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Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

This dairy free chocolate cake is made without buttermilk and with oil instead of butter. This cake is amazingly moist!

This one bowl dairy free cake recipe couldn’t be easier. Serve as a dessert or as a birthday cake.

a slice of chocolate cake with a whole chocolate cake in the background

Whenever I bite into a slice of chocolate cake, usually this dairy free chocolate cake, the same thing always comes to mind right after “ahhh heaven!”

I always think about how amazing it is that we can have chocolate cake whenever we want. Until recent history salt, sugar, and coco were all ridiculously expensive. I read once that cocoa beans were at a point worth more than gold!

So, with this in mind, how wonderful is it that a chocolate cake is such an every day item and has been a popular dessert in the United States for over a century?

While many chocolate cakes call for buttermilk, this chocolate cake is made without buttermilk. Instead, it uses black coffee to bring out the chocolate flavor and make the cake a little more tender.

Don’t worry, you can’t taste any coffee.

If you like this cake, you will also like my dairy free chocolate cupcakes and my dairy free brownies.

Don’t forget to check out these other dairy free desserts!

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What you need

Dry measuring cups and spoons
Liquid measuring cup
Rubber spatula
Mixing bowl
Parchment paper
Two 9-inch round cake pans
Two baking strips
Bread knife


In case you were wondering, celebrating birthdays with cakes stems back to ancient Rome. A flat circular cake made from flour and nuts, leavened with yeast, and sweetened with honey was served at weddings and special birthdays.

In the 1400s, bakeries in Germany started to market one-layer cakes for customers’ birthdays. These birthday cakes, and even wedding cakes, were pretty simple. 

It wasn’t until 200 years later that birthday cake was made more elaborate with multiple layers, icing, and decorations. However, these cakes were only available to the very wealthy until the industrial revolution.

Chocolate cake, however, did not yet become a thing. This is because chocolate was very expensive and exclusive luxury afforded by the wealthy.

However, when they figured out how to make powdered cocoa, it transformed chocolate into an inexpensive daily snack. 

Then, about 50 years later, Rodolphe Lindt, as in Lindt chocolates, created process for making silkier and smoother chocolate, which made it easier to bake.  

Still, chocolate was mostly used for hot chocolate drinks and as fillings and glazes for cakes. It was only in 1886 that American cooks began adding chocolate to the cake batter, creating chocolate cake.

The recipe in print for Devil’s food cake was as early as 1905.  Devil’s food cake is a chocolate cake that gets its name because it is considered a counterpart to angel food cake which is the white.

There really is no strict way to depreciate Devil’s food cake from regular chocolate cake, though some say it calls for more chocolate.

What is dairy free cake made of?

Dairy free cake is made of most of the same ingredients a dairy cake is made of, but without the dairy ingredients like milk, buttermilk, and butter.

What does dairy free cake mean?

A dairy free cake means a cake that is made without dairy products such as milk, butter, buttermilk, sour cream, cream cheese, and such.

Do you have to use buttermilk for cakes?

No, you do not have to use buttermilk in cakes. What you need is a liquid, so even water works just fine.

Why do cakes use buttermilk?

The acid in buttermilk makes cakes just a little bit more tender and a little fluffier. The coffee in this cake does the same thing because coffee is also acidic.

How does buttermilk affect a cake?

Aside from sometimes making the crumb a little more tender and the cake slightly fluffier, it may also add a slightly tangy flavor.

Which cakes are milk free?

There really isn’t a particular kind of cake that is dairy free, but most can be made dairy free.

Does vegan cake mean dairy free?

Yes, since vegan diets forbid dairy products. Vegan cakes are by nature dairy free.

Why use coffee?

Coffee really brings out the chocolate flavor in baked goods. In fact, when I was making my chocolate muffins, their flavor tasted flat until I added coffee to the recipe.

There are three reasons for this:

First, coffee helps enrich the chocolate flavor. 

Second, the heat from the water helps bloom the cocoa. 

Third, coffee is acidic which makes the cake a little extra tender.

Do you taste the coffee?

No.  The coffee is just enough to really bring out the rich chocolate flavor but not enough to taste like mocha.

How to Make Black Coffee

Usually it is 1 teaspoon of instant coffee per cup of hot water.

Can Children have this since there is coffee in it?

All over the world, children generally do not have coffee because it isn’t good for them.  Oddly, they are allowed to have soda drinks and energy drinks which are worse, but that is another topic.

