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Vegan Chocolate Cake


  • 1 ½ c flour
  • 1 c white sugar
  • ¼ c unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/3 c vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 c water
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil an 8-9" round cake pan and line bottom with a round of parchment or wax paper.

  2. Whisk together flour, white sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add oil, vanilla, vinegar and water and whisk until smooth.

  3. Pour into prepared pan and bake until cake is springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in pan on a rack 15 minutes. Run a thin knife around edge of cake, then turn cake out onto a wax-paper-lined plate. Peel paper off and immediately flip cake back over, top side up, onto rack. Cool completely, about 45 minutes. Just before serving, dust cake with powdered sugar and cocoa.

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