My Favorite Chocolate Cake That Happens To Be Vegan

I’ve been making this chocolate cake for years and years and first discovered it when I was vegan in college but I still make it because it’s that good. It takes less than 10 minutes to mix-up the batter and if you bake it in muffin tins, it only takes 20 minutes which means you have dessert ready in less than 45 minutes. Sold.

A chocolate muffin dusted with powdered sugar on a pink background.

The Easiest Chocolate Cake

This is the cake you make when you when chocolate cake and you want it now. There's no butter to cream, no egg whites to beat, nope, you just dump everything together and bake.
4.53 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 430 kcal

Equipment

  • oven

Ingredients
  

  • C. all-purpose flour
  • C. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt 
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C. vegetable oil
  • 1 C. cold coffee or water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 C. chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F/ 190˚C.
  • In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  • Separately mix wet ingredients EXCEPT vinegar. Add liquid to dry stir until smooth.
  • Add vinegar and chocolate chips and mix to combine. Do not over mix, there will be streaks of vinegar.
  • Spray a 9" round baking pan with cooking spray or line muffin tins with paper liners. Pour in the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Muffins will take ~20 minutes.

Notes

  • Makes 1, 9″ cake or 18 cupcakes.
  • Unless it’s a special occasion, I usually skip frosting this cake because the chocolate chips add just the right amount of extra sweetness.

Nutrition

Calories: 430kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 292mgPotassium: 215mgFiber: 4gSugar: 30gCalcium: 21mgIron: 3mg
Keyword cake, chocolate cake, cupcakes, dessert, easy meals, fast meals, vegan
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7 thoughts on “My Favorite Chocolate Cake That Happens To Be Vegan”

  1. If I needed it gluten free, could I just use Bob’s Red Mill One to One gluten free? I am worried about the texture

  2. Do you think it will be possible to double this recipe and bacon in 3 separate 6″ cake pans. The recipe look so moist and delicious that I would really like to make it as a layer cake of very tall one for my kiddo

  3. Oh, yes. I’ve used this recipe is my go-to chocolate cake and I think doubling it would be perfect for a 3-layered 6″ cake.

  4. Whooooo so good! Firts attempt / success last sunday and I’m making it AGAIN right now – it’s not even been a week 🤦‍♀️ 😋
    Thank you very much.

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