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Vegan Chocolate Cake

1 hr + 20 min

Dessert

A good chocolate cake can be enjoyed on just about any special occasion: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, potluck parties. It's a classic! This chocolate cake is the new and improved version of our original recipe: it's delicious, moist, and fluffy, and no one will even guess it's completely plant-based!

Servings

Total

1 hr + 20 min

Prep

15 min

Cook

35 min

Cool

30 min

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Ingredients

Buttermilk

  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk*
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    white vinegar

Dry ingredients

  • 2 cups (276 g)
    all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups (336 g)
    granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp (7 g)
    baking powder
  • 1½ tsp (8 g)
    baking soda
  • ½ tsp
    salt

Wet ingredients

Frosting

  • 7.9 oz (224 g)
    unsalted vegan butter, at room temperature
  • 2¼ cups (302 g)
    powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    melted dairy-free dark chocolate

Decoration ideas

  • chocolate shavings
  • fresh berries
  • fresh mint leaves
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Directions

  1. Lightly grease two 8-inch (20 cm) round cake pans with oil and line the bottom with cut-out round pieces of parchment paper the size of the base of the cake pans.
  2. To a medium bowl, add the milk and vinegar, and mix. Set aside. You will see it starts to curdle, and this is what creates vegan buttermilk.
  3. Place a sieve over a large bowl, and sift all the dry ingredients through it. Mix together, and then create a shallow well in the middle. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  4. Returning to the medium bowl containing the buttermilk, add all of the remaining wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add all the wet ingredients to the shallow well in the dry ingredients and mix until everything is just combined, but be careful not to overmix.
  6. Divide the cake batter between the two cake pans. Gently tap the pans on the counter a couple of times to level out the batter and to remove any air bubbles. Bake in the centre rack of the preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until a thin wooden skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Meanwhile, make the frosting. To a large bowl, add the butter and use a electric hand mixer to beat the butter until soft and fluffy, it should become slightly lighter in colour.
  8. To a large bowl, add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, then add the soy milk, and vanilla extract. Start mixing at a low speed and then gradually increase until everything is well combined. Once the melted chocolate has cooled off a bit, mix it in with the other ingredients until fully combined.
  9. Once your cakes are done baking, let them cool off for 10 minutes in the cake pan before transferring to a wire rack to let them cool off completely. Be patient with this, as a warm cake will cause the frosting to melt when applied. If desired, the cakes can be levelled out with a serrated knife to create a flat surface for stacking the cakes on top of each other.
  10. Rip or cut a piece of parchment paper in 6 pieces, of about 10 x 13 cm and place these pieces in a circular shape on your cake stand just wider than the size of your cake. These parchments papers will later be removed and they are used to make the end result neater, as less frosting gets on your cake stand. Place one of the cakes on the cake stand.
  11. Using a spatula or butter knife, spread a layer of frosting on top of the cakes. Place the second cake on top upside down and frost the top and sides with the leftover frosting, then remove the parchment paper squares from under your cake.
  12. Decorate the chocolate cake with desired toppings, and enjoy!

Notes

  • * We recommend using either soy or pea milk for this recipe, as the high protein content of these milks are what allows the milk to curdle to create vegan buttermilk. We can't guarantee other plant-based milk will be successful.
  • ** We do not recommend swapping out the coconut oil for other vegetable oils, as other oils will affect the final texture of the cake. Refined coconut oil is recommended as it doesn't impart a coconut taste and scent. If you don't mind the taste of coconut in your cake, unrefined coconut oil can also be used here.

Storage

  • Best if this is enjoyed immediately. The cake can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. But among friends and family, this cake won't last very long!
  • The frosting can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Shaira Belga - May 19, 2022, 8:02 a.m.

<3 <3 <3


Chelsea Rose - May 16, 2022, 2:32 a.m.

Hi!
I used your recipe to make cupcakes and they sank :( Is there anything I should do so that I can this recipe for cupcakes?
Great recipe by the way! The cupcakes are still super moist :))

PUL Team - May 16, 2022, 6:24 p.m.

Hey Chelsea! Thanks for sharing your experience with this one, perhaps turning the oven temperature down a tad and being sure to use fresh leavening agents would help. Sometimes if the oven temperature is too high it can cause cupcakes to rise quickly and then they fall flat later on. Fresh baking powder, baking soda, and salt can also help to promote an even rise 🙂


Nitya - May 11, 2022, 3:48 a.m.

I made this for my grandmother. And she was in a state of awe. We loved the perfect level of sweetness and loved the berries on top. The balance of sour and chocolatiness. I would do a black forest next time with cherry jam in the middle and a little bit of whipped vegan cream. Totally would make again. (no one knew it was vegan).

PUL Team - May 11, 2022, 5:03 p.m.

Oh we're so delighted the cake was enjoyed, Nitya, it means so much! Love the black forest idea 😍


Sarah - May 6, 2022, 3:03 a.m.

Honestly the best chocolate cake I’ve ever ate


Madzia - May 5, 2022, 7:14 p.m.

I made it for my Sis, it's her 21st birthday tomorrow <3
The frosting wouldn't harden - it was too 'watery', but maybe I just overmixed. I put it in the fridge for some time and it was all good.
The taste is amazing, thank you!!!

PUL Team - May 6, 2022, 12:35 a.m.

Hey Madzia, we're so honoured the cake was part of the celebrations! Overmixing or using plant-based butter that's more on the melted side could promote a watery frosting. We're so glad that placing it in the fridge helped. Happy birthday to your sister 🥳


Mai - May 2, 2022, 9:58 p.m.

My husband made this cake as a surprise for me to celebrate Eid, and we thoroughly enjoyed every bite! One of the best vegan cakes I’ve eaten in the 9 years of being vegan. Can’t wait to make it again for future special occasions.

PUL Team - May 3, 2022, 4:47 a.m.

Awe so kind of him to surprise you, Mai! Eid Mubarak 💚


Carolyn - May 1, 2022, 1:19 p.m.

I made them into cupcakes and my family and coworkers loved them, many people couldn’t believe they were plant based!

PUL Team - May 2, 2022, 3 a.m.

Mmm cupcakes sound delicious! Thank you, Carolyn 🙂

Vanessa - May 18, 2022, 2:56 a.m.

Did you adjust baking time and/or temperature for the cupcakes? Thinking of adapting to cupcakes for a picnic.


Christina - May 1, 2022, 12:53 p.m.

Hey guys, I think you have an error in your metric measurements with the sugar. It says 336g which would be more than the flour. So I put 236g in my batter....worked fine. Maybe you can change it? Great recipe otherwise!

PUL Team - May 2, 2022, 3 a.m.

Hey Christina, thanks for taking the time to share! We've had three of our PUL team members gently spoon and level both flour and sugar into a measuring cup for our measurements. We found approximately 224 grams of sugar per cup which was a tad higher than the USDA measurement of 200 grams per cup. Just in case though, we'll note down the feedback in case others report the measurement off. We're glad the cake was still enjoyed in any case 😃


Mia - April 28, 2022, 1:20 a.m.

Thank you for the cake recipe I was wondering what brand of Dutch cocoa powder did you use as well as the soy milk, vanilla extract and coconut oil?

PUL Team - April 29, 2022, 5:32 p.m.

Hey Mia, we use the Droste brand for Dutch-processed cocoa powder: https://amzn.to/3vU22H5. Many brands are great for soy milk, vanilla extract, and coconut oil so for these, we tend to purchase whatever our local grocery store has in stock. You can find some sample brands in our shop here though: https://www.pickuplimes.com/s…. We hope this helps for now 🙂


Kitti - April 24, 2022, 10:28 a.m.

I made this cake two times now and it had atomic success. Beautiful, delicious and just big enough for a group of 10-12 people on a birthday party. It has so much sugar though, that it really is a special treat, only for celebrations.

PUL Team - April 25, 2022, 3:43 a.m.

So happy the cake is being enjoyed, Kitti 🙂


Carla T. - April 23, 2022, 3:20 a.m.

THANK you PUL for an amazing recipe! I just attempted this recipe, for my two teenage brothers joint birthday celebration. It was a hit! It looked beautiful, and tasted even better! So deliciously chocolatey, and perfectly moist and fluffy. Everyone just loved it!
Sincerely thank you for taking the time to create such a fabulous recipe. Xox

PUL Team - April 23, 2022, 4:22 p.m.

