Vegan Classic Chocolate Cake

Recipe from Louise Palmer Masterton, founder of Stem & Glory:

This is a really simple and delicious large cake that can be served in many different ways. You could make a large rectangular cake with a layer of ganache on top. You could also make a double layer round cake with buttercream inside and ganache on top. We have made it into a vegan black forest gateau, and it’s the perfect cake for a children’s party.

Serves 12


The cake

3 cups self-raising flour
2 cups sugar (I use soft dark brown)
1 ⅔ cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
¼   tsp salt
2 cups of water
1 cup vegetable oil 
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
4 tsp vanilla extract 

Chocolate ganache icing

1 bar vegan dark chocolate
1 tbsp coconut oil
⅓ cup soya/oat cream
3 cups (ish) Icing sugar


  1. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl
  2. Mix the wet in another bowl
  3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together (do not over mix)
  4. Pour the mixture into a large greased and lined baking tin. 
  5. Bake 30-45 mins at 180c. The middle of the cake should be firm to touch, and a knife should come out clean when inserted gently into the middle of the cake. One large cake will take longer than two small ones.

Chocolate ganache icing

  1. Melt the chocolate, and oil and soya/oat cream together.
  2. Add the icing sugar bit by bit until you have a thick, but just about pourable, consistency. 
  3. Then spread over the cake quickly before it sets!


Louise Palmer-Masterton is founder of multiple award-winning restaurants Stem & Glory; hip and trendy but accessible plant-based restaurants, serving delicious gourmet vegan food from locally sourced ingredients. Stem & Glory also offers click-and-collect and local delivery in London and Cambridge.  In addition, Stem & Glory offers a range of ready meals, finish at home pizzas, and recipe kits available for delivery across the UK. 

Twitter: @stemandglory 

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Note: If you are not used to measuring ingredients in cup sizes, this is standard in the US and many other parts of the World. It saves lots of fiddly measurements. You can buy a set of measuring cups from Amazon or most good cook stores.

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