Makes one 9 x 13-inch pan (8 large servings) or 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons baking soda
1 Tablespoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups water
Vegetable oil spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and then add the wet ones, and mix until smooth and well combined. Spray pans and pour into a 9 x 13-inch pan or 24 cupcake tins. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes (cupcakes) or 50 minutes (9 x 13-inch pan). Test with a toothpick to make sure center is baked. Cool cake and ice with your favorite frosting.

Vegan Buttercream Frosting

Makes 2 cups or 8 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened vegan margarine
1/4 cup soy, rice, or almond milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1-1/2 Tablespoons vanilla extract

Using an electric mixer or in a large bowl with a hand held mixer, place the margarine and milk, and cream them together. Add half of the powdered sugar, and beat well to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and continue to beat the mixture until light and fluffy.

Variations:

For a Berry Frosting, add 1/4 cup mashed fresh or frozen berries, such as raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries.

For a Chocolate Frosting, add 1/2 cup cocoa powder or 1/3 cup melted vegan chocolate chips.

For a Coffee Frosting, substitute cold coffee or espresso for the milk in the recipe.

You can also stir in chopped nuts, chopped vegan chocolate, shredded coconut, or chopped fruit into the basic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe to create additional variations.

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