Inside: A super simple recipe for a deliciously moist chocolate using only items found in your pantry! Can you believe it? This decadent chocolate pantry cake has no eggs, butter, or milk in the recipe, not even in the chocolate frosting!
Look, sometimes you just want chocolate cake. And maybe you’ve been too busy to run to the store, or you realize your milk is all sour. Maybe you’ve found yourself without that trusty box of chocolate cake mix, you’re hunting for a vegan chocolate cake recipe, or you know, your entire state is under a lockdown and you can’t leave your house?
Whatever the reason, when you want chocolate cake, there’s no good substitution. So let’s make a chocolate cake with items found only in your pantry. I know it sounds suspect, but you guys – you got this. It IS possible to make a delicious chocolate cake even without eggs, butter, or milk.
Introducing Chocolate Pantry Cake!
They say “necessity is the mother of all invention.” And today, chocolate cake was a necessity. And to be clear, I didn’t invent this chocolate pantry cake. Can anyone take credit for creating chocolate cake? (Apparently not, because I just googled it and the history is complicated.)
And while I didn’t invent this recipe, I adapted it so we can bake it using simple ingredients found in my pantry.
What is Chocolate Pantry Cake?
I’m so glad you asked! It’s a simple chocolate cake recipe using ingredients from your pantry. That means the cake includes NO eggs, NO milk, and NO butter. The decadent chocolate frosting also does not use any of those ingredients. Crazy, right?
Even though there’s no eggs or dairy in the cake, this pantry cake is incredibly moist and full of chocolate flavor. I tried to incorporate simple ingredients that most people tend to have on hand – flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and oil. No fancy ingredients here.
Chocolate Pantry Cake
A super simple recipe for a deliciously moist chocolate cake using only items found in your pantry! Can you believe it? This decadent chocolate pantry cake has no eggs, butter, or milk in the recipe, not even in the chocolate frosting!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp instant coffee, optional
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbl vinegar (apple cider or white)
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar or more to taste
- 3 tbl cocoa
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a 9 inch baking dish. I like to line the bottom with parchment, but that's optional.
Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
Whisk together wet ingredients in a bowl.
Pour wet ingredients into dry mixture and combine well.
Using a rubber spatula, pour and scrape batter into prepared baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 33 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Place confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and oil in a mixing bowl, and using a stand or hand-held mixer, beat until well incorporated. Add in a tbl of cold water and beat until desired consistency. Feel free to add a bit more water, 1 tsp at a time, or a bit more confectioner's sugar, 1 tbl at a time until you reach desired consistency.
Frost cake once it has cooled. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Pantry Cake FAQ
Is this Chocolate Pantry Cake vegan?
Yes! The recipe includes no dairy or eggs, and is suitable for those following a vegan diet.
Does this Chocolate Pantry Cake taste like vinegar?
I know it sounds totally weird to add vinegar to a cake, but hear me out. Vinegar and baking soda mixed together create a leavening reaction that helps the cake rise. It doesn’t leave an after taste at all!
Does this Chocolate Pantry Cake taste like mocha or chocolate?
While the instant coffee powder is an optional ingredient, a bit of coffee enhances the flavor of the cocoa powder. It actually makes the cake taste more chocolately!
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