Vegan chocolate cake

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About this recipe: This is a really simple, yet very tasty cake or you can make chocolate buns with the mixture instead. (If you do - note these will take less time to cook). You can use rice flour or something other than wheat. You can also add chocolate chips and/or nuts.



Serves: 8 

  • 200g (7 oz) plain flour
  • 200g (7 oz) caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 250ml (8 fl oz) water


Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a 13x23cm loaf tin or a 20cm round cake tin.
  2. Sieve together the flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Mix together until smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared tin and bake at 180 C for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

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I have fallen in love with this recipe!! So many vegan cake recipes have a ridiculous amount of oil or are really dry and awful. This is perfect! Low on oil and effort. Please, if you're still deciding to try this recipe or not - just do it! It will not disappoint. - 13 Aug 2012


It's so true what they say about Vegan cakes. They're the best! Very easy, all in one bowl and stir. - 15 Oct 2011


Used different ingredients. Oh my goodness! I just made these for the first time, and used gluten-free flour so that my boyfriend can eat them as well. They are DIVINE, the best chocolate cupcakes ever in my opinion! - 14 May 2011

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