Chocolate Fudge Cake

One of my great childhood memories will always be chocolate cake for breakfast…sigh.    It was a wonderful thing!  But that was in the days of Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker, when mixes somehow began taking the place of homemade cakes.  Now I’m not knocking the mixes, everything has its time and place, and they did come up with some pretty darn good cakes.   But even as good as they were, they’re not homemade.

I came across an old recipe for a Vegan Chocolate Cake, although at the time they had no idea it was Vegan, or even what a Vegan was, but they knew what delicious was!  It was a simple recipe using oil, and vinegar instead of eggs and butter….who knew?

Well evidently those bakers from the depression knew, and when they couldn’t get eggs or butter, they still came up with a recipe for the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had.

With my quest to eat healthier, I’ve been changing my dietary intake whenever possible, using Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream and sour cream, and using Coconut Oil instead of other oils.  And honestly since I’ve been using Kelapo Coconut Oil, I’ve discovered just how well it works replacing any oil or butter for that matter!

Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake with Whipped Cream

So what could I do but make my favorite chocolate cake of all time, using Kelapo Coconut Oil.   I decided to throw a fudge layer in between the layers, and used Kelapo, instead of butter…. it was fudgelicious!    Of course not being Vegan I finished it with mounds of fresh whipped cream…….. it was a beautiful thing!

Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake

Of course I made it Vegan first before I slathered on the whipped cream, but either way you make it I know you’re going to love it!

Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake with Whipped Cream

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Chocolate Fudge Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup Kelapo Coconut Oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cold water
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • 1 cup Kelapo coconut oil
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • ½ cup of maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon hot coffee
Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. With your mixer on low speed beat in the coconut oil, vinegar, vanilla, and water until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the two 9″ prepared pans, coated with pan spray.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Do not over bake the cake. It should be firm to the touch, and a cake skewer inserted in the middle of the cake should come out clean.
  6. Put the cake pans on cooling racks and cool for 15 to 20 minutes before removing the cakes from the pans to cool completely.
  7. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  1. mix all ingredients in the bowl of your mixer and whip until well blended
Whipped Cream
  1. Place cream, sugar and vanilla in your mixing bowl and whip beginning slowly and increasing speed until cream forms stiff peaks
  1. place one layer on cake plate and add layer of chocolate fudge.
  2. place second layer on cake and fill in any spots in the chocolate fudge layer.
  3. coat sides of cake with chocolate fudge (wet the blade of your spatula while smoothing it will help)
  4. top cake with whipped cream, cut and serve!


With the holiday season upon us this is the perfect time to enjoy this delicious chocolate fudge cake, and I know your friends and family are going to love it!  For more great recipe ideas using coconut oil, stop by Kelapo.comyou’ll be glad you did!

Happy Holidays!


  1. Dennis this sounds absolutely fantastic, and looks gorgeous as well. I would love a big bowl of the fudgelicious, please!

  2. Chef Dennis, share a slice of your fudgelicious please…I am hungry just looking at it now…bad timing 🙂 Thanks for sharing another good one with us. Here is me wishing you and loved ones, a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year ! Have fun with family and friends 🙂

    Warm Wishes,

  3. This looks amazing. I bet the coconut oil just took it straight over the top. I would have topped it with piles of whipped cream as well!

  4. What a beautiful looking cake! I would never have believed it’s vegan!

  5. This cake looks amazing! Who needs frosting with such a rich, chocolate cake? Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’ve been looking for ways to use more coconut oil.

  6. Oh my WORD that cake looks so fudgy and decadent and perfect! I love that there’s no butter!!!

    Coconut oil is so amazing.

  7. Great cake, Chef. I love cakes with coconut oil – it just lends a beautiful back drop in baked good.

  8. My holiday baking list is steadily growing. Thank you Dennis, I’ve been on the hunt for more cakes that use coconut oil. Have a Merry Christmas!

  9. May I please have breakfast at your house? 🙂

  10. Dennis this sounds amazing!! I really just must try this!

  11. Stunning! I’ll take it with whipped cream, please! 😀

  12. Chocolate cake never fails to make us all run to the dessert table. And I’m glad you shared one with coconut oil. I grew up in a country that used coconut oil in everything. Glad to see there is a renewed interest in its uses and benefits. Thanks for sharing this, Chef Dennis!

  13. That’s more healthy? I’d be willing to give chocolate another try with a slice of that gorgeous cake. I can see how moist it is. It’s beautiful.

  14. Looks amazing, Chef!

  15. I can’t believe it’s vegan! It looks moist and chocolaty and as naughty as a chocolate fudge cake can be. I’m in love.

