Vegan Chocolate Cake

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Despite growing up with this cake, I’d forgotten it until recently.  When I found out this cake was not only simple to make, but completely vegan, I had to give the recipe a try!

Four tries later, I ended up with this wonderful dessert!  The three cakes before were edible and each had their own…character, as I’d eye-balled some measurements.

Apparently, eye-balling measurements doesn’t go well with baking.  So, pull out your measuring cups and let’s get baking!

And, yes, you can lick the bowl!


Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar (1 cup white, 1 cup brown)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa

Sift all ingredients twice or whisk together with a fork.

Make 3 depressions and in each add

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp. apple cider vinegar

On top off all ingredients pour

  • 2 cups cold water

Mix all ingredients together until smooth.

Pour into un-greased pan(s) and bake at 350˚F for 30-45 minutes, depending on your altitude.

Pull out when baked and set to cool.

Sprinkle some homemade granola on top!  It’s easy to make your own stovetop granola.  I made some with oats, coconut oil, and honey, though I’m sure you can make it vegan, if you like!


This cake is a favorite of mine, and has got me spending more time with the oven than I’m used to.  It feels great to bake a good dessert without milk, eggs, or any substitutes, as I hope to have a kitchen with few ingredients.

And as this has no dairy, there’s no need to refrigerate, though you may want to hide this cake somewhere so you don’t eat it all in one day!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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