Vegan Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Filling

By • October 1, 2013 • 25 Comments



Author Notes: Think vegan desserts are out of your reach? Think again. While this recipe is a little time intensive, it feels much easier if you make the creamy chocolate filling a day or two ahead of time. You can also make the cake a day ahead of time, and then simply assemble it and make the ganache the day you'll be serving. Gena Hamshaw

Serves 10 to 12

Vegan chocolate layer cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups almond, rice, or soy milk (I used soy)
  • 2/3 cups melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup organic sugar
  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Place these dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar to the milk and beat until it's frothy. Whisk in the oil, vanilla, and sugar.
  4. Add about a third of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix them together (you can use a spatula, whisk, or a hand mixer on the lowest setting). Add another third, keep mixing for a few moments, and then add the final third. When ingredients are just fully incorporated, stop mixing.
  5. Pour the cake batter into two round, 8 or 9-inch springform cake pans that have been greased with coconut oil. Bake for twenty-five minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake is clean. Allow the cakes to cook completely.

Creamy Chocolate Filling and Ganache

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons almond or cashew butter
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. To make the creamy chocolate filling: Use a food processor to process the pumpkin, cocoa, maple syrup, and almond or cashew butter till smooth. Set aside.
  2. To make the ganache: Stir the milk and syrup together in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Pour this mixture over the chocolate and stir until all of the chocolate is melted. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. To assemble the cake: remove the cakes from their pans. Place one onto your cake stand and gently shave the rounded top off of it with a sharp knife. Spread the creamy filling over this layer. Gently place the other cake over it. Pour the ganache over the cake. Transfer to a refrigerator to set for an hour. Serve.
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20 days ago Vili Dobreva-Tankas

Can I replace the pumpkin puree with something else? Thanks!

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23 days ago Mark Perino

This is a variation on the classic Moosewoods Chocolate Cake. I prefer the original Moosewoods Vegan Chocolate cake. The flavor of Coffee is a better choice than almond/soy milk.
http://www.moosewoodcooks...

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4 months ago Ami

Has anyone tried to bake this as one cake, then slice it into two pieces after baking? I have many cake pans, and none of them are the same size. I wanted to bake in one cake pan so that each layer comes out the same size to not waste the edges.

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4 months ago Jodie

With a tad of tweaking this cake is one the the BEST homemade chocolate cakes I have EVER had. Bonus that it is vegan!!! I used Almond Milk and Olive Oil. I found the cake to be Super moist and yummy. To the filling I added 1/2 tsp vanilla, pinch salt, and 1/2 c. of the chocolate ganache. I start by doubling the filling, put it in the fridge in the processor bowl until the ganache (which I also double)is ready, then I add a total of 1c. of the ganache to the filling and process until smooth. I use a 10 inch spring form pan and I put almost all of the filling in the middle (I end up with about a 1/2 c left over for yummy dipping later). The filling tastes better after it has had a chance to sit and the cocoa absorb into the pumpkin. Adding the ganache to the filling gives it a true chocolate taste. I have made this twice now, most recently for the Easter Holiday, and my mom - the hardest sweet tooth to please - loved it! It is THE chocolate cake I will be making for now on.

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7 months ago rachel

I thought this cake was ok. The cake part turned out a little dry for me--maybe I didn't measure my flour carefully enough. I thought the ganache was perfect! But the pumpkin flavor in the filling didn't work for me. I added a little extra syrup and vanilla to try to make it less pumpkin-y, but if I were to make this again I would look for a different filling recipe.

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7 months ago German

I have tested several similar recipes with cococa butter. For me, it's less expensive, and easier to get by than coconut oil. The flavor is amazing.

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7 months ago Sera Seo Jin Jeong

i served it tonight to my college hall mates! i made extra ganache and added about 1/2 cup of the ganache, salt, and vanilla to the pumpkin filling to completely mask the metallic taste of canned pumpkin. it was a huge hit!

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8 months ago Cindy Leung

I made it for a vegan friend and non-vegan friends. They loved it! At first, I was skeptical about pumpkin puree for the filling but to my amazement it was delicious. Very decadent.

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9 months ago tulip549

This was quite a tasty cake! I didn't have time to make the ganache so only made the cake itself. I just halved the recipe and poured it into a 9 inch round baking pan. I also added a tablespoon of ground coffee and used regular milk instead of the "vegan" milks. Also added a touch more cocoa (I like my cakes super chocolatey!). Baked it for 25 minutes and it came out very moist. It was quite delicious and I definitely will be making it again!

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9 months ago April Bautista

My daughter has a nut allergy so I used Sunflower Seed butter instead of the nut butter and it still tastes delectable!

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9 months ago April Bautista

I made your cake it is WONDERFUL! thank you so much for sharing - I wish i could send you pics I took!

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10 months ago Juliann

An extra bonus was the ganache "frosting". I don't usually frost cakes, and my family loved the chocolate bar topping!

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10 months ago Juliann

I made the cake with whole wheat pastry flour, almond milk, dutched cocoa and baked it in a 9x13 pan for ease. My family declared it a winner. The cake was moist and rich. It might replace my usual birthday celebration cake, Susan Purdy's Chocolate Buttermilk cake. I have not made the filling. Any further comments on it?

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10 months ago Krista Lauren O'Farrell

For the ganache is it 1/4 cup of maple syrup or 2 Tbsp? It's listed twice.

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10 months ago bdholtzman

The 1/4 cup goes in the pumpkin/chocolate mix, and the 2 tbsp goes in with the coconut milk. Then it all gets mixed together.

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10 months ago Isa Mulder

I just made the chocolate filling, and much to my disappointment, it wasn't good at all. I followed the directions exactly, but it tasted really strange. I'm going to just throw it out, I'm a bit pissed I wasted precious ingredients on this.

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11 months ago Juliann

Do I have to use springform pans? Can I use my regular cake pans?

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11 months ago Trees

I used a regular cake pan, and it was fine. I greased and floured the pan, and it didn't stick at all.

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11 months ago Laurie Crummett

Made this cake last night and it was beautiful, tasted rich and is a definite keeper to serve to family.

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11 months ago Trees

I just made this, and the creamy filling is brilliant! I added a bit more maple and almond butter to make it sweeter and thicker. The cake itself was a little dry (I only baked it for 23 min), so if I make it again, I'll add more oil and maybe use cake flour instead of all-purpose. I used almond milk – not sure if soy milk would make a difference.

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11 months ago Gretchen Taipale

Oh my lord, I just made this for a vegan friend's birthday and it was unbelievable! Better than most non-vegan cakes. Seriously fabulous recipe.

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11 months ago earthlyepicurean

Has anyone ever tried using the King Arthur GF flour with this (I find I can use that 1:1). I'd love to surprise my mom with a GF/egg free cake she can eat and enjoy!

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10 months ago Cat Martin

I would love to know if the KA GF flour works, too - or any other GF flour blend if someone has done this! Otherwise, I'll experiment... but would prefer to be prepared. :-)