Vegan Chocolate Cake

I know, I know. Enough about my birthday, huh? Well, too bad for you. It’s okay, because this time it concerns the most decadent, moist, delicious chocolate cake that I have ever made or eaten. It is un-freakin-believable.

 

 

 

Every year, my grandpa requests a German Chocolate cake on his birthday party, and growing up I absolutely hated chocolate anything, so I would have never considered having a chocolate cake for my birthday. But just like my hate for dresses and skirts as well as my hate for avocados, I have grown to love and crave chocolate. Almost every other year for my birthday I have wanted either vanilla with whipped cream frosting or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Man, carrot cake is pretty good. Maybe I will need to adapt this recipe once again for a perfect vegan carrot cake?

If I do, I will keep you updated.

It took me a long time to even decide what I wanted to do for my birthday this year, and I almost settled for doing nothing, but Mitchy sat down with me and finally told me to just really think about whatever it was I wanted to do so that we could figure out a way to do it, no matter what. I thought about all of the crazy awesome ideas I have ever had about amazing birthdays, and we talked about spending the weekend at a ski resort so that I could try skiing for the first time or spending the night at a luxurious hotel where I could be served room service and watch television in pajamas while snuggled in a big beautiful bed all day long or driving over to Seattle to try some of their awesome vegan restaurants. But after exhausting my imagination thinking of all the possible options, I still felt unfulfilled by the ideas. I finally just closed my eyes and thought about the general things that I love the most: friends, family, and food. And then it dawned on me that I could do that thing that almost everyone does on their birthdays to celebrate with their friends, families, and foods! A birthday party!

And the preparations began. My mom, sisters, and Mitchy worked all day on the day of my party to make it the best party ever, and it truly was the best birthday I have had in my life. There was so much loving family and delicious food. On the dessert menu, in addition to a big batch of coconut cupcakes, was this delicious German chocolate cake.

I made the cake the night before my party, and I frosted it almost immediately after taking it out like a dummy, so all of the frosting ended up just drooping off of it, and I was stressing until my mom (the holy ultimate baker from which I found my love for food) stepped in to fix the frosting just in time for the party. It was like an on-the-edge-of-your-seat action movie.

Not really.

But it was a beautiful and amazing day that I always be grateful for, and the cake really did turn out to be delicious. Give it a taste and let me know what you think!

 

 

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Kassy

 

Vegan Chocolate Cake
Serves 16
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
For the cake
  1. ♥ 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour.
  2. ♥ 2 cups sugar
  3. ♥ 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. ♥ 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. ♥ 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. ♥ 1 tsp salt
  7. ♥ 2 heaping tbsp flax meal
  8. ♥ 6 tbsp hot water
  9. ♥ 1 cup almond milk
  10. ♥ 1/2 cup apple sauce
  11. ♥ 2 tsp vanilla extract
  12. ♥ 1 cup boiling water
For the frosting
  1. ♥ For a "naked" cake, 1 1/2 cups preferred frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put about 1 1/2 cups water in a small pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Leave water boiling. In a small bowl, combine 6 tbsp of the water with 2 heaping tbsp flax seed meal. Let sit and gel for about 5 minutes while you combine the rest of the cake ingredients.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and combine well with a fork.
  5. Pour in the flax meal gel, milk, apple sauce, and vanilla, and use a mixer to beat for about 2 minutes, until well combined.
  6. Stir in one cup of the remaining boiling water with a fork, and pour the thin batter evenly into two 9 inch cake pans (preferably greased and floured)
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until toothpick comes out of the middle clean.
Notes
  1. ♥ DON'T HAVE A PANIC ATTACK WHEN YOU ADD THE BOILING WATER! The cake batter will be very thin, but will end up being the best, most moist, almost border-line brownie, delicious chocolate cake you'll ever have
  2. ♥ If you want to cover the entire cake, I suggest using 3 cups of preferred frosting, about 2 standard frosting jars (I have made a german chocolate cake with a pecan-coconut frosting from Duncan Hines and just a simple chocolate on chocolate cake with frosting from DH)
Adapted from Hershey's Chocolate Cake
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