    Thanks for the recipe Chef 🙂

  16. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe Chef Dennis! I am thinking I could make it with coconut milk whip cream on top and that would be wonderful too 🙂 One of my friends made some for me the other day by whipping the coconut cream from the top of the can with confectioners’ sugar. It was delicious. Happy Holidays, my friend!

  17. Lol – I made vegan desserts and then put whipped cream on them, too! 😛 Looks wonderful!

  18. It´s so sad that I can´t get coconut oil here. I still think it will catch on at some point and I will be able to get it everywhere. A fabulous chocolate cake!

  19. It looks fantastic! So rich and decadent.

  20. Wow, wonderful cake. I am planning to try. Please suggest me an alternate for maple syrup and shall i use ordinary coconut oil. Mine is not extra virgin .. Thanks chef 🙂

    • hi Chitra,

      regular coconut oil should be no problem, and you can use honey in place of the maple syrup, or any liquid sweetener that you like, Let me know how it turns out!

  21. How stunning, I love the fudge layer!

  22. Dennis, that’s a beauty! I have developed a number of vegan recipes for friends. And it’s a good thing – another family I know (parents and teenage son) have just gone vegan. I’ll have to share this post with them.

  23. I have not been here is a very long time; so nice to see you on Google+ Your chocolate cake is a master piece. I also have been using coconut oil; really healthy and tasty. I can imagine it would work really well with a cake recipe. Glad I found you again; always enjoyed your journey at the Academy.

  24. that is a gorgeous cake dennis!

  25. I LOVE vegan recipes and inspirations. This cake would make both Yannick and I happy. He loves chocolate. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you my friend!

  26. Una receta genial, me encanta como ha quedado. Fantastica. Felices Fiestas!!!!

  27. Oh how divine ,I think it would be perfect for breakfast too, giggle. What a fun memory to share. I love the idea of this healthier recipe. I invite you to share your yummy recipes at my Thursday hops ( it’s still open today) Hugs P.S. thank you for your friendship on Google plus.

    • Thanks Katherine, It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, and I hope to see you in our community when you have time.

  28. Your website and the blogs I found on it have been my newest obsession for a few months. What makes it so special is the stories. There’s a down to earth, homey charm to them that makes every recipe a little treasure. Too bad they don’t sell coconut oil where I live. Can I just use canola instead or maybe butter?

    • Thank you, I’m very happy to hear that you enjoy my blog! You can use canola oil, or olive oil in the cake, and I would use butter in the fudge.


      • Thanks, I did as you said and it turned out great! I just had to try it because there were no eggs involved. Everyone at home thought it was going to be a failure, and they were absolutely amazed at how it turned out! I felt like a magician haha And the frosting… to die for!

        • Thanks for letting me know how well it turned out! It is a wonderful cake, its also the first one I teach my students. They’re always amazed at how good it is!

  29. Christine says:

    Found you on Pinterest… This cake sounds delish! I want to make for my husbands birthday this week but had a question. The cocoa in the cake ingredients, is that the powdered, unsweetened kind? Just wanted to clarify since it said that for the fudge part but not the cake. Thanks for your help! Going to try making the whipped cream from canned coconut milk (another pinterest recipe). Yum I can hardly wait!

    • Thanks for stopping by Christine and yes the cocoa in the cake is just regular unsweetened, I use Hershey’s most of the time, but any brand will do. You can also substitute olive oil or any other oil in the cake instead of the coconut oil, if you like. The coconut oil, did make the cake a little more firm when chilled.

      If my wife liked coconut, I would have topped the cream with some toasted coconut too….sigh I love coconut, but if mama ain’t happy, nobody happy!
      let me know how it turns out.

      • Christine says:

        Ooh, this turned out so good! The fudge frosting was amazing. I used Agave instead of Maple syrup since I was almost out. I couldn’t control myself from sampling, I was hoping there would be enough left to frost the cake ! Thanks for a yummy cake my whole family can enjoy together (I’m vegan, hubs not, and one kiddo with egg/dairy allergy). And the ingredients are staples in most kitchens. Kudos!

        • I’m so happy to hear you and your family enjoyed the cake! It’s one of the first cakes I teach my students since its so easy and so good!
          thank you!

  30. Se ve delicioso.
    Un saludo.

  31. borigitana says:

    So, if one wants to make this cake with eggs since I don’t happen to have vinegar in the house, how many eggs would I use?? I was specifically looking for a good chocolate cake made with coconut oil for my daughter’s birthday tomorrow and found yours..but have everything sans vinegar. Can I make it without the vinegar without destroying it?

