Vegan Ultimate Chocolate Cake

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  • Time it takes: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Occasions: Birthday, Everyday, Wedding, Graduation, Holidays
  • Feeds: 3 pounds of batter. Makes 3 x 6 inch cakes
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  • 2 ½ cups of all purpose flour 
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt 
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder 
  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp of white granulated sugar 
  • 1 ½ cups of dairy-free milk 
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 cup of dairy-free butter / margarine 

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  • This recipe pairs well with our Vegan Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream!

    TIP: Leave parchment paper at the bottom of the cakes so it doesn’t stick to the wire rack. Remove when icing the cake.

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line three 6 inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Set aside. 

  • In a large mixing bowl, sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and sugar. Whisk to combine and break up any lumps.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the dairy-free milk and apple cider vinegar, whisk to combine and set aside  for 10 minutes. This creates a vegan buttermilk.

  • In the meantime, add the dairy-free butter/ margarine into a saucepan, place on the hob over low heat and melt. 

  • After 10 minutes, pour the melted butter into the buttermilk and whisk to combine. 

  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together until a smooth batter.

  • Divide the batter equally between the cake tins. Tap the tins on the counter to remove any air bubbles. 

  • Place the cakes into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer inserted down the centre comes out clean. 

  • Once the cakes have fully baked, carefully remove them from the cake pans and place onto a wire rack to cool fully before icing. 

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