In the case of this recipe, the small amount of coffee as part of a whole cake is not enough to be harmful. 

Can I leave the coffee out?

Yes, but it may make the chocolate flavor taste less rich. So, make sure to replace it with hot water so you still bloom the cocoa.

Can I use dairy free milk instead?

I think coffee is the best option for chocolate baked recipes, but if you don’t want it, it’s not a must.  Instead, you can use oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or any milk you want, and even orange juice is an option.

Also, if you want, you can use your preferred milk and then add the dry coffee instead of using black coffee.  Or, you can do one cup of milk and one cup of black coffee if desired.


Cake flour is finer, lighter, and softer than all-purpose flour, as well as bleached, so the color is paler. 

Most importantly, it has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour so cake flour produces less gluten.

I use all-purpose flour in all my recipes because it’s cheaper and most people have it on hand.


First, you can ignore any place that calls for cake flour and use all-purpose flour at a 1:1 conversion rate.  I do this all the time.

The results will be a little less than perfect, but not very noticeable.

How to make your own cake flour

You can do this by removing two tablespoons for every cup of flour.  Then, replace the same two tablespoons with corn or potato starch. 

Doing this will remove enough protein to create a lighter cake.


In general, oil in baked goods makes for a superior texture than those made with butter.  

Oil cakes tend to bake up taller with a better crumb. They also stay moist and tender far longer than recipes made with butter.

Furthermore, since oil is lighter than butter, the texture of oil cakes is lighter too.

Also, given that oil is 100% fat while most American butter is 15% water, it creates a more tender crumb.

This is due to the fact that the extra water strengthens the gluten, resulting in a crumb that’s more dense.

Which Type Of Oil to Use

I use neutral oils like canola oil, safflower oil, and vegetable oil.  However, it’s not unheard of for oils with stronger flavors like olive oil or coconut oil to be used.

If using olive oil, I recommend using pure olive oil for its milder flavor and higher smoking point.

Baking with Oil Conversion Chart

If you want to convert your butter recipes to oil recipes, check out my baking with oil – butter to oil conversion chart.


The short answer is “no”.  While a side-by-side comparison shows that baking with eggs at room temperature makes a better crumb, it’s not otherwise noticeable.

What are Eggs used for?

Eggs do three things in most recipes: they help bind the ingredients together, act as a mild leavening agent, and they add moisture.


Eggs can be substituted with 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce per egg.  This means for recipes calling for 2 eggs, you’d need 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce.

The reason applesauce makes a good binder is that it’s high in pectin. Pectin is a naturally occurring starch in fruits and berries that acts as a thickening agent and stabilizer in food.

This happens when combined with sugar and acid (if the fruit or berry isn’t naturally acidic).

Just keep in mind that it may change the flavor slightly.


No, eggs are not dairy.  Dairy is milk and any food products made from milk, including cheese, cream, butter, and yogurt. 

So, while eggs are an animal product, they are not dairy. In fact, eggs fall under the protein food group.


When a recipe calls for cocoa, always use unsweetened cocoa powder, unless specified otherwise. 

This allows you to have better control of the sweetness of what you’re making. 

There are three basic forms of unsweetened cocoa powder. 


Natural cocoa powder comes from cocoa beans that are fermented, roasted, processed at a higher heat, and milled into a powder.

It’s bitter, with a very strong and concentrated chocolate flavor.  

This cocoa powder is acidic and is often used in recipes calling for baking soda, because the two react with each other to allow your baked good to rise.

This is most commonly used, and should be used, in recipes that simply say “cocoa powder.”


Dutch-process cocoa powder starts with cocoa beans that have been washed in potassium carbonate, which neutralizes their acidity.  

Since Dutch-process cocoa powder is neutral, it does not react with baking soda.

When baking, Dutch-process cocoa is often paired with baking powder. 

Dutch-process cocoa powder can also be used in place of natural cocoa powder in recipes that don’t require leavening.

These include sauces, hot cocoa, frostings, ice cream, pudding, etc.

If you only have Dutch-process cocoa powder on hand, you can substitute it for neutral cocoa powder.

Just make sure to add 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar, white vinegar, or lemon juice for every 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder called for in the recipe.


Raw cacao powder is different from natural and Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder.

