One bowl vegan chilli chocolate cake

30 Mar

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Easter is almost here, people! That means it is time to dust off the Easter egg basket and get your fat pants on coz it is chocolate time.

I don’t know about you but as I get older I find myself less attracted to sweet, milk chocolate and more interested in dark, intense choc.

From my chocolate addicted youth, where I ate bars and bars and BARS off the stuff to now, when I rarely indulge, I have done my bit to keeping the chocolate economy afloat.

Now, on the rare occasion that I get a craving for the sweet stuff, it needs to be dark and bitter.

Chilli chocolate is perfect for that kick. Coming into the cooler weather here in Australia – allegedly, it is still stinking hot and humid despite it being almost April – chocolate with a kick is just what I am after.

My one bowl chocolate chilli cake not only provides that bite, but it is super to easy to make AND it is vegan! That’s right – a super delish spicy chocolate cake with no eggs, no butter, no milk. How could you possibly live without this recipe in your repertoire!? I am not vegan but I have been caught short many a time by a lack of eggs or milk in the fridge when I am half way through baking a cake.

The heat in this cake comes from just a quarter of a teaspoon of hot cayenne pepper. It may not seem like a huge amount but trust me, it does its job. If you are a chilli master who can handle the heat feel free to add more.IMG_4999.jpgIMG_5007

Making a vegan cake is a super economical way of showing your love through baking. I dare say that friends and family would be more impressed with the gift of a home-made chocolate cake for Ester than any cheap foil-wrapped egg. You don’t even need a mixer for this – just a bowl and a spoon and you are on your way to cake heaven.

I dressed this cake with just a dusting of icing sugar but feel free to tart it up with your icing of choice.


1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup caster sugar

½ cup Dutch cocoa, sifted

1 cup cold water

2 teaspoons cinnamon

¼ teaspoon hot cayenne pepper

One teaspoon vanilla bean paste

¼ canola oil



Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a round 20cm cake pan with non-stick baking paper.

Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix with a silver spoon until combined.

Scrape batter into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes / until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Remove from oven and cool completely in tin before removing to a wire rack.

When completely cold dust over icing sugar.



14 Responses to “One bowl vegan chilli chocolate cake”

  1. Liz March 30, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi mum 😀 Glad you’re still at it. Missed you. Your cake looks amazing. Where did you find the recipe? And what a pretty gold spoon.

  2. Gary Lum March 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi, Mum, it’s true as I age, I am appreciating dark chocolate more, especially when it surrounds some nice Queensland ginger. That said, I could still eat a block of milk chocolate and I’m one of those barbarians who can eat a block of so-called white “chocolate”. I think Cadbury’s Top Deck was made for me 😂🤣

    • The Hungry Mum March 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

      NOOOOO! White choc is the devils’s work! Your sweet tooth knows no bounds 🙂

      • Gary Lum March 31, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

        I grew up this way and even love chewing on sugar cane

  3. Laura @ Feast Wisely March 31, 2017 at 7:59 am #

    Good to hear you’re also on the dark chocolate journey Hungry Mum – we now have access here in Australia to so much handcrafted stuff – I recently tried one from Harris Farms nice big range – from Madagascar I think – it was amazing. Love your cake too 😄

    • The Hungry Mum March 31, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

      Aww, ta Laura 😉 I live in a part of the world where Harris Farm / Fratelli Fresh etc fear to tread 😦 I have literally begged Harris Farm on Insta to open a store here, to no avail…

      • Laura @ Feast Wisely April 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

        Oh no that’s a shame Hungry Mum – I’m sure you have access to great local markets though – something we don’t have enough of in the city!

  4. Gingerbread Jenn April 1, 2017 at 3:45 am #

    I love chilli chocolate so much! I keep a pack of chilli buttons in bed side table for good measure, haha. This looks superb 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum April 10, 2017 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks! I love the idea of emergency choc stash by the bed – genius!

  5. Smiling Notes April 7, 2017 at 1:25 am #

    Looks so delicious!!!! I wish I could eat i right through the screen 😀 Pinning it.

  6. Julie April 9, 2017 at 11:36 pm #

    Do you think this would work gluten free?

    • The Hungry Mum April 10, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      hi Julie, I have not tried making it GF so I really don`t know. Let me know f you try it. Cheers.

  7. FrugalHausfrau April 13, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    I love hot cocoa with Chili – I know I’d love this! 🙂

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