There are two things that are guaranteed to brighten up an 8 a.m. lecture on a Monday morning: a "class is canceled" email, and chocolate. Wow your friends and classmates (and maybe score some brownie points with your professor, pun very much intended) with this super easy chocolate vegan pound cake, with an unexpected star ingredient in the form of vegan sour cream. 

Vegan Sour Cream Brownie Pound Cake

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:1 hr 15 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr 30 mins
  • Servings:16
  • Easy


  • 2 sticks/1 cup vegan butter like Earth Balance
  • 8 oz Good Karma vegan sour cream
  • 3 cups sugar
  • equivalent 6 eggs like Bob's Red Mill or try applesauce or flax eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • powdered sugar or cocoa powder for dusting
Emma Cleland-Leighton
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit . Grease and flour a Bundt cake pan.

    Emma Cleland-Leighton
  • Step 2

    Using an electric mixer, cream together vegan butter, vegan sour cream, and sugar until creamy.

  • Step 3

    Add egg replacer a half cup at a time, mixing well in between. Add vanilla and mix.

  • Step 4

    In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder.

  • Step 5

    Add half the flour mixture half at a time, mixing well between.

  • Step 6

    Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. If the top begins to darken before the cake is baked, cover with foil.

  • Step 7

    Cool for 20 minutes before turning out onto a cake and dusting with cocoa powder or powdered sugar.

    Emma Cleland-Leighton

This recipe uses vegan sour cream from Good Karma because it's free from dairy, soy, and nuts, but tastes just like the real thing, meaning this cake is soft and moist on the inside, with corner-brownie crispness on the outside! This recipe is perfect for a study day or before a party, or just when you have a chocolate hankering. 

Note: the recipe is adapted from

I received samples of Good Karma Plant-Based Sour Cream, but all opinions are my own (seriously, this stuff is great).