Chocolate Salad Cake

vegan chocolate salad cake with galaxy icing

♫ Listening to: Painful Like by Austra ♫

This recipe will make 24 cupcakes, four 4" cakes, or 18-24 donuts (depending on size and shape). These also passed the Twin Toddler Taste Test (without icing).

Vegan Chocolate Salad Cake Ingredients:

Dollhouse Shortcut

Buy plain vegan donuts to decorate and skip making the chocolate salad cake

  • ½ cup nondairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached white flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg replacers (I used ener-g)
  • ¾ cup sunflower oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely grated zucchini (~10-12 ounces or 1 medium zucchini)
  • 2 cups grated carrots (~10-12 ounces or 4 medium carrots)

Vegan Chocolate Salad Cake Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Combine vinegar and nondairy milk and let sit.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, soda, powder, and salt in their own bowl.

Mix together oil, sugar, 2 eggs worth of any egg replacer, and vanilla in a different bowl. Stir until combined. (I use a stand mixer.)

Sift dry ingredients into the wet and mix until smooth.

Add the grated veggies (I use my food processor to grate the veggies quickly) and mix until incorporated.

Fill the cake pans about ½ full. I used donut pans.

Bake for 22 minutes for cupcakes, 18 minutes for donuts, or 32 minutes for 4” springform cakes (If you’re using a different size/shape, just bake until when you insert a toothpick into the center of one, it comes out clean).


Vegan Galaxy Icing Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces melted coconut oil
  • 3 ounces nondairy milk
  • 3-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • pearl dust (optional)
  • wilton edible glitter stars (optional)

Vegan Galaxy Icing Directions:

Whisk the oil and milk on high until well mixed.

Slowly whisk in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Stop adding powdered sugar when the consistency is dipable (slightly thinner than molasses).

Divide the icing into as many bowls as colors you want to use.

Add vegan food coloring to each bowl until desired color is achieved.

Decorate the chocolate salad cake with galaxy icing, stardust, and silver stars.

vegan galaxy donuts

Here’s a video that shows you how I did it.

vegan chocolate salad cake with galaxy icing

Disclaimer: While I know that the ingredients in edible fairy dust and glitter stars are vegan, they certainly aren’t good for you. However, I also realize that they are consumed in small quantities, so I’m okay with using them. I can also only attest to the ingredients being vegan. I cannot speak to the ethics of Wilton as a company or their stance on animal testing. If you know more than I do about this, I’d love to hear from you.

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