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!


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


  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.


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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282 thoughts on “Eggless Chocolate Cake

  1. Hi. I tried chocolate cake many times and itโ€™s always a hit!! This time I want to try using mango pulp. Do I need to skip sugar because readymade mango pulp is already very sweet?

    I want to bake this for my husbandโ€™s birthday your reply will be appreciated!

    Rupali Dahima

  2. Hi. I tried chocolate cake May times and itโ€™s always a hit!! This time I want to try using mango pulp. Do I need to skip sugar because readymade mango pulp is already very sweet?

    I want to bake this for my husbandโ€™s birthday your reply will be appreciated!

    Rupali Dahima

  3. I tried the mango pulp version of the cake. It looks good. I am waiting for my husband’s comments on the taste:) Thanks so much.

  4. hallo lady’s, thanx for sharing this very yummy and easy recipe! thnx to you i’ve got more confidance in cooking, so instaed of cold water i used cold coffee. i baked 2 cakes and made it into 1 cake by frosting them with an simple choco buttercream.

  5. Hi,

    I love your videos.This cake looks absolutely yummy.Could you pls give the amount is grams? I really look forwad to making this cake.
    Thank you so much

  6. Hi hetal and anuja.

    I want to bake this cake on 24th of January. It is my first time. I need 2 clarifications.

    1) when u say 1.5 cups of all purpose flour? I want to know which size cup? Is it the measuring cup?
    2) Please tell me about preheating?

    Waiting for your reply.

  7. Hi hetal and anuja.

    I want to bake this cake on 24th of January. It is my first time. I need 2 clarifications.

    1) when u say 1.5 cups of all purpose flour? I want to know which size cup? Is it the measuring cup?
    2) Please tell me about preheating?

  8. will the recipe be same for a microwave?
    should i use the covection mode or microwave?
    Will a glass bakeware work since i dont have the kind of pan you are using?
    Also could you tell me the size of the cup i should use to measure the ingredients?
    lastly, will sunflower oil work?

    1. Hi Shweta,

      This recipe is for a normal oven, not a microwave. We have not tried it in a convection mode oven so cannot give you a proper answer. Sorry.

  9. Hai…
    when u say cold water….. do i need to use from the fridge??? is it ok to use running water from the tap which is at room temp?

    1. Hi Valli,

      This was a user submitted recipe so we followed it exactly and did use cold water from the fridge. However, you could probably use cold tap water as well.

  10. Hi !!
    My cake turned into bitter taste.I dont know the reason may be due to the baking powder. is it so ???
    baking soda and baking powder both are required for a cake or any one can do ??
    as i am a beginner give me some basic tips.


  11. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    I tried this recipe. Although the cake came out well, but i found that it was not very sweet. I don’t know if i did something wrong. My proportions were the same. The only difference that i did was that since i didn’t have vanilla essence, i substituted it with some syrup and honey.

    To make it sweeter, i did a frosting using 2 tsps of cocoa powder and a can of sweetened condensed milk with butter. It did make the cake taste sweeter.

    Can you please suggest me what problem might have happened?

    1. Hi Soumya,

      Usually, these types of cakes are covered in frosting so the cake itself is not as sweet. You can always add more sugar next time if you want it sweeter.

  12. Hey Hetal & Anuja aunty,

    This cake turned out to be so good ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for this lovely recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had use juice of lime instead of vinegar and it looked the exact same way as shown in your video ๐Ÿ™‚ I am impressed with my own self ๐Ÿ˜€ he he

  13. Hello,

    I tried this cake but it turned out to be very very bitter. I suspect my unsweetened Nestle Tollhouse cocoa powder. Could you please tell me which cocoa powder you used.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Hi Shikha,

      The brand of cocoa powder should not be the reason. It may be that you are more sensitive to the bitter flavor than others. Maybe you can reduce it a bit to get it to your liking.

  14. Hi,

    I tried your cake. It got baked nicely(soft and moist) but I found it a bit smelly. Could it be the smell of vinegar? Have you experienced same thing?


