If you love chocolate, you’ll go crazy over this Vegan Chocolate Cake ! It’s easy to prepare (no mixer needed!) and super fudgy and decadent!
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably know about my love affair with baking by now. I love it. To me is like therapy, only better… and cheaper.
And although it is true that baking is a science, I love to experiment and come up with new recipes. You know, a little bit of this and a little bit of that… which is a big no-no when it comes to baking.
Ok, so a lot of my trials end up being a complete mess, I’ll admit it. But hey, isn’t that part of the fun?
A lot of times however, the experiments end up being a success.
Like this Vegan Chocolate Cake .
I’ve been baking since I was a kid, and one of the very first cakes I learned how to make was a super simple yogurt cake. Extremely kid friendly, because most of the ingredients are measured using the yogurt container. Brilliant, right?
That’s how the idea for this vegan chocolate cake came about. Same concept, using the yogurt container for measurements, but using non dairy yogurt and milk, and flax “eggs”.
Non dairy yogurt and non dairy milk are both easily found in grocery stores now a days. For this particular recipe, we used vanilla coconut yogurt and unsweetened cashew milk; but almond, soy or any other variety works just fine. And if you want an even more intense chocolate flavor, you can use chocolate flavored yogurt and milk!
If you’re somewhat new to vegan baking and not familiar with flax “eggs”, this is what they look like:
They are basically a mixture of ground flax seeds and a water (or any other liquid), that have a consistency that is very similar to beaten eggs. These are added to the wet ingredients, and help bind the batter, and also add some moisture.
This vegan chocolate cake is super easy to prepare. Here are a couple of tips to follow that will guarantee it’ll turn out great every time:
- Make sure to whisk together the wet ingredients until well combined. The mixture might look curdled at first, but don’t worry, it will end up mixing well.
- Use a large enough bowl for the dry ingredients. Otherwise you’ll end up with flour all over the counter when you try to mix in the wet ingredients.
- After adding the wet ingredients to the dry, use a wooden spoon to mix, and do it just until the ingredients are combined and you don’t see any flour. If you overmix the batter, the cake will be tough and bread-y.
- Getting the parchment paper to fit into the loaf pan can be somewhat tricky. Try spraying the pan with non stick spray BEFORE placing the parchment paper on it, and it will help it stick to the bottom and sides.
- Avoid overbaking the cake. It might look underdone when you take it out of the oven, but it will continue cooking until it cools. If you bake it for too long, it will be dry and crumbly.
- Make sure you let it cool completely before slicing it, or it will fall apart!
If you love chocolate, you’ll go crazy over this super decadent, fudgy, vegan chocolate cake!
- 3 tbsp flax meal
- 1 cup unsweetened non dairy milk, divided
- 2 yogurt container measures all purpose, unbleached flour ( equivalent to 2 1/2 cups)
- 1 yogurt container measure unsweetened cocoa powder (equivalent to 1 cup)
- 1 ½ tbsp baking powder
- 1 yogurt container measure sugar (equivalent to 1 cup)
- Pinch of salt
- 1-5.3oz container of vanilla non dairy yogurt
- 1 yogurt container measure grapeseed, avocado or sunflower oil (equivalent to 1 cup)
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 8×4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray it lightly with cooking spray
- In a small bowl, combine flax meal and ½ cup milk. Mix well and set aside
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, vegetable oil and 1/2 cup milk until smooth. Add flax mixture and whisk until well combined
- Pour into the flour mixture and using a wooden spoon all the ingredients carefully, until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in the chocolate chips
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for an hour and 5 minutes
- Serving Size: 1/12 slice
- Calories: 535
- Sugar: 33
- Sodium: 359
- Fat: 34
- Saturated Fat: 9
- Unsaturated Fat: 21
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 58
- Fiber: 4
- Protein: 7
- Cholesterol: 0
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