Fran Costigan, the Queen of Vegan Chocolate and Desserts, who we are privileged to know and call “Franma” created this luscious, gorgeous recipe for a moist, oil free chocolate cake. (She gave me permission to post this recipe.)
It is truly amazing and has become my go to chocolate cake. The secret is the Dutch-process cocoa powder. It’s the wow factor!
The recipe is for a 9″ round cake but I have used the batter for cupcakes and donuts too mostly because my son insists! The batter makes about 2 cups.
Fran’s method is very easy to follow. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl. Wet in another. Whisk together. Bake! She calls for organic ingredients, which of course, I do too – it goes without saying!
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 cup vegan sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water or plant milk
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Prep your 9″ round pan by placing a circle of parchment paper on the bottom or whatever other pan you might be using.
Sift the dry ingredients into a big mixing bowl. Whisk together.
Wet ingredients into a small mixing bowl. Whisk together.
Pour the wet into the dry and whisk together until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the pans/holders, etc.
For a 9″ pie pan, bake for 25 to 30 minutes. For cupcakes, about 20 minutes.
Bake until the top sets, the sides pullaway from the pan, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan(s) for 10 minutes and then run a knife around the cake/cupcakes etc. and place on a wire to cool completely.
Note: This cake freezes incredibly well. Enjoy!
3 thoughts on “Fran Costigan’s The No-Oil-Added Chocolate Torte to Live For”
this looks great. I’m looking for something to impress my French meat-eating colleages (I’m a British vegan in France) and I think this will do the trick!
oh this will definitely do it! have you heard of the book Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic? it’s all vegan french food by rebecca laffler, an american gal living in paris! you should get it!!
i’ll check it out, thanks very much!