cake since I had to transport the cake to another location. Thanks so much; we’ll be making this again quite often! I’ve subscribed to your excellent Youtube channel. Hope you had a terrific Easter!
WOW sounds amazing!!! Thank you so much for the support I’m so glad you are here!
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Can the cake layers be frozen before frosted?
yes, however I do not LOVE the texture change of the cake (or any vegan cake for that matter) after it has been frozen then thawed. I prefer to just keep them wrapped and in the refridge until I need to build the cake (max 4 days)
Hi, it’s Vera from Taiwan. I love your way and attitude in making vegan cake. I’ve tried this cake today. Amazing and yummy. May I add less vegetable oil for the cake? For example from 177ml to 100ml or 80ml. What kind of situation may I have if I make the oil less?
And I tried whipped cashew cream. Failed with grainy situation, but I tried your how to fix the broken cream. It works. Wow lala. But not until I freeze the beautiful whipping cream for 5 minutes. Broken again. So I don’t have to put the successful cream into refrigerator?
Thank you for sharing those amazing recipes.
You can try substituting applesauce for some of the oil. The cream should stay refrigerated, but it can stay out for several hours with no trouble
This recipe looks great- if I wanted to make it into a sheet cake in a 9×13 pan, any idea on how to adjust bake time/temp? Thanks!
all the batter into the 9″ x 13″ pan bake temp same, bake time will be similar- but always check it at 20-22 minutes to see how much longer to go!
I am just wondering if there is anyway to make this recipe gluten free and still get a similar result?
Hi Grace, I am not a GF baker, but I have been told many of my recipes work great with a GF mix 1:1 ratio!
Hey Gretchen, Thanks for sharing such a chocolate truffle cake recipe.
Love the recipe, and can you suggest what changes I need to make if I am baking a smaller cake – 6”?
Hi Thanks, You can divide the recipe(s) in half for 2-6″ cake layers
Gretchen i made truffle cake base with all purpose and patisserie flour. I don’t have cake flour. And it was awesome.
What is patisserie flour ?? Is it Pastry flour ?
excellent! Yes pastry flour is very similar to cake flour!