Vegan Dark Chocolate Triple Layer Cake

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

A short time ago I was going through my recipe binder looking for a recipe and came across this vegan chocolate cake recipe.  

It had been awhile since I made it but I still remembered how good it tasted. The recipe came to me from my friend Tami.  I am pretty sure I sampled the cake at her house and then she shared the recipe with me.

I’m not a vegan or vegetarian and neither is Tami anymore but once I find a recipe that I love I hang on to it because you never know when a craving is going to hit you for a rich chocolate cake and this recipe fits the bill exactly. 
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Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

 I also wanted to try out a creme fraiche frosting recipe and I knew this would be the perfect cake to try it out on. Obviously the frosting is not vegan. I’ve made the cake many times without frosting it and is still delicious. If you are a vegan you will of course skip the frosting recipe.

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Rich Dark Chocolate Triple Layer Cake

A little while ago I asked Tami where she got the recipe originally and she told me the name of a Vegetarian cook book but as I sit here writing this blog post I can’t find the notebook I wrote the name down in. As soon as Tami sees this she will remind me and I will update this post. And coincidentally the day I asked her for the source of the recipe her son was making the cake. How about that!

Even if you are not a vegetarian or vegan  I urge you to try this recipe. I promise you won’t be disappointed. The chocolate cake is rich and delicious.
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Vegan Triple Layer Dark Chocolate Cake

A note: Normally this cake is made with regular cocoa powder.
I accidentally used the Hershey’s  Special Dark Cocoa powder. I happen to love dark chocolate so it didn’t make a difference to me. So use what ever type of cocoa powder you have on hand.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Triple Layer Cake

This recipe will make 3 – 8 inch layer cakes or a 9 x 13 sheet cake.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your baking pans and dust with cocoa powder. Set aside.
2 ½ c unbleached all-purpose flour
¾ c Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder or your choice of cocoa powder
2 c sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ c. oil
2 ¼ c water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 c white vinegar
Sift all dry ingredients in to a large bowl then whisk them so they are evenly mixed together
Combine liquid ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.
Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until moistened.
Divide batter evenly between the three cake pans and bake immediately. You can use a 9 x 13 pan if you don’t want to do a triple layer cake. You could also use 2 – 9 inch cake pans but you may end up with a bit of batter left over.
haven’t used the recipe for cupcakes so I am not sure how many you would get.
Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Frost with frosting of your choice or my  Crème Fresh Cream Cheese Frosting . 
Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. Corinne says

    My 10 year old son found this recipe online and decided to make it for me for my birthday. :) The cake itself was DELICIOUS, great flavor… however it didn’t rise at all and was super dense. I thought he must’ve skipped an ingredient or something, so then I checked your site… but he did everything correctly. Was either baking powder or baking soda eliminated from this recipe accidentally when posting it online? I think with some sort of rising agent it would have been absolutely perfect. The creme fraiche frosting was great, too! In any event, even with being flat and dense, the cake was still yummy. :)

    • says


      I am so sorry and embarrassed. Yes I inadvertently left out the baking soda when I posted this recipe. I have updated. Please try it again. It is absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for leaving a comment and letting me know I left out that important ingredient! And I love that creme fraiche frosting. It is so good on all sorts of cakes.

    • says


      You are correct the icing is not vegan as is mentioned at the bottom of the post. The cake is so rich and moist it does not need frosting. Or you could use your favorite vegan frosting recipe. Thanks for stopping by!


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