This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake!

Chocolate Orange Vegan Leopard Print Cake

Sometimes we all need the opportunity to show off our baking skills. This Vegan Leopard print cake is sure to impress! Yes, it may take a bit of time and effort to pull off, but the results are fantastic; a moist chocolate orange cake that would be a fantastic Vegan celebration cake!

This recipe has been a long time coming. Having posted my original leopard print brioche loaf a long while ago, I always said I’d come back with a Vegan cake version. Unfortunately, it’s taken me a little bit longer than expected. But now, finally, here is the recipe for a beautiful vegan chocolate orange leopard print cake! Perfect to impress and bake as a Vegan celebration cake.

In total this recipe takes between 4-5 hours to make. However, don’t start panicking just yet as the majoirty of this time is completely hands-off. In fact, I’d say the actual hands on time is around half an hour only with the majority of time being for the dough to rest. Plus, the recipe contains only 9 ingredients in total!

This cake can then be served alongside some vegan butter or , personally, I love to slather on my homemade Vegan Nutella.

For other Vegan dessert recipe inspiration, check out my Two-layer Raspberry Peach & Lemonade Tart ( Or many others available on the blog), Salted Caramel & Raspberry Vegan Magnum Ice CreamsHealthy Vegan Twix BarsVegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse truffles among plenty of other options on the blog!

How to make the Chocolate Orange Vegan Leopard Print Cake Recipe:

ingredients for This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake!
Main Ingredients :

  • 2.5 tBsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup oats milk (or your favourite plant-based milk) + a bit more to brush
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1.5 tBsp dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 orange

For the dark brown:

  • 2.5 tBsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2.5 tBSp black cocoa powder
  • 3 tBsp oats milk (or your favourite plant-based milk)

For the lighter brown:

  • 1 tBsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1.5 tBsp oats milk (or your favourite plant-based milk)

Steps:

    1. In a saucepan, combine the cornstarch and oats milk with a whisk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken suddenly. Remove from the heat.
       
    2. Add the butter and mix well.
    3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow it to cool down. The temperature must fall below 50°C so as not to “kill” the yeast.
      Pro tip: If you don’t have a thermometer, gently dip your clean pinky in the mix – if it doesn’t hurt, it’s cool enough.
    4. Add the flour, sugar and yeast. Mix and set aside for 10 minutes.   
    5. Knead the dough for about ten minutes, until it is soft and elastic. Then cut the dough into 2.   
    6. In one of the halves, add the zest of the orange, picked with a fine grater. Set aside, under a cloth. This will be the light dough. dough for This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake!   
    7. Cut the other half into 2 pieces.
      In one, add 2.5 tBsp cocoa powder and 2.5 tBsp black cocoa powder mixed with milk. Incorporate by kneading to obtain the dark brown dough.
      In the other, add only 1 tBsp cocoa powder mixed with the milk. And incorporate it in order to obtain the lighter brown dough.      
    8. Divide each piece of dough into 7-8 balls. Flour lightly and arrange in a tightly closed container. Leave for 1 hour 30 minutes at room temperature.
    9. Now it’s time to assemble the leopard print cake! The cake may look really hard to put together but is actually very simple and is make up of between 8-10 individual ‘leopard print’ spots that are popped into the cake moudl to make one cake.
    10. To make the leopard print cake pieces:
      First, Take a piece of light brown dough. Roll this into a thin rope, the length of your cake tin.
    11. Next, you take a piece of dark brown dough and orange dough and flatten with a rolling pin, to the length of the cake tin.dough for This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake!
    12. It’s then time to assemble the leopard print spot. To do this first place your light brown roll on top of the darker dough and wrap the dark dough around it. Don’t worry if you can’t surround it completely!
      Note* Don’t try to be too perfect when doing this. To be honest, differences in dough thickness and shape of the inner light chocolate roll will all contribute to different, interesting leopard print designs on the cake. 
    13. To finish off the leopard print spot, roll the above piece inside the light dough.It also needs to be as long as the light brown roll (a bit longer is OK, too). Make sure the piece is thoroughly closed an ‘welded’ together.
        
    14. Repeat steps 9-10-11 for all the remaining pieces of dough.dough for This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake!
    15. Place the dough rolls in a baking tin lined with baking paper, or buttered if necessary. Cover with a clean cloth and leave to stand for about 2 hours at room temperature. It must double in volume.
        dough for This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake!
    16. Bake at 170°C for 35-40 minutes.
      Pro tip: if you are using a normal open-top baking tin, it’s best to brush the dough with a little milk before baking it. Also, to make the cake more moist, bake with a container of water at the bottom of the oven (I put water in an oven pan). 
    17. Leave the cake to cool on a rack.
        dough for This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake!  This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake! This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake!
    18. Finally, enjoy with some homemade vegan nutella! This vegan leopard print cake is a delicious chocolate orange vegan celebration cake, sure to make an impact! Plus, just 9 Ingredients for this vegan cake!

