Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake

Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake

This is the best vegan vanilla cake you make at parties, for guests, when you want to wow them and shock them that vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free can be so darn delicious! They will love you. This Crowd-Pleasing Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake will become your favorite cake!

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Finally, the day has come that this cake I created and showed you all on social media several times the past year, is here. This recipe has been written for nearly 4 months. It's TIME people. The anticipation for this cake has been so great on social media. I first shared that I was creating a cake for an online cake kit company on August 2015 on this post! Over 200 of you chimed in with voting for the flavor choices I gave and Vanilla Chocolate Chip won! A year later, here we are.

The inspiration for this cake is my love for the classic chocolate chip cookie. So, I created a cake based on that classic cookie. Chocolate chip cookie becomes chocolate chip cake with a wonderful vanilla flavor. It has that same rich, sweet, buttery flavor that you get from the cookie, but in cake form.

This cake is moist, buttery and rich and using mainly oat flour, gives it a wonderful texture. I ultimately decided on my oat and starch flour combo that I've used a few times here on the blog, but instead of potato starch (too crumbly and dry), I swapped it with tapioca for better structure and that was the winner. I wanted it nut-free, so that's why I trialed so much.

Just skip this recipe if you cannot have oats. No two gluten-free flours are alike. I have another vanilla cake recipe on the blog that is just 2 flours, so you can always make my Dreamy Vegan Vanilla Cake if you don't use oats.

The topping is a firm, fudgy ganache, not an oily icing or frosting, but literally like biting into the center of a truffle.

The cake itself is just 8 ingredients (+ salt & water) and just a few minutes prep. The ganache recipe is just 1 extra ingredient needed (plant milk) to complete the whole masterpiece, as the remaining ganache ingredients are repeat ingredients that are also used in the cake.

 

The secret ingredient used in this cake to make it buttery and moist? Coconut butter! There is just enough to give the cake some needed fat for texture (doesn't work on applesauce alone!) but not too much, so it doesn't taste like coconut.

If you are interested in purchased my cake kit instead of going out to buy the ingredients, you can purchase it over at Cake In A Crate.

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Yields 8 slices

Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake

This is the best vegan vanilla cake you make at parties, for guests, when you want to wow them and shock them that vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free can be so darn delicious! They will love you. This Crowd-Pleasing Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake will become your favorite cake!

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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5 based on 3 review(s)

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/4 cups (160 g) superfine oat flour (use a scale! see NOTE, use certified gluten-free oats if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (48 g) tapioca starch/flour (this is the ONLY starch that works, do not sub)
  • 2 1/2 (12 g) teaspoons baking powder
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (200g) pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (120g) unsweetened applesauce, room temperature, or slightly warm
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) warm water
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (90g) warmed and melted liquid coconut butter (you can purchase this at Whole Foods, make sure the only ingredient is coconut. My favorite brand is Dastony. OR you can make your own by following these steps )
  • 1/2 cup (95 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
  • Ganache
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips (180 g)
  • 4 tablespoons canned “lite” coconut milk or homemade cashew milk (It will not be nut-free if you use cashew milk. You can use almond milk if you like, but again, will not be nut-free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • Optional Chocolate Curls for Garnish (recommended, duh!)
  • 1 bar dark chocolate (I used 70%)
  • NOTE: I make my own oat flour by processing quick cooking gluten-free oats in my vitamix or food processor into a fine flour. It is very important it is a fine flour before measuring and then weigh it for accurate results. If your flour is not fine, it will produce a more dense, gritty cake.

