I'm SO excited to bring you this recipe for a Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake! Not only is this a recipe for a moist eggless chocolate cake, but I'm also sharing a recipe for the dreamiest vegan chocolate ganache you're going to want to drizzle on EVERYTHING!
For Valentine's Day this year, I really wanted to bake something special. Since this is the holiday that surrounds all things chocolate, I figured it was finally time to bring a vegan chocolate cake recipe to SGTO!
This is the second bundt cake to come to the blog (following my Apple Cider Bundt Cake) and boy is it GOOD. Super moist, simple ingredients, and topped with a vegan chocolate ganache sauce that is incredible. Plus, it's adapted from my very popular Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins!
Ingredient & substitution notes:
Though the full list of ingredients is in the recipe card, here's a quick recap of some important ingredients:
- Pastry flour: To substitute for all-purpose flour use 2 ½ cup all purpose flour+ 2 tablespoon cornstarch in place of 2 ¾ cup pastry flour for a similar texture.
- Cocoa powder: It's super important to use a high quality cocoa powder in this cake recipe as it provides a lot of the flavor. Also, do not use sweetened cocoa powder with sugar added.
- Oat milk: Can be subbed 1:1 with any other dairy-free plant-based milk like soy, rice, almond, etc. I use oat milk to keep this this cake nut-free!
- Olive oil
- I prefer baking with olive oil because it gives this cake a light, tender crumb. However, any mild flavored vegetable oil should work 1:1.
- Applesauce: There is not a great substitute for applesauce, however you could try subbing a plant-based yogurt for a similar texture. Just keep in mind the cake will be less sweet if using yogurt.
- Coconut cream (for ganache): Can be subbed 1:1 with full-fat coconut milk
Steps to make a chocolate bundt cake:
Once you have all the ingredients it's time to make this super moist dairy-free chocolate cake!
Make the vegan chocolate cake batter
When it comes to a recipe requiring cocoa powder it's super important to sift the dry ingredients together first. This way there are no clumps of cocoa powder or pastry flour left in the cake.
Then, add all of the wet ingredients to one bowl, mix, and pour in the bowl of sifted dry ingredients.
It's also important to just mix the batter until all large streaks of flour are gone. You want a smooth cake batter, but do not overmix or else it could end up gummy and dense.
Grease the bundt pan & add batter
The trick to the perfect vegan bundt cake? It all comes down to prepping the bundt pan! I like to use a paper towel to coat the pan in vegan shortening and then dust on a thin layer of cocoa powder. This helps for an easy release after baking!
If it's a chocolate cake, I highly recommend dusting it with cocoa powder vs. flour if you want it to look good out of the oven.
Then add in the batter and tap on the counter before adding to the oven to remove any excess air bubbles.
Bake & flip the bundt cake
To tell if the cake is done baking you can stick a toothpick into the cake. All the batter should come out cooked but the cake should still be moist. Also, the top of the cake will look cracked- just keep in mind this is totally normal and okay!
Another important part of making a bundt cake is to let the cake rest for about 15 minutes before flipping it. As the cake cools it will naturally release from the pan a bit and firm up.
Then, flip the pan onto a wire rack to finish. I prefer cooling my bundt cake on a wire rack so the bottom does not collect too much moisture as it cools.
Make the vegan chocolate ganache
The last step to making this double chocolate bundt cake is topping it with a vegan chocolate sauce! This ganache is made with two easy ingredients- chocolate chips and coconut cream.
Just melt together and then pour over the cake to give it that glossy finish!
By the way, I totally just microwave my ganache and coconut cream in the microwave at 20-second intervals until melted. You can also use the double boiler method if you prefer that.
FAQ & Expert Tips:
Can I make this chocolate bundt cake gluten-free?
I haven't personally tried it, but it may work with a 1:1 Gluten-Free Baking Mix like Bob's Red Mill.
However, subbing all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour such as almond or coconut flour will not work in this recipe.
Can I make this vegan bundt cake oil-free?
I haven't tried it and, personally, I wouldn't recommend it.
Using oil makes the cake super tender. Especially when it comes to a bundt cake, you really want to follow the recipe exactly as written because of the long baking time.
If you reduce the moisture by a significant amount (reducing the oil or sugar), the cake will likely come out too dry.
What makes this vegan chocolate cake moist?
A few things make this cake stay moist despite the really long baking time!
I use a mix of oat milk, applesauce, and olive oil which all provide a ton of moisture to this cake. Plus, we can't forget sugar which actually provides moisture to this cake- especially brown sugar which has molasses in it.
I hope you all love this Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake with chocolate ganache! It's a new favorite in our home and is the perfect Valentine's Day cake to treat your loved ones. Enjoy!
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Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Then sift together the dry ingredients including the pastry flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Next, add the wet ingredients to a larger mixing bowl including the oat milk, olive oil, applesauce, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together to combine.
- Add the bowl of sifted dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and mix together until a thick cake batter forms. Please note, it is important not to overmix the batter and just mix it until all large clumps or streaks of flour are gone.
- Let the batter rest in the bowl and lightly grease the bundt pan. I have found that greasing the pan with shortening works best, but olive oil or a non-sticky spray works too. Make sure every crevice is lightly oiled so the cake does not stick. Then, dust the pan lightly with cocoa powder (optional). Make sure to dump out any excess powder that is not sticking to the pan.
- Add the cake batter to the bundt pan and tap the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles and fill in all the crevices of the pan with batter. Then, add the cake to the oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until cooked throughout.
- Remove the bundt cake and let sit 10-15 minutes before inverting. I also recommend running a butter knife along the edges of the cake before inverting to help loosen. It is best to invert the cake onto a wire rack to cool so the bottom does not get too moist.
- Once the cake has cooled completely, make the chocolate ganache. Melt the chocolate chips and coconut cream together until a thick ganache forms. Then, pour the ganache over the cake until evenly coated. Topping with optional dried rose petals and serve!
- Cake can be stored at room temperature in a closed container or wrapped in plastic wrap for 3-5 days without chocolate ganache.
- If ganache is on top, the best way to store the cake is pre-sliced in a closed container in the freezer. It will keep for up to 1 month when stored in a closed container. To defrost let sit at room temperature about 1 hour before eating.