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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Ok so I found this Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe and it was a HUGE hit with my family and friends. It was quite easy to make as well! I've never really been a cake person, in fact I detest the stuff for the most part; but this cake made even me nod in approval. The blend of coffee that I put in the recipe adds to the chocolaty goodness and taste. It's very moist as well. There is a glaze that goes with the cake, but I personally never use it. I think the cake is just fine alone. However, I will add the directions for the glaze in case you guys want to try it.... Enjoy!

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Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

For the cake

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour 
1 cup sugar 
⅓ cup cocoa powder 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
½ teaspoon salt 
1 cup warm water (you may substitute this for coffee) 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
⅓ cup vegetable oil 
1 teaspoon white or apple cider vinegar 

For the glaze

½ cup sugar 
4 Tablespoons margarine or vegan butter substitute 
2 Tablespoons soy milk 
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

1) Prepare the Cake

Preheat oven to 350F (177C). In an 8 x 8 inch square pan, mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt with a fork. Add the water or coffee, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and vinegar. Mix the ingredients together. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack. 

2) Prepare the Glaze

In a small saucepan bring the sugar, margarine, soy milk and cocoa powder to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for 2 minutes, remove from heat and stir an additional 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract. 

3) Glaze the Cake

Pour the glaze onto cake and let it cool for one hour. This recipe makes 1, 8 x 8 inch square Vegan Chocolate Cake.

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I've made this cake 2 times now, once with coconut oil and once with coconut butter. I couldn't tell the difference either way. While it's certainly a vegan cake, and I'm pleased with that, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. I found it to be average at best. I'll fiddle with the recipe and hopefully end up with something outstanding! :)
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3.0
Reviewed by Jodie August 30, 2014

Don't know what all the fuss is about

I've made this cake 2 times now, once with coconut oil and once with coconut butter. I couldn't tell the difference either way. While it's certainly a vegan cake, and I'm pleased with that, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. I found it to be average at best. I'll fiddle with the recipe and hopefully end up with something outstanding! :)

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This is by far, the #1 best chocolate cake recipe I have ever made or eating - vegan OR non-vegan! It has been approved by my sweets-loving and non-vegan husband and step-father, and they both agree that it is the best chocolate cake they have ever had. I've tried a few variations of it - like replacing coffee with Kahlua (yum!), and replacing the oil with applesauce or coconut oil, and everything seems to work beautifully. I can't thank you enough for posting it!
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5.0
Reviewed by Nicole August 10, 2014

This is my GO TO vegan chocolate cake recipe

This is by far, the #1 best chocolate cake recipe I have ever made or eating - vegan OR non-vegan! It has been approved by my sweets-loving and non-vegan husband and step-father, and they both agree that it is the best chocolate cake they have ever had. I've tried a few variations of it - like replacing coffee with Kahlua (yum!), and replacing the oil with applesauce or coconut oil, and everything seems to work beautifully. I can't thank you enough for posting it!

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I just made this cake. I had a similar problem to someone who had written before me, that was that had I put in the whole liquid part, it would've been just soup. So I used a bit less coffe. But it just was not great for me. It doesn't taste bad but I'm just not loving it.
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4.0
JustineDi Reviewed by JustineDi July 14, 2014
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I just made this cake. I had a similar problem to someone who had written before me, that was that had I put in the whole liquid part, it would've been just soup. So I used a bit less coffe. But it just was not great for me. It doesn't taste bad but I'm just not loving it.

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I am not vegan but was asked to do a cake by a friend who is, I have started to really enjoy baking vegan style, and find that most if not all recipes i try turn out super, and yummier.
This chocolate cake is great.
I doubled the recipe for a larger cake and did a bit of tweaking, about 1/2 cup less sugar and omitted one of the cups of water for soy milk.
I bake all my cakes on a low setting so it took quite a while to bake, but once cooled was perfect and moist.
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5.0
Cakebaker Reviewed by Cakebaker June 23, 2014
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Delicious.

