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Chocolate Cake

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chocolate cake

Chocolate cakes are perfect for every occasion, you can dress this one up as a fancy birthday cake, or just keep it simple, it's completely versitile. The sponge is garanteed to be soft a moist every time with this recipe, and it's perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 170g Self Raising Flour
  • 30g Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Heaped Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 150ml Sunflower Oil
  • 150ml Almond Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons Chia Seeds
  • Warm Water

For Decorating

  • 100g Vegan Margarine
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  1. Preheat oven to 160c
  2. In a small bowl, mix together your 2 teaspoons of chia seeds with two tablespoons of warm water and leave for a few minutes to form a gel.
  3. Add all your cake ingredients (including your chia seed mix) to a food processor and process for about 10 seconds until combined.
  4. Line and grease 2 x 18cm sandwich cake tins and then split your mix evenly between the two.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  6. Leave to cool for 10 mintues nd then turn out onto a cool rack.
  7. In a mixer, add your vegan margarine, cocoa powder and icing sugar and slowly mix together until combined. Turn your mixer to full to beat thoroughly. If your icing is a little runny, you can always add more icing sugar.
  8. Once your cakes are completely cooled, you can use a piping bag or a spatular to ice the middle, then layer the second cake on top, and ice and decorate as you please!

We hope you enjoyed the recipe, weather it's for a birthday, other special occasion, or just because you fancied a slice.

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Written by Amy Northwood
My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget!
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