So honoured it was part of the special occasion, Carla, thank YOU! Wishing your brothers a very happy birthday 🥳


Andreea C - April 21, 2022, 8:13 p.m.

Fantastic cake! I made it at least 10 times now over the last couple of years and every single time I managed to impress my guests with it. It is rich and scrumptious and now my go to festive dessert. Thank you so much Sadia for sharing it! 🤗🤍🤗

PUL Team - April 22, 2022, 5:22 a.m.

Awe we're so glad the cake is being enjoyed, Andreea, thank you!


Sharon - April 18, 2022, 8:12 p.m.

Have you tried making this recipe in cupcake form? Would you recommend it? Thanks.

PUL Team - April 18, 2022, 9:09 p.m.

Hey Sharon, we haven't tested it out although that's a fun idea! We imagine they'll need less time in the oven and the cupcakes may be a bit more on the heavy side. Do let us know if you experiment with it ☺️


Jakki - April 18, 2022, 10:37 a.m.

I need to remind you that mls have nothing to do with weight or grams .. unless you're weighing water.
Could you fix that in the printed recipe please? Thanks!

PUL Team - April 18, 2022, 8:39 p.m.

Hey Jakki, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share the comment and feedback. It's appreciated to help PUL improve! We've opted to use millilitres for liquidy ingredients since these can be measured by volume as well as weight. We'll note down the feedback for future content and in the meantime if you're interested in weight rather than volume perhaps an online converter or the USDA nutrient database may be helpful: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov. Thanks again, Jakki 😊


Idda - April 17, 2022, 12:22 p.m.

Super Kuchen hab ihn jetzt zum zweitenmal an Ostern gemacht:)

PUL Team - April 18, 2022, 1:37 a.m.

Thanks Idda! Wishing you a happy Easter 😃


Susie - April 17, 2022, 6:31 a.m.

This cake was delicious! It was the perfect texture and not overly sweet.

PUL Team - April 17, 2022, 6:49 a.m.

We're so happy the cake was enjoyed, Susie!


Anneke - April 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Everyone loooved it!! I didn't have two smaller tins and instead used one slightly bigger tin, baked it about 5 minutes longer and then cut the cake into two layers -- turned out great! I will definitely make this again for a special occasion!

PUL Team - April 13, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Anneke, and so happy to hear!


Rachel - April 11, 2022, 9:27 p.m.

Made this cake for my partners birthday! It was out-of-this-world delicious!! Everyone loved it and I even made it with gluten-free flour, turned out perfect!

PUL Team - April 11, 2022, 9:46 p.m.

So thrilled it was part of the celebration and enjoyed, Rachel, happy birthday to your partner 🥳


Jack - April 11, 2022, 2:07 p.m.

Loved making this, and it tasted divine!

Only question I have is if you know any alternatives to applesauce I could use? Because where I'm from I can't find any unsweetened applesauce.

All the best!

Jack

PUL Team - April 11, 2022, 3 p.m.

Hi Jack, thanks for the question! The applesauce helps add a touch of sweetness and liquid. We haven't tested it out, but mashed bananas may be an alternative to experiment with. You could add a touch of water to thin it out so the consistency is similar to applesauce. We hope this helps for now and do let us know if you give it a try 🙂


Babs - April 8, 2022, 3:42 a.m.

This is going to be our wedding cake! We have even tested it with GF flour, and our friend (who has recently had to remove gluten tdue to a sensitivity) says it's still amazing :D

PUL Team - April 10, 2022, 5:31 a.m.

Oh my gosh what a pleasure, Babs, it means so much! We hope the celebration goes well ✨


Claire - April 5, 2022, 7:35 p.m.

This cake is a serious crowd pleaser. I made it as a birthday cake for my son and everyone wanted to take some home afterwards. Thank you Sadia!

PUL Team - April 5, 2022, 9:12 p.m.

Aw we're so honoured it was part of the special occasion and enjoyed, Claire! Happiest of birthdays to your son 🥳


Kat - April 5, 2022, 1:46 a.m.

can I make a gluten free version just by replacing the flour to a GF flour or do I have to make any other adjustments?

PUL Team - April 5, 2022, 7:41 p.m.

Hi there, Kat! We've heard several positive reviews using Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-free flour or a homemade mix of gluten-free flours. A mix of gluten-free flours usually works better than using just one gluten-free flour on its own. Do let us know how it goes if you're able to try the cake ☺️


Tatiana - April 4, 2022, 5:36 p.m.

I made this cake for my family and they loved it!
I added a raspberry coulis on top and it was AMAZING!
It was also relatively easy to make :)

PUL Team - April 5, 2022, 5:26 a.m.

Ooo sounds lovely, Tatiana, we're so happy the cake was enjoyed!


Patty - April 3, 2022, 1:10 p.m.

Hello Sadia,
My husband made this cake for our wedding anniversary and it was incredible. The texture and flavor of both cake and frosting was perfect. The aroma oh my. We specifically ordered the linked Dutch cocoa powder and refined coconut oil you recommended and so glad we did. This is truly the best! My husband is 70 and says it’s the best he’s ever had. I sent you an email photo of him making it and the finished product.
Warm regards,
Patty

PUL Team - April 3, 2022, 11:42 p.m.

Hello dearest Patty, thank you for the incredible review and kind words! What an honour that the cake was part of the special occasion. Happy anniversary to you and your husband ❣️


py - April 3, 2022, 5:43 a.m.

Hi! Thanks for the recipe! May I know what can i substitute with for the apple sauce?

PUL Team - April 3, 2022, 10:42 p.m.

Hey Py! The applesauce helps to add a touch of sweetness and liquid. We haven't tested it out, but mashed bananas may be an alternative to experiment with if that's more accessible. You could add a touch of water to thin it out so the consistency is similar to applesauce. We hope this helps for now and do let us know if you experiment with it 😃


Gaby - April 1, 2022, 8:01 p.m.

Hi Sadia,

Love your recipes!

If I wanted to do a marble cake would it be safe to just omit the cocoa powder from some of the batter to create a vanilla?

PUL Team - April 2, 2022, 4:38 a.m.

Hey there, Gaby, what an interesting idea! If desired we imagine omitting the cocoa powder in part of the batter could help achieve the marble design. This cake is a bit more on the delicate side and the base doesn't have a vanilla flavour though, so what may work better is to add some cocoa powder to part of the batter in our vanilla cake recipe instead: pickuplimes.com/recipe/vanill…. We hope this helps for now and hopefully, we can share a marble cake recipe soon 🍰


Mėta - March 28, 2022, 12:58 p.m.

Hello, Sadia . My name is Mėta .

I wanted to ask you if I can change the flour into oat flour or
coconut flour? Will it still be delicious

PUL Team - March 28, 2022, 8:33 p.m.

Hey Mėta, thanks for the question! We haven't tested it out although wouldn't recommend it. The gluten in all-purpose flour helps give the cake its texture and structure that an alternative gluten-free flour, such as oat or coconut, may not offer on its own. However, a mix of gluten-free flours generally works better than using just one gluten-free flour on its own if you're interested 😊


Rene' - March 27, 2022, 7:12 p.m.

This was a wonderful cake. Even those who were concerned that it would not taste good because it was vegan thought it was very tasty. Recipe was easy to follow and I really like the feature in which you can cross out the ingredients and instructions once complete. Thank you.

PUL Team - March 27, 2022, 9:43 p.m.

Aw thanks a bunch for the incredible feedback, Rene', it means so much!


Shiloh - March 27, 2022, 10:09 a.m.

Hi Sadia, I don’t have any all purpose flour but I have whole meal flour or self raising flour. Can any of these be substituted instead? Thank you!

PUL Team - March 27, 2022, 9:25 p.m.

Hey Shiloh, we haven't tested either out although the chemistry for this cake is on the delicate side. We wouldn't recommend whole meal flour because of this. Self-rising may work with some adjustments. Usually, one cup of self-rising flour contains 1-1.5 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt so you may want to decrease these in the recipe per each cup of flour used. Self-rising flour also has a tad more protein than all-purpose so the texture may change. We hope this helps for now, Shiloh, and the cake is enjoyed if you're able to give it a try 😊


PK - March 27, 2022, 6:16 a.m.

I love love love your blog! And so glad I found this recipe. I am not a vegan but we don’t eat eggs. So I will alter this recipe by using milk products and gluten free(allergies) flour. If I scale the recipe to 6 servings, will it fit in a double 6” pan? How can I make it fit 6” pans?

