Happy 1st Birthday to A Spoonful of Vanilla! Of course, the only way to celebrate is with a slice of cake. This chocolate cake is vegan, the buttercream is made using dairy free spread and I decorated it with some of my favourite betties.

It was one year ago today I posted my first ever recipe. It was for my Velvety Vanilla Cupcakes. I had no idea then just how much A Spoonful of Vanilla would grow, how many of you would bake and enjoy the recipes I posted, and how many incredible people I have met.

I decided to make a Vegan Chocolate Cake as a lot of my friends and family are doing Veganuary this year and I wanted to be able to celebrate with them, socially distanced of course.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

I decided to make this cake a three layer naked cake. The buttercream is a lot softer compared with non-vegan buttercream and I was worried that covering the cake in buttercream would make it less stable. If you do want to cover the outside of the cake in buttercream I would suggest adding dowels to the centre of the cake. All the instructions you need can be found in the alternatives section below.

To make the cake I started by adding all my dry ingredients to a bowl and mixing them briefly to ensure it is evenly distributed. . I decided to use dark brown sugar as it gives the cake a more caramelly taste. You can swap this for caster sugar if you would prefer.

Next I add in all the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.

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Split the mixture evenly between your cake tins and bake in the over for 35-40 minutes. You will know the cakes are ready because they will spring back when touched.

You will also know the cakes are ready if a cake skewer entered into the thickest part of the cake will come out clean. If it comes out and there is cake batter on the end of the skewer pop the cakes back into the oven and bake for 3-4 minutes. Repeat until the skewer comes out clean.

Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for 15-20 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Top Tip If you put the cakes upside down on the cooling rack then they will flatten any dome of the top of the cake meaning you won’t need to level them.

While the cakes are cooling make the buttercream.

Buttercream

In a large bowl mix together the dairy free spread, icing sugar and cocoa powder and vanilla extract and mix together until incorporated.

Spoon the buttercream mixture into your piping bag. I used a Wilton 1M Piping Tip. As this is a naked cake, you can decorate it straight onto your serving plate. Place your first cake onto the plate and pipe the buttercream on. Repeat this until all three cakes are stacked. Decorate the top of your cake with fruit or any decoration of your choice. I used Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Freeze-Dried Strawberries.

I also decorated using this acrylic cake topper from Wild Reene.

Equipment

Scales

Mixing Bowl

Spatula

Cake Tin

Piping Tip

Piping Bag

Cake Topper

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Ingredients

The ingredients in this cake are slightly different compared with a non-vegan cake, although I did try and keep the recipe as similar as possible. I used White Wine Vinegar as a replacement for eggs in the recipe. I also used almond milk to ensure the cakes were moist.

Alternatives

If you want to cover the cake in buttercream, stack your cake as you normally would and then add 4 dowels to the centre of the cake to keep it stable. Then follow the steps on my Cookie Dough Showstopper Cake to decorate the outside of the cake.

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Sarah Mark
Happy 1st Birthday to A Spoonful of Vanilla! Of course, the only way to celebrate is with a slice of cake. This chocolate cake is vegan, the buttercream is made using dairy free spread and I decorated it with some of my favourite betties.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Decorating Time 40 mins
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients
  

For the Cake

  • 600 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 150 g Cocoa Powder
  • 500 g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 650 ml Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 300 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar

For the Buttercream

  • 250 g Dairy-Free Spread
  • 600 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100 g Cocoa Powder
  • Berries

Instructions
 

To Make the Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180C (160CFan) and line three 8” round cake tins with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl add your flour,sugar and cocoa powder and mix until evenly distributed.
  • Add in your milk, vanilla, oiland vinegar and mix until completely combined.
  • Split the mixture between thethree tins and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Once baked leave them to cool.You will know they are ready because a cake tester inserted into the thickestpart of the cake should come out clean.

To Make the Buttercream

  • Add your spread, icing sugar,vanilla and cocoa powder to a bowl and mix until completely combined.
  • Place your first cake on yourcake board or serving plate and pipe the buttercream on. Add your next cake ontop and repeat until your cake is fully stacked.
  • Decorate with fresh fruit.

