Vegan Chocolate Cake

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

I hate epic fails.

Yep, my caramel apples, so lovingly planned to go up today for the first day at school, tanked. See, I had this massive migraine yesterday and I tried (smarty that I am) to make caramel apples while lights were flashing in my field of vision and my head was pounding.

So, yeah. Caramel apples for another day! Something to look forward to, right?

In the meantime, there’s this cake. I love this cake. It’s vegan and gluten-free, but it’s so incredibly delicious. Sounds wrong, I know, but it’s true!

Vegan Chocolate Cake

I was kind of a Bethenny Frankel fan once upon a time. To be honest, I’m not anymore. She puts way too much emphasis on being “skinny” (her favorite word, apparently) and not enough on being plain healthy. So I’m not really on her bandwagon these days. But she does have this incredible chocolate cake recipe, and I’ve always loved it.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

It uses oat flour and gets made in one bowl. So in other words, it takes about two seconds to whip up. And there’s no butter, so it’s very healthy. For you health nuts out there, you can have your cake and eat lots of it, too!

Vegan Chocolate Cake

The frosting on top is modified from Bethenny’s recipe. She uses raw sugar for everything, but I find that to be an extreme approach. Powdered sugar is just fine! And it makes a very nice and quick (and also butter-free, in this case) frosting for the cake.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

This is great for any friends with allergies or sensitivities. And if you’re short on time because your caramel apples went south or you’re just human, this is a quick go-to recipe. So even if I don’t always agree with the Skinnygirl, I do love her cake!



  • 1 and 1/4 cups oat flour (labeled gluten-free)
  • 1 cup raw sugar (regular is fine)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar



  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (I like to use unsweetened vanilla)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla



Preheat the oven to 350. Line the bottom of a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray the sides with pan release spray.

Combine all of the cake ingredients in a bowl and mix until the batter is smooth. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Test the cake’s doneness by placing a toothpick into the center.

When the cake is done, invert onto a platter and cool completely.

Once the cake is cool, make the frosting by mixing all of the ingredients together. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to thicken the frosting and then spread over the cake.

Slice and serve!


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    You definitely can’t go wrong with chocolate cake, Mir! It was fate that this posted today instead of the caramel apples, because I feel that Mondays always call for chocolate! 🙂 I love how easy this cake is to whip up! And the frosting looks so rich and delicious!
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    1. Mir

      It was fate, Gayle! Because you talked about epic fails in your post and I had one! Meant to be. 🙂 The frosting is incredible. I can’t believe there’s no butter!

  2. Danielle

    This chocolate cake looks absolutely delicious! The fact that it’s vegan and gluten free is amazing. Pinning this one!
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    1. Mir

      Shockingly, it doesn’t taste gluten or dairy free. Thanks for the pin, Danielle!

  3. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    WOW. Does that look delicious?! Sorry about your apples and your headache. I came home from work yesterday with a migraine that lasted all day. Hate that!
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    1. Mir

      I guess it must be going around. Awful, right?
      But now I’m better and eating lots of cake. Thanks, Michele!

  4. Ashley @ ashleymarieskitchen

    Yum! That chocolate cake looks so amazing 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Ashley! I’ve been eating a lot of it. But I don’t feel bad, because there’s no butter!

  5. Isadora @ she likes food

    I’m not a huge fan of Bethany Frankle either, but I am a huge fan of this chocolate cake!! It looks so moist and delicious and I love the frosting! I hope your head is feeling better 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Isadora! It is better, and I’m eating lots of chocolate. 🙂

  6. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    This cake looks amazing! Love the fact it’s vegan- so delish!
    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext recently posted…Stuffed-Mushroom Burgers with Sweet Relish & Rosemary Baked Chips {Vegan}My Profile

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jess! I think it’s always a good idea to have a few tasty vegan recipes in your arsenal!

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