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Perfect Vegan Chocolate Cake with Ginger Frosting

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Sweet Z had a birthday this past week! We had some dear friends down for a simple lunch and  some birthday cake, of course! For days I was asking Sweet Z what he would like. The answer was usually something along the lines of I have not given it much thought. Finally, the day before I had some answers. Cold roasted chicken, cold potatoes with dill, salad, and roasted asparagus. And for dessert, chocolate cake with ginger frosting. I was in charge of the cake and set forth to find an easy, accessible cake and frosting recipe. 

The cake. I had some chocolate cake recipes in my arsenal but I turned to Joy the Baker’s Simple Vegan Chocolate Cake. Why? I had all of the ingredients on hand, it looked like a snap to prepare and I could spend the morning doing other important things – like wrapping presents and preparing the house for guests!
Cocoa Dusted Bundt PanI grabbed my trusty bundt pan, greased and dusted it with cocoa powder and it was ready to go. The batter was a simple mixture of cocoa, sugar, flour, leaveners, vegetable oil, coffee, vanilla extract and a small handful of chocolate chunks if you are feeling decadent.
Simple Vegan Chocolate CakeOf course we were feeling decadent! A quick bake and here we are…
Simple Vegan Chocolate CakeNow I could have sifted powdered sugar over the top and called it a day. But….Sweet Z wanted a ginger frosting. Alas, from this point forward…
Simple Vegan Chocolate Cake with Ginger Frostingthe veganized cake…was now de-veganized with a ginger cream cheese frosting! And the taste? Extraordinary! Now, I could have used a vegan cream cheese and butter for the vegan frosting and not committed such a criminal act. But, hey, when your husband has a special cake request I try to honor it. And he takes full credit for this chocolate cake/ ginger frosting combination…which he thinks is pure genius! It was a moist, dark chocolate cake with hints of chocolate chunks and the ginger frosting was a perfect compliment!

Perfect Vegan Chocolate Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Chocolate Cake Recipe slightly adapted from Joy the Baker
  • Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting from Vanilla Garlic
  • For the cake:
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm coffee
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • small handful of chocolate chunks and/or cocoa nibs (optional but I highly recommend it)
  • For the frosting:
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 C. butter, room temperature
  • 2 C. powdered sugar
  • 1-2 t. ginger (to taste)
  • 1 t. fresh grated ginger
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • Candied ginger, optional, for topping


  1. For the cake:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350*. Grease and cocoa the bundt pan (9 inch).
  3. Whisk the flour, dutch processed cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. In a small bowl whisk together the coffee, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add in a handful of dark chocolate chunks.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Allow the cake to cool in the bundt pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  7. For the frosting:
  8. In a stand mixer cream the butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy, until light and fluffy.
  9. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until combined. Add in the vanilla extract, fresh ginger and dried ginger (tasting as you go) and mix until combined. Spread on a cooled cake and top with candied ginger.

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