Instructions

  1. As I always recommend, use a scale for accurate results. If you must use cups, make sure to scoop the flour with your cup, lightly pat down and then level off, so there are no gaps. If you want to make cupcakes, then I would suggest making these with my Truffle Frosting instead. Double the recipe for a double layer cake.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 inch round (9 will yield too short a cake) cake pan with nonstick spray. Place a round piece of parchment paper on the bottom.
  3. Add the oat flour, tapioca, baking powder and salt to a large bowl and whisk well.
  4. It is important to make sure your liquids are not cold, or it will cause the coconut butter to harden. For measuring the coconut butter, you can either measure out the 68g while it's thick or melt some to a complete liquid first and then measure 68g. If your coconut butter is thick or hard, you must gently heat it in the microwave for just a few seconds, stir around, until it is a complete liquid, the consistency of oil, BEFORE measuring. Have it melted before adding the liquids in the next step.
  5. Make a well at the bottom of the bowl and pour in the syrup, applesauce, vanilla, warm water and lastly, the melted coconut butter. Whip with an electric whisk or beater, starting slow and then gradually increasing. You only need to mix it for about 15 seconds, just to ensure it’s a smooth batter. Do not over-beat the batter. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes (for cupcakes 15-20 mins until clean toothpick, mine were done at about 17 mins), until a toothpick comes out clean Cool in the pan for at least 45 minutes before removing to firm up.
  7. Place the cooling rack over a large plate before adding the ganache. This is necessary so that the excess ganache can drip through the cooling rack and keep your cake mess-free.
  8. For the ganache, add the chocolate chips and milk into a bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and then another 15-30 more seconds until it’s almost melted. Stir until smooth.
  9. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
  10. Pour all the ganache over the cooled cake, directly over the center. Using the back of a spoon, gently spread the chocolate out to the sides evenly, dragging the spoon gently back and forth, while guiding it along to drip down the sides. Take a knife and drag along the sides to smooth the edges.
  11. Place in the fridge to firm the ganache for about 30 mins. Then keep covered in a cake dome container or loosely secured with foil at room temperature until serving.
  12. To make the chocolate curls, simply place a bar of dark chocolate on a plate and place in the microwave for 15-30 seconds, just to soften it enough to make the curls. Use a peeler and drag it along the sides of the chocolate, making curls.

Notes

Nutrition of cake (per slice, based on 8): 292.5 calories, 10.9 g fat, 4.8 g protein, 45.5 carbs, 4.5 g fiber, 23.9 g sugar, 263.4 mg sodium
Ganache: 126.1 calories, 7.9 g fat, 1.6 g protein, 13.8 carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 10.5 g sugar, .17 mg sodium