If you do have any questions about this Vegan Chocolate Cake or any other recipes on my blog you can contact me either by sending me a DM on social media or an email. You can find all my details on the right-hand side of this page. 

38 Comments

  • Kelly

    9 January 2021 at 10:16 am

    5 stars
    Happy blogging anniversary. This chocolate cake looks absolutely delicious and I love how you have decorated it.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 January 2021 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you!

  • Della Driscoll

    9 January 2021 at 11:04 am

    Happy birthday to your blog! This cake looks insane and so yummy, I’ll have to try it out xx

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 January 2021 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Cristina Rosano

    9 January 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations on your first year!! You absolutely made a delicious looking treat to celebrate! I am a huge fan of chocolate cakes and this looks absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 January 2021 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you! x

  • Jaclyn @ Jaclynistic Vibes

    9 January 2021 at 2:05 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m not vegan myself, but I do have a few friends who are. So recipes like this are great if you want to be inclusive of dietary requirements. I have tried a vegan cake before and it was lovely, so I’ve no doubt this tastes as good as it looks x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you!

  • Sophie | Love and Literature

    9 January 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Congratulations on your first year, I hope your blogging success continues to grow and grow! This looks a yummy recipe, perfect for those doing Veganuary. Thanks for sharing x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you very much!

  • Charity

    9 January 2021 at 11:53 pm

    That chocolate cake looks so good! I am trying to diet right now so looking at this is so tempting!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you! A little slice wouldn’t do any harm!

  • Merry Sari

    10 January 2021 at 6:20 am

    5 stars
    Congratulations on your blog’s 1st anniversary! This is definitely one of my fave cakes. I’ve pinned this for future reference! Thanks for sharing your recipe x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you! I am glad you like it!

  • kderbyshire

    10 January 2021 at 8:46 am

    Happy anniversary 🙂 how beautiful does this look?! 😍

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you!

  • Lucy

    10 January 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Happy 1st year of blogging lovely! This cake looks so good! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you!

  • melissa major

    10 January 2021 at 6:11 pm

    5 stars
    Yay for 1 year of your blog! This cake looks amazing, I love the combination of chocolate cake and fruit! I need to make this 🙂

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it if you do make it!

  • Tiffany McCullough – Metaphysical Mama

    10 January 2021 at 7:15 pm

    This looks delicious! Definitely one to try. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you!

  • Hannah

    10 January 2021 at 8:25 pm

    5 stars
    Happy birthday to your blog!! This recipe seems amazing, love that it’s vegan. I’ve been wanting to try a vegan recipe for a while now and this looks like a great place to start xx

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it if you do make it!

  • Sharila

    12 January 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Wow this cake looks delicious and super moist. I would never think it was vegan. This recipe will come in handy when baking for vegan loved ones.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you!

  • Daylight Wanderers

    12 January 2021 at 12:39 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so good!!! and made to perfection!!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you!

  • Fadima Mooneira

    12 January 2021 at 1:02 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow!!!!!!!! What a yummy-licious cake! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you!

  • Jenny in Neverland

    12 January 2021 at 2:47 pm

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Oh my goodness. I’ve never made a full Vegan cake before but I’d love to give it a go. I’ve eaten plenty of Vegan brownies and they’ve been delish! x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it if you do make it x

  • Kayleigh

    12 January 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Happy 1st anniversary! What a way to celebrate – that cakes looks insane! I need to give it a go 🙂

    Kayleigh x
    https://hazelnutmusings.co.uk/

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Amanda

    13 January 2021 at 2:46 am

    This looks like something nice to make for some vegan friends

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      14 January 2021 at 5:40 pm

      I am sure they would love them.

  • Stephanie

    15 January 2021 at 12:00 am

    Alright, so I’ll admit: I’m not a huge chocolate fan. I don’t hate it, but I also don’t have any serious cravings for it. HOWEVER, this chocolate cake looks phenomenal and I’m drooling a bit just reading about it. You’re making me think I need to give chocolate another go 😉

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      22 January 2021 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you! You should definitely give chocolate another go!

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