Family food: vegan classic chocolate cake

What would life be without the occasional cake? The Stem & Glory chefs have created some delicious vegan cakes, which retain the Stem & Glory healthy twist by throwing fresh fruit in at every opportunity. The beauty of most vegan cakes is that they are actually simpler than non-vegan cakes; mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry ingredients, then mix the two together and voila! Read this recipe from Louise Palmer Masterton, founder of Stem & Glory, then why not make your first foray into vegan baking?


This is a really simple and delicious large cake that can be served in many different ways. You could make a large rectangular cake with a layer of ganache on top. You could also make a double layer round cake with buttercream inside and ganache on top. We have made it into a vegan black forest gateau, and it’s the perfect cake for a kids’ party 🙂

Serves 12


The cake

  • 3 cups self-raising flour
  • 2 cups sugar (I use soft dark brown)
  • 1 ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ¼   tsp salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate ganache icing

  • 1 bar dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup soya/oat cream
  • 3 cups (ish) Icing sugar


  1. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl
  2. Mix the wet in another bowl
  3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together (do not over mix)
  4. Pour the mixture into a large greased and lined baking tin.
  5. Bake 30-45 mins at 180c. The middle of the cake should be firm to touch, and a knife should come out clean when inserted gently into the middle of the cake. One large cake will take longer than two small ones.

Chocolate ganache icing

  1. Melt the chocolate, and oil and soya/oat cream together.
  2. Add the icing sugar bit by bit until you have a thick, but just about pourable, consistency.
  3. Then spread over the cake quickly before it sets!


Louise Palmer-Masterton is founder of multiple award-winning restaurants Stem & Glory; hip and trendy but accessible plant-based restaurants, serving delicious gourmet vegan food from locally sourced ingredients. Stem & Glory also offers click-and-collect and local delivery in London and Cambridge.  In addition, Stem & Glory offers a range of ready meals, finish at home pizzas, and recipe kits available for delivery across the UK. 

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