This delicious vegan chocolate pear cake is a super simple sponge cake recipe that can be baked in a loaf pan or springform pan. Not only does it look great, but it's also way healthier than most traditional chocolate cakes!
Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl. Then add salt, cinnamon and sugar and whisk together. Set aside.
In a measuring jar, whisk together plant milk, canola oil, applesauce and vanilla extract. Then pour it into the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth it out.
Cut the stalk of the pears straight off. Then dust the pears with a little flour and press them into the batter.
Bake the cake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Then remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil slowly over a water bath, then pour over the cake. If desired, sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top.
Allow the glaze to harden. Then slice and enjoy!
Flour: Instead of all-purpose or spelt flour, you can use gluten-free 1 to 1 baking flour. A mixture of light flour and whole wheat flour works great too! If you use only whole wheat flour, the cake may turn out too dense.
Applesauce: You can use the same amount of mashed bananas, or pumpkin puree instead.
More chocolate? If you want the cake to be more chocolatey, feel free to stir some chocolate drops into the batter last.
Please read my blog post for more information on this recipe!