I Can't Believe It's Eggless Chocolate Cake!

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Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe

My son turned 3 yesterday. For his birthday I wanted to bake a eggless chocolate cake with frosting and all. Earlier I have baked an eggless carrot cake and also a chocolate cake without eggs, using soy milk.

This eggless chocolate cake was way before I started the blog and for some reason, I did not save the recipe. It had a soy milk ganache for the frosting and it also came out very well. I wish I had saved the recipe.

I wanted to bake a chocolate layered cake, because he loves it and was going through various resources to find a good chocolate cake recipe without eggs.

Earlier this month I had bought the EnerG, egg replacer from the grocery store. I thought that I would buy a ready-made cake mix from the store and use the egg replacer instead of the eggs and bake the cake.

Then only I found that EnerG does not give desired results with store bought mixes. So I dropped that idea.

I have read in so many books/sites that tofu is a very good egg substitute in baked goods. I also had silken tofu sitting in the refrigerator and decided to use it for baking the cake.

Some of the chocolate cake recipes I was looking for had a minimum of 3 eggs. Then I found a recipe which required only 2 eggs, in my "Baking for Dummies" book.

So I decided to proceed with that recipe and use pureed tofu instead of eggs. The rule is adding 1/4 cup of tofu per egg to be replaced.

This was the first time I was baking a layered chocolate cake without eggs and also using tofu as an egg substitute in a cake recipe.

Even though I proceeded with the recipe, I was skeptical about the taste and texture until I cut the cake on Sunday and tasted it.

I baked the cake on Saturday and let it cool off until Sunday afternoon and then frosted it. I was anxious than my son to taste the cake.

We were also talking about running to the grocery store on Sunday evening to buy a ready-made cake if this one flops.

But I need not have worried so much after all! The eggless chocolate cake turned out so moist and together with the icing it was no different than the usual cakes.

We did not taste/smell the tofu at all. More than anything I was so happy that my son liked the cake very much.


Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
15 Mins25 Mins12 Servings
I Can't Believe It's Eggless Chocolate Cake!
4.9 from 151 reviews
A simple eggless chocolate cake recipe from scratch with step by step illustrations to bake a moist, decadent chocolate cake. If you are in search for a moist and decadent chocolate cake recipe without eggs, your search ends here.
Cake Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar (See My Notes)
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil (I Used Canola Oil)
  • 1 Cup Hot Coffee (I Mixed 1.25 Teaspoons Of Instant Coffee Powder With 1 Cup Of Hot Water)
  • 1 Cup Milk (I Used 2% Milk)
  • 1/2 Cup Silken Tofu Pureed (I Used Nasoya Brand Silken Tofu)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Cake Ingredients

Vegan Option: Use soy milk instead of regular milk and you have your decadent vegan chocolate cake!
Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 Packet Dr Oetker's Organic Chocolate Icing Mix
  • 1/4 Cup Hot Milk/Hot Water (Heat It In The Microwave Oven For 15 Seconds)
  • 1/3 Cup Soft Butter At Room Temperature (Which Is 5 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • A Pinch Baking Soda

Frosting Ingredients

Cake Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325F (160C) for 15 minutes.
  2. Grease and flour (I used cocoa powder to flour the base of the pan because it's a chocolate cake) two 9-inch cake pans.
  3. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Make a well. Add the canola oil. Then the hot coffee decoction.
  5. Mix all dry ingredients nicely and make a room for wet ingredients.
    Mix canola oil to the mix.
    Mix coffee decoction to the mix.

  6. Add milk.
  7. Add the pureed tofu. (Remove the silken tofu from the packet using a spoon add it to the blender and puree it to a creamy mixture)
  8. And a couple of drops of vanilla essence.
  9. Mix milk to the mix.
    Mix silken tofu to the mix.
    Add vanilla essence to the mix.

  10. With an electric mixer, beat at medium speed for 2-3 minutes. (At first, I did not use the hand mixer to combine the batter, because I remembered reading somewhere that while using egg substitutes, in this case, tofu, beating the batter is not recommended and was so worried to see such a diluted batter and it was also having a lot of small lumps. So anyhow I decided to use my hand mixer to get rid of the lumps, but still, the batter was considerably thin).
  11. Pour the batter evenly into both 9-inch cake pans. (or fill the 6 muffin cups halfway with batter and divide the remaining batter between both 8-inch pans).
  12. Blend them nicely and here is the final cake batter.
    Sprinkle cocoa powder on the baking pan.
    Pour the cake batter to the baking pan.