I am not vegan but was asked to do a cake by a friend who is, I have started to really enjoy baking vegan style, and find that most if not all recipes i try turn out super, and yummier.
This chocolate cake is great.
I doubled the recipe for a larger cake and did a bit of tweaking, about 1/2 cup less sugar and omitted one of the cups of water for soy milk.
I bake all my cakes on a low setting so it took quite a while to bake, but once cooled was perfect and moist.

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I just made this for my mum - It's her birthday today. She's not Vegan but I am, hope this wins her over as she isn't sure about veggie food. It's currently cooling but the batter tasted amazing.
Reviewed by Caitlin June 15, 2014

I just made this for my mum - It's her birthday today. She's not Vegan but I am, hope this wins her over as she isn't sure about veggie food. It's currently cooling but the batter tasted amazing.

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This was a great recipe. Very moist and perfect for cupcakes.
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5.0
Amanda77 Reviewed by Amanda77 June 03, 2014
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Loved this!

This was a great recipe. Very moist and perfect for cupcakes.

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The cake was very good. I was not sure if I would like it, but it moist. I did make a change to the amount of sugar used. I used 3/4 cup of sugar rather than 1 cup of sugar and it was perfect. I felt that 1 cup of sugar was too much.
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5.0
Reviewed by Terence May 26, 2014

The cake was very good. I was not sure if I would like it, but it moist. I did make a change to the amount of sugar used. I used 3/4 cup of sugar rather than 1 cup of sugar and it was perfect. I felt that 1 cup of sugar was too much.

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My first chocolate cake ever and I was lucky to get my hands on this recipe. It came out exactly as promised and tasted out of the world!
Accidentally I added more chocolate and then realized and substituted with more sugar, so it came out very chocolatey and with enhanced taste. So now I use 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1 1/4 cup sugar each time :)
The glaze was tricky as I could not get Vegan butter (or margarine), so added some chocolate sauce instead.
The only part that I hate is the wait time of 2 hours for it to cool down, but it is all worth it !!!
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5.0
Reviewed by Sharada March 01, 2014

Irresistible !!!

My first chocolate cake ever and I was lucky to get my hands on this recipe. It came out exactly as promised and tasted out of the world!
Accidentally I added more chocolate and then realized and substituted with more sugar, so it came out very chocolatey and with enhanced taste. So now I use 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1 1/4 cup sugar each time :)
The glaze was tricky as I could not get Vegan butter (or margarine), so added some chocolate sauce instead.
The only part that I hate is the wait time of 2 hours for it to cool down, but it is all worth it !!!

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I tried cooking this with double the ingredients of everything. when I was mixing the liquids into the flour mixture it was just way too much liquid. I ended up using a bit over half the liquid mixture and the batter was REALLY liquidy. Its in the oven now so I'll let you know how it turns out. If I had put all the liquid it would have literally been soup. Fingers crossed.
Reviewed by mel December 10, 2013

I tried cooking this with double the ingredients of everything. when I was mixing the liquids into the flour mixture it was just way too much liquid. I ended up using a bit over half the liquid mixture and the batter was REALLY liquidy. Its in the oven now so I'll let you know how it turns out. If I had put all the liquid it would have literally been soup. Fingers crossed.

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I was a litte worried that the quantity of flour seemed a bit low for the volume of wet ingredients but was very pleasantly surprised that it turned out absolutely beautiful. It was moist and delicious and not crumbly.

It's not a large mixture so if you want a tall cake you will want to upsize the recipe by 1.5 - 2 times the quantities (and obviously cook for a bit longer).
Reviewed by Amanda November 28, 2013

Surprisingly Good Basic Chocolate Cake

I was a litte worried that the quantity of flour seemed a bit low for the volume of wet ingredients but was very pleasantly surprised that it turned out absolutely beautiful. It was moist and delicious and not crumbly.

It's not a large mixture so if you want a tall cake you will want to upsize the recipe by 1.5 - 2 times the quantities (and obviously cook for a bit longer).

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Since sharing this recipe ..it has been modified with vegan choc chips. & coconut to name a few options. I cut back on the oil by half and its still very moist!
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5.0
Reviewed by juju November 03, 2013

Since sharing this recipe ..it has been modified with vegan choc chips. & coconut to name a few options. I cut back on the oil by half and its still very moist!

