I really love when my kids randomly come up with ideas like “we should make chocolate cake tonight”. Because I like to help them carry out their own ideas sometimes to build their confidence. Chocolate cake is one of their ideas I really like to help make happen 🙂
Immediately, I remembered how delicious THIS Double-layer Chocolate Cake tasted. It was so good, especially with that Buttercream Frosting. But it was already dinner time and my kids go to bed shortly after dinner, so I needed something really quick and easy. I finally found a Cocoa Cake Recipe that looked promising. This recipe doesn’t call for eggs, so I could be a little more relaxed about my kids picking in the batter and wanting to lick the beaters.
I made a few changes to the recipe. We used half whole wheat flour, a lot more cocoa powder, and unsweetened coconut beverage instead of plain water. I doubled the vanilla and used apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar.
This cake turned out great! We ate it just a few minutes out of the oven, but it’s even better if you wait a half hour or so for it to cool more. Thick, chewy and chocolatey. Reminded me of cake-like brownies.
Cocoa Cake (dairy free) Recipe
Ingredients (9 servings):
- 3/4 C. whole wheat flour
- 3/4 C. all-purpose flour
- 2/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 C. granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/3 C. Canola oil
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 C. unsweetened Coconut Beverage (you can use cold water, milk (if you want to add dairy), almond milk, etc.)
- optional: about 1-2 tsp. powdered sugar to sprinkle on top of the cake
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour an 8×8 inch glass baking dish.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking soda.
- Add in the oil, apple cider vinegar, vanilla and coconut beverage. Beat together until smooth. Pour into greased and floured baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar and serve.
*Inspired by THIS Cocoa Cake Recipe.