One-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake

This one-bowl vegan chocolate cake is rich, sweet and easy to make. It's perfect for special occasions and for the chocolate lover in your life. This tender cake slices best when it's slightly chilled.

One-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Nutrition Profile:



  • Baking spray with flour

  • ½ cup vegan dark-chocolate chips

  • cup hot brewed coffee

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • cup plain unsweetened almond yogurt

  • cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • ½ cup cultured vegan butter (such as Miyoko's Creamery), at room temperature

  • 3 ½ cups unsifted confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with baking spray.

  2. Combine chocolate chips and hot coffee in a large bowl; let stand for 2 minutes. Stir until the chocolate is melted, about 1 minute. Add oil, almond yogurt, applesauce and vanilla; whisk until smooth.

  3. Add flour, granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir until smooth. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, about 1 hour.

  5. To prepare frosting: Beat vegan butter in a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add confectioners' sugar and cocoa, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. Increase speed to medium-high and add water and vanilla, beating until smooth, about 2 minutes. Spread the frosting on top of the cooled cake. Chill the cake for 1 hour before slicing.

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
11g Fat
51g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Vitamin A 2IU 0%
Sodium 207mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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