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solid mix

lots of fun to eat and encompass

i am a post modern robot


good bye
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4.0
Perd_11 Reviewed by Perd_11 September 24, 2013
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so good it is a dope cake

solid mix

lots of fun to eat and encompass

i am a post modern robot


good bye

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We've been on a really tight budget. Really very little in the cupboards! I needed to find a cake recipe with no soy milk, fancy egg subs, veg butter, shortening etc XD Not easy! This fit the bill! I didn't have cocoa either! I subbed 2oz vegan dark chocolate (grated into the dry mix). This worked out just peachy. Most cakes Ive made with the baking soda/vin combo come out soggy in the center. This one did not! It's a lovely, moist, fluffy chocolate cake :) With chewy chocolatey corners no less! Thanks for sharing!
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4.0
Feenat Reviewed by Feenat July 27, 2013
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Life Saver!

We've been on a really tight budget. Really very little in the cupboards! I needed to find a cake recipe with no soy milk, fancy egg subs, veg butter, shortening etc XD Not easy! This fit the bill! I didn't have cocoa either! I subbed 2oz vegan dark chocolate (grated into the dry mix). This worked out just peachy. Most cakes Ive made with the baking soda/vin combo come out soggy in the center. This one did not! It's a lovely, moist, fluffy chocolate cake :) With chewy chocolatey corners no less! Thanks for sharing!

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All I have to say is wow...one of the easiest, yet best cakes I've ever made. I added a little apple sauce and baking powder because I can't help but tweak recipes to my own liking. The only other thing I would advise is to mix it in a separate bowl and spray the pan. Other than that it was awesome! It blew my boyfriend away and that's saying something!
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5.0
Reviewed by Samantha June 28, 2013

All I have to say is wow...one of the easiest, yet best cakes I've ever made. I added a little apple sauce and baking powder because I can't help but tweak recipes to my own liking. The only other thing I would advise is to mix it in a separate bowl and spray the pan. Other than that it was awesome! It blew my boyfriend away and that's saying something!

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One word for this recipe, Wondrous! Not only was this cake delish, it was so easy to make! I followed the recipe exact & did use 1 cup of coffee instead of the warm water. The coffee gave it a nice kick to it I thought. I used decaf coffee. I've already made this cake several times & got rave reviews from vegans & non-vegans. Every time I crave chocolate cake, I just make this recipe because the ingredients are already in the kitchen. Thank you for this recipe!
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5.0
razzldazzl23 Reviewed by razzldazzl23 June 24, 2013
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BY FAR THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE!

One word for this recipe, Wondrous! Not only was this cake delish, it was so easy to make! I followed the recipe exact & did use 1 cup of coffee instead of the warm water. The coffee gave it a nice kick to it I thought. I used decaf coffee. I've already made this cake several times & got rave reviews from vegans & non-vegans. Every time I crave chocolate cake, I just make this recipe because the ingredients are already in the kitchen. Thank you for this recipe!

A la mode style (coconut ice cream).
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Mine didn't rise ... did anyone else have this problem, or could take a guess why this happened?
Tastes great regardless :-)
gbwoo Reviewed by gbwoo June 03, 2013
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Mine didn't rise ... did anyone else have this problem, or could take a guess why this happened?
Tastes great regardless :-)

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i love this cake, would have given it 5 stars, but it totally sticks to my non-stick pan and comes out a mess. What are you doing that I'm not :(
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4.0
ilonapet Reviewed by ilonapet March 31, 2013
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Good but stuck to pan

i love this cake, would have given it 5 stars, but it totally sticks to my non-stick pan and comes out a mess. What are you doing that I'm not :(

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I love this recipe because I had everything in my cupboard to try this. I used 1 cup decaf coffee (because I baked this at 7p & didn't want to be up all night) and only 1 tsp of vanilla extract for the glaze & it came out perfect. I'm not sure how much sweeter the glaze would be with another tsp of vanilla extract. The aroma of the cake in the oven was hypnotizing. Everyone in the house couldn't wait to dig in. We love how tasty it is & I had a hard time not eating the glaze by itself! Thank you for this recipe, I will be baking this for a loooooong time.
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5.0
Reviewed by Renee Hansel January 20, 2013

Amazing and Easy To Make!

