Best Vegan Cake Recipes You Need To Try


Vegan cakes are a delicious and healthy treat you can bake that will make anyone’s day! Most of the time you won’t even be able to tell that they’re vegan because they’re just so incredibly good. Here are a few of the best vegan cake recipes you need to try!

1. Vegan Lemon Cake

First up on our list of vegan cake recipes is a delicious lemony iced cake! This cake is delicate and wonderful and it’s perfect for a spring or summertime celebration. It would also be great sliced with a bit of raspberry jam spread on one side! Here’s what you’ll need:

Cake Ingredients: 

  • 3, 1/2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
  • 2, 1/2 Tbsp Aluminum-Free Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Zest (freshly grated)
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed from about 2 lemons)
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar (or cane juice crystals)
  • 2/3 Cup Oil (this recipe used safflower oil, but coconut oil or canola oil would also be fine)
  • 1, 2/3 Cups Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Applesauce
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Optional: 1 Tsp Lemon Extract

Glaze Ingredients: 

  • 2-3 Tbsp Lemon Juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 3 Tbsp Granulated Sugar (or cane juice crystals)

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1, 1/4 Cup Confectioners’ Sugar (add 4-6 Tbsp as needed)
  • 2, 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (from 1 lemon)

Click here to follow along with the instructions for this delicious lemon cake by Vegan Yumminess!

Best Vegan Cake Recipes You Need To Try

2. The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

Who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake? This delicious chocolate cake is topped with a vegan chocolate buttercream and chocolate flakes sprinkled over the top for decoration. You must try this amazing recipe by Loving it Vegan! Here’s what you’ll need:

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2, 1/4 Cups (281g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cups (63g) Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
  • 1, 1/2 Cups (300g) White Sugar
  • 1, 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1, 1/2 Cups (360 ml) Vegan Buttermilk (lemon juice mixed with soy milk-see recipe notes)
  • 3 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Canola Oil
  • 1, 1/2 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 5 Tbsp Applesauce

Chocolate Buttercream Ingredients: 

  • 1, 1/4 Cups (284g) Vegan Butter
  • 3, 1/2 Cups (420g) Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 cup (63g) Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Milk
  • Vegan Chocolate Shavings (for decoration)

Click here to follow along with the instructions for this decadent chocolate cake!

Best Vegan Cake Recipes You Need To Try

3. Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Next on our list of vegan cake recipes is a delicious and fruity strawberry shortcake cake! This light and airy cake is perfect for any occasion and the fresh strawberries on it will make want to have this cake all the time. Here’s what you’ll need:

Vanilla Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Almond Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar or Lemon Juice
  • 3 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1, 1/3 Cup Natural Cane Sugar or Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Avocado Oil, Melted Refined Coconut Oil, or other neutral-tasting cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • Coconut Oil (for pans)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Optional: 1/4 – 1/3 Cup Strawberry Jam
  • Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting (ingredients shown below)
  • 1-2 Lbs Fresh Strawberries (hulled and sliced)

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • 16 Oz. Dairy-Free Cream Cheese or Mascarpone (can substitute with additional coconut cream)
  • 2 (14 oz.) Cans Coconut Cream
  • 3-5 Tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup (or 1-4 – 1/2 cup powdered sugar)

Click here to follow along with the instructions for this delicious strawberry shortcake by Wife Mamma Foodie.

Best Vegan Cake Recipes You Need To Try

4. Vegan Cheesecake With Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

Next is a delicious vegan cheesecake with a must-have chocolate chip crust by Emilie Eats. Looking at this delicious cheesecake makes me realize I cannot wait any longer to make it and sink my fork into it! You’ll love the chocolatey toppings and not to mention the delicious cookie crust. Here’s what you’ll need:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Flax Meal + 2, 1/2 Tbsp Water
  • 2, 1/4 Cups Oat Flour
  • 1 Cup Almond Meal/Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Tapioca Starch
  • 1, 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Cheesecake Filling Ingredients: 

  • 2 (12 oz.) Packages Silken Tofu (drained, see recipe notes)
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Oat Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Almond Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Tapioca Starch
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • Optional: 1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (melted for topping)

Click here to follow along with the instructions so you can make this tasty cheesecake today!

Best Vegan Cake Recipes You Need To Try

5. 1-Bowl Apple Gingerbread Cake

Last but certainly not least on this little list of vegan cake recipes is a simple yet delicious 1-bowl apple gingerbread cake. As I’m writing this article fall’s just around the corner, so this cake would be a perfect one to make and welcome in the holidays coming up! Here’s what you’ll need:

Gingerbread Cake Ingredients: 

  • 2 Batches Flax Eggs (2 tbsp flaxseed meal + 5 tbsp water)
  • 1/4 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Molasses
  • 3/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Avocado Oil (you can sub for olive or melted coconut oil with varied results)
  • 1, 1/4 Cup Grated Apple (loosely packed/a mix of sweet and tart apples)
  • 1, 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (sub up to 1/3 with water)
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1, 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1, 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1, 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Whole-Wheat Flour 
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Vegan Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1/3 Cup Vegan Butter (softened)
  • 2, 1/2 – 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Flour (this is optional for thickening, you could alternatively use powdered sugar)
  • Optional: 1 Cup Chopped Pecans (for topping)

Click here to follow along with the instructions to make this amazing cake by Minimalist Baker!

Best Vegan Cake Recipes You Need To Try

Whether you make the chocolate cake or the delicious lemon cake, we’ve got you covered with some of the best vegan cake recipes you must try. Let us know your favorite vegan cake recipes in the comments below!

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