If you love the sound of a cake that is quick, easy and totally free of gluten-filled flour, this vegan chocolate mud cake recipe is perfect for those of you who are looking for a vegan and gluten free cake that has a texture which is fudgy, sweet and chocolatey.
I love this chocolate cake recipe, as it takes less than 30 minutes to make, meaning that you can enjoy this treat in almost no time at all. I decided to use buckwheat flour for this recipe which makes a good all-purpose flour alternative and it didn't disappoint!
This cake is best served with fresh vegan coconut whipped cream or with vegan ice cream. They both soak beautifully into the luscious and silky texture of the cake. It's also delicious on it's own.
Since you enjoy flourless treats, I also think you'd love my eggless fudgy brownies, vegan chocolate peanut butter almond bars and my vegan flourless almond chocolate cake which are also 100% gluten free and delicious.
Why You Will Love This Cake
- No Compromise on Texture - It's always quite difficult to create a consistency within a flourless cake that can rival an ordinary cake. This cake has a great texture, which although is quite different, is definitely a winner.
- Quick & Easy - All you need to do for this cake is make the batter, pour it into a cake tin and bake. The process is very similar to that of many of my other chocolate cake recipes such as, my vegan chocolate peanut butter cake and vegan cherry chocolate cake.
- Great Flavor - This cake has a rich and fairly strong taste which matches the thick texture nicely.
- Allergy Friendly & Plant Based - This vegan chocolate mud cake recipe is completely vegan, gluten free and dairy free.
- Buckwheat flour - This is a fantastic gluten free flour which makes great alternative. If you've never tried it before, it might be an acquired taste but it's certainly a much healthier and nutritious substitute for more traditional flour types.
- Cocoa powder - Using a higher quality kind of cocoa powder will make all the difference for this recipe. This is especially true for those of your who like a chocolate cake to be rich.
- Dark baking chocolate - This ingredient should be combined with the melted vegan butter, then folded into the cake batter. This will contribute to creating a fudgier texture which a gluten free chocolate cake can often rely on.
- Dairy free yogurt - This makes an excellent egg replacer in general for vegan cakes. Without it, the texture of this cake would suffer a little. If you've seen many of my cookies recipes like my vegan espresso chocolate chip cookies and vegan rocky road cookies, they follow a similar egg-replacing process.
See recipe card for full information on individual ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
- This is a gluten free cake and most people who make it tend to follow a gluten free diet but that doesn't mean that you can't use ordinary flour. Just like the recipes on my blog that aren't gluten free which have options to use as alternatives, this had the same flexibility. Another cake that can be easily be made with or without gluten is my vegan strawberry lemon layer cake.
- As this is a healthier recipe, you can also add things to the cake batter such as, nuts. I often love to stir in chopped hazelnuts, chopped peanuts and chopped almonds to add that 'extra little something'.
How To Make A Vegan Chocolate Mud Cake
For the full method, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
1: Grease a springform cake tin with vegan butter and set aside.
2: Combine the dry chocolate cake ingredients inside a bowl.
3: Melt the vegan butter with the chocolate.
4: Add the wet ingredients and the melted chocolate to the dry. Fold to form a batter.
5: Spoon the cake batter into the greased tin. Bake.
6: Let the cake cool, then serve.
Don't over-bake the cake - Once this mud cake goes over the recommended amount of time in the oven, it begins to dry out quite quickly. Make sure that you set and alarm so you don't over-bake. Make sure that the cake also isn't too high up in the oven. The center rack is the way to go.
Use high quality cocoa powder - This is a game changer as it transforms the flavor of the entire cake, giving it a major uplift. Regular cocoa powder works okay, but doesn't hit the same as a better quality variation in terms of the richness that it produces.
Mud cakes are dense, super chocolatey and fudgy cakes that originate in the U.S.A. My recipe has many similarities to my vegan flourless chocolate cake but this one uses a different type of flour and gives off slight brownie vibes.
I used a gluten free buckwheat flour for this recipe. It turned out very well. I haven't tested any other gluten free flours or blends but I imagine some will work. Maybe have a little experiment and see what works.
Store this cake at room temperature for up to 2-3 days inside an airtight container. This cake doesn't stay as moist for as long as some of my other cakes due to the ingredient ratios that are used in the recipe.
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Vegan Chocolate Mud Cake (Gluten Free)
For the chocolate cake batter:
- 150 g buckwheat flour sifted
- 50 g cocoa powder
- 180 g granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 45 g vegan dark baking chocolate chopped finely
- 85 g vegan block butter melted
- 50 ml plain dairy free yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 120 ml soy milk
- Preheat oven to 177 Celsius (350F).
- Grease an 8-inch, round springform cake tin with vegan butter around the sides. Set aside.
Make the chocolate batter:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Using the double-boiling (bain-marie) method, melt the vegan butter over a medium heat. Add the chocolate and stir continuously until smooth and runny.
- Remove from the heat, then fold in the dairy free yogurt, vanilla extract and soy milk.
Bake the mud cake:
- Bake inside the preheated oven for 20 minutes. A wooden skewer will come out clean when it’s done. Let your mud cake cool fully then slice and serve.
- Once this mud cake goes over the recommended amount of time in the oven, it begins to dry out quite quickly. Make sure that you set and alarm so you don't over-bake. Make sure that the cake also isn't too high up in the oven. The center rack is the way to go.
- Using high quality cocoa powder is a game changer as it transforms the flavor of the entire cake, giving it a major uplift. Regular cocoa powder works okay, but doesn't hit the same as a better quality variation in terms of the richness that it produces.