October 31, 2011 · 10:31 pm

For the past two birthdays, Lil L has asked whether we can make a home-made vegan chocolate cake as his birthday treat, rather than one of those fancy shop-bought birthday cakes. 

Three reasons why I’ve considered this to be great news… 

1. It means he actually likes the cakes I make :)
2. It’s saved me a small fortune :)
3. It means I get to spend some quality time with him in the kitchen :)  

This year, he got heavily involved in all stages of the cake-making process, including the sieving, the mixing and, of course, the bowl licking. No guessing which bit he enjoyed the most ;)

Last year, he chose to have a plastic Frankenstein stuck in the top of the cake.  This year, we went for something slightly more sophisticated… berry and cherry spread in the middle, raw chocolate fudge frosting on top and 8 candles :)

The chocolate and fruity filling flavours went really well together.  For me, the cake also had the perfect consistency (moist, not crumbly, easy to cut).  In summary, this cake was totally delish! And, most importantly, Lil’  L loved it! :)

If anyone fancies a try at making our vegan chocolate cake, here’s the recipe:

Serves: 8-10 people
Preparation: 10 minutes   Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

120g / 4¼oz / 1 cup wholemeal (whole wheat) flour
90g / 3¼oz / ¾ cup plain (all-purpose) flour   
15g / ½oz / 3 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tsp baking powder
170g / 6oz / ¾ cup (packed) unrefined caster (super fine granulated) sugar
75g / 2½oz / 1/3 cup rapeseed (canola) oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
250ml / 8fl oz / 1 cup fortified soya milk (I use Alpro unsweetened).

Suggested filling - berry & cherry fruit spread


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4. Grease 2 x 17cm / 7 inch sandwich cake tins and line the bases with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a large bowl, and mix well.
  3. Using a fork, whisk together the oil and sugar until well combined.  Whisk in the milk and vanilla essence.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Gently stir until the mixture is fully combined and smooth (but take care not to over mix).
  5. Share the mixture evenly between the cake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes, until just firm to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Turn out onto a wire rack and carefully peel off the baking paper. Allow to cool completely before adding the filling and frosting.


  • http://www.keepinghealthygettingstylish.com Laura Agar Wilson (@keephealthstyle)

    Thanks so much for this recipe – I’ve been wanting to make a vegan chocolate cake that the rest of the family would appreciate and this sounds like a winner – it could even end up as our Christmas dessert this year!

  • http://veganaphrodite.wordpress.com vegan aphrodite

    I hope Ill get a kid like L who actually asks for a vegan chocolate cake :) so cute! And this looks delicious! Absolutely a cake I think my family would have enjoyed too!
    Did you see on my blog that I got the Yummy Scrummy`s the other day? I absolutely LOVED them! And Ive found a place I can order them online :) Im also saving the ingredients list so I can try to make them at home! Thank you so much for sending them<3

  • http://bitofthegoodstuff.wordpress.com Sharon

    So glad that the Yummy Scrummy arrived safely with you and SO pleased that you loved it :)
    I imagine that Dan & Paula that make the raw chocolate brownie also ship to Norway, but I’ll double check for you. Here’s their online shop:

  • http://atablespoonofliz.wordpress.com A Tablespoon of Liz

    This looks amazing! There is nothing better than a good chocolate cake!

  • http://everydaysapicnic.wordpress.com Sarah(everydaysapicnic)

    That cake looks so good! It looks fairly easy to make as well :-)

  • http://www.mynaturallyfrugalfamily.blogspot.com Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    What a terrific cake…thank you for making the conversions for your American readers. The looks fantastic and it really is a ton of fun to get your kids involved in the kitchen.
    Happy Birthday to Lil’ L and so glad that he chose a homemade cake over store bought (so nice to have control over the quality of ingredients).

  • http://www.mynaturallyfrugalfamily.blogspot.com Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    Oh one more comment can you provide your recipe for the frosting?

  • http://www.healthifulbalance.blogspot.com Shannon @ Healthiful Balance

    That cake looks so amazing! I bet it tasted awesome as well!! :)

  • http://notjustapples.blogspot.com Alissa – Not Just Apples

    What a lovely compliment to you that he wanted you to make a cake together! Super lovely :)

  • http://www.nutritionbynature.wordpress.com Amy-Nutrition by Nature

    What a cutie on his birthday! I love that you made his cake too, so much better than the store bought ones with all the artificial junk!