7 Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake Ideas For Beginners

– 2 tsp pure vanilla extract – 1 ¼ cups unsweetened applesauce* – 2 heaping cups whole-wheat pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour (heaping implies 1 cup + roughly 2 Tbsp) – 1 ⅓ cups organic cane sugar (or sub granulated sugar) – 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder – 2 tsp baking soda – 1 tsp baking powder – 1/4 tsp salt


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and grease either two 8-inch round cake pans or one large rectangular pan. Sprinkle some cocoa powder inside the pans, shake off the excess, and set them aside.

In a big mixing bowl, mix together almond milk and vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then add oil, coffee, vanilla extract, and applesauce. Beat until it looks frothy.

In another bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. If you don’t have a sifter, you can just mix these dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.

Bake in the oven for 25-40 minutes. You can check if it's done by sticking a toothpick in the center—if it comes out clean, it's ready. Let the cakes cool completely before frosting.

While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting. Beat together all the frosting ingredients until it's light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar little by little until it's the right consistency and sweetness for you.

Once the cakes are cooled, spread the frosting generously on top. If you made a two-layer cake, put a thick layer of frosting between the layers too.