It’s pure powder from the cacao bean and isn’t nearly as processed as both natural and Dutch-process.

Cocoa is processed at high heat, which destroys much of the nutritional benefits of the cacao seed.

Also, cocoa powder is often alkalized during processing to reduce acidity. The result is a product that’s less bitter and more soluble when added to liquids.

Cacao powder, on the other hand, is made of fermented – not roasted – seeds that are processed at low temperatures and then milled into a powder, ensuring its nutritional benefits and its bitter flavor are preserved.

You can use raw cacao powder in recipes that don’t specify Dutch-process cocoa powder, however it is best not to try to.

Compared to cocoa powder, cacao powder has a stronger flavor, it is not as absorbent as cocoa powder, and it is more acidic, so it will react differently with baking soda. 


Using a dry measuring cup, scoop ingredients from the bag or spoon them into the cup. 

Next, level off the ingredient by removing the excess with an upside-down butter knife.

The one exception to this is brown sugar.  Brown sugar should be packed down, and then any excess should be scraped off as well.


Ever wonder why measuring spoons often come with a set of measuring cups?  I used to.  I didn’t see why we need a set when we could have one large measuring cup. 

After a quick search, I had my answer.  I discovered that the large measuring cup is used for liquids, whereas the set is used for dry ingredients.

As it turns out, if you try to measure dry ingredients with a liquid cup, the measurements get messed up. 

First, you pour the flour or cocoa in, next you shake it around to get it level, and then you add more. 

By shaking it, you are causing the powder to settle, and when you add more, you end up using more than called for.

WHY SIFT FLOUR and Other Powder Ingredients

There are a number of benefits to sifting flour and other ingredients like cocoa: 

It removes any unwanted debris and you can get a more accurate measurement than when packed tightly in a bag. 

It also removes any lumps that can get into the batter and be hard to break up later, or be missed altogether before baking.

If you sift the powdered ingredients together, it helps combine them and mix more evenly with other dry ingredients like sugar.

Why use coffee?

Coffee really brings out the chocolate flavor in baked goods. In fact, when I was making my chocolate muffins, their flavor tasted flat until I added coffee to the recipe.

There are three reasons for this:

First, coffee helps enrich the chocolate flavor. 

Second, the heat from the water helps bloom the cocoa. 

Third, coffee is acidic which makes the cake a little extra tender.

Do you taste the coffee?

No.  The coffee is just enough to really bring out the rich chocolate flavor, but not enough to taste like mocha.

How to Make Black Coffee

Usually it is 1 teaspoon of instant coffee per cup of hot water.

Can Children have this since there is coffee in it?

All over the world, children generally do not have coffee because it isn’t good for them.  Oddly, they are allowed to have soda drinks and energy drinks which are worse, but that is another topic.

In the case of this recipe, the small amount of coffee as part of a whole cake is not enough to be harmful. 

Can I leave the coffee out?

Yes, but it may make the chocolate flavor taste less rich. So, make sure to replace it with hot water so you still bloom the cocoa.

Understanding Sugar

Sugar may seem very basic if you’ve baked before, but I’ve been asked about it in the past – so I’ll explain.

There are many different types of sugar, including white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla sugar, powdered sugar, turbinado sugar, and demerara sugar.

When a recipe (any recipe, not just mine) says “sugar” without specifying anything else, it is regular white sugar.

White Sugar

White sugar (sometimes called granulated sugar, table sugar, or white granulated sugar) is made of either beet sugar or cane sugar, which has undergone a refining process.

It is the easiest to find and most commonly used.

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added to it.

It is commonly used in chocolate chip cookie recipes, and it’s rare for a recipe that calls for brown sugar not to also call for white sugar as well.

When a recipe calls for “brown sugar” but doesn’t specify what type (light or dark), it is referring to light brown sugar.

In my recipes, you can use whatever type of brown sugar you have on hand, whether it is dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, or demerara sugar – which is very common in Israel.

Just keep in mind that the flavor and color will be slightly different depending on what you choose to use.

Turbinado Sugar

Turbinado sugar is better known as “raw sugar”. But, despite this name, the sugar is not really “raw.”

Instead, it’s partially refined sugar that retains some of the original molasses.

The term “raw sugar” may also give off the impression that it is somehow healthier.

In reality, turbinado sugar is nutritionally similar to white sugar.

Demerara Sugar

Demerara sugar is very popular in Israel and is especially delicious in tea, but is also used for baking.