PUL Team - March 27, 2022, 9 p.m.

Hey PK, 6-inch round pans hold just over half the amount as 8-inch pans so halving the recipe sounds like a good approach. To be sure the cake is done, we recommend checking with the "toothpick" method. If you insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake and it comes out clean, it's ready 🙂


Seema - March 26, 2022, 5:33 a.m.

Amazing cake; a super hit with the kids and adults alike. Simple to make and clear instructions. The video was superb as well. So many people who ate the cake asked for the recipe. Thank you so much!

PUL Team - March 26, 2022, 11:44 p.m.

Aw it means so much, Seema, thank YOU ✨


Marilena - March 25, 2022, 3:41 p.m.

Dear Sadia, just another delicacy! I tried it for my son's nameday celebration and it was a crowd pleaser! Thank you very much! Since my cake pan was 28 cm wide, I doubled the frosting (the cakes were just shorter than yours I guess) and it was actually perfect!

PUL Team - March 26, 2022, 9:36 p.m.

Beyond honoured the cake was part of the celebration, Marilena! 🤩

Marilena - March 26, 2022, 9:43 p.m.

😍🤩


Mandy - March 25, 2022, 3 a.m.

I’m so glad y’all made a video for this recipe! I made this cake a couple of years ago for my birthday and wished there was a video. It turned out delicious! I’ll have to make it again!

PUL Team - March 26, 2022, 6:33 p.m.

We're so glad it was enjoyed on the special occasion, Mandy, thank you!


Xenia - March 23, 2022, 2:58 p.m.

Hi Sadia, this recipe looks easy and yummy!! I want to bake this cake and I have a question before doing so.
Would I have the same results by using granulated sweetener instead of sugar and do I have to change the grams used?
Also, I don't have 2 round cake pans but only 1 in a heart shape. If I pour the entire mixture in the cake pan I have will it bake? Or do I have to decrease the serving portion to 6 servings so it can bake?

PUL Team - March 24, 2022, 12:46 a.m.

Hi there, Xenia! We wouldn't recommend using a granulated sweetener, such as Splenda or alternatives, in place of the sugar. The granulated sweeteners are sweeter than granulated sugar so less would be needed which will impact the cake chemistry. This recipe tends to be a little more stringent so perhaps it's one to try with sugar if able.

The heart-shaped pan sounds super cute! Do you happen to know what size it is by any chance? From what we've seen they tend to be around 9x2x9 inches which will fit slightly more batter than the 8x2 inch round cakes. Halving the recipe is one approach as all of the batter likely won't fit into the pan. We hope you enjoy the recipe if you're able to give it a try 😊


Rangi - March 21, 2022, 7:01 p.m.

Hi Sadia. Thank you for the recipe. This is such a lovely moist cake. And very easy to bake. Everyone in the family without exception loved it. I followed your recipe precisely, but yet the cake cracked at the side and rose enevenly. Secondly, the centre of the cake was relatively less cooked than the sides. Even so the cake was a big hit, and none could believe that it was vegan. I am going to try your other recipes too. 😊

PUL Team - March 23, 2022, 3:17 a.m.

Hey Rangi, thanks for sharing your experience. When a cake cracks or the inside is less cooked than the outside it's often a sign that our oven temperature is a tad too high. It can be tricky since ovens vary, although we'd recommend lowering the temperature if your oven tends to be on the powerful side and you give the cake another try! Ensuring the cake is in the middle rack can also help for even heat distribution. We hope this helps for now and are glad the cake was still enjoyed ✨


Siyu - March 21, 2022, 7:50 a.m.

Hey my lovely PUL friends,
As Sadia warn us baking is science that I really want to stick and just follow the recipe you give us. But when it comes to pour coffee part i got trouble. I am allergic to anything contains coffeine, should i just miss this part or simply substitute to water/ coconut water? Thank you guys so mcuh, can't wait to try this delectable cake.

PUL Team - March 23, 2022, 2:49 a.m.

Hello dear Siyu! The coffee serves to enhance the taste of the chocolate. You can substitute it for water or plant milk if desired. The cake may be a tad less chocolatey but it should still be delicious 😊

siyu - March 23, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

Got it! Guess want, i found the coffee without coffeine. Would like to give all them a try(with coffee,water or plant milk)and find my desirable combination, really looking forward to the journey. Thank you for helping me and the clear answer not only let me know how but also why. Wish you a good day◡̈

PUL Team - March 24, 2022, 12:21 a.m.

No problem, Siyu! Just a heads up in case you're interested and quite sensitive to caffeine, sometimes decaffeinated coffee has small amounts of caffeine in it :)


Amanda - March 20, 2022, 7:12 p.m.

Just made this, and it is wonderful! Rich and moist. No one will know this is vegan. Great cake, but please make a vanilla too!!

PUL Team - March 21, 2022, 1:50 a.m.

We're so glad it's being enjoyed, Amanda! We have a vanilla cake on the blog here in case you're interested and haven't already seen it: pickuplimes.com/recipe/vanill… 🍰


Manu - March 19, 2022, 4:41 a.m.

I baked this cake today and it turned so tasty and rich. Thank you for sharing!

PUL Team - March 19, 2022, 8:02 p.m.

We're so happy to hear, Manu, thank you!


Naga - March 17, 2022, 8:11 p.m.

Made this cake today and perfect with ☕️

Thanks for the recipe

PUL Team - March 17, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Naga, thanks :D


Jaz - March 16, 2022, 6:28 p.m.

Hi very excited to make this it looks amazing!! I was wondering if almond milk or oat milk could be used instead of soy? I have never found pea milk so I don't think that an option for me here.

PUL Team - March 17, 2022, 5:32 p.m.

Hey Jaz! We recommend using either soy or pea milk for the cake as the high protein content of these kinds of milk is what allows it to curdle to create vegan buttermilk. We can't guarantee oat or almond milk will be successful as these are lower in protein. We hope this helps for now, and you enjoy the cake if you're able to give it a try 😊


Svenja - March 15, 2022, 10:51 a.m.

This cake looks delicious so I´m planning to make it for my best friend´s birthday, but I only have one cake tin in the right size. Would it work to bake one huge cake and cut in in half for the frosting later? Or is it too much batter for one tin and baking one after another would be better?

PUL Team - March 15, 2022, 6:29 p.m.

Hey Svenja! So sweet of you to make a cake for your friend's birthday. Either could work, although if your other cake tin is on the larger side, then baking in the 8-inch round pan twice may be desirable. For example, a 9 by 13-inch pan is over double the size of two round 8-inch pans, so a slightly small tin would work nicer for a thicker cake.

If you opt to use one larger pan, the temperature in the oven can remain the same and you can cut it in half after it's cooled for the double layer. Otherwise, a single layer is also just fine. To be sure the cake is done, always check using the "toothpick" method. If you insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean, it's ready. We hope this helps for now 😊


Lesa - March 14, 2022, 11:27 p.m.

This cake is very good but the icing is the BEST chocolate icing I’ve ever had!

PUL Team - March 15, 2022, 6:02 p.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Lesa 🍰


Divya - March 14, 2022, 4:48 a.m.

This cake is the best! My MIL has severe allergies and we have been on the hunt for the perfect cake for her- she loved it!

We made it gluten free by using 1 for 1 flour!

Thank you!!

PUL Team - March 14, 2022, 10:29 p.m.

Hey Divya! We're so thrilled the cake was enjoyed, and thanks for the insight 😃


Yoshinee - March 13, 2022, 5:44 p.m.

Hello Amazing Team

Thanks for this recipe. I made it this cake. It was okay. For the baking soda it is reading as 8g for 1.5 tsp but 7g for 2 tsp. Is that correct in your recipe? I only wish it was softer. The taste is good. Thank you.

PUL Team - March 14, 2022, 2:24 a.m.

Hi there, Yoshinee, thanks for the question. Baking soda and baking powder weigh slightly different from one another which is why the gram amounts differ. Baking soda is a bit more dense, and so that's why you see it weigh more. We weighed both ingredients in our studio to confirm 😊 As for the cake not being soft, it is indeed a cake that's more moist and fudge, rather than fluffy and airy. With that said, it should still be "soft". Would you kindly share if the listed ingredients and portions were used or if you modified anything? Also, did you use the gram measurements, or the cup/tbsp measurements? This cake is one of our favourites so we'd love to get to the bottom of it if possible and ensure you're happy with the results if you ever try it again! 🤓


Mariam - March 12, 2022, 3:48 a.m.

