Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake

I’ve written a lot about how I’m transitioning to a vegan diet. At the moment I’m eating vegan all of the time unless I’m having a meal out. I knew that I would miss a lot of the things that I am used to eating, like waffles and cake so I’ve been trying out lots of recipes so that I can recreate my favourites, but in vegan form!

I know that it will be much easier for me to keep to a vegan diet if I’m not missing out on chocolate cake so that was one of the first things I wanted to make a vegan version of. This vegan chocolate cake is moist and fluffy and you can’t tell that it’s not vegan. I’ve tried it out on my non vegan friends and it was a hit!


Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake


  • 300 ml non dairy milk (I used soya)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 150g non-dairy spread (I used Vitalite)
  • 3 Tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 Tsp instant coffee granules
  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • 175g sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • For the vegan chocolate icing
  • 75g non-dairy spread (I used Vitalite)
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp non dairy milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C/160° C fan/Gas mark 4 (350F). Lightly grease and line 2x20cm / 8inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir the lemon juice into the soya milk and set aside.
  3. In a pan over a gentle heat, melt the butter, syrup and coffee granules together. Leave to cool.
  4. Sieve the flour, cocoa, caster sugar and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.
  5. Pour the milk and melted spread mixture over the flour mixture and stir well until it becomes a smooth batter.
  6. Divide the mixture between the two prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted knife or skewer comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cakes to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Meanwhile, to make the icing beat the spread and add the sifted sugar and cocoa powder. Beat together all ingredients until smooth, adding the milk until you get to the desired consistency.
  9. When the cakes are completely cold, sandwich together with half of the icing. Spread the remaining icing over the top of the cake.

I topped the cake with crushed Oreo biscuits which are happily vegan but you could leave it with just icing if you wanted to.

Honestly this cake is so nice, and perfect with a soya milk latte in the afternoon. I am definitely getting used to this vegan lark!


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  1. October 2, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    This looks and sounds delicous. It’s good u found a great chocolate cake recipe that you can have now you are vegan.

  2. Joanna
    October 2, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    It looks like a very delicious cake and i can’t believe that it is actually vegan! That’s brilliant! I am lactose intolerant so this would be a perfect recipe for me because it uses soya milk.

  3. October 2, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Yum!! This looks SO good – I’m vegan too, and I’ll definitely be trying it! <3 Thank you so much for sharing! xxx

  4. October 2, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious, I’m not vegan but I’m still sat here drooling at the screen. No one should have to miss out on chocolate cake

  5. Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook
    October 2, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Looks such a delicious cake. Our youngest teen has become dairy intolerant and this would be perfect for him. He doesn miss a good cake!

    • October 2, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Ah bless him, he can definitely still enjoy cake with this recipe!

  6. October 2, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    This looks great. My friend is vegan so I will show her this as she will love it

  7. October 2, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    This sounds like such a delicious cake, I may have to make it to take down to my other halves parents when we go later in the year.

  8. October 2, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    I’ve been looking to try a few vegan desserts out on my family so this has come along at a good time as they are all chocoholics.

  9. October 3, 2017 / 8:00 am

    I am still waiting for the oven replacement that my landlord will provide. For now, I am compiling recipes that I would do as soon as I have the new one. Can’t wait to bake different recipes! I a glad that it’s vegan too.

  10. October 3, 2017 / 10:06 am

    YUM! That looks divine! Great recipe! (even for those that aren’t vegan!)

  11. October 3, 2017 / 10:08 am

    I always thought a vegan diet must be boring but if you can have chocolate cake it can’t be all bad. Looks delicious

  12. October 3, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Great idea to top the cake with cookies for added crunch. This looks like a lovely bake and so tasty. You are welcome to join in anytime with #BakeoftheWeek if you like to show off your bakes.

  13. October 3, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Wow, this looks delicious. We are eating more and more vegan food so this sounds right up our street. Yum.

  14. Katrina
    October 3, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    If this tastes as good as it looks vegan chocolate cake is a winner for me

  15. kirstyralph13
    October 3, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I would never have guessed this was vegan, it looks amazing and would go perfect with a cup of tea x

  16. October 3, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Congratulations on your transition to a vegan diet. I am a vegetarian but I would happily have this vegan choc cake as it looks so moist and fluffy x

  17. October 4, 2017 / 3:20 am

    That looks absolutely delicious and it’s vegan too. This would be a great idea to make when you are spending time with your friends, desserts are always nice to eat.

  18. October 4, 2017 / 9:40 am

    This looks amazing, and better than some of the none vegan cakes I’ve tasted. Gonna have to try this recipe out 😀

  19. Dannii
    October 4, 2017 / 9:44 am

    I love how easy it is to veganise recipes and this chocolate cake looks delicious.

  20. October 4, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Yum this looks so delicious! So good that its vegan too. Thanks for sharing x

  21. October 4, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    this looks lovely. I have a mostly vegan diet these days, so stuff like this is fab to have as a treat so I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything

  22. October 4, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    I genuinely never knew you could make vegan chocolate cake due to the amount of non-vegan ingredients that are usually used. This looks great AND so easy x

    • October 5, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      No harder than any other chocolate cake and no fishing egg shells out which I used to have to do!

  23. October 4, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Its great that you can’t tell whether or not it’s vegan so the taste and flavour hasn’t been compromised. Looks delicious x

  24. October 5, 2017 / 9:42 am

    This is exactly the sort of recipes I’ve been on the hunt for as a new vegan! Can’t wait to try it!

  25. countryheartdeb
    October 5, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    oh wow this looks amazing and i have a milk intollerance etc so although not vegan or even veggie this would probably be better for me!

    • October 5, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      Yes it’s perfect for those with milk intolerance. If soy affects you too you can change to another non dairy milk

  26. October 6, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I am not vegan but this cake looks delicious, so I’d definitely give it a try!

    • October 9, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      Definitely give it a go, I think you’d be pleasantly surprised!

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