  15. Thanks so much! This turned out great, I used whole wheat pancake mix instead of white flour. Tastes wonderful with Nutella and butter icing

    1. Hi Tanvi,

      We have not tried adding fresh strawberries to the batter but think they may become mushy and watery in the mix.

    1. Hi Tanvi,

      Maybe you missed some spots while spraying? Alternately, you can butter the pan bottom and sides and dust it with plain flour. Shake it all around so it coats the surface and dump out the excess.

  16. Hi both,

    I tried this at home today and it was amazing! I added some orange zest for extra depth of flavor and iced it using a very simple recipe that I can share with you.

    Chocolate icing

    Semi sweet baking chocolate-about 100 g
    Unsweetened condensed milk-200 ml
    Icing sugar-3 tbsp

    Immerse chocolate pieces in unsweetened condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on low for 5 minutes. The chocolate will melt in the warm liquid and you can then whisk the contents. It will be very runny. Once incorporated, sieve 3 tbsp of icing sugar into the liquid and whisk slowly until it is incorporated. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and then use on your favorite cake!

    You can add in some liqueur for extra taste.

    Try it and let me know if you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,

  17. Hi Hetal
    I have tried this recipe and it turned out good
    Please let me know the change in the quantity in the ingredients if I want to make a cake in a 9 in by 13 in pan


  18. hi hetal,
    i tried to make the chocolate cake exactly as shown in your video,but it tastes like salty, i used exact ingredients , and followed the exact procedure,not cooked inside and was cracked on the top :(, where did i go wrong???
    plz reply

    1. Hi Sheetal,

      Sorry to hear that. We have never had that happen to us. The only thing I can think of is that some brands of salt are “saltier” than others (if that makes any sense). Also, we have found that some brands also have bigger crystals and some are finer. Its possible that the salt did not get dissolved properly if the crystals were bigger.

  19. Hi Hetal & Anjua,
    Excellent work as always :))
    I had a question if you had tried the Betty crocker Super moist cake mixes and SUper mosit fudge brownie mix.If yes then how do you make it eggless with the flavour remaining intact and the binding remaining stronger ? I have tried replacing the water with milk and have subtracted eggs but the binding is not that good.It breaks very often..Ladies please provide your wonderful tips for this.
    Thanks in advance for your help!!

  20. hi,

    i tried out this recipe today and unlike the other ones from this site, it was a total flop show ๐Ÿ™ the cake came out like mud and was totally uneatable!!! i used the same ingredients, and cooked it according to the temp suggested. any idea why it went so wrong? i used the nestle Toulouse cocoa powder, it doesn’t mention whether it is unsweetened. is this the problem? please help, as i like chocolate cakes, and would definitely prefer an eggless recipe. other than this, all the other recipes i tried out from this site were great!!! thanks a ton ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Hi Anuja/Hetal,

    Just love your recipes and thank you so much for the eggless versions :). I have a doubt. I bake the cakes in your website for the exact degree(centigrade)version and the time. But the upper crust gets blistered always. Can you please suggest some tips ? I use a microwave-convection oven to bake


    1. Hi Maadhangi,

      Unfortunately, neither of us has ever used a microwave/convection type of oven so are not familiar with how it works. If the problem is always that the cake gets overdone, you may want to either reduce the temperature or baking time.

  22. hey Hetal and Anuja,
    i want to prepare this cake for my sister’s b’day. can we use microwave oven because that is the one i have at home.if microwave oven can be used, for how much time should we keep the batter in it??
    please reply soon..

    1. Hi Prerana,

      We have not make this cake in the microwave before. There are microwave cake recipes out there that you may be able to use.

  23. Hi Hetal & Anuja

    My daughter’s b’day is coming. I want to make two layer cake (9 by 13 each). One cake i want to make this eggless chocolate cake & for another one i need some advise from u guys. Can u please suggest which combination will go with this eggless chocolate cake & please send me the recipe as well. Your all the recipes turned out really good. I don’t want to go with any other people’s recipe.



    1. Hi Priyanka,

      Sometimes, different ovens work differently. You can stick a toothpick in the center of the cake to tell if its done. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If it is sticky, then bake for longer.

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