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The Best Vegan Cake Recipe

Last updated: May 10, 2022

The best vegan cake recipe includes healthy egg, milk, and butter replacements alongside traditional baking ingredients. You can create some fantastic cakes using the following recipe guideline, including adjusting your traditional angel food cake to create a vegan angel food cake recipe. Let's take a deep dive into this subject to help you understand how you can make delicious and unbeatable vegan cakes.

In this guide we’ll cover:

Ingredients (Including Vegan-Replacement Options)

You typically use the same ingredients in a standard cake when baking a vegan cake, beyond swapping out any non-vegan options. The following ingredients can be used in just about any cake recipe, with slight adjustments for flavoring. For example, you may add vanilla extract or cocoa powder to this recipe to make vanilla or chocolate cakes with totally vegan ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups vegan flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegan cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7/8 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegan vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

As you can see, many of these ingredients are probably things you already have in your kitchen. For example, you probably use a lot of baking powder in your everyday recipes. However, there are a few things that you might not have that need to be purchased ASAP. Let's take a brief look at egg, milk, and butter replacement items because the type you get can affect your taste.

Egg Replacement

We strongly suggest pureed silken tofu for this recipe because of its overall flavor and smoothness. It will give your cake a nice density and softness that will make it very enjoyable. You can also try vegan yogurt for a similarly creamy texture or even egg replacement options if you don't enjoy soy. Vegan eggs come in many brands, so choose one that suits your specific taste before starting.

Milk Replacement

While oat, soy, and cashew milk work well in this recipe, almond milk is our favorite. Almond milk adds a slightly nutty flavor to your cake that won't overwhelm its overall flavor. Try oat or soy milk if you want a more neutral taste for your cake. Cashew milk can create a pretty intense flavor that may be hard for some people to enjoy. That said, cashew fans will love it.

Butter Replacement

You can use a standard vegan butter replacement from your grocery store or even options like avocado oil or vegetable oil. Avocado oil is an excellent option for most people, though other vegetable oils may work if they're not processed in a factory that also processes dairy products. Read the label to see if it has any potential complications with your diet.


This recipe will use a pureed banana to create a delicious vegan cake recipe. It will also use vanilla extract to give it a little more density. However, you can also use vegan cocoa and other fruits to add to your cake's flavor and texture. For example, applesauce can make your cake a bit creamier and improve its overall taste and texture.

You can use a standard vegan butter replacement from your grocery store or even options like avocado oil or vegetable oil. Avocado oil is an excellent option for most people, though other vegetable oils may work if they're not processed in a factory that also processes dairy products. Read the label to see if it has any potential complications with your diet

Important Cake Tools

Use these tools when making your vegan cake:

  • 9-inch round baking pan
  • Cake spatula
  • Round cutter
  • Frosting tool
  • Cake stand
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spoons

Baking Directions for Your Vegan Cake

Follow these simple directions when baking your vegan cake. Adjust them if necessary to include any other ingredients, including any vegan-based frosting you may make for your cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add Crisco to your baking pan's surface while you wait
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  4. Puree your sweeteners (banana and vanilla) in a separate bowl
  5. Whisk the sugar, oil, and water, in a separate bowl
  6. Blend your ingredients in a new bowl as you whisk
  7. Pour the batter into the pan until it fills it entirely
  8. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes
  9. Test by sticking a toothpick in the top until it is clean on removal
  10. Use the round cutter to create separate cake pieces after it cools


Are Graham Crackers Vegan?

About 70% of graham crackers include either honey, dairy products, or confectioner's glaze, items that are not vegan. If you can find graham crackers without these ingredients, you may use them on your cake.

Is Frosting Vegan?

Most cake frosting uses whipped buttercream, including milk, butter, and eggs. While you can make or buy non-vegan options, most store-bought options will contain buttercream.

Is Red 40 Vegan?

Red 40 is a common food dye used in many items, including cake mixes. It does not use animal products but instead comes from petroleum-based products, making it vegan.

Are Oreos Vegan?

You can freely decorate your vegan cake with Oreos because they don't have any animal ingredients. Even the cream lacks milk, butter, or eggs!

Is Crisco Vegan?

Crisco is 100% vegan and is a useful vegetable shortening option that may work well as a pan lubricant when baking your vegan cake.

Is Turbinado Sugar Vegan?

When looking for vegan sugar, Turbinado might be a good choice. It uses cane sugar but does not mix animal bone char. As a result, it is a useful vegan cake option.

Is Yeast Vegan?

Yeast is technically a living creature, so some vegans may not want to use it in their cakes. However, it is a fungus and not part of the animal kingdom. So, the choice may vary depending on your ethics.

Is There Vegan Gelatin?

Manufacturers produce many vegan gelatin alternatives, including agar agar and carrageenan. These substitutes may work well for many vegan cake recipes.

Is Pillsbury Pie Crust Vegan?

About 75% of all Pillsbury pie crusts use lard, making them non-vegan. However, their all-vegetable pie crust option is vegan, which may make baking easier by minimizing from-scratch cooking.

What are the Health Benefits of Vanilla?

There are many health benefits of vanilla extract for your cakes, including antioxidants, potential anti-cancer benefits, anti-inflammatory help, and a strong sugar-balancing effect that may help people with diabetes.




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