Chocolate Cake

* Center Staff Member Original Recipe from Sarah Martin: Sarah is a development associate with the Center’s development team. She has also worked as a pastry chef—so she knows a thing or two about cake!



chocolate cake


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or other neutral oil such as coconut)
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips



Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a Bundt pan with margarine or a neutral vegetable spray.

Whisk together vegetable oil, apple sauce, sugar and coffee in a large-sized bowl.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

Use spoon or spatula to stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir until smooth. Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips.

Pour into a greased Bundt pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Cake is done when cake tester inserted into center comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely (about 15 minutes) in the pan before turning it out. Dust with powdered sugar or additional cocoa powder.

Photo courtesy of from USA (Vegan Chocolate Cake) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.