Eggless Chocolate Cake

Many vegetarians and vegans often miss out on holiday cakes because they are made with eggs.  Here is a wonderfully simple recipe for an Eggless Chocolate Cake submitted by Ekta, one of our viewers.  You won’t even miss the eggs!  It is also great for those watching their cholesterol.  It’s perfect for the holidays…enjoy!



Ingredients:

All-Purpose Flour – 1.5 cups
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 3 Tbsp, sifted
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Sugar – 1 cup
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 5 Tbsp
White Vinegar – 1 Tbsp
Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
Cold Water – 1 cup

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add Flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Soda, Sugar and Salt.  Mix well.
  2. Add in Oil, Vinegar, Vanilla Extract and Water.
  3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together with a hand blender until there are no more lumps.
  4. Pour batter into a greased 9 inch by 9 inch baking pan, two inches deep. 
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (approx 180 degrees C) for about half an hour. Poke a toothpick or fork into the center.  If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
  6. Remove pan from the oven and cool for about 5 minutes before flipping it over onto a platter.
  7. Cool completely if you want to apply frosting, else serve with a dollop of whipped cream or chocolate sauce.

Tips:

1. For a variation, we used Mango pulp (10tbsp) instead of the cocoa and vanilla essence….and it was just divine! Cooking time :33 minutes.

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280 thoughts on “Eggless Chocolate Cake

  1. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    I came to know that “All purpose flour is maida”. Sorry for the above comment. Hereafter I will read all other comments and ask necessary question. Thanks!

  2. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    I am interested in baking. It’s nice to see your website. Will try your recipes soon. I want to know what is “all purpose flour” in tamil. I got confused with this term. Waiting for your reply. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sapna,

      All-purpose flour is called maida in hindi and I think Maida Maavi in Tamil. I searched for it online so hope its right :).

  3. Hi hetal and anuja,
    Baked this wonderful cake today for my friend’s birthday. I ran out of white vinegar so used two tbsp of baking powder. It came out great. Also used white chocolate chips for icing πŸ™‚ hugs for teaching me so many wonderful and versatile dishes. Cheers !

  4. Hi, I enjoyed watching this video, it looks absolutely delicious! But I was wondering if you could substitute brown sugar instead of white sugar for the cake. I wanted to bake this for my husband but wanted to make sure it was okay to substitute that ingredient. Thanks!

    1. Hi Megha,

      We have not tried this recipe with brown sugar but you should be able to substitute it (equal proportions… 1 to 1). Please note that brown sugar has more moisture than white so the texture may be a little different. Also, brown sugar has a different taste.

  5. mostly i found recipes for baking cakes using normal oven,but i got microwave,is microwave less preferable please suggest recipes for microwave version of the above or any other cake

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  7. hi Hetal n Anuja
    the cake u guys baked looks relishing,,,going to make this next week,,bt I have a question,,as I am a non vegetarian,,n I want to use eggs in it, how many eggs would u recommend n what would they be substituting..or shall I put eggs n the same quantity of the rest of the ingredients,,plz rply soon,,,
    THNX

    1. Hi Sabby,

      This is an eggless recipe and has other leavening agents and ingredients in it to replace the eggs. You would not be able to add eggs without changing the whole recipe.

  8. The cake is very nice. But sorry to say that when I add vinegar, it has a different and bitter taste. As I am not a vegetarian, can I add an egg? If I can, will it have a good taste? Please reply me. Thank you!

  9. Hi Hetal & Anuja,
    I recently got married and shifted to U.S.I saw your chocolate cake and tried it today for the first time as it is my mid year anniversary.Needless to say ,the cake turned out very fluffy and soft.My husband got very happy and half of the cake got over too.Only problem I faced was that it was a little less sweeter.I used the powdered sugar and used it exactly the way mentioned in the recipe.Do I need to used granulated sugar instead of powdered one?

    Another thing that I felt was that it got cracks on top though it came out well without any breakage.For what reason the cracks must have appeared?I had used baking powder also in this along with baking soda and vinegar.Could this be one of the reasons?

    Thanks for sharing some wonderful recipes with the viewers.It becomes very easy for people like us to learn and try.

    Do let me know where I went wrong?

    Cheers,
    Neelu.

    1. Hi Neelu,

      Congratulations on your mid year anniversary :).

