Chocolate cake decorated with twine and flowers. My favorite chocolate vinegar cake recipe.

My Favorite Chocolate Vinegar Cake

It’s time for a little more kitchen witchery. This time, I’m sharing my favorite chocolate cake recipe of all time.  Chocolate Vinegar Cake. 

Since we’re all home more during these strange days, we’re all baking a little more, right? I’m mastering the art of making bread, and I have to say, I’m definitely closing in on the perfect loaf! Here’s my favorite recipe, handed down from my grandmother.

Chocolate vinegar cake is the feature today, though.

It is super simple to make and so yummy.  Those are always the main requirements for me, how about you?

There is no reason to ever use a boxed mix when you have this in your recipe file.

I know the name can be a little off-putting, but stay with me here. The vinegar is not noticeable in the finished cake.  It does, however, react with the baking soda to make a really moist cake. (My inner science-nerd-girl kind of likes this!)

I modified a recipe that I had on hand, to make it compatible with my food allergy issues. So here’s the result.

Chocolate Vinegar Cake:

1 1/2 cups flour – all-purpose                (or substitute your favorite gluten-free baking mix)

1 cup coconut sugar

(note: it does change the texture of the finished cake a bit when you use coconut sugar in place of white sugar.)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt                                                ( I use sea or Himalayan but any salt will work)

3 tbsp of cocoa powder for baking         (any brand will do, so use your favorite, I use dark chocolate)

1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar                 (any type/kind will work, so use whatever you like.)

1 tbsp vanilla extract                                (Use real, not imitation here.)

1 cup warm water

6 tbsp olive oil                                          (substitute anything you like if you don’t like olive oil)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix all dry ingredients together. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the other ingredients. Mix well. If the batter is too stiff, add a little more warm water. You will want a pretty thin batter here.

Pour into an 8 or 9-inch square pan. Bake 25 – 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  Let cool.


Make a Little Magick with this Chocolate Vinegar Cake

Life is short.  It is unpredictable and fickle.  I always take every chance I can to celebrate.  Even the small things in every day.  Because, life is short.

Cake feels special to me since it’s something we’ve always had at celebrations like birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and holidays.  This recipe is one that conjures up ancestor connections for me too, since it’s a recipe that came about in the war era when folks had to make do with what they had.  Everything was scarce then, but, they still found things to celebrate.

So, when I make this chocolate vinegar cake, I am always sure to thank my ancestors, honor the memories it invokes, and stir a little magick into my batter.

Because life is short, I’ll celebrate every chance I get.


Enjoy the cake!

You can fancy it up with a dusting of cocoa, or frosting or whipped cream, but I love it just the way it is!

Enjoy with Friends!  (Safely during these unprecedented times!)

Remember, life is short, eat the cake! ( Maybe just not every day!)

Did you try it?  Did you love it?  Feel free to send me a message to share your thoughts on this cake recipe.  Reach out here.

See you next time for a little more kitchen witchery magick.

Enjoy this simple, yummy chocolate vinegar cake.

In magick and memories,




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