Who thought of the idea to enable a way to check off ingredients and steps in the recipe? It's brilliant! And so satisfying. Also, have you tested this recipe using a gluten free flour or any other flour alternatives?

PUL Team - March 12, 2022, 7:23 p.m.

Aw thank you, Mariam, it means so much that the website features are helpful! We haven't had a chance to test it out ourselves, but we've heard several positive reviews using Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-free flour or a homemade mix of gluten-free flours. A mix of gluten-free flours usually works better than using just one gluten-free flour on its own. Do let us know how it goes if you're able to try the cake ☺️

Mariam - March 13, 2022, 2:18 a.m.

You're most welcome! And thank you for the useful suggestion on using a mix gluten free flours. :)


Carlotta - March 8, 2022, 2:22 p.m.

I cannot describe how delicious this cake is! Thank you for sharing such amazing recipes with us! Lots of love from Germany xx

PUL Team - March 10, 2022, 7:57 a.m.

Thank you, Carlotta, it means so much! Hugs to Germany 🤗


Lorraine - March 6, 2022, 2:38 p.m.

Tested for a birthday and it was a 10 ! Easy to bake, easy to eat ^^

PUL Team - March 7, 2022, 5:43 a.m.

Woohoo! So honoured it was part of the celebration, Lorraine ☺️


Mandi - March 6, 2022, 1:45 a.m.

I was excited to see this video just before my kids’ birthdays! It was a huge hit among my non-vegan extended family, and the tips were so helpful. I feel like I improve my cooking skills every time I try one of your recipes. They never disappoint! 👏

PUL Team - March 7, 2022, 5:08 a.m.

Awe we're so happy to hear, Mandi, thank you! Happiest of birthdays to your little ones as well 🥳


Mariela - March 5, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

Hi! I watched the youtube video today and inmediately wanted to try the recipe! Just one question. We don't consume coffee, so is there a substitution for it? Or can I simply skip it?

PUL Team - March 5, 2022, 4:21 p.m.

Hey Mariela 😃 The coffee serves to enhance the taste of the chocolate. You can substitute it for water or plant-milk if desired. The cake may be a tad less chocolatey but it should still be delicious!

Mariela - March 5, 2022, 4:43 p.m.

Thanks!


Rubeena - March 4, 2022, 9:06 p.m.

Is it possible to switch to gluten free flour for this recipe. By the way I love all your vegan recipes. My son has multiple food allergies and these have helped me be more creative in the kitchen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

PUL Team - March 5, 2022, 4:13 p.m.

Hi Rubeena! Awe thank you for the kind words 🙂 We haven't had a chance to test it out ourselves so we can't say with absolute certainty, but we've heard positive reviews using Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-free flour. A mix of gluten-free flours usually works better than using just one gluten-free flour on its own. Do let us know if you're able to experiment with it!


Sara - March 4, 2022, 12:41 p.m.

The Frosting is sooooo good! I made the cake for a birthday party and everybody loved it. 😊

PUL Team - March 5, 2022, 4:11 p.m.

We're so honoured it was part of the celebration, Sara, thank you!


Kyra - March 3, 2022, 6:25 p.m.

I am an avid baker (and chocolate lover) and this cake is by far the best chocolate cake recipe I've made! It reminds me of some of the cake I used to have at fancy restaurants before my dairy allergy. I made this for a family birthday and I have been told never to make another kind of cake but this one! Even my husband who is not usually a huge fan of chocolate absolutely loved it. Thank you for this recipe!! It's everything I've ever wanted in a cake recipe. <3

PUL Team - March 4, 2022, 5:19 a.m.

How kind of you to make it for your friend's birthday, Kyra! We're beyond honoured to hear the glowing review 🥰


Grace - March 2, 2022, 6:16 p.m.

I have quite a few vegan cake recipes that I'm quite happy with, as I've been vegan for a long time. So I was a bit skeptical that such small details would make a big difference, as I've made decent vegan cakes with any type of oil or any type of plant milk. But I was really blown away by how well this cake turned out, I think it was the best chocolate cake myself or any of my non-vegan friends had ever tased. Big thank you for the recipe and the video and the explanation of why each ingredient is important.

PUL Team - March 2, 2022, 11:09 p.m.

Such a big compliment, Grace, we're so happy the cake was enjoyed! Thank you 😊


Caitlyn - March 2, 2022, 12:42 p.m.

I made this cake for myself as a birthday cake on Sunday. I've been trying your recipes for some time now, but this was my first foray into vegan baking. I had heard so many horror stories, but hey, its my birthday and its a chocolate cake, what could go wrong? Apparently nothing! This is a wonderful recipe to follow and understand. I watched the video too and love that you explain why its better to use pea or soy milk than other plant milks for the 'buttermilk'. It helps understanding baking and how things work together so much better than simply adding an ingredient - thank you for that and I hope you continue to add little nuggets of knowledge like this for us :)
Back to the cake! It came out far better than any other cake I have made in the past and on my goodness it tasted so good!! There were a lot of healthier ingredients in there than an average cake, so I didn't feel too guilty going back for a second slice.
I love your channel and your website (I actually found you on YT when searching for how to cut and layer my own hair would you believe ;) ), thank you so much for making cooking a joy again for me and thank you for being such an effortlessly beautiful soul :)
Happy 5th to PUL and looking forward to many more! Cheers :)

PUL Team - March 2, 2022, 5:21 p.m.

Oh dearest Caitlyn, a sincere thank YOU for the very kind words and support! We're so honoured the cake was part of your special day, and grateful to have you in the PUL community. Wishing you a very happy birthday from the PUL team 🥳


Inder Gill - March 2, 2022, 5:01 a.m.

This cake is truly amazing. I made it with Bob's red mill one on one gluten free flour. Everyone in my family loved it. I recommend this to everyone. Thank you for creating this recipe.

PUL Team - March 2, 2022, 6:46 a.m.

So glad the cake was enjoyed, Inder, and thanks a bunch for the insight 🤩


Jason - March 1, 2022, 1:37 a.m.

This cake was so rich and decadent! Dark chocolate is my favorite chocolate. My notoriously hard-to-please 5-year old-niece said the cake AND the frosting were "SO YUMMY!" As much as I wanted to eat the whole thing myself, I had to share it with the neighbors. It was so much! I don't think I'd change anything.

PUL Team - March 1, 2022, 5:34 a.m.

Woop woop! So kind of you to share it as well, Jason 🤗


Nellie - Feb. 28, 2022, 1:17 p.m.

This cake is the BEST cake I have every made - thank you so much for that! I want to make it for way more people now, so I am contemplating using 10-inch cake pans instead of 8. Do you think I can just raise the amounts a bit, and keep the same oven temperature & time (with regular checking)?

PUL Team - Feb. 28, 2022, 8:33 p.m.

Hey Nellie, what a big compliment! We'd recommend using the scaling feature to increase the recipe servings so the ingredients are proportionally increased. You can do so by clicking the "+" button beside the number 12 under the serving heading. The cake may need a tad longer to bake in a larger pan, although keeping an eye on it is a lovely idea 😊


Poppy - Feb. 27, 2022, 6:50 p.m.

I was hoping this would be epic, and it didn't disappoint! I've tried so many vegan chocolate cake recipes and this is by far the best and now the only one I will bake. Its moist, but not heavy, chocolatey, rich and above all... blooming delicious. A lot of my vegan friends were won over and I have 2 requests to make this for birthdays next month. So easy to make, quick as well. Wish I could post a pic to show my baking efforts. Thank you for posting this and for ALL the recipes you kindly give us. I've always been a keen cook and baker but PUL has opened up my options so much more and helped me continue my love of vegan food. Thank you 🥰

PUL Team - Feb. 28, 2022, 7:41 p.m.

Oh, Poppy, thank YOU for the glowing review and support! It means so much. Happy early birthday to your friends as well 🥳


Guendalina - Feb. 27, 2022, 4:28 p.m.

Love this cake! Next time I will try to add some fruit inside or an orange marmalade maybe!
In any case, the best vegan cake I'll tried so far!

PUL Team - Feb. 28, 2022, 7:34 p.m.

Ooo interesting idea, Guendalina, do let us know if you experiment with it!


Vanessa - Feb. 26, 2022, 6:07 p.m.