Unlike white sugar, demerara sugar undergoes minimal processing and retains some vitamins and mineral.

However, it is still not much healthier than white sugar.

Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla sugar is not very common in the States. However, it is common in Israel and parts of Europe.

This is sugar that sat for an extended period of time with vanilla beans, giving it a vanilla flavor.

Caster Sugar

This type of sugar is common in the United Kingdom.

It has a grain finer than white (granulated) sugar and larger than powdered sugar.

Caster sugar is often called for in recipes for delicate baked goods like meringues, souffles, and sponge cakes.

You can use a 1:1 conversion rate between caster sugar and white (granulated) sugar.

Powdered sugar

Powdered sugar, sometimes known as confectioners’ sugar, is a sugar with a powdered texture.

This sugar is rarely, if ever, used for baking. Instead, it is used for dusting desserts and making frosting and icings.

In some countries, you can also find powdered vanilla sugar.

It is made the exact same way regular vanilla sugar is made. However, the sugar used is powdered instead of granulated.

Vanilla Extract vs Vanilla sugar

In my recipes, I don’t specify what kind of vanilla to use.

The reason for this is that in the States, vanilla extract is exclusively used.

Meanwhile in Israel, along with many European countries, vanilla sugar is common.

In most, if not all recipes, both vanilla extract and vanilla sugar can be used.

In recipes where vanilla sugar can be used instead of extract, you can replace them 1:1.

Replacing Sugar with Honey

If you’d prefer to use honey instead of sugar, you can do so with pretty good results.

Honey can be two or even three times as sweet, depending on the honey, so for every 1 cup of sugar, you can use 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.

Since honey adds liquid, you need to remove some to balance it out.  For every cup of honey, remove a 1/4 cup of liquid.

Also, it burns faster than granulated sugar, so you want to lower the baking temperature by 25 F or 14 C.  In addition, check it early and often to avoid burning or overbaking.

Types of Vanilla

Vanilla comes from a pod commonly known as a “vanilla bean”, which comes from the vanilla orchids.

Vanilla pod has been used for flavoring since the Aztecs, and was introduced to Europe by a Spanish conquistador, along with cocoa.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is created by soaking vanilla beans in alcohol for some time. This is the most commonly used type of vanilla.

Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla sugar is common in Europe and some parts of the Middle East, like Israel. 

It is made from vanilla beans sitting in sugar, vanilla bean powder mixed with sugar, or sugar mixed with vanilla extract.

In some countries, like Italy, you can also find vanilla powdered sugar, which is used for confections.

Vanilla Paste

Vanilla paste is generally a specialty item.  It is a thick paste that contains a blend of the scraped-out vanilla pod seeds and vanilla extract. 

You can use it as you do vanilla extract and it will leave flakes of vanilla bean like you see in vanilla bean ice cream.

Imitation Vanilla

Imitation Vanilla, otherwise known as artificial vanilla or vanilla essence, is made from synthetic vanilla. 

This is the compound that naturally occurs in vanilla beans and gives it its flavor.

Can I use imitation vanilla?

Many will tell you that you should use high quality vanilla, just like they say you should use the best cocoa. 

However, most of us will probably not be willing to pay the hefty price that comes with exceptionally high-quality ingredients.

Overall, vanilla is very expensive, so the extract is as well. 

So, if you’re not going to get regular quality vanilla extract, you might as well use imitation vanilla.


I’ve had a number of comments asking me questions about baking soda and baking powder. 

I’ve also noticed that if the wrong one is used, things don’t come out as they should. 

Using baking soda instead of baking powder can give your recipe a terrible metallic taste, while using baking powder instead of baking soda leaves your baked goods looking flat.


Baking soda is a leavening agent, which means it helps things rise.  

It does this by creating carbon dioxide when it reacts to an acid, such as cream of tartar, lemon juice, yogurt, buttermilk, cocoa, and vinegar. 

When the carbon dioxide is released, it causes the familiar texture and crumb in pancakes, cakes, quick breads, soda bread, and other baked and fried foods.

Baking soda works well with sourdough because sourdough is acidic.  When combined, it makes a lighter product with a less acidic taste, since baking soda is alkaline.

A good rule of thumb is to use around 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda per 1 cup of flour.


Baking powder is also a leavening agent and it’s a mixture of baking soda, cream of tartar, and sometimes cornstarch.

