This decadent four-layer cake is a must-make for any fan of peanut butter and chocolate. It starts with four dark, chocolatey, coffee-infused cakes that are coated in a rich, peanut butter buttercream frosting. With such amazing flavors, this cake knows no limits — it'll be a hit any time of year.

Chocolate Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups, plus 1 3/4 tablespoons coffee or tea mixed with almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
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Preparation

For the Cake:

  1. You will need two six-inch pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, sugar, and baking soda).
  3. In another smaller bowl, mix the liquids (coffee or tea with non-dairy milk, apple cider vinegar, and oil).
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  5. Divide the dough into two equal parts.
  6. Preheat oven to 355°F.
  7. Prepare the cake pans with baking paper on the bottom and grease the sides with vegan butter.
  8. Bake for about 35-40 minutes. Check often, as cook time may vary based on oven and cake pan sizes.
  9. When done, remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 3-4 hours.
  10. When they are cool, cut each cake into two equal parts, so you have four even-sized cakes.

To Make the Frosting:

  1. In a bowl, mix the vegan butter and peanut butter with an electric whisk until combined. Sift in confectioners' sugar.
  2. Once you added all the sugar, mix well until incorporated. Add non-dairy milk as needed to get the texture you want.

To Assemble:

  1. Frost the base of the cake, then follow up with the next layer, more frosting, then another layer of cake, until all cake layers are stacked.
  2. Using a rubber spatula, frost the sides of the cake. Put in the freezer for 30-40 minutes to solidify.
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