Dark Chocolate Chipotle Cake

Today marks the last day of VeganMoFo!

I have to say, this has been one helluva MoFo; this month I have gained some wonderful things: an incredible amount of inspiration, new (and old) friends, a million more blogs to look forward to in my feedreader… and so many other warm fuzzies that I couldn’t possibly list them all right here, right now.

And, can you believe all of the food? I mean… holy stromboli there was a lot of food!

Since today is the final day of this glorious month of vegan food, I made a cake. I like to reserve cakes for celebratory times in my life (I know, super traditional), and even in those times I often opt to make a pie or some cookies (lazy traditionalist). So, when I break out a cake, you know it’s important.

Thank you to everyone who’s been there throughout the whole MoFoing month. ♥

And huge high five to everyone who participated….

I have a lotta catching up to do. Do you?

Dark Chocolate Chipotle Cake ~ Vegan and Gluten Free


  • 2 cups vegan sugar
  • 1.5 cups melted vegan margarine
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 6 tbsp vinegar

Chocolate Glaze and Directions:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp earth balance, softened

Mix all ingredients together using an electric mixer until super smooth. Make sure you wait until cake is cool to make though, as it hardens semi-quickly.

Cake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Grease a standard size bundt cake pan well.

In large mixing bowl, mix together sugar, melted margarine and cocoa powder.

In separate bowl, combine sorghum flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder and chipotle powder.

With mixer set on low speed, alternate between adding flour mix and non-dairy milk to the rest of the batter, scraping sides as necessary. Once well mixed, stir in vinegar one tablespoon at a time.

Spread cake batter evenly into prepared bundt cake pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60-70 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean. Mine was done closer to the 65 minute mark, but check after 55 minutes to make sure you don’t end up with a burnt bundt. My pan was also super thick, so keep that in mind too while your cake is baking.

When your cake has thoroughly cooled, gently remove from pan and pour on chocolate glaze. Let glaze harden before slicing.

Enjoy– but beware: this cake is kinda spicy! But just kinda… I think next time I will add another 1/2 tsp of the chipotle powder.

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32 Responses to Dark Chocolate Chipotle Cake

  1. sally t says:

    Oh Allyson

    What a wonderful cake! I have searched for ages for the ‘right’ recipe…..and found it on your blog.

    I have spent ages trying to copy a chocolate gluten vegan cake I tried in a little cafe in Scarborough UK, but the cakes never turned out – they were either too heavy, too bland, not risen, but your recipe is fab.

    Many thanks

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  3. Laura W says:

    Ok, I agree, I love your blog bc your recipes are fool proof. BUT I had issues w this one:-( Is it really 6 TABLESPOONS of vinegar? I used 6 TB of apple cider vinegar & while the texture of the cake is perfect I can’t eat it bc it just tastes like vinegar w a little chipotle in the finish. I used rice milk but didn’t make any other substitutions. What happened?

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  6. Fanny says:

    That is one awesome cake!

  7. Emmy says:

    WOW – That looks so delicious….. I want!!!

  8. Laurel says:

    Thanks for all the awesome recipes in November. Most particularly for those pumpkin cinnamon rolls. I just could not figure out the pumpkin/fat ratio and I’m sick to death of kitchen failures. Your recipes always work, In fact, yours are some of the few that I’ve repeated, repeatedly even.
    I have a closetful of new recipes to try mostly from the Manifest Vegan as it turns out.
    I really, really want to try this cake. I don’t have any chipotle but I do have leftover cranberry sauce that would make a great swirl in all that chocolate cake probably with some cinnamon and? cardamom? cloves? Well, you always make me think while I’m drooling anyway.
    Thank you for being the wonderful, warm, loving person you are.

  9. Hannah says:

    Oh, swoon swoon swoon. I’m helpless before chili and chocolate, and with the addition of chiptole’s smoky edge… amazing!

  10. Samantha says:

    Holy cow – I <3 chipotle! That's one wickedly awesome cake. :)

  11. Katrina says:

    This cake looks so rich and yummy! Mmmm.

  12. Seglare says:

    I have seen several chipotle-chocolate recipes during MoFo, and every time, I think it’s surely nothing I would like myself (can you taste the smoke in the cake?). However, after all the positive comments (and pretty pictures) I have seen, I’m thinking I might give it a try one day.

    Your cake looks perfectly moist and just delicious! :)

    • allyson says:

      Hi Seglare

      yes, the smokiness is a nice undertone in the cake… plus the spiciness comes through as well. If you have an aversion to either of these, this may not be the cake for you! My entire family loved it… including my 20 month old. But, we are definitely a family of chipotle lovers!! :)

      Thank you for the kind words!


  13. Jennifer says:

    Catching up isn’t the word for it! Yikes! My blog reader exploded about ten days ago. ;-)

    Delicious cake; chocolate and chipotle get along so well together. I hope you enjoyed the cake and happy end of MoFo to you!

  14. Noelle says:

    Wonderful end to a great month of goodies! Beautiful!

  15. veganlisa says:

    Thank you for the cake and for the month full of amazing inspiration. I looked forward to reading your posts everyday.

  16. Jeannie says:

    The photo got me drooling all the way in here, I just have to see the rest! So moist and delicious looking!

  17. I am drooling and wishing I had a piece here at work with me. MMMMMM that looks fantastic.

  18. Vegyogini says:

    Yum, I love a little kick to my chocolate! Your next project is angel food cake. ;)

  19. jessy says:

    it really has been one helluva MoFo, Allyson! it’s been an awesome one though, and i’ve enjoyed drooling over every single one of your delicious posts!

    CAKE! MEGAyay! i reserve cake for special celebratory occasions as well – and i think i’m gonna have to make your cake to celebrate the fact that it’s a CAKE with CHIPOTLE! chipotle = my favoritest of spices and your cake looks so moist and wonderful and chocolatey. i’m in love!

    • allyson says:

      Jessy, you’re a gem. :) Ya know, I am in utter awe at how often you posted such amazingness… you dominated this MoFo! I thought of you when I made this too- I have been putting chipotle powder on everything… so. good.

  20. kittee says:

    how wonderful! i’m not even sure i’ll get to post today! the plumber has been here all morning/afternoon and i have acupuncture in an hour.

    maybe i’ll snap a shot of vee’s kibble????
    gorgeous cake!!


  21. Nicole says:

    I celebrated the last day of Vegan MoFo with your GF raspberry chocolate cake! See my post here.

  22. Rose says:

    This cake looks like the perfect way to celebrate a the completion of VeganMofo! I love chocolate and chili, and this must be extra yummy with an added smokiness.

    I think I’ll be catching up on MoFo posts until next year!

  23. Theresa says:

    Thank you Vegan MoFo–it brought me to this wonderful blog and I’m incredibly addicted. I love the look of your site and the recipes and prose is wonderful. I’m just sad that I might not get my daily dose now that vegan mofo is done-but I look forward to all your future posts anyway.

    Thank you,
    New Reader and Fan

  24. matt gordon says:

    damn that is some serious good eat and food porn. all my blog love your way. please submit this to tastespotting. it is a winner

  25. LazySmurf says:

    Wow! It looks like you knocked the last day out of the park, that cakes looks like a dream come true :)