Dairy Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Dairy Free Chocolate Cake – A simple recipe that requires few ingredients and absolutely no dairy. Perfect for vegans and people that are sensitive to dairy.

There really is nothing better than chocolate cake, that is unless it is homemade dairy free chocolate cake. I’m talking about this kind of cake that is so quick and easy to make that anyone can make it. This recipe is also great because it pretty much requires one bowl and one baking dish which makes for a very easy clean up. Trust me no one wants to spend lots of time cleaning up when they could be enjoying the cake.

Dairy Free Chocolate Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour (may substitute Whole Wheat Flour)
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil (may substitute Apple Sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon Distilled White Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla

dairy free chocolate cake ingredients

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan or line the bottom with wax paper.

Whisk together in a large bowl flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until well blended.

dairy free chocolate cake flour mixture

Add water, oil, white vinegar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.

dairy free chocolate cake batter

Scrape the batter into the pan and spread evenly.

dairy free chocolate cake ready for baking

Bake about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Slide a thin knife around the cake to detach it from the pan.

allow the dairy free chocolate cake to cool before icing

Invert the cake and peel off the wax paper, if using. Let cool right side up on the rack.

**Serve Plain…or Dusted with Powdered Sugar…or with a quick frosting of 2 cups Confectioners’ Sugar, 2 Tablespoons Water, and ½ teaspoon Vanilla.

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Got any comments, questions, or other ideas for this Dairy Free Chocolate Cake? Share them in the comments below!


  • Reply
    Angela Gilmore
    May 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    This looks so great! I’m pinning this. I need to get some vinegar! We are doing a 93 day vegan challenge and this sounds like a perfect dessert!

    • Reply
      May 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Hi Angela! Thank you! This is certainly a good vegan recipe and good luck on your 93 day challenge.

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