The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake
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Serves: serves 8- 10 people
I am making 3- 7" cake layers but you can instead make 2-8" if you only have 8" pans
  • For the Cake Recipe
  • All Purpose Flour 2 cups (250g)
  • Cake Flour 1 cup (120g)
  • Natural Cocoa Powder 8 Tablespoons
  • Granulated Sugar 2 cups (400g)
  • Salt 1 teaspoon (6g)
  • Baking Soda 2 teaspoons
  • Apple Cider Vinegar 2 teaspoons
  • Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons
  • Vegetable Oil ¾ cup (177ml)
  • Strong Brewed Coffee 2 cups
  • For the Fudge Recipe
  • Granulated Sugar 5 Tablespoons (63g)
  • Water 5 Tablespoons (75ml)
  • Corn Syrup 2 Tablespoons (40g) (30ml)
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1 Cup (90g)
  • Vegetable Oil 2 Tablespoons (27g) (30ml)
  • Solid Vegetable Shortening 2 Tablespoons (25g)
  • Corn Syrup 4 Tablespoons (80g) (60ml)
  • * you can sub glucose, agave or golden syrup here
  • Vegan Butter softened 8 ounces (2 Sticks) (226g)
  • Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons
  • Confectioner's Sugar or Icing Sugar 2 lbs (8 cups) (900g)
  • Cold Water 4-6 Tablespoons to adjust the consistency
  1. For the cake: Sift both flours, baking soda, salt, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine the natural cocoa powder with the hot coffee and then add the vinegar, oil and the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the sifted dry ingredients and whisk vigorously with a hand whisk until smooth (about 15 -20 strokes)
  4. Pour batter into greased and parchment lined 7" x 2" cake pans
  5. Bake immediately in a preheated 350°f oven for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs
  6. Meanwhile prepare the fudge icing: In a small pot on the stove, combine the first 3 ingredients and bring to a boil for about 2-3 minutes then pour into a bowl and allow to sit in the freezer to rapid cool while you gather the other ingredients.
  7. In the bowl of your Kitchen Aid mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl with a hand blender, add the cocoa powder and cooled but still warm simple syrup and mix until it forms a firm mass.
  8. Add the vanilla extract
  9. Add the Vegetable or Melted Coconut Oil and the corn syrup
  10. Next add the softened vegan butter and the solid vegetable shortening and mix well..
  11. Add the sifted confectioners sugar and mix until smooth.
  12. Slowly add some of the cold water about 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency
  13. Build the cake as per the video tutorial
Recipe by Gretchen's Vegan Bakery at