Most baking powder sold is double-acting. This means that the leavening occurs in two steps.

The first time it’s activated is when baking powder gets wet, which is why you cannot prepare some batters ahead of time to bake later.

The second time is when the baking powder is exposed to heat.  This happens when the batter is being baked or fried.

Since baking powder already contains an acid, it’s most often used when a recipe does not call for an additional acidic ingredient or too little of one.

A good rule of thumb is to use around 1 teaspoon of baking powder per 1 cup of flour.


Some recipes call for both baking powder and baking soda when the carbon dioxide created from the acid and baking soda is not enough to leaven the volume of batter in the recipe.  

Too much baking soda gives a terrible metallic taste, so baking powder is added to give it more lift.


You may have already guessed the answer since baking soda is used to make baking powder, and you need more baking powder per cup of flour. But I’ll tell you anyway.

Baking soda is four times stronger than baking powder. 

That’s why you will see recipes that only call for baking soda more often than recipes that only call for baking powder.



Baking soda is good indefinitely past its best by date, although it can lose potency over time.

A rule of thumb is two years for an unopened package and six months for an opened package.   

However, to be honest, I’ve used very old baking soda with good results.


Like baking soda, baking powder is good indefinitely past its best by date, and can lose its potency over time. 

For both opened and unopened, it’s ideal to use it within nine months to a year.

While storing it, make sure to keep it in a dry place and away from humidity.



To test baking powder, pour 3 tablespoons of warm water into a small bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, and stir.

If the baking powder is good to use, it should fizz a little.


To test baking soda, pour 3 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar into a small bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and stir.  

The mixture should rapidly bubble if the soda is fresh.

Gluten Free

For a great gluten free cake check out my Passover chocolate cake that is made using all potato starch. You can easily replace the potato starch with gluten free corn starch as well.


The higher the altitude, the lower the air pressure, and the more difficult it is to bake recipes.

Increase 15 to 25°F. Since leavening and evaporation happen more quickly, the higher temperature helps set the structure of baked goods before they over-expand and dry out.

However, the baking at higher temperatures means products are done sooner, so decrease by 5-8 minutes per 30 minutes of baking time.

Adjustment for 3000 feet

  • Reduce baking powder: for each teaspoon decrease 1/8 teaspoon.
  • Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 0 to 1 tablespoon.
  • Increase liquid: for each cup, add 1 to 2 tablespoons.

Adjustment for 5000 feet

  • Reduce baking powder: for each teaspoon, decrease 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 0 to 2 tablespoons.
  • Increase liquid: for each cup, add 2 to 4 tablespoons.

Adjustment for 7000+ feet

  • Reduce baking powder: for each teaspoon, decrease 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 1 to 3 tablespoons.
  • Increase liquid: for each cup, add 3 to 4 tablespoons.

Baking with Humidity

Humidity can have a big impact on how your baked goods come out.

This is because when humidity is extremely high (think 70 percent or more), baking ingredients like flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda soak up moisture from the air.

This can negatively impact the outcome of your cakes, cookies, yeast breads, and quick breads.

There are some things you can do to try to save your baking.

Try to counterbalance the additional moisture

To help counterbalance the additional moisture your dry ingredients soak up from the air, try reducing the amount of liquid in the recipe by about one-quarter.

If the batter or dough looks too dry once all the ingredients are mixed together, add an additional liquid tablespoon at a time until you have the desired consistency.

This is not usually possible to do for cookies, but it does work for cakes and breads.

Store Ingredients in the Fridge

If flour and sugar are stored in the refrigerator or freezer rather than in a cupboard or pantry, they are better protected from humidity.

As an added benefit, keeping these ingredients cool also helps keep them fresher longer, in addition to helping them stay bug-free.

For the best results, let them warm to room temperature before using.

Bake for Longer

If you bake your goodies for a few extra minutes, it can help the liquid to cook off.

To avoid overbaking, continue testing for doneness every couple of minutes for breads, quick breads, cakes, cupcakes, and muffins.  Cookies, on the other hand, need to be checked every minute.

Use Air Conditioning

To help lower humidity levels on humid summer days, air condition the room for at least an hour before you start baking.

Cooler air isn’t able to hold as much moisture as warm air.

Store your baked goods in an airtight container

Humidity can also ruin your fresh-baked goods because when they are left out, they can absorb moisture.

