Ginger [sugar-free] Chocolate Cake

Yum to this cake.  This vegan cake recipe has proven to be a regular in this household.  It is so moist and fluffy without being at all complicated.  One would never know it is a vegan recipe, either.  

The idea came to me whilst shopping in my favorite local health grocery store, Earth Fare.  I was looking at the Jamaican Ginger Ale and wondering how I could make a cake with this Stevia Soda, er, I mean pop.  I have to get used to saying pop again, since the big move to Iowa is looming nearer now.

That reminds me, I wrote an e-mail to Earth Fare lamenting moving away from Greensboro and being unable to shop with them anymore.  I basically begged them to consider a store in Des Moines.  I know these kinds of e-mails are received all the time, but I thought it was worth a shot.  I got a reply!

Hello Chelsea,
Thank you for your interest and support!  We opened our newest store in Noblesville, IN late last year and we are currently working on opening stores in Solon, OH and Carmel, IN in 2013.
At Earth Fare we are always exploring new areas and will consider the Des Moines area for future possibilities.

Thank you again and please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Best of luck with your move!

Erin S.
Earth Fare Customer Service


Anyhow, a girl can dream. 

This cake is a rich dark chocolate with a sprinkling of ginger.  I swapped sugar for a pop made with Stevia and coconut sugar.

It would truly be a lovely Halloween cake – this plate is proof.


Ginger [sugar-free] Chocolate Cake


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In an 8×8 inch square pan, mix 1-¼ cup flour, ½ cup coconut sugar, ⅓ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1 teaspoon baking soda with fork.  Mix very well. 

2. Mix 1 cup room temperature ginger ale made with Stevia, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ⅓ cup vegetable oil, and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.  Add all at once to the dry ingredients.  Mix well.  Use a spatula to scrape sides and bottoms to ensure adequate mixing.  Sprinkle a light dusting of ginger on top of batter. 

3. Bake 30 minutes or til knife comes out clean.  



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