Adonis Chocolate Cake

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This cake is amazing! No eggs, butter or milk. This recipe is from Plant-Strong Discover the World’s Healthiest Diet authored by Rip Esselstyn.

Yield: one 9×13 Adonis Cake or 12 cupcakes


  • 1½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup cold water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and set aside a nonstick baking pan. Use a 9×9″ for a single recipe or 9×13″ for a double recipe.
  2. Add the dry ingredients to a small mixing bowl, mix well then set aside.
  3. Add to a large mixing bowl and stir together the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix to combine.
  5. Pour the batter into a cake pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Allow about 40 minutes for a 9×13 or until toothpick test comes out clean.
  6. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack.

Adonis Frosting*

This frosting is amazing! It’s rich, creamy and not too sweet.

Yield: about 2 cups frosting, enough for one 9×13 Adonis Cake


  • 1 package silken tofu (340 g/12 oz)
  • ¾ cup, semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla


  1. Place the silken tofu in a food processor. Add the melted chocolate chips and vanilla and blend until chocolatey and creamy.
  2. Taste and if desired add a bit of maple syrup.
  3. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.


  • This frosting works well however, should you want to get more creative with a thicker frosting than can be piped check out Every Day Creamy Frosting.