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139 Comments

  1. Hi Brandi. This looks and sounds sooo good! If I wanted to make cupcakes would the baking time still be the same or less? Also, while you write coconut butter and not oil would any other nut butter work or does it have to be coconut? (I'm asking since it looks like this is the only ingredient I don't have...)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Milda! Yes, you definitely need the coconut butter. I tried nut butters and also all applesauce the texture was too dense and not pleasant at all and the coconut butter made a HUGE different in the flavor and texture. Definitely get that! I cannot wait to hear what you think Milda, as always thank you for making my recipes!
      • I just saw your reply to another reader that I can make my own coconut butter. Yay!!! How about cupcake bake time though? Would it be the same as for the cake or less ?
        • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
          Hi Milda, I'm so sorry, yes you can make them as cupcakes! I'd say 15-20 minutes, just check for a clean toothpick :)
          • So finally the weekend came and I got a chance to make the cupcakes using your recipe (twice) 😏 First time as a trial run to see how they will taste the next day since I wanted to make them for my friend at work (her birthday is this week). While fresh ones tasted better of course to me they tasted great the next day too. A teensy bit too sweet for me personally but it's just me (as my husband preferred the sweetness). Made a second batch today to take to work tomorrow. I hope my coworkers (and especially the birthday girl), non of whom is vegan or even vegetarian, like them too. Super simple and I used your suggestion and made my own coconut butter (which was also super simple) and quick (except for the waiting period at the end 😜). Another great recipe, bookmarked👍 I will keep this handy and make it as a birthday cake (hopefully with layers) when the need strikes 🙃 My pics of the cupcakes are on Instagram.
          • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
            So happy to hear that Milda, thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! Yes, I went all out on this cake because I'm always wanting to prove to all people, not just vegans, that desserts aren't bland or a sacrifice of amazing flavor. 3 testing groups tested this cake and most were not vegan and even some readers made this for a large group of non-vegan coworkers and all LOVED it, so I think and hope yours will too!! :)
  2. I would make this for myself and family
  3. This looks so good, Brandi!
  4. Any sub for applesauce?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Melody, no I wouldn't recommend subbing the applesauce. It is there for both the flavor and moisture texture aspect. It is super cheap at nearly any grocery store so you shouldn't have an issue finding any.
  5. Oh woooow, that cake looks like the best thing ever! I really wished I'd be living in the US and could order one :D Also, can the coconut butter be substituted somehow? I live in Germany and I haven't seen coconut butter in our stores yet!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you Mara! There is no sub for the coconut butter, it is a key ingredient in both the taste and texture of this cake. If you can't find it anywhere, you can easily make it at home, I show you how here on this post. Just make sure it is processed to a complete RUNNY liquid before measuring it for the cake. http://thevegan8.com/2013/10/14/homemade-coconut-butter/
  6. Brandi, I'm so happy and excited for you! Big, big congratulations! Just watched the video and everything looks and sounds so beautiful! I could only imagine how delicious this cake must taste. Your last picture I want this big slice now I'm drooling and you know I'm all about chocolate:)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Florian, I really enjoyed making this video, the whole experience has been just amazing!!
  7. This is your best recipe and video yet. Thank you for the countless trials and errors to bring the perfect product. I know people are always looking for subs but I trust that your use of only coconut butter (and all other ingredients) is for a specific reason or you would have given more subs. I cannot wait to make it and have a very special family in mind who is in dire need of sweetness in their life and will enjoy this cake box very much.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Estee!! Thank you so much for your kind words and as always, your amazing support!! xxx
  8. Such an amazing accomplishment for you Brandi! You can tell you have put your heart and soul into this project. I'd love to try make this cake for friends and family.
  9. Oh my! I would make this for my daughter and her husband. They are vegetarians and I love to make special desserts for them, and my husband to0. What a wonderful product!
  10. This looks absolutely amazing! I would love to try this and make it for my husband who will be having hip surgery a few days before his birthday. It would be a special treat to pick up his spirits.
  11. BRANDI!!! This cake looks FABULOUS and Cake in a Crate sounds so so fun!!! Congratulations on developing what looks like an AMAZING recipe for them! Ugh I NEED to get my hands on some coconut butter. What's your favorite place to get it from? I WANT THIS CAKE!!
  12. I would bake this cake for my friend Tina who is gluten free. It will be nice for these vegan to eat dessert with her for a change!
  13. I really like the cake in a crate option. Looks yummy!
  14. This looks so good! I would make it for my husband, who doesn't believe vegan foods can be yummy.
  15. Family. Birthdays or extended family dinners, it would be perfect.
