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How To Make The Best Vegan Classic Chocolate Cake

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

Here is a really simple and delicious vegan classic chocolate cake from Louise Palmer-Masterton, founder of multiple award-winning restaurants Stem & Glory. Who doesn't love chocolate? Did you know that it's easier to make vegan cakes? You just mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry ingredients, then mix the two together and voila! Here is how to make the classic versatile chocolate cake.

Three tired chocolate cake with chocolate ganache between layers and a further one on top with fruit including cherries.
Vegan Classic Chocolate Cake © Stem & Glory


This mouthwateringly good vegan chocolate cake can be served in many different ways. You could make a large rectangular cake with a layer of ganache on top or you could also make a double-layered round cake with buttercream inside and ganache on top. With the arrival of spring and cherries, why not make it into a vegan black forest gateau? Yum!

Serves 12


The cake

3 cups self-raising flour 2 cups sugar (I use soft dark brown) 1 ⅔ cup cocoa powder 2 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 2 cups of water 1 cup oil ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 4 tsp vanilla extract Chocolate ganache icing

1 bar dark chocolate 1 tbsp coconut oil ⅓ cup soya/oat cream 3 cups (ish) Icing sugar


1) Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl

2) Mix the wet in another bowl

3) Mix the wet and dry ingredients together (do not over mix)

4) Pour the mixture into a large greased and lined baking tin.

5) Bake 30-45 mins at 180c. The middle of the cake should be firm to touch, and a knife should come out clean when inserted gently into the middle of the cake. One large cake will take longer than two small ones.

Chocolate ganache icing

1) Melt the chocolate, and oil and soya/oat cream together.

2) Add the icing sugar bit by bit until you have a thick, but just about pourable, consistency.

3) Then spread over the cake quickly before it sets!


Portrait of Louise Palmer-Masterton.
Louise Palmer-Masterton © Stem & Glory

Louise Palmer-Masterton is the founder of multiple award-winning restaurants Stem & Glory; hip and trendy but accessible plant-based restaurants, serving delicious gourmet vegan food from locally sourced ingredients.

Stem & Glory is focused on healthy foods, with the main menu being refined sugar-free and also gluten-free, but what would life be without the occasional cake? The Stem & Glory chefs have created some delicious vegan cakes, which retain the Stem & Glory healthy twist by throwing fresh fruit in at every opportunity.

Stem & Glory also offers click-and-collect and local delivery in London and Cambridge. In addition, Stem & Glory offers a range of ready meals, finish at home pizzas, and recipe kits available for delivery across the UK.

I can't wait to make it. Is your mouth watering too? Yum!

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