Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake

Vegan Orange and Chocolate Zebra Cake. Very delicious, very moist. You'll never know it was vegan. from #dietersdownfall.comOrange Chocolate Cake – Day One – Vegan Orange and Chocolate Cakes

This week, I’m venturing into new territory again. I did start this blog as a journal to challenge myself and bake new recipes. This time, it’s my first Vegan Cake. I decided to make an Orange and Chocolate Cake. However, I then covered it in Ganache (not vegan) but you can make a different frosting to suit your dietary needs.

Vegan Orange and Chocolate Cake, Whipped Ganache and Chocolate Dipped Tangerines. Three days, three recipes, one amazing dessert. from #dietersdownfall.comI also tried a new product for this cake. I bought some Wilton Bake Even Strips and tried them for the first time with this cake. I added a few Instagram photos and got some great advice from fans and bakers who use them.

My only comment is that my pans are not 90 degrees from the bottom to the sides. They are canted slightly and angle out so that the bottom diameter is like 1/8th inch less than the top diameter. So… the stripes didn’t hug the entire side of the cake pans. I don’t think that this really changed the way that the cake baked up because my cakes still had a nice flat top and I didn’t have to cut a top mound off to level it.

I think I did overfill the pans though… as seen in this photo, the edges pushed straight up and the cake did not overflow in my oven. For that, I am happy.

Vegan Orange and Chocolate Zebra Cake. Very delicious, very moist. You'll never know it was vegan. from #dietersdownfall.comI LOVED the stripping effect of the cake layers. I thought about marbling the two cakes, but I was hoping that  the zebra look would be more stunning! And it was! You’ll see that on the final cake photos when I slice into it.

By complete freak of nature, a heart formed in the center of the cake when I added the last bit of chocolate cake. It must have known that Valentine’s day was just around the corner.

Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake

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Orange and Chocolate Vegan Cakes are very rich and moist that you will never miss the butter, milk and eggs.
For the Vegan Chocolate Cake
  • 1½ cup flour
  • 1 cup + tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
For the Vegan Orange Cake
  • 1½ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Prepare each cake in separate bowls
For each cake
  1. Combine the dry ingredients then stir in the wet ingredients.
  2. Prepare two 8 inch round cake pans. Alternately add ¼ cup of the cake mix into the cake pans creating the zebra effect. I stared and ended with chocolate. Bake at 350°F for 30 - 35 minutes.
  3. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes then flip them out onto a cooling rack.
  1. You can make each cake individually for one 8 inch cake. The chocolate cake may cook faster than the orange cake.



  1. Great job on this vegan recipe, Karyn…and it’s absolutely gorgeous, too!

  2. I love this combination of flavours!

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      thanks. I was a bit nervous going in with it, but I love the combo so I figured I’d give it a shot. It was great!

  3. My husband loves the combination of orange and chocolate. I’ll have to surprise him with this:)

  4. I have got to get some of those baking strips! I would love a nice flat topped cake. 😉 Thanks so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. Pinned to our party board!

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  6. This looks like a delicious cake! Since I’m allergic to orange (anything with orange), do you think lemon juice could be substituted? I’m not much of a cook so just wondering before I dive into a disaster of my own making Thanks!

  7. Thanks for the yummy recipe! I have a habit of customizing.. I used 1/4 c of applesauce in place of the oil, used only 3/4 c sugar (and a bit of agave), and forgot to add zest. :p I just made the orange cake and sprinkled chocolate chips on top. This cake is really delicious!

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      Sounds like great changes. I’ve used applesauce as well. Was it sweet enough with less sugar? I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know!

  8. can I use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar?

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      Honestly, I don’t know. It may give the cake a slightly different flavor. You may want to google that ingredient swap before trying it.

  9. Finally an eggless recipe

  10. Nimisha says:


    What type of flour can I use ?
    Plain or self raising ?

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      This recipe calls for regular flour. My recipes always have regular flour unless otherwise noted. thanks!


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