  16. This looks amazing! I am going to make it this weekend.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Can't wait to hear!!
  17. Can't wait to try this! I will be making it for my family. My daughter and I are gluten free and vegan and my husband is newly gluten free so I think we will all enjoy this!
  18. I would definitely make this for myself and my family, my kids would love this!
  19. Looks yummy! I can't wait to try it!!
  20. I would make this cake for my daughter if I were to win. I never got a chance to make her a cake this year for her birthday and this would be it. I think she would absolutely love it!!
  21. This is such a great idea!! I've been looking for a perfect birthday cake and I think I found it!
  22. Oh how exciting! My sister and I host a party every fall for our cousins, and this cake would be a perfect compliment to the SAD cheesecake that my sister always makes. I can't wait to try it! Thank you Brandi for all your wonderful work!
  23. This cake looks and sounds amazing! I would love to make it for my husband and use it to tempt him to eat more vegan foods.
  24. I would make this for my husband & kids if I won :)
  25. Cake looks great, love the video! ;)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      SO glad you loved the video Christopher, thank you!
  26. This cake sounds (and looks) so delicious! I don't eat a lot of desserts, so if I won the crate, I'd probably share the cake with my mom and dad, my landlady and/or my church. :)
  27. I would make this for my family...just need to find coconut butter.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Wilma, I updated the recipe above regarding the coconut butter :)
  28. Congrats girl!!! You can see all the LOVE you put into creating these cake kits! They are absolutely gorgeous :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much my friend!! I can't take credit for that part, that was all Cake In A Crate! I designed the recipe and tested it a ton and they brought it all together. It's an amazing partnershp!
  29. This looks amazingly delicious! My birthday is coming up very soon and I would love to have this cake!
  30. WOW!!! Brandi!!! I am so THRILLED for you!!! I think this cake, and your connection to "Cake In A Crate", are just the BEGINNING for you to receive some of the returns (and widespread acclaim!) you SOOO deserve for all your dedication and hard work, as well as your commitment to the highest standards of healthier vegan culinary creation (in the form of ALL of your amazing recipes). It's wonderful for any of us to be able to actually LIVE our passion in life, whatever that passion may be; to "follow our bliss" so to speak. But it's the "icing on the cake" (pun intended...haha!) to actually be REWARDED in various ways for doing so. I know, first-hand, how much perseverance and commitment it takes for an artist such as you are to try to live her or his passion in this difficult, competitive world, and you deserve every good thing that comes your way! I WHOLEHEARTEDLY believe this is just the "tip of the iceberg" for you. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Just don't forget all of your devoted and adoring fans when you make it to "the big-time"!!! Because we'll all still be here, rooting for you!!! Now, if I were to be lucky enough to actually win one of these three cakes from "Cake In A Crate", I would bake it and eat the entire thing MYSELF, first, then I'd BUY one, too, because it'd just be plain NASTY of me not to share! (Seriously, I'd PROBABLY not really eat it all myself, but I am CERTAIN I would WANT to!!!) You continue to absolutely AMAZE us all!! Love and devotion from one of your most loquacious and tirelessly expressive fans......Daryl PS: As usual, just like ALL of your recipes, I KNOW this one is gonna be worthy of a 5-star rating, so I'm gonna go ahead and give it that rating IN ADVANCE!!! (I cannot WAIT to try the recipe, though.....FOR REAL!!!!....I think I'll go get the ingredients TODAY!!!!)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Daryl, you are the best! Thank you so much for always saying the most kind things to me and taking the time to write so much from your heart, I really appreciate al of your support! I can't wait to hear what you think of this cake!
  31. I can't even. This looks just so ridiculously amazing. Seriously. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Olivia!
  32. Brandi, you are an inspiration! Well done for making this happen - it sounds AMAZING. I'd heard of Cake in a Crate before and love the whole concept. So exciting <3
  33. It looks delicious! Cake in a crate sounds like a good partnership and opportunity! I would love to make it for my husband without needing to make a trip to the store.
  34. I've been looking for a recipe like this for a while now!!! I've just got myself into baking and you have definitely inspired me with all of your amazing desserts! I CANT wait to make this! Looks great. Thank you so much for sharing The Vegan love ❤️ Charisma
  35. If I were blessed enough to win this, I'd make it for my son and daughter who's birthdays are 4 days apart and coming up soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe and for the chance to win, We adore your recipes!
  36. This is awesome. I am very happy for you. I wish you great success with this joint venture. You deserve all the success you want you have incredible recipes and we are very lucky that you share them with us. What you do is very much appreciated by lots of people. And wow that cake looks insane. I can imagine that it taste even more insane. You just out do yourself time and time again. Thanks for sharing your talent with the world :D
