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Tea & Chocolate Cake by Unrefined Vegan

Tea & Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Crumb Topping

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  • Author: Annie


A mildly spiced and fragrant chocolate cake with a tender and 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.




  • 45 chai tea bags, such as Tazo Organic Chai
  • 1 3/4 cups almond milk, warmed
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa or cacao powder
  • 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-ounce carton unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 6 Tbsp. maple sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. non-dairy butter
  • 1 cup vegan, stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, such as Lily’s Sweets bran


  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. Gently squeeze the bags and let the milk cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flours, stevia, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk together the sunflower oil and the maple sugar until smooth. Whisk in the yogurt, vanilla and cooled tea-milk mixture. 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. Cut the butter into small pieces and work into the cocoa mixture until crumbly. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. 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. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into generous pieces.


  • Serving Size: 15
  • Calories: 296
  • Sugar: 10
  • Sodium: 254
  • Fat: 14
  • Saturated Fat: 7
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 37
  • Protein: 5
  • Cholesterol: 11