Vegan, wheat & dairy free Chocolate Cake.

Rich, moist, and luxuriously dark. This recipe is quite remarkable, being vegan, wheat and dairy free! It’s fantastically easy to make, and is a welcome contrast to heavy, cloying chocolate cakes which I for one am not a fan of. If you are, whip up a vanilla frosting with vegan butter for the filling and / or top!

Perfect, too, as a pudding with vegan vanilla ice cream – the silky smooth ice compliments the cocoa rich cake deliciously.

Dry Ingredients
  • 3 cups of oats – if using homemade, make sure it’s very finely ground
  • 1 1/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
wet ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup (+ 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil for tins)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Frosting if wished, and jam for filling (I used home grown apple & blackcurrant low sugar compote)

Vegan, wheat and dairy free chocolate cake
Vegan, wheat and dairy free chocolate cake


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line two 9-inch round cake pans, or coat with oil, then dust with cocoa powder.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients: oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Heat the water & milk in a microsafe bowl in 10-second blasts until just warm, to prevent the melted coconut oil from solidifying when mixed.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients: water, milk, coconut oil, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Whisk until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain.
  6. Pour the batter evenly into your prepared cake pans. Tap the pans several times to level & release any bubbles. Bake for 22-26 minutes. Test with a toothpick—it should come out clean when done.
  7. Place the pans on a cooling rack to cool for 25 minutes. Then loosen the cake by gently running a plastic knife around the edge. Shake the pan a few times until you hear the cake pop loose. Place a large plate or cooling rack upside down, on top of one cake pan. Grasping both the pan and the plate tightly, flip the cake onto the plate/rack. Repeat with second layer.
  8. Allow cake to cool completely before filling and / or frosting.
  9. Store in an airtight container. Use a cake slice to serve, as it is crumbly… and each crumb is totally delicious!

This recipe is originally from the Beaming Baker, click here.

I first made this satisfying cake when Gilly, a friend invited herself and her husband for tea in the garden after a walk at Knepp; the amazing 3500 acre rewilding project nearby, owned by Charlie Burrell and his appropriately named wife, author and conservationist, Isabella Tree.

Gilly is a hugely inspiring vegan and Macrobiotic therapist. I’ve learnt a lot from her about the inextricable relationship between diet and every aspect of physical and mental health. I was so pleased to find a recipe that would suit her vegan, plant based diet – and also my ethos of not chasing around supermarkets for ingredients with names that I can’t pronounce, let alone find on the shelves of my local store! Gilly seemed delighted, and we’ve enjoyed the leftovers hugely: all good!

Sharing with Angie and the Fiesta Friday bunch – a good recipe for celebrating mothers on this Mother’s Day in the US… and Happy Fiesta #379!

Woody Harrelson, actor: 

“In this world that is spinning madly out of control,
we have to realize that we’re all related.
We have to try to live harmoniously.”

12 thoughts on “Vegan, wheat & dairy free Chocolate Cake.

  1. Ooo that cake looks delicious! 🙂 And that’s a great quote from Woody Harrelson.


  2. I think this is awesome!


  3. I love a deep rich heavy chocolate cake! So probably I will skip this except I do have a gluten free friend so maybe tempted to try it (someday when we can gather again) although I have zero idea what non dairy milk is?

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    1. Oh yes, celebrate the end of lockdown when you can get together for a gluten free tea! Soya / Oat / rice milk?


      1. I have heard of oat milk but not rice milk. I will have to try this. End of restrictions coming soon!

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      2. Hurrah!! A worldwide sigh of relief will be heard, I think. People need to be people and socialise – we look forward to it again, when safe!


      3. I feel some anxiety about opening up and what speed to go at. I really want all around me to have second doses before we go crazy!

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      4. Agreed – we are getting there with the vaccinations! 🙏


      5. Thank heavens for modern science

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  4. I’m not a fan of chocolate cake, but this looks a fine texture.

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    1. I was just amazed at all the usual cake ingredients that this one doesn’t contain – but it’s still a lovely end product (though probably not if you don’t like choc cake anyway!!) Thanks, Derrick 🙂

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