  37. I would make this for my niece. She is kind, smart, funny and a beautiful soul. Just graduated from college and is spending the month in Thailand volunteering to work with underpriveleged children. She comes home soon and we already agreed we are making your vegan nachos together. What better way to top off a homecoming than preparing a meal and ending it with that spectacular cake!!!
  38. Thank you very much for sharing such an awesome cake!!!!
  39. This looks incredible, I'm always so inspired by your amazing recipes!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      So sweet, thank you so much!
  40. I'd make it for all my vegan friends!
  41. You go with your bad cake making self! Don't you just love the magic of coconut butter? I took a break from it for a bit (remember my obsession? LOL!) but just started using it in a ton again, and was reminded of it's magical ways. Love your cake, it turned out gorgeous! I still remember all the trials you did and the messages and pictures of the hard work. SO happy it has finally come to fruition and your baking dreams are coming true! Would you just open your own damn bakery already?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Omg, I realized I never responded to your comment girl! I'm so sorry, this was one crazy week and it looks like I missed a bunch of comments to respond to even though I read them. Thank you so much! This cake was quite the work but it turned out so damn good, it was worth it, haha!
  42. Cake <3 And it just looks so simply beautiful!! Any big baking...creation, like cake, is just SO FUN to make. I love spending the time in the kitchen working on one thing, just one big lovely sweet delicious thing like a cake! Haha! O....and the reward ;)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Rebecca, so kind of you!
  43. Well...I would absolutely have to make this for my husband....and we would need to invite someone over to share it with! This looks SO FUN!!!
  44. This is so incredible Brandi, and I am sooooo happy for you! Cake in a Crate sounds like an absolutely amazing company too, what they do is so inspiring I love their website. Your cake sounds and looks so delicious, I really can't wait to try your recipe! It's definitely chocolate heaven!
  45. DJ
    I would make it for my hubby.
  46. Yummmmm this looks seriously delicious and so photogenic too! I want to try this out for a BBQ on Monday! xx Annie http://www.somethingswellblog.com/
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Wonderful Annie! I can't wait to hear what you think, thank you!
  47. Um MYSELF!!!! Duh!! Make this perfect chocolate-coated cake beauty and give it away?? I think not! I bet you know this recipe by heart at this point. All those trials and tests and months absolutely paid off though, it looks completely incredible! I'm so happy you went with oat flour on this one too, the texture looks just the way I like it. And the Cake in a Crate concept and partnership is so neat, I am really excited for you. Getting your name out here and the GF oil-free goodness to more people in more forms is fantastic! Plus chocolate chip vanilla cake is the perfect flavor for me because I can never choose between chocolate or vanilla cake :)
  48. This cake looks dreamy! I need it in my life, and we have so many birthdays coming up! Sometimes specialty flours and other ingredients are hard to come by where I live, so it would be so great to have everything I need come to me in a box!
  49. That's such a fun idea Brandi and that cake looks beyond amazing! I'm not usually a cake fan, but with such a good chocolate to cake ratio going on there, I'm totally drawn in!
  50. I made this recipe into cupcakes tonight and baked them for 15 min. They turned out great! I wanted a plain vanilla cake, so I left out the chocolate chips. We also made a coconut whipped cream chocolate frosting with them. They were wonderful! Thank you for the recipe! Is the base of this recipe different from the funfetti cake recipe photo on your Instagram?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay!! So awesome to hear Sammy! Thank you so much for the feedback, so glad you loved them!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh, forgot to answer your question, sorry, yes, the base is completely different from the funfetti!
  51. I'd make this for my parents and my in-laws, who are just beginning to see that vegan baking can be just as good as traditional!
  52. i would make the cake for my parents!
  53. Made this cake and it turned out perfect! Tastes sooo good! My hubby loves it too!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay Lil!! Thank you so much for the feedback, so glad to hear you and hubby loved it!
  54. What a gorgeous looking cake. I just love chocolate and vanilla together! What an exciting venture working with Cake In A Crate is for you. It's such an awesome idea!
  55. Mini chocolate chips...necessary? I can't find the mini dairy free ones by me (I could order the others if I have to). Can't wait!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Vanessa, no you can use other vegan regular ones! Some may have a slightly different melting effect, but Trader Joes has a good one and there are other dairy-free ones out there at stores, you just have to read the label. Make sure to get ones without milk in them. The ones with cocoa butter cocoa powder or chocolate liquor are best.
  56. This is so much fun! It really takes the intimidation factor out of gluten free baking. If I won, I'd bake a cake for my birthday later this month.
  57. This sounds sooo exiting, Brandi! Congrats!! :-) And this cake simply looks amazing!
  58. I am soooo trying this cake! Love the idea of using oats flour, I've used oatmeal in cake before, and it was delish, so I can only imagine how good this must taste! And how awesome is the idea of cake in a crate!?! Well done Brandi! X
