Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake

Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake

Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake

As you know, I am not into processed sugar making a regular appearance in our diet.  I do not follow this rule on special occasions, and one of these is birthdays.  The kids get to pick their birthday treat, and my 2-year-old clearly and decisively said “chocolate”.  The girl loves chocolate!  I slightly modified a recipe called “Triple Chocolate Cupcakes” from the cookbook Vegan Lunch Box by Jennifer McCann.  It is the best vegan cake recipe I have ever used, second only to her vanilla cake recipe.  It is really moist and delicious, not to mention easy to put together.

Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 2 9-inch cake pans and dust with flour.  Combine all ingredients and mix with a stand mixer until well combined.  It is not preferential, but I have also mixed by hand and it turned out fine. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

For this cake’s frosting, I used a container of vegan cream, a splash of soy milk, 1 tsp. vanilla, and enough powdered sugar for the desired consistency, mixed in a stand mixer.  This cake was the beach, so I let it be a little runny so it looked more like water running down the sides.  I used crushed graham crackers for the sand, pistachios for clams/oysters, chocolate covered almonds for rocks, real shells in the house for seashells, and raw cashew pieces for birds.  Add a little “Happy Birthday” flag (green of course for calm waters) and a beach umbrella and you are good to go.

I had to buy a pack of little umbrellas for about $3, but all other ingredients I had on hand.  Not too bad for a birthday cake, huh?  The girl was thrilled with her chocolate beach!


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