I love this recipe because I had everything in my cupboard to try this. I used 1 cup decaf coffee (because I baked this at 7p & didn't want to be up all night) and only 1 tsp of vanilla extract for the glaze & it came out perfect. I'm not sure how much sweeter the glaze would be with another tsp of vanilla extract. The aroma of the cake in the oven was hypnotizing. Everyone in the house couldn't wait to dig in. We love how tasty it is & I had a hard time not eating the glaze by itself! Thank you for this recipe, I will be baking this for a loooooong time.

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Super easy and oh-so-good. Seriously one of the best chocolate cake recipes ever! Fluffy cake and rich glaze!
Reviewed by Katherine G. November 02, 2012

Delish

Super easy and oh-so-good. Seriously one of the best chocolate cake recipes ever! Fluffy cake and rich glaze!

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Lucy, we do have baking soda here - it's bicarbonate of soda, sodium bicarbonate.

The vinegar and bicarb are being used in this recipe instead of baking powder, so I would expect the flour to be plain flour (that's how I make cakes like these, anyway). You could use baking powder, but leave out the vinegar.
Reviewed by Ruth October 16, 2012

Lucy, we do have baking soda here - it's bicarbonate of soda, sodium bicarbonate.

The vinegar and bicarb are being used in this recipe instead of baking powder, so I would expect the flour to be plain flour (that's how I make cakes like these, anyway). You could use baking powder, but leave out the vinegar.

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Based in the UK and looking for a birthday cake for my daughter who is vegan through allergies. I'm very new to vegan baking so this website is fab. I just wondered if someone could tell me if the flour used in this recipe is plain flour or what we call self-raising flour here? Also I cant get hold of baking soda here so i'm going for baking powder which i'm told is different and that i'll need to add more. Thanks for any help!
LucyR Reviewed by LucyR October 12, 2012
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Based in the UK and looking for a birthday cake for my daughter who is vegan through allergies. I'm very new to vegan baking so this website is fab. I just wondered if someone could tell me if the flour used in this recipe is plain flour or what we call self-raising flour here? Also I cant get hold of baking soda here so i'm going for baking powder which i'm told is different and that i'll need to add more. Thanks for any help!

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I am new to the vegan lifestyle, but a complete chocoholic! And this is by far the best chocolate cake I have ever had! I loved it! I did substitute the oil with apple sauce though, and only used 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in the frosting. It was a huge hit with the family, and will most definitely be making it again!
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5.0
Reviewed by Cailin September 30, 2012

Best chocolate cake... EVER!

I am new to the vegan lifestyle, but a complete chocoholic! And this is by far the best chocolate cake I have ever had! I loved it! I did substitute the oil with apple sauce though, and only used 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in the frosting. It was a huge hit with the family, and will most definitely be making it again!

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I've been make this cake for well over a decade. I found it first on a CD of recipes that came with a computer oh so long ago. It was called Wacky Chocolate Cake! It is hands down the BEST recipe out there for ANY, vegan or not, chocolate cake! I recently made it for my daughters 1st birthday and covered it in vegan marshmallow fondant. Everyone loved it!
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5.0
Reviewed by theChi September 21, 2012

this is Wacky Cake!

I've been make this cake for well over a decade. I found it first on a CD of recipes that came with a computer oh so long ago. It was called Wacky Chocolate Cake! It is hands down the BEST recipe out there for ANY, vegan or not, chocolate cake! I recently made it for my daughters 1st birthday and covered it in vegan marshmallow fondant. Everyone loved it!

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This cake is wonderful! I made it with wholemeal flour and rapadura sugar, so it was even healthy. Would not change a thing - you would never know it it is vegan, and what's more you wouldn't care - it is so good!
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5.0
Reviewed by Jan August 06, 2012

This cake is wonderful! I made it with wholemeal flour and rapadura sugar, so it was even healthy. Would not change a thing - you would never know it it is vegan, and what's more you wouldn't care - it is so good!