  59. I would definitely make this for myself (I'm craving all the chocolate just looking at the pictures!!), though I would most certainly share with my non-vegan family. It looks awesome. Need to make this soon!
  60. A wonderful family member ordered a Cake in a Crate for my birthday! I am so excited to try this cake and I know I will have all the ingredients on hand - LOL. You go girl!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hah! I can't wait to hear what you think of it Peggy!
  61. I would make this cake for my boyfriend because he has an incredible sweet tooth and he will eat literally anything!! :) Thank you for the giveaway!
  62. Looks delicious! And just in time for my birthday!!
  63. I would make this cake for my sister who is five months pregnant and CRAVING sweets!
  64. delicious looking recipe! I would make this cake for my boyfriend's birthday coming up in August, he has a dairy allergy so this would be perfect!
  65. I would make this for my family - just because! We are die hard chocolate chip cookie fans and this recipe sounds amazing!
  66. First let me say how FANTASTIC it is that Cake in a Crate is offering others the opportunity to find out how scrumptious vegan, gluten & oil-free baking can be, but more importantly, how amazing YOU are, Brandi! While I continue to spread the word about you, your site, and your magic recipes, I am only one person. :) I am incredibly excited for you, Brandi! You definitely deserve this recognition and opportunity and I wish you all the best. I made this recipe using the cupcake option and made your chocolate truffle frosting (sans the espresso) as a good luck for my daughter with an important appointment she has today. She was delighted! The coconut flavor was devine with the truffle icing (which, btw, is phenomenal beyond words!) and was super easy to put together! Thanks so much for adding the link to make coconut butter, because it had been a few months since the last time I used your method to make some and it was very convenient not to have to search for it. You're always thinking of your readers. :0) This recipe will be bookmarked like so many others of yours. Thanks, Brandi!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much for the amazing feedback Colleen, so glad you loved this cake as cupcakes and the chocolate truffle frosting so much! Thank you so much for your sweet words, I truly appreciate it and all of your wonderful comments you continue to leave on my blog!
  67. This cake looks really good! My mother, husband and myself all have a birthday within 10 days of each other. I think this will have to be our birthday cake this year. You can't go wrong with anything chocolate! I have just come across your website and Facebook page and look forward to exploring many more of your recipes. I also love that most are gluten free. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!
  68. When I make this cake I plan on sharing it with my co-workers so they can taste how awesome plant based is😋
  69. A quick update. These cupcakes were a great success with my coworkers. Therefore another set of 5 stars 😋
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Milda, I am so happy to hear that!!
  70. I would make this for an upcoming family gathering, and win them all over to vegan living [including our gluten free family members!] <3 Thanks so much for all of your amazing recipes, Brandi!
  71. This looks incredible! My birthday is coming up and I want to make this for my family.
    • Ps. Theo chocolate is my favorite! I have a soy allergy so Theo has been a lifesaver! :)
  72. Seriously one of the best gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free cake recipes I have ever tasted! It's easy, delicious and totally amazing!!!! I made the cupcake version and they were devoured within 10 minutes. 100% recommended!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay! So happy to hear that Morgan, thank you so much for letting me know and sharing it on Instagram!!
  73. I love all your recipes, so easy and always incredibly delicious! I've always been hesitant about baking in general, especially with experimenting with new ingredients and being new to vegan. I wanted to make this cake to show my family you can have a healthy lifestyle and still have desserts that are actually vegan and yummy! Once again, you hit it out of the ballpark with this! Please don't stop creating and sharing because you have made my transition to being vegan very yummy and easy and now my kids and hubby have become vegans!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Jenn! I'm so very happy to hear you are loving the recipes and they help so much! I'm so glad to hear this recipe was such a hit too, thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback, I really appreciate it!
  74. Since beginning with the plant-based way of living last summer, I have not made even one sweet dish - cake, pie, cookies, etc. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE chocolate, but I'm afraid nothing will taste like the "real" thing. I might try the recipe you have here.
  75. Since beginning with the plant-based way of living last summer, I have not made even one sweet dish - cake, pie, cookies, etc. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE chocolate, but I'm afraid nothing will taste like the "real" thing. I might try the recipe you have here after reading all of the comments posted!
  76. This looks amazing! Great idea for a product and giveaway 😊 I would definitely make this for my mom, she would flip out and have everyone try it (if we could keep ourselves from eating it first 😅)
