Rich decadent chocolate cake. Music to any and every cake lover. There are times in life when a big slice of chocolate cake is exactly what the soul needs. And to make sure that everyone gets to enjoy a slice, I’ve created the easiest and most amazing gluten-free and vegan chocolate cake recipe you will ever need!
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The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe
Four thick and supremely chocolatey chocolate cake layers that are baked to fluffy and moist perfection. Stacked and covered in a lightly sweet and totally scrumptious vegan chocolate buttercream frosting. Tastebuds will jump to attention as this gluten-free and vegan chocolate cake bakes and comes to layered life.
One-Bowl Gluten-Free Chocolate Layers
This chocolate cake recipe is quite literally the best chocolate cake you’ll ever eat and the only chocolate cake recipe you’ll need from now on. It starts with combining all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
A quick note on cocoa powder, I highly recommend using dutch processed vegan cocoa powder. It’s not necessary for an amazing chocolate cake, but it does give a beautiful depth to the rich chocolate flavor.
The next step is to add the wet ingredients. I love to bake this vegan layer cake with unsweetened almond milk. That said, you can easily swap in whatever type of milk you prefer. After you’ve added in the wet ingredients, grab a whisk and whisk to combine. Mix the cake batter until a smooth velvety texture is achieved. Split the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and you are ready to bake these vegan cake layers up!
Second point is to ensure that the gluten-free flour blend you have contains xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is the proverbial glue to gluten-free baking. Without it, you will be left with a crumbly cake that won’t hold together. How sad would that be? I have found the most success with gluten-free blends and results will vary depending on the blend you bake with. See the note section to scoop out the gluten-free baking blend I prefer.
Amazing Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Now it’s time to take this cake from amazing to OMG astronomical! Let’s whip up some vegan chocolate buttercream frosting. This recipe calls for vegan butter and all-vegetable shortening. I love using shortening in my buttercream as it helps with stability (vegan buttercream is notoriously soft) and cuts down on the sweetness. You can certainly use all vegan butter if you desire just note that you might need to chill the frosting before and during as you stack and frost the cake.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the vegan butter and all-vegetable shortening and with the paddle attachment and beat on high for approximately 10 minutes. When it has been whipped properly it will be fluffy and lightened in color. Next, sift in the icing sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and mix on low until combined. Add in the vanilla and again, mix on low until combined.
Scrape down the edges of the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is mixed in and turn that mixer up to high and let it beat for another 5 minutes. You should now have a fluffy vegan chocolate buttercream that tastes like a chocolate-lovers dream.
Gluten-Free & Vegan Chocolate Cake
There you have it folks, a gluten-free and vegan chocolate cake that will knock your proverbial socks off. It’s rich, it’s moist, it’s fudgy, and it’s delicious. The best part is that it’s a cake that everyone can enjoy. As they say, one can never have enough chocolate, and this decadent chocolate cake proves exactly that! I hope you love this cake as much as I do. It’s my go-to chocolate recipe and a staple in both my kitchen and home.
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