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Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cake

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


Super fudgy vegan chocolate peppermint cake with a dairy free vegan vanilla frosting for the easiest holiday cake recipe! Gluten free and dairy free, this fudgy chocolate cake is a hit!



Chocolate Peppermint Cake:

  • 2 3/4 cups cassava flour or gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour or all purpose flour (if not gluten free)
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 1/4 cups dairy free milk
  • 3/4 ┬ácup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter or coconut oil, melted

Vegan Vanilla Frosting:

  • 1 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 34 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: crushed organic vegan peppermint candies


Chocolate Peppermint Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease 3 6″ cake pans with coconut or olive oil.
  2. In a large bowl, melt your chocolate, either via the microwave or heat the chocolate in a saucepan on the stovetop.
  3. Add in the vegan butter or coconut oil, coconut sugar, and unsweetened applesauce, and use a hand mixer to beat everything together until well combined.
  4. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and cacao powder and continue to beat the batter until it’s completely combined.
  5. Start to pour in the dairy free milk, vanilla extract and peppermint extract, and continue mixing until well combined.
  6. Pour the batter into each cake pan evenly, and bake the cakes for 35-40 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Vegan Vanilla Frosting:

  1. First begin creaming the softened vegan butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  2. Sift in the powdered sugar (and yes, sift! You don’t want clumps!) in 1 cup increments while continuing to beat the frosting.
  3. Add in a touch of vanilla extract and continue to beat until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Frost your cake!


  1. Use cacao powder instead of cocoa powder. The flavor will be much richer!
  2. I recommend using Lily’s Sweets chocolate or Pascha chocolate for vegan chocolate brands.
  3. Using either cassava, gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour, or all-purpose works great at the same ratios!
  4. For the gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour, I recommend either Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking

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