Hi Sadi and Team, I'm very happy that you shared this wonderful recipe, I've been looking for a chocolate cake recipe for a long time that meets all the requirements and that is different from the ones that commonly appear, thank you for sharing with us.

I'm testing the recipe today and in Brazil we don't find applesauce easily, however, I decided to make my own applesauce using two large apples and two glasses of water, letting it boil on the fire for approximately 20 minutes.

The cake is turning out amazing, I will share it with the whole family tomorrow.

Thank you again, and thank you especially for being an example of dedication and care for the ingredients, we vegans need people like you, who inspire us to keep going.

♥♥♥♥

PUL Team - Feb. 26, 2022, 9:27 p.m.

Hi Vanessa! Homemade applesauce sounds delicious. We haven't tested it out, but mashed bananas may be an alternative to experiment with if that's more accessible. Thank you for the kind words and we hope your family loves the cake 😃

Tess - March 9, 2022, 1:48 a.m.

I'm thinking of using mashed bananas too! Would it just be a 1:1 substitute for the applesauce? Also, will it make the cake taste like banana?

PUL Team - March 9, 2022, 2 a.m.

Hey Tess, yes it’s likely a 1:1 substitute although we haven’t tested it out. It may add a slight banana taste especially if the bananas are more on the ripe side. It probably would work better to use a touch less banana with a little water added so the consistency is comparable to applesauce. Do let us know how it goes if you experiment with it 😊


mona kiannasr - Feb. 25, 2022, 9:18 p.m.

Hi Sadie,

Love the recipe! Can we make this cake the night before and put it in the fridge to assemble the next morning? I just want to make sure it doesn’t fry out. Or if I end up making it entirely the day of, would you recommend placing it in the fridge until serving at night?

PUL Team - Feb. 26, 2022, 9:04 p.m.

Hey Mona, both options would work. The cake can definitely be made a day in advance and placed the fridge, ideally covered (placing a large bowl over top of it should do the trick). It doesn't dry out in that time. We'd recommend taking it out of the fridge about 1 - 2 hours before serving so it warms up slightly.

If you wanted to make parts in advance, what works best is to already mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, and cover until ready to use. The wet ingredients should be mixed together and then mixed in only at the moment you're ready to bake it. The frosting can definitely also be made in advance. We hope you enjoy it if you're able to give it a try! 😊


Kate - Feb. 25, 2022, 6:49 p.m.

Delicious cake!! I didn't have much time, so I had to bake the whole amount in one 20cm form, but the cake still turned out great, I just had to bake it for longer and keep checking it ❤️ then I just cut it in two afterwards 😊

PUL Team - Feb. 26, 2022, 7:48 p.m.

Mmm so happy to hear, Kate, thank you!


Maria Grazia - Feb. 24, 2022, 6:09 p.m.

I pre-baked your cake this weekend, I just changed the sugar and flour proportions
We had my daughter's friends for dinner, 4 omnivores and one vegetarian.
They were delighted!
I hope you like it if I post it on my site

PUL Team - Feb. 25, 2022, 1:48 a.m.

Woop woop, so glad it was enjoyed, Maria! Feel free to share the recipe as well. We do kindly request that credit is shared to indicate the recipe is from Pick Up Limes with a link that directs the viewer to the recipe on our blog should they wish to learn more 🥰


Liz - Feb. 24, 2022, 3:53 p.m.

My family (7 & 5 yr olds, husband and helpers) watched this video on YouTube like 20 times? And they made this cake for my birthday today. It tastes as good as it looks! The cake is yummy enough on its own, almost as rich as brownies. But of course, the frosting brings it to a whole new level.

p/s: the explanation on choices of ingredients is really helpful.

PUL Team - Feb. 25, 2022, 1:43 a.m.

Awe how nice of them to make the cake for you, Liz, we're so happy it was enjoyed! Wishing you a happy birthday as well ❣️


Jenny - Feb. 24, 2022, 9:33 a.m.

This is the best chocolate cake ever! I followed this recipe to a T and it came out absolutely perfect. My non-vegan friends loved it too and did not believe it could be totally plant-based. Thank you for this awesome recipe <3

PUL Team - Feb. 24, 2022, 9:53 p.m.

Woohoo! We're beyond happy to hear the cake was enjoyed, Jenny, thank you 😊


Violet - Feb. 23, 2022, 1:35 a.m.

Absolutely the best cake I've ever made! I really appreciated the scientific explanations behind why certain ingredients work. I am admittedly a terrible baker because I never follow recipes and wing it a lot, but I followed this one closely and it came out amazing. Non-vegan family approved as well. I will for sure be making it again and trying out different toppings and flavorings, like orange and mint. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2022, 7:37 a.m.

We're beyond happy to hear, Violet, thank you! Do let us know if you find any good toppings :D


Kadie - Feb. 22, 2022, 10:45 p.m.

You have the most functional recipe websites I have ever seen. Thank you!!!

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2022, 7:33 a.m.

Oh, Kadie, it means so much! Thank you 😊


S - Feb. 22, 2022, 7:32 p.m.

Made this with a few subs. Halved the recipe to make a single 8 inch sponge cake. Used cow’s milk instead of plant-based. An egg and a couple of spoons of yoghurt instead of apple sauce and sunflower oil instead of coconut oil. Was the best homemade chocolate cake I’ve had or made. Definitely a keeper.

Terri - Feb. 23, 2022, 11:32 a.m.

But why though.... If it works vegan and is great?

S - Feb. 24, 2022, 10:54 p.m.

Because I made this on a whim after watching the video on youtube and not being vegan, did not have those ingredients on hand. The next time I'll plan ahead and make it with the apple sauce and refined coconut oil.


Cecilia - Feb. 22, 2022, 2:23 p.m.

Easily the best vegan cake I've ever made/eaten. Where has this recipe been my whole life? I baked it for my non-vegan friend's birthday party and everyone loved it! Couple of them even asked for the recipe! Lots of love<3

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2022, 7:12 a.m.

So flattered to hear the glowing review, Cecilia, thank you! We're so happy it was part of the special day and enjoyed 💚


Clarisse and Pierre - Feb. 21, 2022, 4:17 p.m.

My baby wants THIS cake for his birthday ! But I think I'm going to do a first cake as a training... We never know !
Best from France xxx

PUL Team - Feb. 22, 2022, 4:19 a.m.

Hehe your little one sounds like they have good taste 😜 We hope you enjoy it if you give it a try, Clarisse and Pierre, and sending an abundance of love to France!


Saf - Feb. 20, 2022, 5:35 p.m.

hi, this cake came out SO GOOD, it is my birthday and im so happy i chose this cake to make!. thank you for this recipe :))

PUL Team - Feb. 20, 2022, 11:03 p.m.

Aw we're so honoured the cake was part of the special occasion, Saf! Wishing you the happiest of birthdays 🥳


Phison - Feb. 20, 2022, 2:53 p.m.

Hi Sadia!

This cake looks delicious! Can I replaced palm sugar for cane sugar in this cake? Thanks!

PUL Team - Feb. 20, 2022, 10:11 p.m.

Hi Phison! Our understanding is that palm sugar contains more water content than granulated sugar, and coconut palm sugar may be less sweet. This recipe tends to be a little more stringent so we can't say with confidence as we haven't tested it out. Do let us know if you experiment with it though 😊


fat - Feb. 20, 2022, 2:19 p.m.

amazing


Dionne - Feb. 20, 2022, 9:13 a.m.

Baked these as muffins instead of one big cake. Best chocolate cake recipe I've tried in a long time. Beautifully rich and moist.

PUL Team - Feb. 20, 2022, 5:31 p.m.

A wonderful idea to make muffins, Dionne, sounds delicious 😍


Alyssa - Feb. 19, 2022, 4:18 p.m.

I cant wait to make this again, came out amazing on the first try!


Lana - Feb. 19, 2022, 1:08 p.m.

Forgot to add the milk 😭, skipped step 2…
It looks great
It’s quite dry

Used gluten-free flour (mix of almond, buckwheat and gluten free all purpose mixed flour) and that went pretty well

PUL Team - Feb. 19, 2022, 9:58 p.m.

Oh no! Thanks for the insight, Lana, we're glad the gluten-free flour went well. We've had success with brushing cakes with cold water or plant milk to help add moisture, and have sometimes turned dry cakes into cake pops if it's not assembled yet. Perhaps extra fruit or experimenting with the traditional bread or apple method might also help (there are lots of articles on search engines with ideas 😃). Just in case you're interested and haven't already seen for next time, on the PUL website we can click on the step within the directions to cross them out when done. This helps us personally so we don't forget anything 😊


Steffi - Feb. 18, 2022, 12:56 p.m.

