Basic Vegan Chocolate Cake

Basic Vegan Chocolate Cake


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By making this vegan chocolate cake you can ensure that most guests can eat it as it doesn’t have other allergy ingredients either like eggs, milk and nuts. The recipe is so good people that aren’t vegan probably won’t even notice.


Serves: 8 

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease one 23cmx13cm cake tin.
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a bowl. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Mix together until smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

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Reviews (5)


Very nice! Tastes very nice for a vegan cake! I had to cook it longer, and found that 180C burnt the top of the cake, very early into the cooking. But the flavour was awesome! - 22 Oct 2009


My family all make variations of this recipe, my sister is the expert using choc chip with grated apple or choc chip with fresh cherries. It always comes out moist and flavoursome!! We ♥ it!! It's simple chocolate cake that satisfies the sweet tooth without being too much! - 29 Jun 2010


Doesn't taste like your traditional cake, but that's okay - vegearian and vegan cooking often doesn't. As a substitute for non-vegan cake it's passable. I made cupcakes rather than a full cake, baking them for 20 minutes. They're a bit OTT with regards to cocoa, IMO, and taste better warm out of the oven than cooled down. I'd be inclined to drop the cocoa and raise the vanilla essence slghtly, and see if this made a difference. - 14 Mar 2010

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