The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

You probably won’t believe that a layer cake which doesn’t contain dairy and eggs can taste absolutely divine… But it’s true! Below is the recipe of the Best Vegan Chocolate Cake: moist, delicious and healthy!

A piece of The best Vegan Chocolate Cake on a plate

Why Vegan?

I am not a vegan, neither vegetarian but I like to experiment. I also know that even people who can’t eat dairy and eggs due to health conditions still would like to indulge in moist and tasty cakes sometimes. This recipe is for them and not only: even if you don’t normally avoid animal products, you will be impressed by the taste of this cake. You would never guess it is vegan if you didn’t know it.

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake - moist and tasty even without dairy and eggs

What makes this Vegan Chocolate Cake so great?

The layers are moist and delicious, made of spelt, coconut flour and flax seeds. Here is a trick you might not know: you can easily substitute eggs in different desserts with ground flax seeds or chia seeds soaked in water. This mixture creates a texture that keeps the structure of the baked goods.
The layers of the cake are covered by a wonderfully delicious coconut chocolate mousse. if you haven’t tasted a chocolate mousse made of coconut cream, you surely don’t imagine the rich and delicious taste that it has! Since I tried it I am not sure any more if I prefer the chocolate mousse made with real chocolate and dairy (like for example the Double Chocolate Mouse with Raspberry sauce) or the one made of coconut cream and cocoa powder.

the Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

Why this Vegan Chocolate Cake is healthy?

Many vegan cake recipes call for margarin which is practically vegan butter. I don’t like very much that product as it often contains unhealthy trans fats. The Vegan Chocolate Cake is made with olive oil, considered one of the healthiest oils in the world. Olive oil is liquid so it gives more moisture to the layers. Well, you can substitute it with another vegetable oil but it might not be as healthy.
Spelt flour and flax seeds are well known healthy ingredients as well, very rich in different vitamins and minerals.

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake - moist and tasty even without dairy and eggs

Easy and tasty

There is nothing complicated in the preparation of this cake. Just bake the base it in one pan, cut it in three layers and frost it all around with the coconut chocolate mousse. The mousse is also very easy to make and takes only about 15 minutes.

Certainly this cake will bring you a lot of joy and a great chocolate satisfaction without much guilt!

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake - moist and tasty even without dairy and eggs

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
For the cake base:
  • 3 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup water (110 ml)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (25 g )
  • 1 3/4 cups spelt flour (200 g)
  • 2/3 cups dark brown sugar (130 g)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (70 g)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 60 ml olive oil extra virgin
  • 2/3 cup soy milk (150 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2,5 tbs coconut flour (20 g)
For the Coconut Chocolate Mousse:
  • 1 can coconut cream (14 fl. oz./400 ml)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (130 ml)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (30 g)
Cake Base:
  1. Soak the flax seeds in water for 5-10 minutes. This mixture is the egg substitute.
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F).
  3. Line a 17-18 cm cake pan with a circle of baking paper. Grease well the pan.
  4. In a bowl combine spelt flour, coconut flour and baking powder.
  5. In a large bowl whisk thoroughly together the flax seed eggs with the two kinds of sugar for 5 minutes. Try to break all the crumbs that the dark brown sugar might have formed (however it won’t be an issue if few of them remain).
  6. Add olive oil, milk and vanilla and whisk until incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, gradually fold in the dry ingredients until absorbed.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool until room temperature before assembling the cake (ideally refrigerate the cake base in order to cut it easier into 3 layers).
Coconut Chocolate Mousse Frosting:
  1. Spoon the coconut cream in a large mixing bowl. Remove any liquid that might remain in the can (coconut water).
  2. Add maple syrup to the bowl. Using an electric mixer beat together the coconut cream and maple syrup at a high speed for 2-3 minutes, until creamy. Add cocoa powder and beat at lower speed, until it is absorbed. Switch back to high speed and beat for few more minutes, until the frosting thickens but still remains creamy.
To assemble the cake:
  1. Using a long serrated knife cut the cake base horizontally into three equal layers. Place one layer on a serving plate and cover it generously with frosting. Continue the process with the remaining two layers. Leave a bit more than 1/3 of the frosting for the top and the sides of the cake. Use a metal spatula to smoothen the top.
Recipe Notes

- Instead of soy milk you can use almond or rice milk
- You can change the proportions of the dark and light brown sugar

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  • Reply
    Friday March 1st, 2019 at 10:59 PM

    Hi Daniela,

    Now, I’m not a vegan fan either, and I almost skipped this post altogether. However, when I read the bit about the coconut chocolate mousse frosting and how you may even prefer it over the Double Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce (how is THAT even possible?), I’m more than curious. I’m familiar with coconut flour, but spelt and flax seeds and olive oil for cake? How’s the texture? Does it feel like ‘regular’ cake? When it bakes, does the top dome? I may want to try it for myself, but I’d have to do it under the radar; otherwise, my best friend will not try it no matter what I say! LOL. But she sure loves coconut!

  • Reply
    Friday March 1st, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Hi Regina,
    It feels like a “regular” cake, surprisingly even for me 🙂 The cake is moist due to the flax seeds and olive oil, even though it is not as fluffy as other cakes. It raises relatively well during baking. I recommend you to try it, and please share your feedback afterwards! 🙂

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