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Spiced woodland cake recipe


3 layers of delicious and moist chocolate cake, with a spiced buttercream coating, chocolate ganache swirls, meringue toadstools, and cookie hedgehogs!

This woodland cake is the perfect autumnal treat!

Preparation- 10 minutes

Baking time- 28-30 minutes

Serves- Approximately 10-12

Level- Medium

Ingredients for the cake

-480ml of dairy-free milk 

 -2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

-420g of self-raising flour

-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

-470g of golden caster sugar

-1 teaspoon of baking powder

-1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

-120g of coconut oil (melted)

Ingredients for the butter-cream

 -210g of dairy-free butter

-500g of icing sugar

-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

-1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

-1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

-1 teaspoon of allspice

-Dairy-free milk (if needed)


-Dark chocolate

Chocolate ganache


To make the cakes

Step 1- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees c and line three 6 inch cake tins with grease-proof paper.

Step 2- In a bowl, combine the dairy-free milk with the apple cider vinegar and whisk until fully combined.

Set aside for 10 minutes to curdle. This creates a vegan ‘buttermilk’.

Step 3- In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Mix well to combine.

Step 4- Add the melted coconut oil into the ‘buttermilk’ and whisk to combine. 

Step 5- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.

Step 6- Pour equal amounts of batter into the lined cake tins.

Make sure to tap the tins on the worktop to remove any air bubbles.

Step 7- Pop the cakes into the center of the preheated oven and bake for around 28-30 minutes. You will know they are baked when you put a knife or skewer in and it comes out clean and they are springy to the touch.

Step 8- Place the cakes on a cooling rack and allow to cool fully.

Once cool, pop them into a sealed container to keep them fresh before frosting.

To make the buttercream

Step 1- In a bowl/stand mixer, cream the butter on high then add in the icing sugar.

Step 2- Add in all of the spices and whip together until combined, light and fluffy.

Add a splash of dairy-free milk if too thick.

Step 3- Stack and fill the cakes, then crumb coat the whole cake with the buttercream and pop into the fridge to set. 

This will take around 1 hour.

Step 4- Add a final layer of buttercream to the cake, smoothing it out with a spatula or cake scraper.

I added texture by running a small spatula around the cake.

To decorate, I added chocolate ganache into a piping bag fitted with a medium french patisserie tip nozzle and piped some swirls around the top of the cake, added on a dusting of cocoa powder, some homemade meringue toadstools, and chocolate gratings.

Best eaten within a few days!

Serve fresh or store in a sealed container in the fridge, the buttercream will firm up at room temperature.

Best eaten within a few days!


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  1. Arzoo
    October 16, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    Sweet Cake & Look tasty. Thank you so much for this cake

    • The Little Blog of Vegan
      October 20, 2019 / 1:34 am

      Thankyou so much! x

  2. Anonymous
    December 17, 2019 / 4:03 pm

    Is the cake and buttercream freezable ? I have often made the usual dairy versions of these so it can be defrosted and assembled later.

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