If you give this vegan leopard print cake recipe a try, let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Also, I’d love to see how they turn out. Feel free to tag me in your creations @AlphaFoodie.

The Chocolate orange Leopard Print Vegan Celebration Cake Recipe:

Chocolate Orange Vegan Leopard Print Cake

Chocolate Orange Vegan Leopard Print Cake

Yield: 1 Cake loaf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Sometimes we all need the opportunity to show off our baking skills. This Vegan Leopard print cake is sure to impress! Yes, it may take a bit of time and effort to pull off, but the results are fantastic; a moist chocolate orange cake that would be a fantastic Vegan celebration cake!

Ingredients

Main:

  • 2.5 tBsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup oats milk (or your favourite plant-based milk) + a bit more to brush
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1.5 tBsp dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 orange

For the dark brown:

  • 2.5 tBsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2.5 tBSp black cocoa powder
  • 3 tBsp oats milk (or your favourite plant-based milk)

For the lighter brown:

  • 1 tBsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1.5 tBsp oats milk (or your favourite plant-based milk)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the cornstarch and oats milk with a whisk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken suddenly. Remove from the heat.
  2. Add the butter and mix well.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow it to cool down. The temperature must fall below 50°C so as not to "kill" the yeast. *
  4. Add the flour, sugar and yeast. Mix and set aside for 10 minutes.    
  5. Knead the dough for about ten minutes, until it is soft and elastic. Then cut the dough into 2.    
  6. In one of the halves, add the zest of the orange, picked with a fine grater. Set aside, under a cloth. This will be the light dough.     
  7. Cut the other half into 2 pieces.
  8. In one, add 2.5 tBsp cocoa powder and 2.5 tBsp black cocoa powder mixed with milk. Incorporate by kneading to obtain the dark brown dough.
  9. In the other, add only 1 tBsp cocoa powder mixed with the milk. And incorporate it in order to obtain the lighter brown dough.         
  10. Divide each piece of dough into 7-8 balls. Flour lightly and arrange in a tightly closed container. Leave for 1 hour 30 minutes at room temperature. 
  11. Now it's time to assemble the leopard print cake! The cake may look really hard to put together but is actually very simple and is make up of between 8-10 individual 'leopard print' spots that are popped into the cake moudl to make one cake.
  12. To make the leopard print cake pieces: First, Take a piece of light brown dough. Roll this into a thin rope, the length of your cake tin.
  13. Next, you take a piece of dark brown dough and orange dough and flatten with a rolling pin, to the length of the cake tin.
  14. It's then time to assemble the leopard print spot. To do this first place your light brown roll on top of the darker dough and wrap the dark dough around it. Don't worry if you can't surround it completely!
  15. To finish off the leopard print spot, roll the above piece inside the light dough.It also needs to be as long as the light brown roll (a bit longer is OK, too). Make sure the piece is thoroughly closed an 'welded' together.
  16. Repeat steps 9-10-11 for all the remaining pieces of dough.
  17. Place the dough rolls in a baking tin lined with baking paper, or buttered if necessary. Cover with a clean cloth and leave to stand for about 2 hours at room temperature. It must double in volume. 
  18. Bake at 170°C for 35-40 minutes. **
  19. Leave the cake to cool on a rack. Then, finally, enjoy with some homemade vegan nutella!

Notes

* Pro tip: If you don't have a thermometer, gently dip your clean pinky in the mix - if it doesn't hurt, it's cool enough.

Note Don't try to be too perfect when doing this. To be honest, differences in dough thickness and shape of the inner light chocolate roll will all contribute to different, interesting leopard print designs on the cake. 

** If you are using a normal open-top baking tin, it's best to brush the dough with a little milk before baking it. Also, to make the cake more moist, bake with a container of water at the bottom of the oven (I put water in an oven pan). 

 

4 Comments

  1. This is absolutely the most original cake recipe I have seen lately. You managed to make such original and mouth-watering photos! I will definitely put this recipe in the treasury of my best ones. Probably, the cooking process requires extreme accuracy and concentration, but the spectacular appearance is worth it as a result 🙂 I like pastries with zest, and often add lemon zest. Thank you for the idea. I hope I can cook this chocolate orange leopard print cake the same way!

     
    • Thank you so much! When you give this recipe a go, I’d love to know how it works out for you! It’s actually a lot less fiddly than it seems but is definitely trial and error. I love the surprise of cutting it open after baking and seeing the final pattern.

       
  2. Kelly Maddick

    What baking tin do you use? Do you have a link please. This looks brilliant! Looking forward to making it.

     
    • Unfortunately, I don’t have a link as I bought it while in China. However, you should be able to find them online searching ‘cylinder loaf tin’.

       

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