Virtual vegan potluck: Ooey gooey chocolate pudding cake

I am very excited to be part of the VVP again this year.

The virtual vegan potluck homeIt is great to see the same faces from last time and also a whole lot of new ones.  It is great to be part of this community.

This time, I am thought I’d bring you one of my favourite cake/puddings that I managed to veganise after a number of attempts.  My approach to any food preparation is that it should be easy, use simple ingredients that everyone will recognise and of course, 100% plant based.  Technically, it does not seem to be classified as a cake, because it is very moist, but it looks like a cake, so I do not think it should be called a pudding.  So I call it a pudding cake… or should it be a cake pudding…

I hope you saved some space for a bit more dessert, since there are so many great dishes to try.

Without further ado, here is my very ooey gooey chocolate pudding cake.

Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake

There are 3 parts to this dish:

  • Cake
  • Sauce
  • Topping



3 cups all-purpose flour *

2 cups sugar *

½ cup cacao powder *

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 tablespoon instant coffee (optional)

1 teaspoon salt

1 ¾ cups of plant based milk *

1 cup apple sauce *

¼ cup apple cider or white vinegar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract *


¾ tin coconut milk (or if you want it to be richer, coconut cream)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup of sugar *


¼ tin coconut milk (or cream that you used for the sauce)

2 x slabs (200g/7oz) of dark chocolate *



  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C/350 °F
  2. Lightly grease one 23cm/9” pan
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cacao, coffee and salt.
    In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, apple sauce, vinegar, vanilla and baking soda *.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined.  Do not overmix.
  5. Fill the prepared cake pan with the batter.

    Gooey chocolate cake batter

    Gooey chocolate cake batter

  6. Bake for 25 – 30 mins, or until a testing pin is inserted and comes out clean.  A few crumbs clinging to it, is not an issue.
  7. Leave the cake out to cool.
Cake baked,cooled and ready for the sauce

Cake baked, cooled and ready for the sauce


  1. Cook all the ingredients together at a low heat until it has a caramel colour, stir continuously
  2. When the cake has cooled, pour the sauce over and let it stand so that it is all absorbed into the cake.

    Saucy cake soaking up all the good stuff

    Saucy cake soaking up all the good stuff

  3. Leave the cake out to cool.
Cooled cake, ready for the topping

Cooled cake, ready for the topping


  1. Melt ingredients together and pour over cooled cake.

    Cake topped with chocolate topping

    Cake topped with dark orange flavoured chocolate topping

  2. Garnish, if you feel like it.  I just added the cute little heart shaped sprinkles because I thought they looked cute.

Finally, help yourself to a large slice of the cake for just being such a fabulous and compassionate person.  Repeat last step multiple times (I sure will do :D).

slice“Cake is happiness! If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!” – C. JoyBell C.



  • Flour for cake – you can use plain all-purpose flour.  I use whole-wheat flour that I have available at home.
  • Sugar – the amount of sugar to use is a personal preference.  I usually reduce the sugar used in the recipe by about 25%, but Mr SpinachRevolution prefers it sweeter.  The recipe is based on the sweeter version that he has assured me is the better version.  I use raw organic brown sugar.
  • Cacao powder – I use raw organic cacao powder.  You can also use unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Milk – I use soy milk, but oat, rice or almond milk will work equally well.
  • Apple sauce – we do not have this available in South Africa so I blend a large apple with 2 tablespoons of water in a blender until smooth.  Easy peasy.
  • Vanilla extract – you can also use almond extract.
  • I have read a blog some time ago where the person suggested that the baking soda should be mixed with the wet ingredients instead of the dry, and it will eliminate the potential flavour of baking soda.  I am not sure if it is true, but hey, it is easy enough to do.
  • Dark chocolate – I have used variations with great success.  For this cake, I used an organic orange flavoured chocolate.  It has tiny bits of orange rind in it and also flavoured with orange oil.
  • Whole nut chocolate, e.g. with hazel nuts is always a winner too.

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50 Responses to Virtual vegan potluck: Ooey gooey chocolate pudding cake

  1. veganmiam says:

    What a killer cake! I wish I have this right in front of me, with some yummy gooey caramel sauce.

    Happy Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0 Day x

    ♡ rika, vegan miam
    ★ we travel + eat vegan blog ★

  2. This looks amazing! Pudding cake sounds fantastic! Happy VVP!

    – alexis

  3. “gooey” foods are my ultimate comfort food!

  4. Mike says:

    Hhhhhhmmm – cake and cofee…….

  5. Kammie says:

    Everything about this is perfect. Do I really have to spell it out? Okay, fine fine.
    1. Chocolate – Ummmmm hello, the best ingredient ever?!
    2. Ooey Gooey?! – are you kidding me?! the ultimate indulgence! I love!
    3. Pudding – I’ve always been a huge fan!
    4. CAKE – need I say more?

    5 stars!!!!

  6. sammysfood says:

    How wonderful! So rich and scrumptuous looking 🙂

  7. Oh, I’ve got room! This is killer! Thank you so much for participating in the Potluck!

  8. This cake looks very decadent! I agree with your philosophy on food – simplicity is good 🙂

  9. eatpraybake says:

    This cake has it all! Really looks amazing 😀

  10. vixbakes says:

    Looks awesome! I love the idea of super-moist pudding cake. I will definitely give this a try.

  11. DANG! Delicious business up in here.

  12. Richa says:

    oh my.. this cake has to be made… i agree.. super awesome!

  13. creativespin says:

    Yumyumyum–this looks so good!

  14. veghotpot says:

    I love that you use apple sauce in the cake! Looks delicious

  15. Yum! This looks really delicious. Such a great VVP contribution 😉

  16. Alana says:

    My mouth is literally watering right now. So inventive x

  17. Sophie33 says:

    What a truly appetizing vegan chocolate cake! I love the topped glaze too! 🙂 Double yum!

  18. Wendy says:

    This looks divine! I was just looking for a birthday cake recipe and this fits the bill. Can’t wait to try it!

  19. Somer says:

    Insane! I want a slice of all it’s ooey gooey chocolate glory!

  20. Mmmm, I would love to shove my face into that!

  21. Ally says:

    Your cake looks deliciously decadent!
    Thanks for the tip about the bi-carb. I hadn’t heard that before. I am going to try it next time I make a cake.
    Thanks for visiting (and following) my blog too. 🙂

  22. This sounds great! Makes me even happier that I just bought my first spring-form pan (yesterday!). 🙂

    • Great, I sometimes buy equipment because I have a new recipe, and other times I have to look for a recipe so that I can justify my new purchase… I hope you have happy baking experiences with your new pan.

  23. I love the chocolate lava desserts that you get in restaurants, and I bet this tastes a lot like those – except better!! Celeste:)

  24. YUM, looks spectactular! Only 4 posts into the desserts section and already so much chocolate! I’m seriously craving chocolate cake now!

  25. […] I found and adapted the recipe from the wonderful Spinach Revolution […]

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