There is nothing better than a nice piece of chocolate birthday cake…and am I ever happy that I discovered vegan baking!  Since both of my sister-in-laws on my side had birthdays this weekend we decided to have one get together and I was on cake duty.  I wanted to find a vegan cake to cover my dairy-free needs and ensure that my brother and sister-in-law (both vegans) could enjoy cake as well.  I did a google search and came across several recipes and finally decided on this Chocolate-Orange Cake found on the FABulous Fat Free Vegan blog.

Orange Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

  • 1 1/2 c. Unbleached White Flour
  • 1 2/3 c. Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 c. Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 c. Brown Rice Syrup
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 c. Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3/4 c. Coconut Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar (I read that this brings out the chocolate flavor in addition to helping with raising)
  • 1 c. Water
  • 1/2 c. Fresh OJ
  • 3 Tbs. Grated Orange Peal
  • 1/2 c. Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tbs. Vegan Chocolate Chip Minis

For Chocolate Icing

  • 1/2 c. Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp. Fresh Squeezed OJ + more as needed
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla

For Orange Icing

  • 1/2 c. Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Squeezed OJ + more OJ as needed
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla

Directions –

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Spray bundt pan or grease with Spectrum shortening and lightly dust with cocoa powder (not in ingredient list).
  3. Combine dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  4. Add yogurt, vanilla, balsamic, water, and orange juice.  Stir by hand with a whisk until well combined.
  5. Stir in orange zest.

Pour mixture into bundt pan by pouring into one side and letting the mix fill itself into the bowl.  Don’t pour the mixture around the pan, this will make too many air bubbles.  Tap the pan against the counter a few times, you’ll see tiny air bubbles come to the surface. 

 Bake for ~40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely before icing.

When cake has cooled, mix the icings (just stir the ingredients together with a fork…simple as that).

Drizzle the chocolate icing over the top of the cake 1/2 tsp. at a time.  After you’ve drizzled the chocolate icing, wait 3-5 minutes for it to set before drizzling the orange icing.  Repeat the same steps.  Sprinkle with 2-3 Tbs. Vegan Mini Chocolate Chips. 

This cake is moist and dense…SOOOOOO Good!