if you’re in the mood for a decadent treat that’s not only vegan but also customizable to your sweet tooth’s wishes, this easy vegan candy cake is just what you need!!
the beauty of this cake is that you can top it with your favorite candies, and we’ve got a simple homemade candy recipe to get you started.
whether you’re a fan of chocolate, fruity, or nutty flavors, this cake can be your canvas to create a personalized dessert :).
i love chocolate peanut butter cups, so i made an easy homemade recipe. there’s something irresistible about the combination of rich, velvety chocolate and creamy peanut butter that always leaves me craving more.
if you make this cake for a halloween celebration, then use halloween-themed molds if you have any!
the ingredients in this cake come together to create a rich taste and texture.
the cocoa powder lends a deep, rich chocolate flavor that’s complemented by the subtle nuttiness of almond flour and the gluten-free baking flour.
the addition of overripe bananas and maple syrup adds a natural sweetness that’s both wholesome and indulgent.
the cake has a moist and slight tender crumb, while the dairy-free dark chocolate chips provide bursts of gooey chocolate in every bite.
the homemade candy adds a fun component of flavor, texture, and overall aesthetic, making this cake so perfect for halloween!
Easy Vegan Candy Cake is best enjoyed on the same day it’s made for the freshest and yummiest experience.
the cake itself retains its moist and tender texture when freshly baked, and the homemade candy, while delicious, can start to melt over time, especially in warmer conditions.
the slightly melty candy can actually add an amazing and gooey element to the cake, which many people find incredibly tasty.
so, if you don’t finish it all in one sitting, you can savor the unique texture and flavors of this cake as it evolves.
just be sure to let the cake cool completely after baking to allow the flavors to meld together before indulging in its scrumptiousness.
as far as substitutions, if you don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, you can easily swap it with oat flour, as i’ve tried and found it to work well.
oat flour brings a slightly nutty flavor and a smooth texture to the cake.
when it comes to frosting options for this cake, you have a few amazing choices to say the least!
i opted for a vegan store-bought chocolate frosting and enhanced it by incorporating melted chocolate to achieve a luscious, ganache-like texture.
this not only elevates the richness but also adds a glossy finish to the cake, making it even more indulgent.
if you prefer to make your own frosting, you can experiment with different vegan chocolate buttercream recipes. other frosting flavors would work well too!
another fantastic option is a peanut butter frosting to complement the chocolate and peanut butter theme of the cake.
you can make a simple vegan peanut butter frosting using peanut butter, powdered sugar, a dairy-free milk alternative, and a touch of vanilla extract. it will provide a creamy, nutty contrast to the cake’s chocolatey goodness.
ultimately, the choice of frosting is a matter of personal preference, so feel free to experiment and get creative to achieve the flavor and texture that you love most!!
if you love my Easy Vegan Candy Cake then check out these other recipes from the blog!
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Easy Vegan Candy CakeCourse: Cakes, Desserts
for the cake:
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup almond flour
1 cup gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax meal + 6 tbsp water)
1/8 cup coffee (prepared coffee, not coffee grounds)
1/2 cup dairy-free yogurt (kite hill almond)
1 cup mashed overripe banana
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
for the homemade candy chocolate:
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil
for the homemade candy peanut butter filling:
1/2 cup runny peanut butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tub store-bought chocolate frosting (with 1/2 cup melted chocolate added)
- preheat your oven to the desired temperature (usually 350°f or 175°c). grease and flour a cake pan.
in a large bowl, combine the cocoa powder, almond flour, gluten-free baking flour, baking powder and baking soda.
- in a separate bowl, make your flax eggs by mixing 2 tbsp of flax meal with 6 tbsp of water. let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens.
add the flax eggs, prepared coffee, dairy-free yogurt, mashed overripe banana, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. mix until everything is well combined.
- gently fold in the dairy-free dark chocolate chips.
pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake it in the preheated oven until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. this should take approximately 25 minutes, but the exact time may vary depending on your oven and cake pan size. (whether it’s 8×8 or 9″, which is what i used).
- while the cake is baking, prepare your homemade candy by melting 1 cup of dark chocolate chips with 1 tbsp of coconut oil. you can melt them in a microwave or over a double boiler. once melted, let it cool slightly.
prepare the peanut butter filling by mixing runny peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and 2 tbsp of coconut oil.
- when the cake has cooled completely, you can start assembling your cake. add the store-bought frosting combined with melted chocolate and then place the candy on top. this cake is best served right away and should not be stored warmer than room temp because the candy will melt.