    • I’m sorry but for this specific recipe, I don’t think leaving out the vinegar will give you the desired results and I don’t know what the equivalent of eggs for vinegar would be.

  32. Can’t wait to try making this cake! Quick question – should the coconut oil be melted before mixing in to the cake batter and into the fudge frosting?

  33. Hi Chef Dennis,

    I just made your cake for my husband’s birthday and it is the most moist cake I’ve ever made. I even used one cup of whole wheat flour (hard white). It wasn’t even a bit crumbly, and just what we were looking for. 10/10.

    Thank you!

  34. Hi Chef,
    I tried your recipe for my husband’s b’day and it came out very well… thanku for the recipe 🙂

  35. Kristen Y says:

    Hi Chef,
    Thank you for this recipe. Eeveryone is always amazed when I tell them there are no eggs or butter! This is my go to chocolate cake recipe! Everyone LOVES it! I am making this for a friends birthday and I grabbed a bag of Valrhona Dutch processed cocoa.I didnt realize there was a difference between the dutch processed and the natual! Should I alter anything with the mix? Would you recomend that I not use it?

    • I’m happy to hear that Kristen, it is a chocolate wonder. You may notice less flavor with the dutch cocoa but other than that you shouldn’t have any problems, but I can’t tell you for sure since I’ve only used the Natural cocoa

  36. Manuela says:

    Hi Dennis, this cake looks gorgeous! Can I substitute maple syrup with honey?

  37. Great tasting cake. Made it today for the first time especially for my vegan son, but the whole family loved it. One little problem: I refrigerated it and the frosting, as it hardened has white spots from oil separation. This in no way effected the taste of the cake and no one except for me noticed it. Did I not mix the frosting enough?

    • it could have used a little more mixing, or possibly your coconut oil was not soft enough to blend in thoroughly.

      • I live in a warm climate. My coconut oil is completely liquid. Maybe that is the problem. It had a hard time blending with the cocoa powder. I mixed it for a long time until the texture became smooth. Next time, and there will be a next time, I will refrigerate the oil for an hour or so. Thank you!

  38. I made cupcakes from this recipe topped with a cream and honey icing and fresh blueberries. The cupcakes were divine and the recipe was perfect and easy. A no fail chocolate cake. Also, the cakes were slightly red. Thank you!

  39. Can I substitute apple cider vinegar for the white??

  40. Hi, does it make a difference if the cake is cooked in one tin or does it have to be split in 2 tins?

    • hi Malorie

      its going to increase the cooking time if you use only one tin, and may affect the cake by having it be drier on the outside. I haven’t had much success with making one big cake as opposed to layers

  41. Pur délice! Very moist and tasty! Topped it with whipped coconut cream so it was entirely vegan and perfect. Thx!

  42. So easy to cook and tastes great!!! I just finished making it for my daughter’s first birthday cake, we were out of butter so thought we would give this a try. I am so glad we did

  43. Listen to the chef – don’t cook it in one tin! I did and it was a disaster! Cooked it for an hour before the skewer came out dry. Cut it in half after cooling to put the frosting in and it is like brown play dough apart from the outer half inch

  44. I stumbled upon this recipe because I wanted to make a chocolate cake using coconut oil because I was out of butter. Im not a vegetarian so normally I wouldn’t have even thought to try this recipe, but I guess it was my lucky day because this cake is “to die for” good!! I altered it slightly by substituting the sugar with Stevia and I made one sheet cake instead of a round 2 layer cake.

  45. Made this cake at least 6 times best cake ever!!

  46. I made this cake for my sister’s birthday and it turned out beautifully! It was moist and fudgey which everyone loved! =D Smelled like brownies throughout my house! I made it gluten-free too using Cara’s All Purpose Gluten-Free flour blend ( and 1 & 1/2 tsps xanthan gum as a gluten replacer/binder. I also made it dairy-free by using coconut cream instead of heavy dairy cream and used confectioner’s sugar with vanilla extract. I didn’t have the coffee but sprinkled some Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips in and on top. I like that there’s no butter in this and think that the coconut oil in this recipe brings out the richness and creaminess of the chocolate! Coconut oil is so good in baked goods! =) Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe, Chef! I received many compliments from everyone at the party.

    • Sounds like you made some delicious adjustments to the cake Carla! Thanks so much for sharing them with us, and for stopping by to let me know you enjoyed the cake.

      • Certainly. You’re welcome! =) I wanted others who may have allergies or want to make a cake for someone who does that it is possible to make this gluten-free/dairy-free. It’s a fantastic recipe and turns out well either way! 😉 Thanks, again!

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