Hi Sadia,
thank you very much for this recipe, it sounds so mouth-watering I definetly want to give it a try.
I wonder what kind of heat you use with your oven, as it can make a huge difference in the outcome of the cake. Many German ovens have a least two different heat sources: Upper + lower/bottom heat (no fan) versus convection heat (=> used heat spiral at the back at the oven plus fan, which allows you to bake at multiple levels at the same time, usually with a reduced temperature). My oven even has a third option: Upper+lower heat + fan.
What kind of heat do you bake your cake with?

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2022, 4:14 p.m.

Hey Steffi, so nice to have all of the options! We tend to use conventional heat (the symbol on our oven shows the top and bottom heating without the fan) with the pans in the middle rack of the oven. If you'd prefer the option with the fan (called convection bake) note that the baking time will be less. There still tends to be variation from oven to oven for baking time though, so we'd recommend baking until a thin wooden skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. We hope this helps for now and the cake is enjoyed ✨


Claudia. Seems delicious - Feb. 17, 2022, 10:49 p.m.

Hi, I would like to ask if I can use all purpose gluten free flour for this recipe? Thank you for sharing those recipes 😊
Claudia

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2022, 3:59 p.m.

Hi Claudia! We haven't had a chance to test it out ourselves so we can't say with absolute certainty, but we've heard a positive review using Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-free flour. A mix of gluten-free flours usually works better than using just one gluten-free flour on its own. Do let us know if you're able to experiment with it 😃


Svetlana - Feb. 17, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Hi Sadia! I love your recipes! Is it possible to use gluten free flour, would it work?
Thanks,
Svetlana

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2022, 3:56 p.m.

Hey Svetlana! We haven't tried it ourselves to say with confidence, although we've heard a positive review using Bob's Red Mill 1-10-1 gluten-free flour. A mix of gluten-free flours usually works better than using just one gluten-free flour on its own. Do let us know if you give it a try 😊

Svetlana - Feb. 19, 2022, 6:15 p.m.

Thank you! Will let you know if it works out!🙂


Shuvya - Feb. 17, 2022, 8:32 p.m.

Is there a way to make this as a vanilla cake instead of chocolate?

Sara - Feb. 18, 2022, 1:30 a.m.

Hi Shuvya,
Here is the vanilla cake recipe. Have a great day. https://www.pickuplimes.com/recipe/vanilla-caramel-cake-459

Shuvya - Feb. 18, 2022, 1:53 a.m.

Thank you!

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2022, 3:50 p.m.

Thank you for sharing, Sara, and we hope you enjoy the cake, Shuvya!


Anne - Feb. 17, 2022, 7:51 p.m.

Wow that looks great! Do you have suggestions for using another shape pan? For example, would it work as a sheet cake in a 9x13 pan, and do you have an suggestion for the baking time?

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2022, 3:49 p.m.

Hey Anne, thanks for the question! We've heard positive reviews with using larger rectangular pans, although if you have a tad smaller pan that might work nicer for a thicker cake. A 9 by 13-inch pan is over double the size of two round 8 inch pans. Usually, we want about half the pan to be filled with batter which would be equivalent to around 1.5x this recipe (three 8 inch round pans). If you opt to use the larger rectangular pan without adjusting the portions, the bake time will likely be a tad less, so we'd recommend keeping a closer eye and using a thin wooden skewer to check for readiness. You can also cut the cake in half to stack it if desired as well. We hope this helps for now and you enjoy the cake 😃


Sam - Feb. 2, 2022, 9:43 p.m.

Wow. wow. wow! Just made this for my friend's birthday and we were all blown away. It's soooo good! Very moist, rich and chocolate-y. And we loved the frosting! I'll be making this again for sure!!

PUL Team - Feb. 3, 2022, 5:29 a.m.

So glad to hear, Sam, and wishing your friend a very happy birthday 🥳


Laura - Jan. 22, 2022, 5:58 p.m.

I love this cake! I don't have 2 same size cake pans so I use a normal baking tray and cut it half. It makes 1 big rectangle cake or 2 smaller cakes if cut in 4 pieces.

PUL Team - Jan. 23, 2022, 8:17 p.m.

A lovely idea, Laura, thanks for sharing!


Sowmya - Jan. 18, 2022, 2:10 p.m.

Hi Sadia

Thank you for this wonderful recipe.
There's one thing I wanted to ask,the outside texture of the cake seemed to be very crumbly while the inside is moist.
Could you please help to fix this. What could be the reason.?
Thanks

PUL Team - Jan. 19, 2022, 5:38 p.m.

Hey there, Sowmya, thanks for the question and so sorry to hear about the texture of the cake! Do you kindly remember if the ingredients and portion sizes recommended in the recipe were used? We often find when the coconut oil is substituted for liquid vegetable oil that the cake becomes more crumbly. As for the middle being moist, we're curious if it was more of cooked moist (indicating the cake was solidifying) or uncooked moist (indicating the cake was wetter and not solidifying). Oven heat reaches the outside of cakes before the middle, so it was wetter, it could be a sign to turn the heat down a tad and allow the cake more time to bake. We hope this helps for now! We're happy to help problem-solve more to get to the bottom of it 😊


elli - Jan. 14, 2022, 12:53 a.m.

so....i normally love your recipes and they turn out amazing.
however - i followed this recipe exactly.
1. the buttermilk did not come out. it was plantmilk with vinegar. is there additional stuff i need to add?
2. it has been in the oven now for abt 2 hrs and it is still liquid on the inside. i dont know what i did wrong but i guess i will bring frosting to the birthday party tomorrow. (which did turn out great btw)

PUL Team - Jan. 14, 2022, 5:19 p.m.

Hey there, Elli, we're so sorry to hear that the cake didn't turn out! What type of milk and vinegar were you using? The plant-based buttermilk indeed only requires the two ingredients and shortly after mixing, it should begin to curdle. We find that plant-milk high in protein works best for curdling. This includes soy milk and pea milk.

As for the cake being liquid still, was coconut oil swapped for liquid vegetable oil by any chance? The coconut oil helps retain the cake structure so this is one key ingredient we don't recommend swapping. We're wondering if perhaps the buttermilk not curdling may have impacted the overall acidity, although the cake should still harden in the oven overall. Turning up the heat may help in the interim. We hope this helps for now, and the birthday party is still enjoyed! Do let us know if there's anything else we can help with 🌻

elli - Jan. 14, 2022, 10:40 p.m.

hey thx for the reply. i used speltmilk and applecidervinegar and yes i read your note abt the coconutoil amd used that.
i made another cake from a different blog which didnt use buttermillk and it also didnt turn out so i guess its just me.
anyways the birthdayparty was fun and i guess i will leave the baking to other ppl in the future....

PUL Team - Jan. 15, 2022, 12:05 a.m.

Hey Elli, no problem at all - it can be suuuper challenging baking from scratch so we hope you're not being too hard on yourself! We haven't tested out using spelt milk for buttermilk before, so perhaps if you give it a try again, could you try using soy or pea milk? It's so kind of you to bake a cake and we're so happy the party was still enjoyed 🥰


Selina - Dec. 21, 2021, 11:38 a.m.

Hi, here in Germany the baking powder already contains baking soda (natron). Do you know how many teaspoons I should use in order for it to have the same effect?

Thank you!

PUL Team - Dec. 22, 2021, 3:41 a.m.

Hi Selina, thanks for the question! Generally, all baking powder contains baking soda, although we opted to include both ingredients for optimal leavening. Baking soda tends to be a bit more powerful than baking powder in cakes like this one 🙂 If it's desired to use only baking powder, experimenting with 1-1.5 Tbsp (around 15 - 20 grams) might be a good place to start. Just as a heads up, though, a common side effect of using too much baking powder in a recipe is that it can make the recipe taste metallic and bitter, and the texture may become a bit coarse. We haven't tested it out though so we can't say with absolute certainty if it's going to work. Do let us know if you're able to try it out!


Laura - Dec. 13, 2021, 10:54 a.m.

Love this! Never actually made a cake before because I’ve been terrified of it turning out dry but wanted to make one for my sister’s birthday in a few weeks. Decided on this one and my first practice run was definitely a success! Very moist and so chocolatey. Topped it with roasted hazelnuts, fresh raspberries and mint, and shaved chocolate. Definitely had some trouble with it falling apart when cutting but after refrigeration it cuts perfectly!! Will be making again for the real event!