  77. Oh my GOODNESS Brandi, this cake looks fabulous. I would make it for my husband! I just found out I'm pregnant with our second child, and I've had such righteously bad morning sickness, I haven't been able to make us any of the treats we're craving! I wanted to make your low fat brownies so badly last night but I ran out of cacao and I can hardly go anywhere like this.. I was devastated! 😂 Congrats on this new endeavor for you!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww thank you so much Megan! Hahaha! Your comment made me laugh out loud about the brownies!
  78. Glad I saw this giveaway in time! I hope I win! I would make this cake for my sister, brother and dad to share. I help my sister with her cupcake company and I hope she and I could make this cake together :)
  79. OMG!!!!!!!! Brandi!! First of all, this cake looks INCREDIBLE! Absolutely gorgeous - especially with those chocolate curls on top! Just, wow. Literally drooling and can't get over how beautiful it is! Second...Congrats! What an amazing opportunity for you! I'm loving this idea of having all the ingredients pre-measured and set to go - genius! Such a great concept and I know that this specific "crate" will get tons of sales - it's rare to find a cake that's not only gluten-free and vegan, but oil-free too! I am beyond proud of you!!! So awesome, my friend ❤️❤️❤️
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww thank you so much friend for the sweet compliments! I'm so happy how this cake turned out, it was so much trial and error, that I'm thrilled it's finally here! Thank you so much!
  80. This was amazing – thanks Brandi! I don't usually make gluten-free cakes (just vegan) but this was so easy and demolished by the entire family. I subbed the chocolate chips for some vegan white chocolate I had kicking about and it was great. As always, I look forward to your upcoming creations!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh wow Michelle, white chocolate sounds so amazing too! Thank you so much for the feedback, I'm so happy to hear everybody loved this cake so much!
  81. OMG, this cake looks beyond amazing! My favorite cake growing up was my dad's chocolate chip cake (he is an incredible baker!), now I'm not vegan or gluten free, but I do have issues digesting wheat and some dairy so always looking for great gf dessert recipes. One of my favorite flours to bake with is oat flour and I happen to have a jar full of Tapioca starch so this recipe will be perfect. I'm also going to send it to my dad (who makes all the family celebration cakes) to try out for my niece's next birthday cake since she recently became vegan, I'm expecting this will be a hit! One question, I make my own coconut milk which I skim the cream off the top of, do you think this would be a suitable replacement for the canned lite coconut milk? BTW, the coconut milk is even easier to make then almond milk, and I love spreading the coconut cream that I skim off the top on gf muffins, so yummy!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Jen, thank you so much for your kind words!! I hope you love this as much as all my other readers :). Yes, your own homemade coconut milk should work fine as long as it's not too thick! Let me know when you make it!
  82. Wonderful cake! My family loved it. It's definitely on my "make again" list. Thanks for all your great recipes!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      So happy to hear that Laura, thank you so much for the feedback!!
  83. Amy
    I love this cake! I ordered it in the cake in the crate. It came quickly and was beautifully packaged. The directions were well written and easy to follow. Came out amazing!!! I will be ordering another!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      SO, so happy to hear you loved it Amy! Thank you so much for ordering the cake kit, I really appreciate it!
  84. Hi Brandi, Can't wait to try this cake. Have been looking for a basic vegan, GF vanilla cake recipe for sooo soooo long! But can I sub tapioca flour for tapioca startch? Don't get the startch here in India! Or any other suggestions? I we get potato startch. And arrowroot. Would either of them work?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Renuka! Yes, actually tapioca starch and tapioca flour are the same thing, so use that. It should be the same thing, just many times they are labeled one or the other. Can't wait to hear what you think!
      • Really? That's super! I should be able to get tapioca flour here. I thought I read somewhere that they as different as potato flour & potato starch. Will try this with tapioca flour and let you know. Couldn't try your other vanilla cake cause again - no almond flour here. Thanks Brandi! P.s - Lol. Just realised what my spelling of starch looks like in my previous post!!!
        • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
          Yes, potato flour and potato starch are VERY different, but not the case for tapioca, thankfully!
          • Hi Brandi, would arrowroot flour work in place of tapioca flour / starch?
          • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
            Hi Renuka! Hmmm, I've typically not liked the results of taste or texture in baked goods that have arrowroot. It leaves an off taste and can be rather tough. I cannot say whether it would work or not in this cake since I haven't tested it. I just don't know. You can try it and let me know! Otherwise, definitely find the tapioca :)
  85. Hello Brandi, Thank you for this recipie. I am going to try it first time in couple of days time for my Birthday. I have a question about the cooling time though. You initially suggest 45 min before removing it but then you mention to turn it over and cool 1 more hour ! is that right? Does it need 1 hr 45 min cooling time? Also, when I make toppings for my raw banoffee pie with coconut milk, I find it still very watery, runny, no matter which coconut milk that I used , so I am a little concern whether mixing the choco chips with coconut milk for ganache is gonna be as tick as it looks on your website. Does it ticken up like that? Can you advice please before I start making this? Many thanks Amura
