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These amazingly delicious mini vegan chocolate cakes are moist, rich and covered in a smooth vegan chocolate buttercream frosting!


6 Mini Cakes

Total time

55 minutes


Dessert, Sweets


  • mini Cakes:
  • dry Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • wet Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dairy free milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • vegan Chocolate Buttercream Icing:
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup vegan Butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ¼ cup dairy free milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. For the mini cakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  3. Grease and/or line a 6 cavity jumbo muffin pan
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  5. In a large bowl, combine sugar, applesauce, dairy free milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract, stirring until fully mixed
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Be careful not to over mix (the batter will be a little lumpy, that's okay!)
  7. Evenly distribute batter between the 6 cavities of your prepared jumbo muffin tin
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean
  9. Let cool in pan for about 5 minutes, then remove and allow to fully cool on a wire cooling rack
  10. Once cool, slice mini cakes in half, creating two layers
  11. For the vegan chocolate buttercream icing:
  12. Using an electric or stand mixer, cream room temperature vegan butter until light and fluffy
  13. Add cocoa powder and about half of the dairy free milk and continue to mix
  14. Once cocoa is fully incorporated into the butter, start adding the powdered sugar, then add the rest of the dairy free milk and the vanilla extract
  15. Mix until you have a smooth icing. You may have to add a touch more milk or sugar if you want your icing thinner or thicker
  16. Spread a dollop of icing onto all of the bottom layers of your sliced mini cakes
  17. Place the top layers onto the iced bottom layers, and either pipe or spread remaining icing onto the tops of the mini cakes
  18. Garnish with sprinkles, chocolate chips, or anything else your heart desires!
  19. Enjoy!
  20. View the recipe instructions at Sweet Like Cocoa

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