With no butter, milk, or eggs, this chocolate coconut crazy 8 cake is my variation on the popular one pot style depression cake! You mix and bake all in one pan and the resulting cake is super moist, delicious, and made extra special with a vegan chocolate ganache topping!
I may (or may not) have mentioned before that I’m part of a recipe club where we get together once a month, cook dishes based on some theme, and then eat them and share the recipes. If I haven’t sorry. If I have, then can I just encourage you to get some friends together and start one? I think the idea hearkens back to the 1950s or so – at least that’s the decade I picture when I think of recipe clubs – and it’s so much fun! We always end up having a wonderful time together and the food is delicious! In fact, this cake is from one of my recipe club meetings.
A friend got the basic recipe from her aunt in San Francisco and opted to make it for our “one pot recipes” themed night. I thought it was fabulous, and I wanted to make it for the blog with one minor modification. The original cake is simply topped with a dusting of powdered sugar, but I thought it would taste amazing with a coconut and chocolate ganache topping. To keep the cake recipe vegan, I made the chocolate ganache using coconut cream and it worked great! I ended up with a silky, rich, vegan chocolate ganache that set up perfectly on my cake resulting in one luscious, easy, chocolate cake.
I even made you a video:
Keep in mind that just because this chocolate coconut crazy 8 cake is vegan, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy! It does include a cup of oil after all and 2 cups of sugar. I suppose you could cut down on the calories by substituting apple sauce for the oil, but I haven’t tested that. If you do, please let me know how it turns out! The recipe also calls for 2 cups of coffee. You won’t taste the coffee in the final product, but you may also use hot water if you don’t have coffee at home.
The important thing to remember when making a one pan cake like this is to thoroughly mix your ingredients and to use a pan large enough. The first time I made it, I tried baking the cake in a 9×11″ pan and it spilled everywhere! I also didn’t have enough room to properly mix the batter and some bites were fine, but a few others were all baking soda and awful. I made the cake again in an 11×13″ pan and it worked out perfectly. Use a batter whisk like this one to really mix together the ingredients well. A wooden spoon also works. 🙂
I hope you enjoy this recipe for chocolate coconut crazy 8 cake! I think it’s wonderful to have a few easy sheet cake recipes around for a crowd, and this one fits the bill! Enjoy darlings!
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 300 g
- 2 cups granulated sugar 396 g
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 88 g
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp neutral-flavored oil 223 g
- 2 cups hot coffee 472 mL
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp white vinegar 28 mL
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut 85 g
- 8 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
- 6 oz coconut cream
Preheat your oven to 350 F (177 C, mark 4)
Mix together the dry cake ingredients in an 11x13" pan
Add the wet cake ingredients and mix until a smooth batter forms
Bake for 35-40 minutes until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, you may toast the coconut if desired by placing in a dry skillet over medium heat. Stir 5-6 minutes until lightly toasted then immediately move to a plate to cool.
When the cake comes out of the oven, weigh out your ganache ingredients. You may either choose to microwave the cream and chocolate together at 50% power for a minute. Add additional 30 second intervals as needed. Alternatively, you can bring the coconut cream to just a simmer and pour over your chocolate. Stir until smooth. Allow the ganache to set about 15 minutes before pouring over the cake.
Pour the ganache over the cake and spread evenly. Top with the shredded coconut. Allow to cool completely. By the time the cake is cool the ganache will set as well.