Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake -- Epicurean VeganI officially have a teenager. The Seventh Grader turned thirteen yesterday! How did that happen so fast?! Born 6 weeks early, my little guy quickly became a big guy:

10 months

Hard to believe that chubby babe is now five feet tall and 13!!

He wanted a chocolate layer cake for the big day, so I ventured out on Google to find one. Savvy Vegetarian had one that looked pretty good and I liked that it didn’t have any oil. When it comes to cakes, I often find that with the frosting, they are way too sweet, so I messed with the sugar content of this cake a bit. Because frosting is typically pretty sweet, I reduced the amount of sugar in the cake. It came out perfect! It was slightly dense and very moist. Everyone agreed it was fabulous!

2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C unsweetened baking cocoa
2 Tbs arrowroot
1 C Earth Balance margarine
1 C (I reduced it from 1- 2/3 C) granulated sugar (I used Florida Crystals)
1-1/3 C water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C almond milk
2 Tbs lemon juice

2 C (1 bag) Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C Earth Balance margarine
2 Tbs almond milk

Florida Crystals

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter two 9″ cake pans, then dust with flour; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa, and arrowroot. In a small bowl, combine the almond milk and lemon juice. Using a mixer, cream together the Earth Balance and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the milk mixture, water, and vanilla. Slowly, add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients, combine well. Pour evenly into the two cake pans.

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake -- Epicurean Vegan
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of each cake—if it comes out clean, they’re done. Let them cool completely.

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake -- Epicurean Vegan

Using a sharp knife, go around the edges of the cooled cake. Place a rack or plate over the top of the cake and turn upside down. If they don’t fall out right away, lightly tap the bottom of the pan. It’s always so suspenseful hoping the cake comes out without sticking to the bottom of the pan . . . luckily, it worked out beautifully for me.

To make the frosting, melt the chocolate chips over low heat in a saucepan. Remove from heat and let cool until slightly warm. In the meantime, beat the Earth Balance with a mixer. (What I like about this frosting, is that there is no added sugar in it!) Add the chocolate to the butter mixture and combine well. You’ll need to add up to two tablespoons of almond milk to thin it out a little. It will resemble mud.

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake -- Epicurean Vegan

Transfer one of the cake layers to a large plate and frost the entire thing.

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake -- Epicurean Vegan

Place the other layer on top. Came out a bit lopsided . . .

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake -- Epicurean Vegan

Frost the top layer. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake -- Epicurean Vegan


  1. sandition says

    Love the cake. Congrats on the new stage of motherhood. My daughter will be 21 and is getting married next year. Enjoy every moment you have with your handsome guy :)

  2. Sue Dee says

    Wow, that looks amazing. My preemie son turns 13 in 5 more weeks, so I understand your sentiment! He loves, loves, loves chocolate, so I might try out this cake. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  3. Wendy Chambers says

    Have you ever made a vegan white sauce to go with your chocolate cake ? I cannot find a recipe anywhere – your help would be greatly appreciated :) Thanks

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