Vegan Chocolate Spice Cake

A well flavoured spicy chocolate cake with a dark chocolate glaze. Simple to make, it produces a nice textured crumb which isn't too sweet.

Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine British, Dutch
Keywords cake, chocolate, chocolate cake, spice cake, spices, vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 slices
Calories 315 kcal


  • 200 g (7oz) flour (half wholemeal spelt, half white)
  • 1 rounded tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 heaped tsp speculaas spice (or mixed spice)
  • 60 g 70% Ecuador dark chocolate powder (or other dark chocolate, finely grated )
  • 130 g dark brown sugar
  • 1 large banana
  • 50 ml sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (I used cider vinegar)
  • 150 ml water
  • 20 g coconut oil
  • 25 g 70% dark chocolate powder (or finely grated chocolate)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Stir in the chocolate and make a well in the centre.
  2. Mash the banana up with the sugar, then beat in the oil. Pour gradually into the dry ingredients, mixing from the centre outwards.
  3. Add the water and vinegar and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Scrape into a 21cm round cake mould or lined tin and bake at 180℃, 350℉, Gas 4 for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Melt the coconut and chocolate in a pan over a low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the maple syrup until smooth. Pour over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Scatter over some grated dark chocolate if desired.

Recipe Notes

This will give 8-10 slices, depending on how big you cut them.

Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Spice Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.2g 22%
Saturated Fat 6.1g 31%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Potassium 96mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 44.3g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3.4g 14%
Sugars 24.4g
Protein 4.4g 9%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.