Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Cakes & Cupcakes
January 17, 2022
Cakes & Cupcakes
January 17, 2022

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Total time: 2 hr

Do I dare say this vegan gluten free chocolate cake is *better* than regular cake? I DO. Because it is. This vegan chocolate cake is perfectly fudgy, slightly dense, and super chocolatey. You’ll love it!

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Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Do I dare say this vegan gluten free chocolate cake is *better* than regular cake? I DO. Because it is. This vegan chocolate cake is perfectly fudgy, slightly dense, and super chocolatey. You’ll love it!

vegan gluten free chocolate cake

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

I think we’ve all had the collective experience of trying to snap a photograph of the sunset and muttering that, “It doesn’t do it justice.” There are some things in this life that are just too beautiful to truly depict in a photo, and this vegan gluten free chocolate cake is right up there with sunsets. You know, it’s not often that the photos don’t do a dessert justice around here. Great photos are sort of Sarah’s thing, so before you get all offended I’m not say that these photos are not good..it’s that this vegan gluten free chocolate cake is SO DAMN GOOD that it simply cannot be captured on film.

You have to see the sunset in real life and you have to make this decadent chocolate cake for yourself to find out just how delicious it really is.

gluten free vegan chocolate cake

What is vegan gluten free chocolate cake?

This chocolate cake is vegan, gluten free, egg free, dairy free…pretty much anyone can eat it regardless of their allergies, diets, or restrictions. Which is exactly why I made it for my birthday this year–I want everyone to be able to inhale some chocolate cake on my birthday. And when I tell you this cake was DEVOURED…I mean this cake was annihilated. It was gone within 8 minutes. No joke. So you can trust me when I say that this vegan gluten free chocolate cake is actually even tastier than our classic chocolate cake.

I went there, and I mean it. This allergy friendly version is fudgier, a bit denser and has a super subtle nutty, oat-y flavor thanks to flax eggs and oat milk. Your vegan and gluten free friends will love this cake because they can eat it and everyone else will be too busy raving about how good it is to even care that it’s vegan.

gluten free vegan chocolate cake

How to make eggless chocolate cake?

Two words: flax eggs. Flax eggs are the key to this vegan gluten free chocolate cake’s super fudgy, perfectly dense texture. They give the cake just the right amount of structure, but because they aren’t real eggs the cake doesn’t get quite as fluffy. The result is perfection. So, whether you’re out of eggs, allergic to eggs, or choose not to eat eggs you can still enjoy every decadent bite of chocolate cake.

How to make a flax egg

Flax eggs are super quick and easy to make and require only 1 ingredient! You’ll need ground flaxseed, water, and 5 minutes to make yourself a flax egg. Simply combine 1 Tablespoon flaxseed meal with 3 Tablespoons water, stir together and place in the fridge fro 5 minutes. After 5 minutes the flax will have absorbed the water and congealed into a thick, viscous texture reminiscent of an egg! Use your flax egg as directed in your recipe!

For this vegan gluten free chocolate cake you’ll need 3 flax eggs!

vegan gluten free chocolate cake

Tips for making this vegan gluten free chocolate cake

This chocolate cake tastes straight from a bakery, but a child could make it. You basically put all of your dry ingredients in a bowl, mix them, and then add all your wet ingredients–no stand mixers, fancy kitchen tools, or fussy ingredients. It’s the perfect indulgent treat to whip up with your nonbaker friends or a kiddo. Just follow these three simple steps and you’re guaranteed a gourmet vegan gluten free chocolate cake.

  • Let your flax eggs sit for at least 5 minutes: Your flax eggs must congeal to a thicker, egg like texture before you use them or your cake will be too water!
  • Use high quality cocoa powder: The quality of your cocoa powder will make or break your cake, so please splurge an extra dollar on the higher quality stuff. Your cake will thank you.
  • Do not over bake your cakes: There is nothing sadder than a dry chocolate cake. Take your cakes out when a knife comes out mostly clean rather than waiting for it to come out completely dry. Your cake will continue to bake as it cools!

gluten free vegan chocolate cake

What size cakes can you make from this one bowl chocolate cake recipe?

This recipe will make a killer Matilda style two inch layer cake, but you can also use it to make some different sizes and shapes:

3 6 inch round layers
2 8 or 9 inch round layers
1 9 x 13 sheet pan

Happy baking!

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Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

5 from 11 reviews

Do I dare say this vegan gluten free chocolate cake is *better* than regular cake? I DO. Because it is. This vegan chocolate cake is perfectly fudgy, slightly dense, and super chocolatey. You’ll love it!

Do I dare say this vegan gluten free chocolate cake is *better* than regular cake? I DO. Because it is. This vegan chocolate cake is perfectly fudgy, slightly dense, and super chocolatey. You’ll love it!

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
Scale:
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2 cups gluten free flour (we used Bob’s 11 Gluten Free Baking Flour)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 flax eggs (3 Tablespoons flax seed meal + 9 Tablespoons water)
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee

for the vegan chocolate frosting

  • 1 cup vegan butter, room temperature (we used Miyokos!)
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (about 3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 Tablespoons oat milk
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and line two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk oil, vanilla, flax eggs, and milk.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, whisking until no lumps remain. Pour in brewed coffee, mixing until just combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for roughly 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  5. To make the frosting, place all the ingredients in a stand mixer. Cream on low speed, gradually increasing to high speed for 1 minute, until mixture has lightened slightly and is fluffy.
  6. Frost cake by placing first cake layer onto a cake stand. Top with a healthy dose of frosting. Spread evenly, then repeat with second layer. Use remaining frosting to frost sides of the cake. Last, use the back of a spoon to create a large swirling pattern all around the cake!

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  1. This recipe brought chocolate cake back into my life! Thank you so very much.
    I’m also sugar free and I make this cake with date sugar (dried, finely ground whole dates) with phenomenal success.
    I haven’t even tried it with your frosting yet lol. I carve out big hunks of it straight out of the oven and it makes me happy 🙂

    • Yes! They don’t get a super domed top, but they are every bit as delicious as the cake!

  2. Hi! Sonds really good–anxious to make it. Could I use coconut sugar rather than white sugar?Thank you! rowena

  3. This was an exceptional vegan/gluten free cake! This is the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve tried since going vegan. I think adding the coffee to the cake makes it have such a rich flavour, and the icing is so decadent! I will be making this again and again!