Chocolate Cake (vegan, contains gluten)

The perfect birthday cake topped with fresh fruit!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword vegan chocolate cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24 pieces cake
Calories 261 kcal
Author Anjali Lalani


For the Cake:

  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 12 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 teasp vanilla extract
  • 1 teasp salt
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teasp baking soda
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/4 - 3/4 cup soy milk , or any other liquid such as orange juice, water, or almond milk
  • any seasonal fruit , I usually use berries because their light texture and fresh taste easily complements chocolate

For the Frosting:


For the Cake:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients except for the soy milk and fruit, and mix
  3. Add approximately 1/4 - 3/4 cups of soy milk (or your choice of any other liquid) until the batter is smooth, easy to stir, and slightly liquidy
  4. Line a 9x13 baking pan with wax paper (you can choose any other method of lining/greasing the pan but I have found wax paper makes for the easiest removal of the cake and retains the shape and moisture in the cake best)
  5. Pour in the batter and put in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out dry.

For the Cake

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.

Cake Assembly

  1. Remove the cake from pan once cool.
  2. Cut cake in half horizontally (this is tricky and may take an extra long knife).
  3. Spread the bottom half with a thin layer of frosting and some berries (or other fruit).
  4. Replace the top half, cover with frosting and finish off with the rest of your fruit.

Recipe Notes

When using fruit, be careful about cutting the fruit up and exposing it to the cake. For example, if you cut strawberries and put the strawberries face down on the cake, they will suck the moisture out of the cake and leave the cake slightly dryer.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cake (vegan, contains gluten)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Sodium 191mg8%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.