In this blog post we will show you how easy it is to bake a delicious, healthy and vegan chocolate cake. Whether you're vegan or just looking for new baking recipes - you're sure to love this recipe.
Why should you bake a vegan chocolate cake?
There are many reasons to choose a vegan diet. Some people want to reduce their impact on the environment, others want to avoid animal products for ethical reasons or have health concerns. But even if you're not vegan, there are good reasons to bake a vegan chocolate cake.
Vegan chocolate cake is healthier than regular chocolate cake because it contains no egg or milk. This means that it is cholesterol-free and often also lower in fat. It's also typically higher in fiber and nutrients derived from plant-based ingredients.
The most important ingredients for a vegan chocolate cake
One of the advantages of vegan baking is that you can replace many animal products with plant-based alternatives. Here are the main ingredients you need for a vegan chocolate cake:
- Flour: It is best to use wheat flour or a gluten-free flour mixture if you want to bake gluten-free.
- Cocoa Powder: Use high-quality, unsweetened cocoa powder for an intense chocolate flavor.
- Sugar: You can use regular table sugar or cane sugar.
- Baking soda: Make sure it's a vegan baking soda, as some varieties may contain animal-derived ingredients.
- Salt: A pinch of salt intensifies the taste.
- Plant-based milk: Almond milk, soy milk, oat milk or rice milk are good alternatives to cow's milk.
- Oil: Use a neutral oil like canola oil or sunflower oil.
- Vanilla Extract: For an extra portion of taste.
- Hot water: This will help loosen the batter and work in the cocoa powder.
The perfect tip for a juicy consistency
One of the most common problems when baking cakes is that the texture is too dry. This is of course also possible with vegan chocolate cake. But don't worry, there's a simple trick to achieve a juicy texture: just add a ripe banana to the batter. The banana not only provides moisture, but also gives the cake a light banana note that harmonises wonderfully with the chocolate.
Easy vegan chocolate cake recipe
Now we finally get to the heart of this blog post: the perfect vegan chocolate cake recipe. Here's a simple variant.
- 200 grams of flour
- 60 grams of cocoa powder
- 150 grams of sugar
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 240 ml plant milk (e.g. oat, almond or soy milk)
- 80 ml neutral oil (e.g. sunflower oil)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 100 g vegan chocolate (chopped or as drops)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a cake tin (approx. 20 cm diameter).
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the plant-based milk, oil, banana, and vanilla extract.
- Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and mix gently with a spatula until a smooth batter forms.
- Fold in the chopped chocolate.
- Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth out.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before removing from the tin and letting cool completely.
That was it! A simple yet delicious vegan chocolate cake that's sure to delight non-vegans too.
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Tips on how to vary the recipe
Of course, there are many ways to vary this recipe and adapt it to your personal taste. Here are a few ideas:
- Instead of chocolate you could also use nuts or dried fruits (e.g. cranberries).
- You could also use a different plant-based milk to vary the taste.
- If you like it less sweet, you could reduce the amount of sugar or use agave nectar or maple syrup instead.
baking time and cooling
Once the batter is evenly distributed in the pan, the cake can be placed in the preheated oven. Baking time will vary depending on the oven and the size of the baking pan. With a normal baking pan, the baking time is about 30-40 minutes. To check if the cake is baked through, you can do the chopstick test. A wooden stick is put in the middle of the cake and taken out again. When no dough sticks to the stick, the cake is done baking.
After baking, the cake should cool completely before removing from the mold. For this purpose, it can be placed on a grating in the form. After cooling, the cake can be removed from the mold.
A vegan chocolate cake is not only delicious, but also healthier than its non-vegan version. By not using animal products, the cake is not only cholesterol-free, but also lower in calories. With this simple recipe you can bake your own vegan chocolate cake while being kind to the environment. Have fun trying and enjoying!