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Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake

Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake. Very delicious, very moist. You’ll never know it was vegan – just wait until you slice into it!

Lead in image of two unfrosted Vegan Orange and Chocolate Cakes.

Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake

This week, I’m venturing into new territory again. I did start this blog as a journal to challenge myself and bake new recipes. This time, it’s my first Vegan Cake. I decided to make an Orange and Chocolate Cake. However, I then covered it in Ganache (not vegan) but you can make a different frosting to suit your dietary needs.

I also tried a new product for this cake. Wilton makes these Bake Even Strips and tried them for the first time with this cake. Thanks to the help of Instagram I got some great advice from fans and bakers who use them.

My only comment is that my pans are not 90 degrees from the bottom to the sides. They are canted slightly and angle out so that the bottom diameter is like 1/8th inch less than the top diameter. So… the stripes didn’t hug the entire side of the cake pans. I don’t think that this really changed the way that the cake baked up because my cakes still had a nice flat top and I didn’t have to cut a top mound off to level it.

A top view of the cake where you can see the rings of chocolate and orange cake batter baked together.

I think I did overfill the pans though… as seen in this photo, the edges pushed straight up and the cake did not overflow in my oven. For that, I am happy.

I LOVED the stripping effect of the cake layers. I thought about marbling the two cakes, but I was hoping that  the zebra look would be more stunning! And it was! You’ll see that on the final cake photos when I slice into it.

By complete freak of nature, a heart formed in the center of the cake when I added the last bit of chocolate cake. It must have known that Valentine’s day was just around the corner.

This recipe is part two of a three part series including Whipped Ganache Frosting and Orange and Chocolate Cake.

Collage image showing the three recipes I used to make the final vegan orange and chocolate zebra cake.

Are you looking for more Vegan Desserts? Try this Low-Sugar Flourless Vegan Apple Crisp, these Vegan S’mores Dessert, or give this Vegan Raspberry Coconut Tart a try!

Yield: 16

Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake

Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake

Orange and Chocolate Vegan Cakes are very rich and moist that you will never miss the butter, milk and eggs.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rest Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes


For the Vegan Chocolate Cake

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa

For the Vegan Orange Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Prepare each cake in separate bowls

For each cake

  1. Combine the dry ingredients then stir in the wet ingredients.
  2. Prepare two 8 inch round cake pans. Alternately add ¼ cup of the cake mixes into the cake pans creating the zebra effect. I stared and ended with chocolate. Bake at 350°F for 30 - 35 minutes.
  3. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes then flip them out onto a cooling rack.


  1. You can make each cake individually for one 8 inch cake. The chocolate cake may cook faster than the orange cake.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


Monday 24th of February 2020

Hi Karyn, Thanks for sharing. My kids saw your pics when we were looking for a recipe to make and insisted we make it!! We tweaked it only a little with respect to ingredients we had and it turned out divine!!! Sounds like we will be making it again.


Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Fantastic recipe thank you for sharing really enjoying it


Monday 1st of April 2019

Made it! My first vegan cake and it was absolutely melt-in-mouth delicious! Thanks for sharing this simple and excellent recipe. For the chocolate cake, I substituted almond milk instead of water, the result was great!

Karyn Granrud

Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

That's great to know. So glad you liked the cake.

DeeDee Lavinder

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

I can’t count how many times my daughter has requested this cake for her birthday, sometimes twice per year (for family and for her friends). Thank you so much! I don’t know what I would do if this post were taken down.

Karyn Granrud

Friday 25th of January 2019

I'm so glad that your daughter (and everyone at the party) love the cake. It's a winner. BTW - I came across a great frosting recipe that was 1 C coconut milk (from a can) and a bag of vegan chocolate chips for a vegan whipped ganache. It was really good!!


Monday 21st of January 2019

Oh my goodness! Divine! I used a simple orange glaze and candied orange peel. Best. Cake. Ever.

Karyn Granrud

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

I bet that was amazing!! I've made candied orange peel and used it on other cakes.

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