Plant-Based American Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake for Vegans – The Vegsicle® Approach

As we celebrate National Cake Day, Vegsicle® invites you to join in the festivities with a delightful twist on a beloved classic. We’re proud to present our Plant-Based American Classic Chocolate Cake – a recipe that not only honors the rich tradition of American baking but does so with compassion and sustainability at its core. This indulgent, cruelty-free masterpiece is perfect for those who cherish classic flavors but also embrace a plant-based lifestyle. Let’s dive into the world of vegan baking and discover how deliciously satisfying plant-based treats can be!

Vegan Chocolate Cake Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar (or a plant-based sweetener)
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (as an egg substitute)

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup vegan butter (softened)
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar (ensure it’s vegan)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp almond milk (or as needed)

Chocolate Cake – Optional Decorations:

  • Vegan sprinkles
  • Sliced strawberries or other fruits
  • Edible flowers


  1. Prepare the Cake:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease two 9-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper for easy removal.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    • In a separate bowl, mix almond milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
    • Gradually pour in hot water and stir until the batter is smooth (it will be quite runny, but that’s normal).
    • Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    • Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Make the Frosting:
    • Using an electric mixer, beat the vegan butter until creamy.
    • Gradually add powdered sugar and cocoa powder, beating until well combined. Mix in vanilla extract.
    • Add almond milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Assemble the Cake:
    • Once the cakes are completely cool, place one layer on your serving plate. Spread a layer of frosting on top.
    • Place the second cake layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake. Smooth out with a spatula or knife for a sleek look, or create swirls for a more rustic appearance.
  4. Decorate:
    • Decorate with vegan sprinkles, sliced strawberries, and edible flowers for a festive and elegant look.
  5. Serving Suggestions:
    • Serve with a dollop of vegan whipped cream or a scoop of vegan ice cream for an extra indulgent treat.


  • Red Velvet Variation: Add 2 tablespoons of red food coloring to the batter and substitute half of the cocoa powder with more flour.
  • Lemon Cake: Replace cocoa powder with additional flour and add lemon zest and juice for a zesty twist.

Enjoy this vegan version of an American classic on National Cake Day, sharing a slice of cruelty-free indulgence!

Chocolate Cake with Vegan Touch

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