      The one advice I can offer you as you go through our website is to follow the recipe exactly when you make it the first time. After that, you can alter it as you see fit.

      This recipe calls for regular sugar, not powdered sugar. Powdered sugar has added corn starch which will dry out the cake and form cracks. Also, you will get less sugar as some of it is replaced by the corn starch. Many people use frosting on the cake so it will have added sweetness but you can always add a little extra sugar if you like. Also, this recipe does not need baking powder (only baking soda) because it uses vinegar to activate the soda.

  10. when i bake the cake in convection mode…it starts burning from sides and top part..i have to shift to microwave mode to avoid burning…what should i do to make it purely in convection mode?

  11. hey ,
    I replaced baking soda with baking powder and also added the vinegar……..is that alright??????
    sorry I’m just very new to baking!!!!
    pls reply!!!!!!

    1. Hi Sejal,

      If you’ve followed the recipe exactly, then the only thing I can think of is the temperature of your oven. Maybe it is not calibrated correctly?

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  13. hey hi
    i made the cake..the taste was very good
    but i did not use vinegar…i used baking powder and soda instead.But my cake did not rise at all πŸ™ . It was hard from outside and sticky from inside πŸ™ .There fore when i tried to cut it into pieces it got crumbled and so stretchy πŸ™ .What
    can be the reason please tell me.I want to make this for my hubby’s bday on 15th sep.

  14. hi. i tried the walnut and dates cake and it came out really good. would please upload the video of making the famous red velvet cake ?

  15. hi. i tried ur walnut and dates cake and it came out relly good. would please upload the video of making thefamous red velvet cake ?

  16. Hey Hetal Auntie and Anuja auntie!

    I am kind of new to baking and I am leaning forward to try this cake recipe. With fingers crossed, it turns out as good as yours did! I have all the ingredients except the vinegar, is it possible to make the cake without the vinegar, or does the vinegar play a special role in the texture/taste of the cake?

    Also, I know this is just a page to post questions and tips for the egg-less chocolate cake;however, I wanted to ask if the Molten Lava cake can be made without the eggs. I really want my mom to try some but she does not eat eggs. And as you may know, a hot Chocolate Molten Lava cake is a dessert that should never be missed out on!

    Thank you very much for sharing all these recipes, it really helps us new cooks learn and also cook new dishes.

    1. Oh, wow I feel so stupid, someone already asked the vinegar question so you don’t have to waste your time to answer that one! πŸ™‚

      I still want to know about the Lava cake though.

      Thanks,
      Swati!!

    2. Hi Swati,

      The vinegar is very important in this recipe because it causes the baking soda to react and make the cake rise without eggs. Unfortunately, the molten lava cake (at least the recipe we have shown) cannot be made without the eggs. Sorry. Good luck with baking! πŸ™‚

      1. Hi Hetal and Anuja, i made chocolate cake and i got instant fame at home, but i was wondering if you or anyone else has made cupcakes out of it and what would be the time for baking. Thanks a lot in advance, i am in no rush for my answer take your time. Love your website with healthy version of indian cooking.

        1. Hi Sunita,

          We’re so glad your cake was a hit! We have not made cupcakes and are not sure of the exact time but it will probably be a little less. Just keep an eye on it and poke a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done.

      2. Hey Hetal auntie,

        I did not have any vinegar in the house and I was CRAVING the chocolate cake a week ago so I replaced the vinegar the lemon juice. It turned out fantastic!
        Your videos are so inspiring! I love learning new recipes from you.

        It’s okay, I’ll try to find an egg-less lava cake recipe, it has to be on the internet somewhere..
        Thanks LOTS!!!

  17. hi hetal & anuja

    i really like this eggless cake recipe though i have not tried it yet. just wanted to ask u that if i want to make it in 9″ by 13″ pan should i double all the ingredients as i want to make this cake for my daughter’s b’day. i want to make 2 layer cake. thanks

    1. Hi Tanu,

      We used a 9 x 9 pan so if you use a 9 x 13, you would need to increase the ingredients by 1 1/2, not double. You can double it but it would make the cake thicker and change the baking time. Even with the 1 1/2 increase you will have to monitor the cake at the very end to see if it needs additional time. You can poke a toothpick into the center and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.

