Thursday, June 21, 2018

How to make an amazing, kid-approved vegan chocolate birthday cake


FullSizeRender (1)When you’re hosting a vegan birthday party for kids (or adults!), most of whom probably aren’t vegan, it’s vital you have an amazing centrepiece. Chocolate cake is a winner with everybody, and this simple, delicious recipe will prove it.

Chocolate Cake Recipe


  • 1 ½ cups self-raising flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ½ cup oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Grease and flour a cake tin (we always use a bundt or ring tin but I’ve used a normal round tin and it worked fine).
  3. In a mixing bowl combine flour, cocoa and sugar.
  4. Add water, vanilla, vinegar and oil and mix with a whisk until there are no lumps.
  5. Pour into tin and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Cool in tin before turning onto a cooling rack. Ice with your icing of choice (I used a simple blend of margarine, caster sugar and cocoa powder) when completely cooled.

This cake is also delicious served with vegan ice cream!

Variation: add a tin of cherries (using the liquid from the cherries instead of the water) and half a cup of desiccated coconut for a choc-cherry-coconut cake.

Editor’s note: If the Bundt/ring tin is too shallow, like mine was, your cake will come out looking more like a giant doughnut – this has no impact on taste, and if anything, makes it a whole lot more fun! The Bundt/ring tin also makes cutting small uniform pieces for large groups of people very easy.



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