Nothing says Happy _____________ like chocolate cake! And nothing says Orange Mocha Chocolate Cake like pink sprinkles, right? Ok, maybe not, but this cake is delicious, easy, homemade, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free! And I took these pictures close to Valentine’s Day. So if you, your little cuties or your sweetheart have any food allergies (or not), this is the perfect treat.
I’m not a frosting/icing kind of girl, and I’m horrible at decorating cakes, so this cake also solves those issues. Made in a cast iron skillet or a baking dish, you bake and serve it in the same pan! Topped with some chocolate chips and whatever color sprinkles the occasion calls for (or skip the sprinkles if you prefer), you’re in the tasty, homemade baked goodie game without a lot of fuss.
If you need to avoid dairy, you can opt for chocolate chips from Enjoy Life or PASCHA. Otherwise, you can use whatever chocolate chips you love the most.
I bake this in my 10″ cast iron skillet. If you’re in the market for a cast iron skillet, this may be your perfect excuse to finally get one. Amazon has the 10-inch Lodge one on sale right now! It’s normally $26.68, but it’s on sale for $13.96 (as of February 7, 2018)!
The secrets to this Vegan Orange Mocha Chocolate Cake recipe are: 1) fresh orange zest, 2) fresh orange juice and 3) hot coffee. So, technically, you could also call this breakfast, right? If so, I won’t tell.
Earlier in my life, I thought fresh citrus zest sounded awfully fancy and kind of a pain. I was wrong. So so wrong. Citrus zest is essential. And a little orange zest is perfect with chocolate! If you use a microplane zester, you can zest an orange in no time flat. I use the one below (except mine has a blue handle). It’s one of my favorite kitchen tools, and I could kick myself for not getting one sooner. I’m also the girl who used a fork to mash potatoes, like my mom always did, throughout my 20s. Who knew there was a kitchen utensil called a mashed potato masher? Most of the world, probably. But not me – LOL! I was basic, like my mom … but you should see the utensil holder on my kitchen counter now! I totally get how some men (and some women) are with tools …
Looking for more vegan/dairy-free/egg-free dessert recipes? Try these Kitchen Gone Rogue creations:
- Chocolate Amaretto Skillet Cake
- Almond Joy Inspired Chocolate Cupcakes
- Chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- Lemon Almond Wine Cookies
- Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Lemon Shortbread Sugar Cookies
- Cherry Lime Cookies
Pin/save this chocolate cake recipe … and make it for Valentine’s Day (or any other occasion … like, you know, a Monday)