  18. Hi,

    2 questions:

    1)Can I avoid white vinegar? Why is this used? Can it be replaced with something else?

    2) Is Baking soda same as baking powder? If no, then what is the measure of baking powder to be used?

    I thought clarifying this would be good before i start baking this cake..

    Your website is lovely…. even my husband is hooked to your website now & is attempting new recipes πŸ˜‰

    Thanks

  19. Hi

    I came across this blog this morning and tried the cake immediately and it turned out so well..infact to be honest this is my first eggless cake i have ever tried and everyone simply loved it.thank u so much for giving this lovely recipe.will try ur other recipes soon..and will keep u updated.thank u

  20. Hi,

    Tried the above recepie with mango pulp. But it did not turn out well. It was not fluffy and we could still taste the baking soda. I used the same quantities as mentioned.
    However made the following changes:

    1. Used two eggs.
    2. Did not use vinegar.

    Did it go wrong b’coz of this? Can you help?

  21. H..!!..

    hetal n anuja,

    this maria ur recipes is soooooooooo good i love it ur all recipes.. just i want black forest cake.. please please.. my kids want to eat black forest cake.. i dont know black forest cake recipe..please please can u give me recipe.. or can u sent me on my mail.. please plaese..
    reply me soonnnn.. i will wait for ur reply…

    thank you…!!!!!!!!……..

  22. Tried this recipe with a light twist.

    Removed the chocolate and vinegar.

    Added 10 fresh strawberries – crushed. 1 tbsp baking powder.
    And we got yummy strawberry cake.

    Very tasty. Only a very slightly soggy – guess because of more moisture and fiber.

    Thanks again!

  23. hi hetal n anuja!

    nice recipe agn. as we are jewish by religion n we dont eat milk products after we eat non veg so this recipe is indeed a wonderful treat for us as it doesnt contain any milk or dairy products.
    lukin forward to try this out this valentine..
    just havin one question. i have a heart shaped baking tray which i want to use. i donno to tell u abt its size but its apprx. the size of a regular bakery cake its abt 1.5 inch deep. its it ok for this recipe and its measurements?
    plz do reply…

    thank you

  24. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    That was a wonderful recipe and the results where good when i tried that.

    I Would like to extend my heart felt thanks for the recipe and keep up the good work.

    I have a couple of questions.

    1) The ratio of the ingredients was enough only for a 8 inch round pan (about an inch and half thickness), am i missing something why does it not come out to be 9 inch round 2 inch thick output?

    2) Please share your Vanilla Recipe for this chocolate cake alternate and i would love to experiment with that soon.

    Thanks and Looking forward for your response soon.

    Priya

    1. Hi Priya,

      This was a viewer submitted recipe so we followed it exactly (not sure why she chose these measurements). We will put Vanilla Cake on our list to do. Thanks.

  25. hi Hetal & Anuja,
    I want to try this cake, but i was wondering when should i add eggs if i want them??? or is there another recipe for chocolate cake with egg. Please let me know. Thanks

    1. Hi Pree,

      This recipe is meant to be eggless (it has additional baking soda/powder/vinegar). We will put regular chocolate cake on our list to do.

  26. Hi Girls,

    i prepared this cake in both the ways, choclate and mango, it tasted very nice, then i made double quantity of this cake in both the ways i came out good……

    then next week i made same double quantity of this cake in both the way choclate and mango, but mango turn out very bad only the difference was that i used fresh mango pulp and baking time was 40 minutes and it came out good nice looking but when we cut in temple i saw it was not cooked properly from inside it came in pieces and top and bottom was same beautifull cooked but middle was like total raw can u guess why???????

      1. Hi Hetal,

        If i want to make bigger cake and take double quantity of above things and use big rectangular baking pan then how much time should i bake ???

        Thanks

  27. Hello!

    Thank you for showing us how to cook eggless choco cake… Keep up the good work!

    Looking forward to more videos of different easy to cook or prepare desserts and dishes…

  28. Hi Hetal / Anuja

    I have my question about max heating in my fan force oven that is only 250 d and now can i ask how to useSILICON MOULD for baking this cake i have purchased this mould and never use this can i use this in oven for this Eggless Chocolate Cake pls i can’t wait to bake this …….

    Thanks

    1. Hi Prati,

      Silicon baking trays should work the same way as regular pans. However, we are not sure about your oven temperature.

