Egg-Free and Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

March 26, 2018

My new egg-free and dairy-free chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is as decadent and delicious as the real deal. 

It’s time for one more allergy friendly cake! My new Egg-Free and Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting is just as rich and decadent as my regular chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. Had I not told you it doesn’t include any egg or dairy products, I don’t think you’d ever be able to tell. At least my kids couldn’t!

Chocolate Cake

For the base of this cake, I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe. I subbed canned coconut milk for the buttermilk, excluded the eggs and added white distilled vinegar – which, if you read my full post from my egg-free and dairy-free vanilla cake, you’ll know was the key to  success in these cakes.

The cake turned out just as moist and rich as my regular chocolate cake.

Chocolate Frosting

For the frosting, I did the same combination of vegan butter and hi-ratio shortening as I did for my dairy free vanilla frosting. I also added some melted dark chocolate and a little cocoa powder with the powdered sugar. It’s a creamy, silky frosting but does tend to harden as it sits. If you find this to be the case, just add a little canned coconut milk and re-beat the frosting.

I noticed that the frosting worked best when applied to the cake right away – while it was still creamy.

Like most of my cakes, this one can be made in three 8-inch pans or four 6-inch pans. The baking time will stay the same for both size pans.

I also tested the chocolate frosting with my vanilla cake and the chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. Both combinations were total winners!

I can’t wait to hear what you think of both of my egg-free and dairy-free cakes and frosting. I hope they meet your expectations and wow your crowds!

Join the Conversation

  1. Anyway to make this with the cooked quinoa like you have in your gluten-free chocolate cupcakes?? My son is allergic to life. The only flours we have been able to test for sure are quinoa, corn, buckwheat, and almond flours!

    1. It’s worth a shot to try but I have never done it before!

  2. Hey, I noticed that the vanilla egg-and dairy-free cake uses cake flour and this chocolate egg-and dairy-free cake uses APF. I’m going to try baking them egg-free but use buttermilk but was simply wondering why the difference between the two 🙂

    1. I like the cake flour in the vanilla one to make it really light and fluffy, but I use AP in the chocolate one because it’s a richer, even more moist cake and needs a slightly heavier flour.

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you! I’m going to try making atleast one of them this week. Wish me luck 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Walker says:

    Will it work if I used buttermilk instead of the coconut milk? I need egg-free cake for a party guest but my daughter doesn’t like coconut.

    1. Yes that’s fine.

  4. Claire Hobbs says:

    Planning to make this cake with 3” deep Fat Daddio six inch pans. How should I adjust baking time and temp? Thanks!!

    1. Same bake time and temp

  5. I need dairy free but eggs are fine. If I use coconut milk and eggs, do I still need the vinegar (to make like a cake buttermilk)?

    1. Hey Crystal – did you make this cake just dairy free? Im wondering the same. Only need DF not egg free. If you did, would love to know how it turned out!

  6. Amanda Tippett says:

    5 stars
    Hey Courtney! This is my go-to recipe for my vegan family. I was wondering if I could make this into a sheet pan cake? Would I just cook it for less time?

    1. Yes you can! about the same time but keep an eye on it.

  7. Sonali Sarkar says:


    I somehow cannot see chocolate vegan cake recipe also. Can you help me pls?
    Thank you!

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