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I baked as cupcakes as originally posted and they had a beautiful domed top, which was unexpected. When baked as a cake, the cake appeared flat, so was concerned it was not going to have a beautiful dome. This recipe is perfect as is and definitely no need for any modifications in my opinion...
Reviewed by Mammina July 21, 2012

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I baked as cupcakes as originally posted and they had a beautiful domed top, which was unexpected. When baked as a cake, the cake appeared flat, so was concerned it was not going to have a beautiful dome. This recipe is perfect as is and definitely no need for any modifications in my opinion...

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I was wondering if I can get some help with converting this recipe into cupcakes. The cake is so amazing, that my family continutes to ask for it!! I will be using this recipe for my grandson's birthday but would like to turn them into cupcakes---with a domed top! This recipe bakes flat (using baking soda), which is PERFECT for cakes, but I've been researching on how to give the cake a domed appearance and I believe it is using baking powder--someone correct me if I'm wrong. Will put it to the test to see if I am successful and post results.
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5.0
Reviewed by Mammina June 17, 2012

2nd post...

I was wondering if I can get some help with converting this recipe into cupcakes. The cake is so amazing, that my family continutes to ask for it!! I will be using this recipe for my grandson's birthday but would like to turn them into cupcakes---with a domed top! This recipe bakes flat (using baking soda), which is PERFECT for cakes, but I've been researching on how to give the cake a domed appearance and I believe it is using baking powder--someone correct me if I'm wrong. Will put it to the test to see if I am successful and post results.

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I am not a vegan, a member of my household has recently turned vegan. I was baking a ciabatta when I realised it wasn't vegan and I should find something to bake for Jo. She loves chocolate cake and I think it would be one of the things she would have missed most. I made this cake and she was delighted, she said it was the best chocolate cake she had ever tasted, vegan or otherwise, and it felt like there was a party going on in her mouth.
I have to agree with her, it is delicious. The rest of the household could hardly believe it was vegan. Made it with the glaze and that was delicious too! Will be bookmarking it for later use.
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5.0
Reviewed by Amanda June 10, 2012

Yum!

I am not a vegan, a member of my household has recently turned vegan. I was baking a ciabatta when I realised it wasn't vegan and I should find something to bake for Jo. She loves chocolate cake and I think it would be one of the things she would have missed most. I made this cake and she was delighted, she said it was the best chocolate cake she had ever tasted, vegan or otherwise, and it felt like there was a party going on in her mouth.
I have to agree with her, it is delicious. The rest of the household could hardly believe it was vegan. Made it with the glaze and that was delicious too! Will be bookmarking it for later use.

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Looooooove this cake. Made the frosting and loved it. Family couldn't believe it was vegan! Oh yummmmmmmm!
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5.0
Reviewed by Mammina June 10, 2012

The Best!!

Looooooove this cake. Made the frosting and loved it. Family couldn't believe it was vegan! Oh yummmmmmmm!

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Thanks for the recipe, the cake turned out moist and flavorful (I used coffee). I made the glaze as well and it worked well with this cake. My only suggestion: the recipe tells you to mix everything in the baking pan, I tried it and I really think that it is easier to mix the batter in a bowl and then pour it into the pan. I think it's faster this way...
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5.0
cactus Reviewed by cactus June 02, 2012
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Thanks for the recipe, the cake turned out moist and flavorful (I used coffee). I made the glaze as well and it worked well with this cake. My only suggestion: the recipe tells you to mix everything in the baking pan, I tried it and I really think that it is easier to mix the batter in a bowl and then pour it into the pan. I think it's faster this way...

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I made this cake this in the form of cupcakes and used my own frosting. The cake had a very nice texture and was moist. While I would rank it well above the box mixes I used once upon a time, it was missing something in the flavor department. I used water and not coffee, so maybe that would have given it the extra something-something I was looking for. Thanks for the recipe, I will be trying it again with the coffee next time.
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4.0
JME Reviewed by JME May 27, 2012
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I made this cake this in the form of cupcakes and used my own frosting. The cake had a very nice texture and was moist. While I would rank it well above the box mixes I used once upon a time, it was missing something in the flavor department. I used water and not coffee, so maybe that would have given it the extra something-something I was looking for. Thanks for the recipe, I will be trying it again with the coffee next time.

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