        1. Hey Hetal,

          you are so right i underestimated my oven. And i made it yesterday i baked the cake it was so good, i was fasting and i ate my luch late to taste cake and it worth it……

          Only sides was little more brown but not burn could be i used round try 9″ DIA…

          but it taste good i am eating while typing since it has no butter no cream i am happy.
          Thanks,

      1. Thanks Hetal,

        For sure tomorrow i will try this cake since on Friday is my son b’day so if it good then i will bake again for his day care and for temple carrot cake………….. if everything works just figures cross , anyways thanks this site is really good..

    1. Hi Urvashi,

      Sorry for the delay. Honestly, we made this variation a long long time ago and did not note down the exact measurements (shame on us!). You could try to replace 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of mango pulp and eliminate the vanilla essence. However, since this is for a birthday party, it would not be a good time to start experimenting. If you know you are going to have enough time to fix any mistakes, then go forward…otherwise, we suggest sticking to the original recipe.

  29. Hi Hetal & Anuja

    Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me

    This is the 2nd time i made this chocolate cake. For the 1st time it came out perfectly well, but 2nd time i double the batch and i don’t know what went wrong but the cake is little bitter in taste. What do i do ? Please help me . I made this cake for one of my friend’s daughter Birthday . Anything can be done ?

    1. Hi Madhulika,

      So sorry to hear about the cake. Doubling the ingredients should not change the taste. The only difference would be if you were using a larger pan…then, the baking time would be different. I know it is too late to fix it this time around, but maybe you can serve it with some vanilla ice cream to neutralize the bitterness.

  30. Hi,

    I am planning to make this cake but without chocolate. I read that you can use Mango pulp. If I use that would the proportion of water change given that pulp may also have some water.

    Oh and yes, I have tried a lot of your desserts (mango mousse, kulfi, kalakand to name a few and they are too good) I make mango mousse at least once a week !

    Hope to hear back from you soon.

  31. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    Hope you both doing Gr8.you guys are doing really a great job.I tried this Eggless Choclate Cake…..But i didnt turn out well…I used Vinegar and Baking powder….is that wrong ?and i used Hot Cocoa mix…not the cocoa powder……Please let me know how can make it correct…….

    Thanks,
    Sangeetha.

    1. Hi Sangeetha,

      Baking really is a science (unlike regular cooking). You have to follow the ingredients precisely. Baking soda and baking powder are different. Also, Hot Cocoa mix is different that cocoa powder. It has many other ingredients added in. Hope you get to try this recipe with the proper ingredients. It comes out really nice.

      1. Hi Hetal,

        Thank you for your reply…I got the Cocoa powder..Will try it and post the result :)…hope it will come fine….

  32. Hi

    can I use butter instead of oil? Also after putting the cake in referigarator it becomes little hard, can you suggest how to serve it? Is it because it’s eggless?

    1. Hi Bobby,

      You can add the flaxseed powder/water mixture in with the other wet ingredients. Be sure to let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes before adding it.

  33. Hi friends!!! I tried this cake on my daughter’s birthday and it was really easy and tasty.However, if someone can let me know how to make it more moist then it might taste even better.Thanks!!!

    1. Hi, you could also try using brown sugar in place of white to make it moist. Ratio will remain same just use brown instead of white.

  34. Hi – can I put walnuts inside the batter before placing it in the oven? Not sure if that will turn out ok… Thanks!

  35. oh! and i also baked it in a micriwave….for 40mins… at 200 degrees….its was fine…soft and spongy though i did have alittle trouble as a bit of the base of the cake stuck to the baking pan… so next time should i leave it longer to cool off before getting the cake out?? im baking this cake for the guy’s birthday next time so i really want it to be perfect! πŸ™‚
    Thanks,
    Kasturi

  36. hey…
    im 18 and though im non-veg and normally bake cakes with egg…i wanted to bake an eggless cake for this “guy” πŸ˜‰ whos veg….so i tried this cake out today just to see how it comes out….and omg!!!! its awesooomeee!!!! i also covered it with chocolate sauce…iv made this 1 for my family…next 1s going to be for him… hehe….
    well….id just like to thank you hetal and anuja maam… this recipe might just be the right ingredient to my…ahem…love story!!?!! πŸ˜€

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