Triple Chocolate Cake - Take that, heartburn!

Something has been giving me some pretty harsh heartburn lately and I'm on an elimination diet to find out what's causing it. I quit chocolate, coffee, tomatoes, and citrus fruits for a week, and now I'm slowly reintroducing everything back into my diet. That whole withdrawal week was heartburn free but cravings-full!

I started eating chocolate yesterday and it didn't bother me at all. I tentatively had a little piece of Ricemilk Choco first, and when I saw that there was no heartburn I unleashed the chocolate monster and made a triple chocolate cake! My humble offering to the Chocolate Gods...

Triple Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for the cake:
1 1/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour (white will work)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup of soy milk or other milk
1/3 cup of water
3 tbsp of oil
3 tbsp of applesauce
1 tsp of vanilla extract

1- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8 inch round cake pan with cooking spray. A square pan will work too.

2- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, water, oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract.

4- Pour the liquids over the dry ingredients and gently fold until just incorporated. Overmixing will make the cake tough and chewy!

5- Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool down to room temperature before making the buttercream filling.

Ingredients for the chocolate buttercream filling:
1 cup Earth Balance buttery spread, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar (I don't like it super sweet)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 to 4 tablespoons coconut milk

1- In a medium size bowl, cream the Earth Balance with an electric mixer on high until light an fluffy, it will go from yellow to off-white.

2- Sift the sugar and cocoa powder into the bowl and keep mixing, this time on the lowest setting until the powdery ingredients are incorporated. Then mix on high until creamy, adding coconut milk as needed until light and fluffy. Taste and add more sifted sugar if it's not sweet enough for your taste. If it's too sweet, add more sifted cocoa powder until you're happy with it.

3- When the cake has cooled down to room temperature, slice it in half and spread the chocolate buttercream evenly all over the bottom half. Place the top half of the cake on top of the chocolate buttercream and make the chocolate ganache.

Ingredients for the chocolate ganache:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup milk (I used oat milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1- Place the chocolate chips in a medium sized mixing bowl.

2- In a glass measuring jar or mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and the oat milk. Feel free to replace the oat milk with more coconut milk.

3- Microwave the milk mix for about one minute or just until it starts to boil. 4- Quickly stir in the vanilla.

4- Immediately pour the milk over the chocolate chips and whisk vigorously until the chocolate melts and becomes a smooth cream. Let the ganache sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

5- Pour the ganache evenly over the cake. You're done! You can sprinkle some chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips on top if you want.


  1. Thank goodness it isn't chocolate that's giving you heartburn (since now you can enjoy that scrumptious-looking cake!! Yum!!) - but I do hope you feel better soon!!

  2. mmmmm.... chocolate! lucky for you it's not the source of your heartburn :)

    lovely cake!

  3. Thanks for the kind comments guys! I'm so glad I don't have to give up chocolate, that would have sucked!

  4. oh no! not the heartburn monster! good to hear chocolate's not the culprit, though. it would have been killer to not get to enjoy such a beautiful piece o'cake.

    if it ends up being coffee, you could give a try to rocamojo or teecino, they both make good coffee subs.

  5. That is one rad looking cake! I feel your pain on the heartburn thing. Coffee does it to me!

  6. Ha! See what a little deprivation can do! I need some of that cake. It's beautiful and it looks so delish! I also love that Ricemilk Choco!

    Thanks for asking about my Kittie McCutie. He's doing better. He came home yesterday and he's on meds and wet food (which he hates). But he seems to be feeling much better.

  7. Go Kitty McCutie! I'm glad he's doing better :)

    Sal, we must have done something very evil in a previous life and now we're punished with coffee intolerance!

    Celine, thanks for the tip! I might have to give up coffee if it turns out to be what's bothering the heartburn monster.

  8. This cake looks perfect! I need to work on my vegan dessert skills. Looks like you've mastered dessert!

  9. Oh darn, we won't be able to make the brownie thingy again...we will have to make this. *Kicks up dirt*

    Muahahahahaha! I am so stoked. The brownies came out so good, that my daughter feels confident enough to attempt this cake.

    Be very afraid!

    It's me Cooking Lady

  10. Thanks Lisa! Though I am the master of nothing, I am pretty proud of my cake!

    Go for it Cooking Lady! It's so cool that your daughter likes baking! I hope you guys like this one!

    This cake is a bit dry by itself because it can't be too crumbly to cut in half, so it definitely needs frosting and/or filling :)

  11. I think this cake and I were made for each other... but I'm glad you can have some too, I can't imagine what I'd do if chocolate caused me heartburn especially if I could bake things like you :)

  12. Thanks Danielle! I just visited your blog and read about your stomach problems. The post was a couple of days old, so I hope you feel better today!

  13. yummm that looks just chocolatey enough to give me a stomach-ache... but probably not enough to keep me from eating two slices ;)

    as much as i love chocolate, i am pretty sure i would have a complete mental breakdown without coffee. good luck giving it up!

  14. Amazing and beautiful cake :)
    I love your pictures ... and your cake ! I'll try it soon !

  15. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाDecember 2, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    This vegan cake looks extremely fantastic!!

  16. How much do I substitute the flour with almond/coconut flour? Partner is on a paleo diet so no grains/dairy. Thanks

  17. How much do I substitute the flour with almond/coconut flour? Partner is on a paleo diet so no grains/dairy. Thanks


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