Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake (Vegan)

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

(Adapted from Cuisine at Home Magazine)

Makes One 8-inch, 2-layer cake, Total time: 45 minutes plus cooling

(I baked one 8-inch cake, so baking time was increased)


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules (I used Bosnian coffee, so the flavor was a little strong)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350o F with rack in the center.  Spray two 8" round cake pans with nonstick spray, add a round of parchment paper to the bottoms to help prevent sticking. 
  • Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt in a mixing bowl.  Whisk to combine.
  • Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee and vanilla in a large measuring cup or bowl.  Add to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined - a few lumps are okay. 
  • Divide batter among pans (3 cups in each), then bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
  • Cool cakes for 20 minutes on a rack, then invert them onto the rack.  Leave cakes upside down to cool completely (this flattens domed cakes), then frost.
Find the original recipe and photos at: http://myfancypantry.com/2013/05/11/the-easiest-chocolate-cake-ever-and-its-vegan