The Best Decadent Chocolate Cake is one that needs no frosting! This easy cake recipe is dairy-free, vegan, and can even gluten-free with one simple swap!
It has a deep chocolate flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture with every bite! Topped with a chocolate ganache and pink icing makes this chocolate cake is so decadent and festive, it’s perfect for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion.
Has anyone walked into a bakery lately and seen the prices of cakes?
Am I the only one who is shocked to see the average cost is between $28.00 and more for a cake? Yikes!
Well, I can tell you, you don’t need to be a professional baker or an artisan to whip up a cake.
Anyone can make this decadent chocolate cake in minutes and for a fraction of the cost.
If you enjoy new ideas and flavors for cakes, you may want to try our Bakery-Style Lemon Raspberry Cake. Loaded with fresh raspberries paired with a lemon curd filling.
It too is one of our most popular recipes, and it’s fantastic!
But, let’s get back to this chocolate cake which is truly decadent in every sense of the word.
It’s very moist, not too sweet, and loaded with chocolate throughout.
Best of all, this cake will melt in your mouth with every bite. What could be better? 😉
This chocolate cake is super moist, with an amazingly rich chocolate flavor, and topped with a layer of chocolate ganache. Oh my! There’s nothing better than this.
When you add a drizzle of pink icing on top of this cake, it adds a festive color that’s ready for any occasion.
Let’s face it after I topped it with chocolate ganache and icing, I couldn’t wait to cut into it!
Who can resist?
And, the outcome? It was AMAZING!! So delicious, I couldn’t stop eating it……
OK NOW… you’ll need to put this Best Decadent Chocolate Cake recipe on your list to make!
Here Are The Ingredients For Best Decadent Chocolate Cake
What I Love Most About BEST Decadent Chocolate Cake…
It is a very easy cake to make.
All the ingredients blend in ONE BOWL.
The batter is poured into a prepared bundt cake pan, and it’s baked for 45 to 50 minutes.
One of the ingredients is soft, Silken Tofu. Tofu is a great source of protein, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids; plus it’s even low in fat and calories. 🙂
The Chocolate Ganache requires only 2 ingredients: chocolate chips and non-dairy heavy cream. You can use a coconut creamer or almond milk creamer instead of heavy cream.
The Pink Icing is made with only 3 ingredients: powdered sugar, almond milk, and a drop of pink gel food coloring.
The texture is SUPER moist and light as a feather!
Best of all, it’s very affordable compared to bakery prices!
How to Make the Chocolate Ganache:
In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips, stirring until they are melted. Slowly stir in some dairy-free heavy cream and do it in small amounts, while stirring frequently until completely incorporated. Remove from heat, and keep stirring. Then allow it to cool down a little.
Or, you can heat up the cream first, then toss in the chips and whisk until the chocolate completely melts.
Then frost the top of the cake with chocolate ganache.
Baking NOTES and TIPS for SUCCESS:
1. First, do not overbeat the cake batter.
2. I used one drop of pink-colored food gel from Wilton Gel Food Pastel Colors. And NO, this is not a sponsored post – though I wish it was! You can certainly use a second drop for a brighter pink color.
3. Allow the cake to cool completely before flipping out of the pan. Then add the ganache and icing on top.
4. For easy cleanup, place the cake onto a sheet of parchment paper before frosting. Then after you frost the cake, you may transfer the cake onto a cake plate or serving platter.
5. This recipe calls for only 3/4 cup silken tofu, so you will have plenty of tofu leftover for another recipe.
6. It’s best to buy Silken Tofu, the “soft” tofu. Do Not buy the one that says “firm” on the package, it is a solid block and will not work with this recipe. Silken and soft tofu has a creamy feel and very soft texture that lends them to puddings, custards, and pie fillings. And, it’s perfect for our cake.
7. This cake will stay fresh for up to 3 days, and longer if kept in your refrigerator… if it lasts that long!
8. Finally, if you prefer, you can serve this cake without any frosting, ganache, or icing. It’s decadent all by itself. If you want, you can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top – I won’t mind.
OK then…. what are you waiting for?
LET’S GET BAKING!!
Additional “Dairy-Free” Desserts… try these:
- Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding
- Chocolate-Dipped Apricots
- Silky Chocolate Cream Pie- Dairy-Free
- Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins
- Mint Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies
- No-Bake Dairy-Free Chocolate Cream Pie
- Dairy-Free Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta
More Decadent Chocolate Desserts…
- Triple Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- Skinny Chocolate-Mocha Mousse
- Gluten-Free French Chocolate Cake
- Mini Brownie Cups Filled with Nutella
- Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream
- Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Ice Cream Roll
- Chewy Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
- 2 cups (228g) Cake Flour ( or GF flour)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 cup (75g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1+1/2 cups (301g) sugar
- 3/4 cup (180g) vegetable or canola oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup (240g) of water
- 2 tsp. instant coffee (instant espresso)
- 3/4 cup (186g) Silken Tofu
- 1/2 cup (122g) Almond Milk
- cooking spray oil
For Chocolate Ganache:
- 3/4 cup (120g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 Tbsp. heavy cream
For Pink Icing:
- 1 cup (112g) powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. Almond milk
- 1 drop pink gel food color ( Wilton Gel Food Pastel Colors)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease generously with cooking spray or with butter, and dust with flour or cocoa a 9-inch fluted Bundt pan. Make sure you grease every nook and corner before dusting with flour. Set Bundt pan aside.
- In ONE large mixing bowl, using a fork, mix together all the dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and sugar. Set it aside.
- In a measuring cup, mix one cup of water with 2 teaspoons of instant espresso coffee. Or you can use one cup of brewed coffee, but it must be cooled.
- Then pour in the oil and cup of coffee into the dry mixture. With an electric hand mixer, beat on medium to high speed for about 1 minute.
- Add Tofu and vanilla extract and beat for about 2 minutes until you have a smooth texture.
- Pour in Almond milk and beat on low speed for 1 minute.
- Then transfer the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan.
- BAKE on the rack in the middle of the oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool completely before removing the cake from the pan, at least one to two hours. Remove cake and transfer onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper before adding on the ganache and icing.
- Top with a layer of chocolate ganache, then drizzle with pink icing on top.
How to Make the Chocolate Ganache:
- In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips, stirring until they are melted. Slowly stir in the heavy cream and do it in small amounts, and stir frequently until completely incorporated. Remove from heat, keep stirring and allow it to cool down a little.
- Or you can heat up the heavy cream first, then toss in the chips and whisk until the chocolate completely melts.
- Then frost the top of the cake with chocolate ganache.
Make the Pink Icing:
- In a small bowl, add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Stir in the almond milk and one drop of pink coloring gel. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over the chocolate ganache as much or as little as you desire. Serve cake at room temperature or you can chill the cake and serve it chilled.
- Store any leftover cake on the counter for up to 2 days, or covered in the refrigerator, up to 4 days.
- Yields 12 servings
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 17ggCarbohydrates: 44.6gFiber: 2.6gProtein: 3.4g
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