To avoid this, store them in an airtight container or resealable bag.

How to bake flat cakes

Flat cakes make decorating much easier. To do this, you need baking strips for cake pans.

You soak them in water first and then wrap them around your pans. This helps isolate them for more even baking.

Cake Pans

I recommend using straight cake pans that don’t fit one into the other. These will create cakes that are easier to layer and decorate.

Make ahead of time

You can create the cake ahead of time and wrap the unfrosted cake layers tightly in plastic wrap.

Then, place them in a resealable plastic bag and store on the kitchen counter at room temperature for up to five days.

If you need to keep unfrosted layers longer than that, freeze them for up to 3 months.

When ready to thaw, transfer the cake to the refrigerator one day before decorating and serving.


Store the cake in a cake box. You can store it at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or for about 1 week in the fridge.

How to Freeze

Let the baked cake layers cool completely. Wrap each cake layer well with two layers of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil.

Put each layer into a freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months. After that, the cake is still safe to eat but the quality begins to degrade.

To defrost, remove layers of aluminium foil and plastic wrap, and stand at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

Yield: 24 slices

Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

a slice of chocolate cake with a whole chocolate cake in the background

This dairy free chocolate cake is made without buttermilk and with oil instead of butter. It is amazingly moist and rich! It makes for a perfect dairy free dessert or dairy free birthday cake!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (255 grams)
  • 2 cups white sugar (395 grams)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (75 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup hot black coffee (470 millilitre)
  • 1/2 cup oil (120 millilitre)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla



  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Add black coffee, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. It should look very thin and liquidy.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF or 175ºC.
  4. Line the bottom of two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Distribute cake batter evenly between the pans.
  5. Wrap wet baking strips around each pan for flatter cakes if desired. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the chocolate cake comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes. Then, carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to release the cakes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a cooling rack.
  7. Use a bread knife to level cakes. Frost with dairy free chocolate frosting.


For this picture, I made a 1 and a half recipe to make a three tier cake.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g

Calorie count does not include frosting

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indira morgan

Monday 20th of February 2023

I made this cake it's good not sweet at all and that is how I like it ,also the frosting does the cocoa powder has to be unsweeten?


Wednesday 5th of April 2023

Since the cake has sugar and usually sweet frosting is put with cakes, as a general rule cocoa powder used in cakes is unsweetened. However, if you prefer to use sweetened cocoa powder I don't think it would harm the cake.

Karen Katz

Sunday 22nd of January 2023

My granddaughter and I made this cake the night before Thanksgiving to serve on Thanksgiving. After a meat meal on Wednesday, she asked if we could "just taste" it. Well, we'd baked it in a one layer hamsa designed pan, dusted it with powdered sugar and the cake was devoured on Wednesday night. It's amazing. My granddaughter had to borrow my hamsa pan and make another one on Thanksgiving Day. This is beyond a keeper recipe. Thank you a million for this gem.


Sunday 12th of February 2023

It is truly my pleasure! Especially when I get beautiful comments like yours :)

Karen Katz

Wednesday 28th of December 2022

Absolutely phenomenal cake! Our family ate the one baked for Thanksgiving after we taste tested it the night before. Gone in a flash. Had to bake another one for Thanksgiving dinner. We baked that one in a hamsa pan, dusted the cake with powdered sugar. For birthday party yesterday, we baked in two layers and frosted with non-dairy buttercream. This is a KEEPER.


Wednesday 28th of December 2022

I am so glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing :)


Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Wow, absolutely spectacular! Very easy, very tasty and the crump just perfect! Thank you for sharing.

I only did half of the amounts - my oven only fits one tin at a time.

Only trouble I had was the wet baking paper, it has come off the sides of the pan and stuck to the cake so the top on the cake now looks a little lopsided. Nothing that can't be fixed with some frosting though. I'm going to try a second batch with dry baking paper lining the sides (stick with vegan butter to pan) to see if that gives a more even result.


Friday 13th of May 2022

I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe! What I do with the baking paper is I cut it out to fit the bottom of the pan exactly, then I spray the pan with oil and then place the baking paper on top of it. The oil both greases the sides and holds the paper in place and since baking paper is non-stick it should be easy to remove.


Saturday 11th of December 2021

Can this recipe be made as either a sheet cake or a bundt cake?


Tuesday 14th of December 2021


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