Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake

This Vegan Chocolate Cake is rich, indulgent and perfectly sweet: everything you’d want from a chocolate cake! 

Vegan Chocolate Cake

It took several attempts, but I’m really happy with how this sponge turned out: it’s light and fluffy and rich at the same time. 

This Vegan Chocolate Cake is also so much easier to make than a regular chocolate cake! Just mix together a dairy-free chocolate spread (I like this chocolate and hazelnut spread from Nature’s Store which you can find in most supermarkets) with flour, yogurt and any kind of milk. The chocolate spread makes the cake perfectly sweet and adds a rich flavour, whilst the addition of the yogurt (I like to use this Alpro plain soy yogurt) makes it extra soft and moist.

It’s very important to add the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, as the acidic vinegar and alkali bicarb will react in the mixture and make the cake rise – this is how you can make a sponge rise successfully without eggs! 

I like to serve this Vegan Chocolate Cake with ice cream and with my easy 3-ingredient chocolate fudge sauce for extra decadence!

Vegan Chocolate Cake

I tripled the ingredients to make a massive chocolate cake for my birthday party which I recently celebrated. I also decorated the cake with rose petals and cacao nibs to make it look extra pretty:

Vegan Chocolate Cake

If you try out this recipe or anything else from my blog, I’d love for you to take a photo and tag it #rhiansrecipes on Instagram! It would really make my day to see what you come up with!

Vegan Chocolate Cake
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 4 heaped tablespoons (vegan/dairy-free) chocolate spread (or sub Nutella if you don't need it to be dairy-free)
  2. 6 tablespoons soy yogurt (or sub regular yogurt)
  3. 1 tablespoon vinegar
  4. 150g self-raising flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder (or plain flour + 2 teaspoons baking powder)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  8. Splash of milk, any kind
For the icing
  1. 40g dark chocolate
  2. 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons milk, any kind
For the chocolate fudge sauce
  1. 40g dark chocolate
  2. 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  3. 6 tablespoons milk, any kind
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Mix together the yogurt, chocolate spread, vinegar and salt in a bowl
  3. Sift in the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda
  4. Add the milk and carefully fold in (keep adding milk until you get rid of all the flour)
  5. Transfer mixture to baking tin of choice
  6. Bake in oven for around 20 minutes
  7. Meanwhile, make the icing by melting the chocolate in a bain-marie (or the microwave)
  8. Stir in the icing sugar and milk once you've taken it off the heat
  9. Once out of the oven, remove the cake from the baking tin and place on a wire rack to cool
  10. Cover with icing once cool
  11. To make the chocolate fudge sauce, place the chocolate, icing sugar and milk in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is melted (best served hot)
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