  13. Bake this cake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. (Check the cupcakes after 15 minutes). I placed 1 pan in the middle shelf and then another on the bottom shelf and set the timer for 25 minutes and switched the pans around 12 minutes. Switching the pan means moving the pan from the middle shelf to the bottom and the bottom shelf pan to the top. This is done to ensure even baking of both the cakes. One of my make was done exactly at 25 minutes and the other one took 30 minutes.
  14. Let the cakes cool completely before removing them from the pans. The time mentioned in the original recipe was 15 minutes and so I tried to transfer the cake to a wire rack after 20 minutes and it was a little messy. So I left the other cake in the pan itself for quite some time. Maybe after an hour I touched the bottom of that pan and found that it had cooled completely and so transferred it to the wire rack.
  15. The cake should cool completely on the wire rack before frosting. I baked the cakes on Saturday and frosted them on Sunday. I left it out on the kitchen counter and covered it with a bamboo basket. You could also refrigerate the cake to cool it off.
  16. Bake them for 25 to 30 minutes.
    After baking the cake batter.
    Cool off the baked cake batter.

Frosting Procedure:
  1. Sift the mix.
  2. Add the melted butter, hot milk, vanilla and baking soda. (I read in the same book that adding a pinch of baking soda to icings prevents hardening and cracking so icing stays moist)
  3. Beat the mix using a hand mixer at medium-high speed. Add few drops of water/milk if required.
Frosting the cake:
  1. This was my first experience with frosting a eggless chocolate cake, so I simply followed the steps listed in the book.
  2. First I placed the bottom layer upside down, so the rounded side (top of the cake will be on the serving plate). If you have dome top on the cake, even it out by slicing it with a serrated knife and then place it upside-down.
  3. Spread about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of frosting on top of the bottom layer. Don't use hard strokes, but spread it gently using an offset metal spatula or plastic spatula.
  4. Now place the second layer on the first, cut or domed side up.
  5. Frost the sides of the cake first with another 1/2 cup of frosting.
  6. Finally frost the top of the second layer.
  7. Final Frost Mix.
    Spread the wax paper to the bottom of the cake.
    Spread the frosting on the cake for layered effect.

It was slightly difficult for me, but somehow I managed to frost the entire cake. Before and while frosting the cake I was not sure about the consistency of the frosting. Later after seeing quite a few cake pictures I realized that my frosting was definitely thick and that's why was I having hard time spreading it. I should have added a few more drops of water to thin it and frosting would have been a breeze.

Decorating the Eggless Chocolate Cake:
  1. As you all know the options are endless. Being a rookie that I am, and because my son loves M&M's I used them to line the cake. I also used the ready made Cake Mate decorating pens which are available in the grocery store in the baking aisle to write the birthday message and draw some flowers.
  2. After applying the frost on double-layered bake cakes.
    Arrange M&Ms around the circumference of the top-level cake.
    Final decorated eggless chocolate cake.

My Notes:
  1. As a whole the cake was excellent. But considering healthy eating I would modify the recipe a little bit the next time. Like reducing the quantity of sugar in the cake recipe from 2 cups to 1.5 cups. Since the frosting is also sweet enough, we don't need that much sugar in the cake too. Next reducing the quantity of oil too. Instead of 1 cup of oil, 1/2 cup can be replaced with unsweetened applesauce.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 389
Total Fat 19.7g30%
Saturated Fat 2.1g10%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 417mg17%
Potassium 181mg5%
Total Carb 53.6g18%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g9%
Sugars 34.5g
Protein 4.2g
Vitamin A 0% - Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 6% - Iron 10%
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  1. Reshma

    Hi madhu
    I want to make cake I can’t believe it’s eggless cake but unfortunately I can’t find chocolate icing mix brand that you have used. Can you please show me some other brand or alternative something.
    Thank you
    Always love ❤️ your recipes

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much, Reshma. Please check the photos in my eggless cakes page and see if you like any of the frostings. You can also buy Betty Crocker’s readymade frosting cans.

  2. shah Shah

    can i use condense milk instead of sugar?

    • Madhuram

      I don’t think so, Shah. It would change the texture and you will have to make other alterations with liquid ingredients too.

  3. Shalu

    I absolutely love this recipe. The cake comes out super moist and is so delicious. Thanks Madhuram!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome, Shalu.

  4. Joy

    Hi there! I cannot wait to try this recipe. Can I use cake flour instead of all purpose flour for this recipe?

    • Madhuram

      Yes, you can, Joy.

  5. Pree

    The best chocolate cake recipe! It’s been four years and counting, on both my kids’ birthday I make this cake and it’s their favorite. Actually our family favorite. Thanks Madhuram!

    • Madhuram

      That’s awesome, Pree! I’m so glad to know that this cake is a regular at your house. Thank you very much for the feedback.