PUL Team - Dec. 14, 2021, 4:41 a.m.

Oh, Laura, we're so thrilled the practice run went well! Such a huge accomplishment to make a cake from scratch for the first time. Your sister is so lucky to have you ❣️ The cake does tend to cut better once cooled 🙂 We hope it's enjoyed at the birthday!


Vidya - Dec. 8, 2021, 12:36 a.m.

Thanks to the PUL team for this easy, stress free chocolate cake. Made this for my uncle's birthday in a bit of a time crunch. Skipped the frosting. He is a strict vegan, and misses out on most birthday cakes, cause where i live, it's difficult to get a good vegan dessert in bakeries. But this turned out so moist and flavourful. Used a blend of cashew and oat milk. There were about three diff cakes cause it was a big party and everyone agreed this was the best - proud of myself that i could compete with frosted bakery cakes, aaarrrrhhh...i was so happy cause he could enjoy his party with something he could actually eat and have his guests feed him back instead of just picking the fruit on the frosting!!!!

PUL Team - Dec. 8, 2021, 3:34 a.m.

Aw, Vidya, this is so incredible to hear! So kind of you to make your uncle a birthday cake, and we're so honoured a PUL recipe could be part of the special occasion 😃 We're so proud of you too ✨🤗


Moulya - Dec. 6, 2021, 6:33 a.m.

Awesome cake!


Clara - Dec. 6, 2021, 3:46 a.m.

I made this cake so many times and it never disappoints ! It's the easiest vegan cake recipe I found and it is also easy to follow so you are guaranteed to end up with an amazing cake !! :) I really like the taste of it as it is not tasting too heavy like some other cakes I've tried.

PUL Team - Dec. 7, 2021, 3:58 a.m.

Aw Clara, thank you for the glowing review! We're so happy the cake is being enjoyed 😊


Devon - Nov. 27, 2021, 8:58 p.m.

Hi! I've made your other baking recipes many many times and they always turned out fantastic -- this was the first time ever making a cake. It went so well and I'm so pleased with the result and taste! It's so rich in flavour and so light at the same time. Thank you!

PUL Team - Nov. 27, 2021, 10:03 p.m.

Woohoo! So thrilled the cake was enjoyed, Devon, thank YOU ✨😃


Nienke - Sept. 27, 2021, 11:27 a.m.

Hi PUL team,
Thanks for all the wonderful recipes! Quick question: would it be possible to freeze the cake?

PUL Team - Sept. 28, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Hi Nienke! Thanks for the question. Do you mean to freeze the whole cake or just a slice? I wouldn't recommend freezing the whole cake. As for a slice, we haven't tried it, but imagine it would be possible. It might dry it out a bit in the freezer, so just make sure to have the slice stored in a well-sealed container 🙂

Nicole - Sept. 29, 2021, 12:36 p.m.

Hi! After trying out so many different vegan chocolate cake recipes, I’ve finally found the yummiest one! I made three cake layers of this recipe yesterday. My friend requested me to bake her a vegan wedding cake this saturday. Since I didn’t want to be so stressed to close on the date, I started baking the cake yesterday. I googled about freezing the cake (vegan/non-vegan) and followed all the steps. Now after reading your comment, I’m kinda scared I’ve ruined the cake by freezing it! HELP?! I don’t want to start from scratch again after all the time & ingredients I’ve used. 😭

PUL Team - Sept. 29, 2021, 6:20 p.m.

Hi Nicole! So sorry to cause any stress. That's so kind of you to bake a wedding cake for your friend! Was the cake stored in an air-tight container?

Nicole - Sept. 29, 2021, 9:52 p.m.

No worries! Well, I wrapped it first in cling foil then wrapped another round of aluminium foil to it. 🙈 Hope freezing it won’t ruin the cake!

Also, I was wondering what other frosting I could use instead of chocolate? My friend wants me to do a naked cake so I was looking for a white frosting. I am opting to use your buttercream frosting from your vanilla caramel cake recipe but scared the cake might end up too sweet? I will be putting some berry filling (with fresh berries) in between the layers as well to balance out the sweetness. 😊 I would really appreciate any recommendation you have on frosting or filling! Don’t want to get the people into a sugar shock 😅

Also, thanks for taking the time to reply!
Really nice of you guys! 🌻

Greetings from Germany 🇩🇪

PUL Team - Oct. 1, 2021, 7:01 p.m.

Oh, Nicole, your friend is so lucky to have you! If the cake is a bit dry from freezing, making the frosting fresh and adding some fruit with moisture should help liven it up 😊

We haven't personally used the buttercream frosting on this one but I imagine it would pair well! The berries sound like a lovely idea too 😍 Red berries such as strawberries, raspberries, or cherries may blend with the flavours nicely if those are accessible. Do let us know if you end up using another fruit or frosting though! Lots of love to Germany ✨


Laura - Sept. 22, 2021, 6:19 p.m.

I made this cake for my boyfriends birthay and it was AMAZING! It's light and filling at the dame time and there is just so much chocolate. Impossible to resist. It also keeps quite long in the fridge. A lot of my non vegan friends asked for the recipe stating it was the best chocolatecake they ever had!

PUL Team - Sept. 22, 2021, 10:18 p.m.

Awe we're so thrilled to hear, Laura! A sincere happy birthday to your boyfriend as well 🥰


Jackie - Sept. 19, 2021, 6:41 a.m.

I just made this for my sister’s birthday and it was incredible. So chocolatey and soft and rich. It was a big hit! Topped it with some strawberries and chocolate bits. The tip for lining the bottom of the pan with parchment paper was very helpful; it really helped in holding the cake together while taking it out of the pan.
Thank you thank you for the wonderful recipe, Sadia! 🌟

PUL Team - Sept. 20, 2021, 6:21 a.m.

Oh, Jackie, you're too kind! Thank you for including a PUL recipe on the special day and for sharing your experience with us. Happy birthday to your sister 💚


Roxana - Sept. 17, 2021, 10:08 a.m.

This is my go to recipe for birthdays. Even when I think I did something wrong or my oven is being funny about temperatures, it still turns out absolutely delicious! Non vegans cannot believe there are no eggs in there, it is so fluffy!
I usually make less frosting. I find that 1/3 (even 1/2) of the frosting recipe is enough.
Thank you!

PUL Team - Sept. 17, 2021, 5:09 p.m.

Hi Roxana! So glad the cake was enjoyed. Ovens are definitely a funny thing as they can vary in their strength and airflow. If needed, we'd recommend adjusting the temperature, time, or position of the cake in the oven. Do let us know if there's anything we can assist with 🤗


Kayla - Sept. 1, 2021, 5:03 a.m.

This cake......no words! It is so unbelievably moist and delicious that my family can do nothing but moan and groan when eating it!! It's always highly requested, literally THE BEST chocolate cake!!!

PUL Team - Sept. 2, 2021, 1:01 a.m.

Such a huge compliment, Kayla - so happy the cake has been enjoyed!


Willeke - July 27, 2021, 6:54 p.m.

My roommate made this and it’s so goood. I love it! It’s definitely worth the effort :)


Rafal - July 27, 2021, 6:47 p.m.

I baked that cake as a surprise for my girlfriend for birthday.
Although I cook a lot I never did any sweets baking - I must say "easy" in title is true.
This was delicious!
Even though I made a horrible mistake... I added apple juice instead of apple sauce :D
I baked it for 30 minutes and realized that it is kind of fluid when I checked it and got scared, I went back to check the recipe and realized my mistake. Fortunately I baked it for almost an hour and it got stable, I think it might be more squeal(not sure if it is right word as I am not native) - more like brownie than cake, but still delicious!
Next time I will fix my stupid mistake :D

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 2:15 a.m.

Aww so sweet of you to make the cake for your girlfriend, Rafal! Happiest of birthdays to them 🥰 We're so happy the cake was enjoyed ☺️


Mariana - July 26, 2021, 8:39 p.m.

Absolutely amazing!! Thank you so much Sadia.


Magdalena - July 26, 2021, 10:13 a.m.

Hey Sadia!
I made this cake during last Easter. I was a bit intimidated to make such a sophisticated cake but I gave it a go.
It was so worth it. Everyone was shocked that it was vegan.
It is now "my" hit:)

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 2:57 a.m.

