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Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake – A crazy easy cake that takes just a few simple ingredients, tastes delicious and is totally vegan.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake - Big Green House
Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake - Big Green House

Ingredients Needed

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Flour
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Oil
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Non dairy milk

Important Note About Cake Mix

Not all cake mixes are created equal and will not always be vegan friendly. Some cake mixes will contain regular (not organic) granulated sugar. This does not always adhere to a vegan diet. It does depend on your personal preference. Depending on your vegan diet, you may want to use an organic cake mix. Read the ingredients on your package before using to make sure.


I like to use sunflower oil. However, you can use canola, vegetable or whatever neural tasting oil you prefer for your dietary preference. You can use a plant based, melted butter. Simply let it cool for about 5 minutes before adding it to the batter.

Dairy Free Milk

Oat, cashew, almond or coconut milk will all work for this.

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Recipe Notes

Don’t want to make a layer cake? You can use this batter for cupcakes, a bundt cake or in a 9 x 13 baking pan. See the recipe card notes for baking times.


Keep any leftovers in a covered container. No need to refrigerate, unless the weather is hot/humid in your area. It’s best eaten within a week.


It may surprise you, but, many store bought canned frostings are also vegan. As with the cake mix, check the ingredients beforehand to check. You can also check out the frosting section of the recipe index to get a few ideas. The frosting pictured is Dairy Free Chocolate .

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Yield: 8 slices

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake - Big Green House

A crazy easy cake that takes just a few simple ingredients, tastes delicious and is totally vegan.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 1 standard size box, chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 3/4 cup dairy free milk
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2- 9 inch round cake pans.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the dry cake mix, flour and cocoa powder. Add in oil, milk and applesauce. Beat until fully combined.
  3. Divide batter evenly into the two pans. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  4. Let it cool completely before frosting.


  • For bundt: Bake 40-45 minutes
  • For cupcakes (24): Bake 20-25 minutes
  • For a 9 x 13 cake: Bake 20-25 minutes

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

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