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Amura-an! Yes, I recommend it for the double cooling because it needs to be 100% cooled down before adding the chocolate frosting, otherwise it'll melt all over and not adhere to the cake properly. So, yes, just follow my directions and you should be good. I tested this so many times so it's important to follow them :) The ganache is correct, there isn't a whole lot of coconut milk in there but the chocolate chips as you know, are hard, so they need the coconut milk in order to soften. The amount is correct. I've had dozens of people make it all with success. The ganache is thin while you are making it of course because the chocolate chips are melted, but once it cools, it firms up and thickens back up. Everything is noted very detailed in the directions, so just follow them and you should be fine :)
  86. Incredible cake!!! It's simple and the result is amazing!! Very good job !!! All recipes that I made are very good and elegant!!! 😘
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so very much Lola for the amazing feedback! So happy to hear how much you loved it!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Lola for the amazing feedback! This made me so happy to hear!
  87. Don't know if you will see this in time but.... I'm making this today for Christmas (tomorrow). You say to leave it at room temperature. Will it be okay to leave at room temperature until tomorrow afternoon or should I put it in the fridge?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Linda! Yes, you can leave it out at room temperature until tomorrow, just keep it well covered. That should be just fine! Let me know what you think of it!
  88. I have made this cake so many times. It has pretty much become our go to cake. It's super fast, moist and just down right delicious. Rave rave reviews by any and all non vegans too.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Estee for the lovely review!
  89. I’ve made this quite a few times since you came up with it and every time it’s been amazing! I love a good chocolate chip cake especially one that can be easily thrown together. My kids love it too!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Sophia, so glad you and the kiddos love it, thank you!
  90. Hi Brandi, Time is ticking down to my son's birthday (in March) and I am searching for an awesome cake recipe. I did a trial run of funfetti cake yesterday and unfortunately we were not fans of it :( I could taste the rice in the cake (from rice flour) and didn't quite like it and I am not sure my son was a fan of the frosting either (which I kept eating by the spoon haha :)). So, long story short I am in search of another recipe. I made Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake recipe many times (in a form of cupcakes) and I always liked it. Though it is a bit denser than funfetti cake. Do you think this is because of almond flour vs oat flour? Would almond flour work in this recipe? Also, I am thinking of subbing chocolate chips for sprinkles (to make it more like funfetti) but not sure if that would take away from the taste? Lastly, if you wanted to make this cake two layers what would you recommend for the layer filling? Sorry for so many questions and I know you have not tried all these variations but thought to ask experts option :) Thanks!!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Milda! Oh wow, really?? I'm surprised because that is my #1 cake recipe from readers, it has all 5 star reviews and nobody has ever not liked it, haha. I don't taste rice flour at all in it, that's odd. As far as this cake, so glad you love this cake (as cupcakes)! Yes, oat flour is always going to be more dense, no matter what. That is just the nature of oat flour but I wanted this cake to be on that rich, slightly dense side. I do not believe almond flour would work in this recipe, it would probably be way too wet because it's already so moist from the coconut butter and applesauce. I would definitely try this one with funfetti sprinkles instead of chocolate chips, just add a good amount and that should taste delicious! For the layer filling, to be safe, to make sure your son likes it (I understand not everybody will like the coconut-flavored one), I would either just buy a commercial vegan icing, Simple Mills sells a delicious vegan vanilla one found at Kroger or Whole Foods and I'm sure other stores might have it too. It is really delicious and wholesome ingredients, no nasty preservatives at all. OR, if you want to make homemade, make the frosting from these cupcakes from this recipe. I can't remember if you are gluten-free or not, but you could also make these cupcakes, as they are just like traditional, no odd gluten-free flours or taste, just regular all-purpose flour. Let me know if you make the above cake with the sprinkles! Here is the link to the traditional frosting: http://thevegan8.com/2013/02/26/best-vegan-vanilla-maple-cupcakes/
      • Thank you so much for responding so quickly and for all the awesome suggestions! It looks like there is some experiments in my future :) I am toying with the idea of using our Vegan Chocolate Espresso Truffle Frosting (minus Espresso haha) or even your Sweet Potato Tart as a layer filling/frosting for this cake. I will circle back to let you know what happened :) Or I might be coming with more questions, as March is some weeks away still ;)
        • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
          Saw your beautiful cake on IG, so glad it all worked out for double layer and everybody loved it!!

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