Hello Magdalena, we're so glad the cake was worth it!


Cece - July 24, 2021, 6:41 p.m.

This cake is absolutely amazing!! I've baked it 3 times now, and every time people wanted to know the recipe and couldn't believe it's vegan! It's very rich and filling, but the berries give a great bite of freshness! Whenever I bake a chocolate cake, it'll always be this one!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 2:06 a.m.

We're so thrilled you're enjoying the cake, Cece, thank you for sharing!


Maggie - July 15, 2021, 11:37 p.m.

What a delicious cake recipe! It was a huge hit at our neighborhood dinner party. Berries on top perfectly complement the rich cake.


Camille Normand - July 14, 2021, 10:11 a.m.

This one i tried ! A friend of mine teased me by saying that "it was great to rediscover the real taste of sugar" because i was maybe a bit too generous with it 😂 otherwise it was delicious as always !

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:11 a.m.

Hehe so glad you and your friend enjoyed it, Camille!


Ilse - July 10, 2021, 11:33 a.m.

This chocolate cake is an all time favorite of my family! It’s sooo delicious but not overly sweet. I did make the mistake to use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil, which made the cake a bit crumbly. But it was perfect the second time we used coconut oil. Much love xx

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 7:41 a.m.

So happy you gave the cake another chance and it was enjoyed! Thank you, Ilse ✨


Erin - July 9, 2021, 7:54 p.m.

SO GOOD! I made this for non-vegan friends and they absolutely loved it as well. It is rich and delightful and I hope to make it again soon!


Léa - July 9, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

I've already made it three times and each time even non-vegan said it was the best chocolate cake they ever had. Thank you !

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 2:10 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for sharing this with us, Léa, such a huge compliment! 💖


Theresa - July 9, 2021, 9:31 a.m.

I made this cake for my husband's birthday and it was a big hit! Our daughter has a severe allergy to dairy, nuts and eggs, and this recipe allowed me to make a delicious cake that she could also enjoy. She even took a piece to her friend's birthday party so she could eat cake with the rest of the kids. Not only did this recipe taste delicious, it also allowed my daughter to participate in the celebrations without fear of anaphylaxis. I can't tell you how much I value finding safe and delicious recipes. Thank you. You made a little girl smile (and her parents too!).

PUL Team - July 13, 2021, 7:41 a.m.

Happiest of birthdays to your husband, Theresa! So kind of you to include a PUL recipe on the special day. We're so grateful for the incredible review and cannot thank you enough for sharing this with us. Lots of love to you and your family, Theresa ♥️


Zoe - July 9, 2021, 1:06 a.m.

Yum! Such a good cake.


Ruben M.C - July 8, 2021, 11:04 p.m.

The best plant-based chocolate cake recipe I've tested. Period. :D~


Mariam - June 3, 2021, 4:24 p.m.

Hello, if i dont want to use espresso or any kind of coffee, should I just skip this step or how to chage this 1/2 cup of liquid ?

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 8:12 p.m.

Hello Mariam, that's a wonderful question. Thank you for the patience as we're catching up on website comments! The espresso helps bring out the chocolatey flavour but can be substituted for if desired. The cake may just have a less noticeable chocolate flavour 🙂 You could skip adding the espresso and add plant-based milk or another liquid (such as decaf coffee if that's desired) in its place. Happy baking 😃


Prardhana - May 22, 2021, 1:55 p.m.

Hello, I don't have Expresso, shall I use instant coffee powder, if yes any recommendations on how much to use?

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 10:40 p.m.

Wonderful question, Prardhana! We haven't tested it out but you can likely create the instant coffee per package instructions and use 1/2 cup. The flavour will be less rich so dark roast may work best! Alternatively, you could try drip coffee 🤗


Kiki - May 20, 2021, 12:47 p.m.

Dear PUL-Team,
I'd love to bake this so good looking and beautiful cake for my boyfriend's birthday! 🙋🏻‍♀️
in advance I have one question: I have only one baking pan - would you recommend to bake the dough in two batches or to bake the whole dough at once (with longer baking time) and cut the bottom in half after baking?
I would be very grateful for your recommendation!
Love, Kiki ❤️

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 9:19 p.m.

So kind of you to make a homemade cake for your boyfriend's birthday, Kiki! Either option could work. Depending on how big your baking pan is, it may be easier to do two batches in case all the batter doesn't fit in one pan 🙂


Rita - April 30, 2021, 1:38 p.m.

Hello. I want to try this recipe for my bday.
Can I replace sugar with coconut sugar? Does it change anything to the cake consistency?
Also, I don’t have vanilla extract, can I use 1 tbsp flavored sugar?
Thank you 😊

PUL Team - May 1, 2021, 8:18 p.m.

Happiest of birthdays, Rita! 🥳✨ We haven't tested it out so we can't say for certain, but you can likely substitute the sugar for coconut sugar. It may take some experimenting since coconut sugar has a different flavour and texture than granulated sugar. Perhaps grinding the coconut sugar before using it and watching the cake more closely when baking would be a good idea to help prevent it from burning! For vanilla extract, a sweet liquid such as maple syrup may work a bit better. You could also leave it out if desired 🙂

Rita - May 16, 2021, 3:10 p.m.

Thank you so much for this recipe, it was beyond delicious, and I was so proud the cake looked great, the texture, the taste, everything was perfect!
I will definitely make it again for my husband bday in June, and probably every other bday 😋


Sasha - April 19, 2021, 12:59 a.m.

I just assembled the cake and the frosting was a bit of a struggle! Had a couple of questions - all the vegan butter I could find was quite salty, and although the sugar took away most of that taste, there's still some salty taste left. Do you have any suggestions for butter brands, or other suggestions? Also, a general issue was that the frosting was quite runny - I added more melted chocolate to help it set but it didn't whip up into the sturdy frosting texture. Would appreciate any advice on this, and thank you for the recipe!!

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 4 a.m.

Hey Sasha, that's a great question! Frosting can definitely be tricky sometimes. The vegan butter we use most often is Flora. You could also use hard margarine (that isn't spreadable) if you enjoy the taste of that more, and it might be easier to find unsalted margarine if you can't find unsalted vegan butter.

For the frosting, adding some more powdered sugar should help thicken it up. Overworking the frosting can also heat it up, which can cause it to become more runny. In this case, it may help to let the mixture sit to cool (even in the fridge) for a bit. Do let us know if this helps 🤗


Bruna - April 12, 2021, 1:03 a.m.

I've made this like 4 times now and it's always amazing! I finally got to make it for my mom on her birthday yesterday and she and the whole family loved it!!

PUL Team - April 12, 2021, 6:39 a.m.

Ooo happy birthday to your mom, Bruna 🤩🥳 So happy you included a PUL recipe on the special occasion!


Neela - April 9, 2021, 9:45 p.m.

This is my go to cake recepie for any birthday in the family and always turns out delicious.

PUL Team - April 10, 2021, 2:22 a.m.

This is so incredible to hear, Neela! We're so honoured your celebrations include a PUL recipe 🤩


Silvia - April 2, 2021, 8:57 p.m.

Just wanna thank you so much for this recipe!Thank you so much! I just wanted to tell you that this chocolate cake version of yours was also a success! ( I tried also the vanilla one of your and it is just so fab !!! It came as you posted and it is a real delight! Love your recipes and the new website is even more amazing. xxx Love and happy Vegan days ahead to everyone! xxx Silvia

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 1:54 a.m.

Aww you're too kind, Silvia, we're so glad you enjoyed the recipes! Thank you for being part of our PUL family 🥰

Silvia - April 3, 2021, 8:37 p.m.

Thank you so much!!! It is so nice to follow you and learn so much ! to the next recipe than xxx Silvia


Yuti - April 1, 2021, 10:54 a.m.

the cake itself was really delicious but I had to bake it much longer than the recipe timings
Other than that I LOVE IT!

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 1:13 a.m.

Thank you for sharing, Yuti! Perhaps increasing the oven temp a bit may help next time. Glad the extra wait was worth it though 😃


Anastasiia - March 27, 2021, 4:17 p.m.

I've been dreaming about chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for a long time. And for my birthday I decided to finally make it. The cake turned out so yummy that I and my husband ate it in two days.
Thank you for such an excellent recipe. Will definitely do this again.

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 8:45 p.m.

Happy belated birthday, Anastasiia 🥳 We're so glad you and your husband enjoyed the cake!