  6. Gina Riegelman

    Love this cake!! No one would ever guess it egg free! I would like to make a vanilla version with tofu, so you have a recipe for that? Thinking of vanilla with chocolate chips and vanilla icing! Please let me know! Thanks!

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much, Gina. Try this vanilla sponge cake from the strawberry cream cake recipe which uses tofu and yogurt as egg substitutes and this combination works the best for cakes especially.

  7. Amy Pelc

    My son turns 21 tomorrow and when all is said and done he is allergic to chicken turkey and eggs.
    Right after he was born I be came allergic to soy protein, soy flour, walnuts, hazelnuts.
    Any suggestion for a tofu sub?
    (not for tomorrow lol!)

    • Madhuram

      You can try it with unsweetened applesauce instead, Amy.

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  9. Sera

    Can I use condensed milk at all for this cake instead of the tofu ?

    • Madhuram

      That might be too much liquid because we are using some more liquid in the recipe. Maybe adjust the other liquids a bit.

  10. Ann

    Since I dont ve d access to buy tofu kindly recommend me a substitute fr it.

    • Madhuram

      You can use unsweetened applesauce instead, but the texture will be a little dense, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder.

  11. Karan patel

    Wowww! so yummy

    • Madhuram

      Thanks, Karan.

  12. Kathleen

    I tried this recipe because one of the kids in my son’s class has an egg allergy. Thank you little Vincent. For years I have been proud of my chocolate cake. I would make it the night before so it would be super moist. Not necessary with this recipe. I was never satisfied with my cupcakes though. They were never moist enough. THESE CUPCAKES WERE AMAZING!!!!!
    I used store brand firm tofu. I’m trading my Hershey’s Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe for this one. Sorry Hershey’s, but you’ve been outdone.

    • Madhuram

      That’s very kind of you, Kathleen, for being so generous with your compliments. Thank you very much. You have made my day.

  13. Kathleen

    My son’s birthday is next week and one of the kids in his preschool class has an egg allergy. Can I make cupcakes with this recipe?

    • Madhuram

      Sorry, Kathleen, I’m too late to reply to this question. I gather from your other comment that it did turn out great.

  14. Amrita

    Hi can I use egg replacer powder instead of silken tofu?

    • Madhuram

      It should work probably, Amrita.

  15. Elizabeth

    I am happy to find your recipe.

    My daughter is turning one next week. She is allergic to egg so i am trying to find a fantastic egg free chocolate cake.
    I have 3 questions please

    1.Please can you give me the measurements in grams and mililiters because I do not know how to use cups.

    2 Also does it have to be silken tofu specifically or would any type of tofo work

    3. Can i do it without the coffee?

    Thanks in advance

    • Madhuram

      Hi Elizabeth, I’m used to baking measurements in cups but you can use the baking measurement conversion charts to help you. It has to be silken tofu or soft tofu. Yes, you can omit coffee.

  16. Adam

    Can this eggless chocolate cake be made in advanced and frozen until needed

    • Madhuram

      Yes it should work Adam.

  17. sumeshinee govender

    What other substitutes can be used instead of tofu and applesauce?

    • Madhuram

      You can try equal amount of yogurt.

  18. Chrystal

    Did it taste like coffee at all? It was for your 3 year old so I am guessing it didn’t but would like to make sure! Thanks for sharing!

    • Madhuram

      It doesn’t taste anything like coffee. It is used to increase the chocolate flavor.

  19. Judith Griffin

    Is the ratio still 1/4 cup per egg replacement?

    • Madhuram

      Yes it is Judith.

  20. Kristin Hudgens

    Is there a gluten free modification for this recipe? I’ve done the vegan and loved it.

    • Madhuram

      If you can find gluten-free flour mix, use that instead of all-purpose flour. Make sure you get a mix which can be used measure to measure as all-purpose flour which has xantham gum in it.

  21. rjai

    can we use condensed milk instead of tofu and applesauce? if yes what measurment

  22. Maddie

    Hi Madhuram,

    My 2 year old absolutely loves your cupcakes. She is allergic to cows milk and eggs. She won’t miss out anymore on cakes now that i know your blog. So Happy! What’s the best liquid to replace the coffee in this recipe?


    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much Maddie for taking the time to comment. Coffee is optional. You can simply add water instead. It won’t affect the taste or texture.

  23. Sukhi


    Just wanted ask what can i use instead of tofu?

    Thank you

    • Madhuram

      You can use unsweetened applesauce.

  24. Deepa

    Thanks a bunch dear for the wonderful recipe. I made this today and love to the core. Your title was absolutely right. It just came out so well. I have tried 2 of your recipes of cake and both were instant hit. Waiting to try more and explore though my cake took 38 mins to bake but it was worth waiting for it :*

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Deepa. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your feedback.