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!
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 baking 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! So, almost a year later, here we are. I have shared teaser pics of the finished cake the last couple of months and tortured you all. Sorry about that, lol! Lots of fine details are involved though when working with a bakery, so it got delayed a bit this past month. I'm happy that we are finally here. This is a very exciting recipe and post for me!
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. Even the taste testers gave this exact feedback. This should be called the easiest vegan vanilla cake ever because literally, the cake is done in 1 bowl and takes just a few minutes prep time. Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake.
I kid you not when I say that I trialed this recipe more than ANY other recipe I've ever done. I borderline went insane. Try creating a vegan cake, but also make it gluten-free, then also make it oil-free, then here's the kicker....keep it all at 8 ingredients...it's comical with how many epic fails I had. It also has to taste amazing and rich and buttery and not like some healthy excuse for a cake. Vegan baking is very easy, but gluten-free is much harder, then adding oil-free becomes even more challenging, without it turning out like a dry sponge. I tried all nut butters and once the light bulb went off to try coconut butter, that DID IT. It gave me the flavor, and more importantly, the texture I was after.
This cake is not the exact kind of texture you would get from an all-purpose flour cake, it is just incredible and all taste testers just couldn't get over it. I like soft cakes but with a slightly dense mouth-feel and really moist. It is moist, buttery and rich and using mainly oat flour, gives it a wonderful texture. I trialed a million different flours, flour combos, different liquids and moisture ideas and so on and so on. 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.
SO, believe me when I tell you there is no subbing without risking epic failure, I can't even begin to tell you slight variations caused disasters....that is what happens with gluten-free flours. 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. It's firm, yet soft enough to slice into and eat like a dream. The above picture is right after spreading the melted ganache on the cake, which is why it looks wet, this is not the finished product, as it firms and hardens as you see in the other pics.
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.
I'm not even exaggerating when I say that this cake is so delicious on it's own, it honestly doesn't even need the ganache! It is plenty sweet and moist on it's own, but of course a cake for a party needs the ganache or frosting to really put on the wow factor!
My Dreamy Vanilla Vegan Birthday Cake I created for my daughter's birthday last year was a big hit with readers, but it left out many of you because of the almond flour. Well, this cake is not only vegan, gluten-free and oil-free, but can also be made nut-free by making my option listed under the ganache! Yay! My version that I'm sharing below is nut-free because I use "lite" canned coconut milk, but if you order the Cake In A Crate, it comes with almond milk because they do not stock "lite" coconut milk. So, obviously it won't be nut-free then, but you can still easily sub with what I have listed in the recipe below to make it nut-free. Easy peasy.
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. So buttery and amazing because, let's face it, nobody likes a dry cake! The rest I used applesauce for moisture and flavor. I tell you what, the most amazing vanilla cake flavor happened! It is so rich and buttery and sweet.
Sooooo, the big news about this amazing cake?! You can now BUY one of my very own cakes to make yourself at home! This is especially handy for somebody who does not bake often and does not want to go out and purchase ingredients and barely lift a finger to measure.
I was so incredibly excited and honored when I was contacted to create a cake for this company. The beautiful company is called Cake In A Crate. They are an online company in NY that sells cakes and desserts that you choose and they come all beautifully packaged and measured. That's right, no trips to the store to buy specific ingredients. Just mix and bake. How freaking cool is that? I can't tell you how many times I've had a reader ask me to just make them a cake and pay me because they didn't want to fool with making one. Well, this won't 100% cover that, but it will be close. You will just need very minimal work to make this beautiful vegan vanilla cake.
So, what do you get with your Cake In A Crate?
- Every single ingredient beautifully packaged and pre-measured. Note: There are a couple of ingredients (noted "measured") that you will measure, simply because they send extra because they come in sealed packages for freshness. The applesauce comes in 2 packs so you will measure out 1/2 cup and the vanilla is measured in one small bottle that you will measure separately for the cake and then the ganache. The almond milk (omit and use what I've noted in the recipe below if you are allergic to nuts) is sent in a mini container, which you only need 4 Tbsp, so hey you get a bit extra on those, which is not a bad thing. Everything else is exactly measured.
- No trips to the store to buy ingredients. If you are wanting to bake a cake and don't really bake that often and want to avoid having to buy a bunch of ingredients that you likely won't use again, this saves money overall. No extra flours or milks or sweeteners that you paid for that wouldn't get used up.
- An incredibly easy cake to make. I created this recipe to be simple and easy. There is not a ton of steps involved. You just simply mix the cake ingredients and bake. Then mix the ganache and pour over the cake. So easy.
- An impressive dessert to wow your family and friends. This cake was not only tested with my own multiple family and friends, but it was tested with the Cake In A Crate by two different testing groups of people and it is for sale today because of it's huge success and love that people had for it!
- Beautiful, mouthwatering cake in a crate that will arrive at your door for just $38. Easy, fast and delicious!
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Disclosure: I have a written compensation contract with Cake In A Crate for the creation of this cake being sold from their online site at Cake In A Crate. I will earn a commission off each crate that is sold. This does not in any way change the price for you or any consumer. All products featured in the Cake In A Crate box are in partnership with Cake In A Crate, not The Vegan 8. And of course, I created this recipe as well for my blog and am offering it to you for free to make yourself!
I absolutely love this cake, love, love it. The flavor and texture make it my favorite vanilla cake to date. I hope you love it too. Be sure to leave me feedback below after you make it! Please!! I would love to see your remakes of it on Instagram using my tag #thevegan8 so it saves to my page and the only sure way for me to not miss it. Also, you can share a photo on my Facebook page. Get baking peeps!
Check out these videos I created featuring my Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake. My favorite videos to date, I had SO much fun making these! I made 2 videos. One I created specifically for the Cake In A Crate feature, so you can see it all in action. The other I created separately for my youtube channel with just the cake-making process. Since the crate one has product placements, I couldn't put that one on my youtube channel. They are a bit different, so enjoy them both!
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