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Tea and Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Crumble [Vegan]

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This vegan Tea and Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Crumble is decadent as it is towering. The process doesn’t always go smoothly however. It sure seemed like an awful lot of batter to pour into an 11″ x 7″ baking pan – especially with that big one tablespoon of baking powder and the huge heaping pile of chocolatey crumble on top – but who was I to question? Into the oven went the cake. Fingers crossed. Oven door slammed shut. Over the next 30 minutes, I watched the cake rise and rise above the sides of the glass pan, hoping the contents wouldn’t spill down onto the oven floor and burn into cinders.

Incidentally, also too late, I realized that I had only one chai tea bag (the recipe calls for 4 - 5). Determined to go forward, I settled on using a black tea bag, the lone chai tea bag, and two teabags spiced similarly to chai. The result worked perfectly – a mildly spicy and fragrant cake. The coconut milk yogurt makes for a very tender, moist crumb. Even if you aren’t a “corner” person, you’ll want the corner pieces of this cake on account of their extra coating of crumble.

This is a recipe adapted from The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes by Kris Holechek. I used some whole wheat flour instead of 100 percent white flour and, instead of a whopping 1 1/2 cups sugar, I used 1/4 cup maple sugar and powdered stevia; small tweaks to the topping included subbing whole wheat for white flour and reducing the sugar by half.

Tea and Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Crumble


1 11″x13″ cake


For the Cake

  • 4-5 chai tea bags
  • 1 3/4 cups almond milk, warmed
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. powdered stevia
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 1/3 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 6 oz. carton coconut milk (or soy or almond) yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

For the Topping

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp. maple sugar
  • 2 packets crystallized stevia (or 3 additional tbsp. maple sugar)
  • 4 tbsp. vegan butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly oil an 11″ x 13″ pan.

Make the Batter

  1. In a glass measuring cup, warm the milk, then steep the teabags for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Gently squeeze the bags and let the milk cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flours, stevia, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the sunflower oil and the maple sugar until smooth.
  5. Whisk in the yogurt, vanilla and cooled tea-milk mixture.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Make the Topping

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, brown sugar and flour.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and work into the cocoa mixture until crumbly.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, top with the crumble mixture and bake for 35-40 minutes.  The edges of the cake should be firm and the top springy.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into generous pieces.





I was into my 30s before I began running and working out, but I was still missing something: diet.  The animal products I was consuming were undoing the benefits of all of that physical activity.  Today my body runs on a plant-based, low-fat, low sugar diet that keeps me healthy and strong. I’m sharing – via An Unrefined Vegan - what I've learned by offering simple, delicious and nutritious recipes that nurture body, soul and conscience.



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