Vegan Cocoa Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

Friday, January 6, 2012

Vegan Cocoa Cake
Vegan Cocoa Cake

Happy New Year! How is 2012 treating you?

I sort of missed the first half the month... sick on New Year's Eve with days of sinus infection...and a Z-Pack that killed my stomach for a couple days. Then I almost broke my 4th toe (what's that called? The "ring" toe?) yesterday hiking up a mountain. Well, you can replace "hiking up a mountain" with "in my house, moving junk around." Sigh.

Vegan Cocoa Cake collage
Why don't you start of your 2012 with some vegan cocoa cake with a light cinnamon sugar topping. I found this recipe in Hawai'i's Best Local Desserts by Jean Watanabe Hee. The fact that it's vegan isn't mentioned in the cookbook, but as I started to assemble the ingredients, I noticed it was vegan! The resulting cake is very moist. I cut it when it was still warm so the edges are all ragged...but it was still enjoyed at the library!

Vegan Cocoa Cake
Vegan Cocoa Cake
Adapted from Hawai'i's Best Local Desserts by Jean Watanabe Hee

2 1/2 cups flour (350 grams)
1 1/2 cups sugar (300 grams)
1/2 cup cocoa (40 grams Hershey's cocoa)
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup oil (I used canola oil)
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoons vanilla
2 cups cold coffee or cold water (I used two packages of Starbucks Via. I dissolved the coffee in 1/2 cup boiling water and then added ice and cold water to get 2 cups of cold coffee)

Topping (combine together in a small bowl):
1/4 cup sugar (50 grams)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
3. Add oil, vinegar, vanilla and coffee/water to the bowl. Stir together with a whisk - but be sure you don't overbeat. Do not make this in a KitchenAid mixer or electric mixer - a fork or whisk are just fine. You'll see bubbles because of the reaction of the baking soda and vinegar.
4. When combined, immediately pour into the 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar topping.
5. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes.
6. Let cool and cut into squares.

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11 comments: said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my! This cake looks delicious. Craving cake now!

Nish said... [Reply to comment]

This goes on my to-do list for tomorrow. Done.
I'm collecting all kinds of vegetarian/vegan/egg less cake recipes to try one every weekend :D
Thanks for sharing!

The Mom Chef said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, that's so very moist. I'm not a chocolate person, but the rest of the family is. This looks like something they'd enjoy. I hope your sinus infection is gone for good!

Dharma said... [Reply to comment]

It's a delicious recipe, thank you very much, happy weekend. regards

Samantha Chu Ramage. said... [Reply to comment]

that cake looks too good! sorry to hear about your ring toe!


Trish said... [Reply to comment]

This looks great! I am a pastry chef for a local organic grocery/supplement store, and I have to keep a variety of desserts on hand to accommodate different health concerns and issues, including vegan stuff. I am going to print this recipe off and bake up a batch tomorrow at work and see how it turns out. It almost looks like the Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake, minus the eggs and buttermilk. I bet some almond milk with vinegar (or even coconut milk) would also be good in this.

Mary said... [Reply to comment] are making me think I need to try this vegan stuff. It actually looks edible....hmmmm....

Shelly Donahue said... [Reply to comment]

I see a new after school snack in my kids future! I love chocolate and cinnamon together. This looks great.

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

I made this a couple days ago and am blogging it for Valentine's Day- it was delicious Mary, thank you!

On a side note, I looked up this cookbook through the link you sent and was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing a recipe from the book with me, for Kona Coffee Mud Pie. I'd truly appreciate it. Thank you!

Monica h
stillhopeful.monica (at)

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

Here's my link Mary!

chibi said... [Reply to comment]

I made this cake today because I needed a vegan dessert. It turned out wonderfully. I couldn't unmold it from my pan though. But it popped out easily piece by piece. I also used a quarter cup of espresso and made of the difference with water. Thank you for the recipe.

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