Is there anything better than a classic, ultra fluffy chocolate cake? A buttercream slathered cake is something I cannot resist – even since I’ve gone diary-free. I will totally cheat (and risk a break out) for a slice of buttercream-topped cake, especially when the cake itself is dairy-free and the buttercream is milk free! Basically, I love cake. And this Chocolate Cake is moist, delicious, and super customizable – I’ve baked this recipe as a layer cake, as a banana chocolate sheet cake, and even as a banana bourbon cake without cocoa powder. Seriously, use this is a base and go wild.
These mini bundt cakes are perfectly cute one or two-serving cakes. I covered them with a simple chocolate ganache (made with coconut milk) to keep them on the better-for-you side – I wanted to avoid adding refined white sugar. But if you’d prefer a chocolate glaze (a simple mix of cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and nut milk) then do that! I’m telling you, make these cakes your own and enjoy this dairy-free version of classic chocolate cake! Happy baking!
Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes
Makes three 4″ bundt cakes or one 6″ cake
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 large egg
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Heaping 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
1/4-1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1.) Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare your mini bundt pans – spray them with olive oil or other non-stick spray + lightly dust them with cocoa powder. I sprinkled a small spoonful of cocoa powder into each pan, covered it with a plate, and shook it around.
2.) In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut sugar and egg. Add in the almond milk, olive oil, and vanilla extract and mix. Stir in the applesauce; set aside.
3.) In a medium/large bowl, sift the flours and cocoa powder. Whisk in the baking soda, baking powder, and salt until all ingredients are well combined. Add the wet ingredients and mix until no flour pockets remain.
4.) Evenly distribute the batter into your mini bundt pans until they’re nearly full (mine were somewhere between 75% and 100% full). Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes*.
5.) Allow cakes to cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Flip over each bundt pan and gently shake the cake out. Allow cakes to cool completely. Set cooled cakes on a cooling rack over a piece of parchment paper (I like to sit mine in a baking sheet) before preparing the chocolate ganache.
6.) Place a medium pot with about an inch of water over medium heat. Add the chopped chocolate and 1/4 cup of the coconut milk to a heatproof bowl that can sit on top of your medium pot (without touching the water). Stir frequently until chocolate has melted, adding more coconut milk until the mixture is thin enough to pour/drizzle. I tested mine by seeing if it would easily run off of the spoon in a steady stream. You want it to be thin enough to pour over your cakes but thick enough to hold onto your cakes.
8.) Spoon or pour chocolate ganache over each bundt until the cakes are totally covered. If desired, sprinkle with toppings – cocoa powder, powdered sugar, cacao nibs, sprinkles, rose petals, etc. Ganache will solidify at room temperature, depending on your current climate. Store cakes in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator if ganache doesn’t set. Enjoy!
*if baking a 6″ cake, bake for 20-30 minutes