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9 Vegan Cake Recipes to Make for Every Celebration
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9 Vegan Cake Recipes to Make for Every Celebration

Do you prefer funfetti or red velvet? After you prepare these, the answer will be both.

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July 01, 2021

Following a vegan diet doesn’t mean you can’t have cake. Whether you’re baking for a date night at home or raising your spirit with a no-bake cake, these awesome recipes are bound to impress. Treat your friends, family, and most importantly yourself to a decadent slice of sweet, sweet goodness using these vegan cake recipes.

Vegan Cakes Everyone Will Love

Creamy vegan chocolate cakes and tangy vegan lemon cakes—California’s bloggers certainly don’t disappoint when it comes to crafting yummy recipes. Do you prefer funfetti or red velvet? After you prepare these, the answer will be both.

A fudgy, avocado mug cake that's paleo, vegan, and gluten-free? Where do we start? Photo courtesy of Kirbie’s Cravings.

1. Vegan Mug Cake

Kirbie’s Cravings has blessed us with an ooey-gooey recipe for a flourless chocolate avocado mug cake. Not only is this vegan mug cake as chocolatey and fudgy as they come, but it’s also ready in less than 15 minutes total.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons mashed avocados

2 tablespoons almond butter

3 tablespoons maple syrup

¼ teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

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2. Vegan Lemon Cake

The lemon, honey, and quinoa concoction is a unique twist on a traditional lemon cake created by Jessie May. The SoCal-based vegan blogger has many other yummy summer recipes, so make sure to check them out.

Ingredients

2 cups spelt flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup cooked quinoa

⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil

½ cup raw honey

½ cup plant-based milk of your choice

½ cup aquafaba

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Zest of one large lemon

This vegan carrot cake recipe by Detoxinistas is made with gluten-free oat flour for a healthier texture. Photo courtesy of Detoxinista.

3. Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Vegan and gluten-free carrot cake muffins? How can we say no? Detoxinista gives an already beloved cake a healthier makeover with her vegan carrot cake recipe—and, we just can’t get enough.

Ingredients

1½ cups oat flour

¼ cup melted coconut oil

¾ cup coconut sugar

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¾ cup shredded carrots

½ cup finely diced pineapple

Crumble Topping

6 tablespoons oat flour

3 tablespoons coconut sugar

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Pinch of salt

Cashew Glaze

1 tablespoon cashew butter

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Water as needed (to thin)

Dense and rich, this vegan chocolate cake by The Kitchy Kitchen adds a new twist to gooey goodness. Photo courtesy of The Kitchy Kitchen.

4. Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

The one thing we love more than chocolate cake is a vegan delicacy topped with coconut whipped cream. Trust The Kitchy Kitchen to take a vegan cake recipe up a notch with a creative twist. Oh, and if you haven’t had coconut whipped cream yet, prepare to get addicted.

Ingredients

1 cup gluten-free flour

2 tablespoons arrowroot

¼ teaspoon xanthan gum

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons coconut oil

½ cup unsweetened apple sauce

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Sweet Simple Vegan strikes again with a mouth-watering recipe that's best paired with a morning coffee. Photo courtesy of Sweet Simple Vegan.

5. Vegan Coffee Cake

Sweet Simple Vegan delivers once again with this apple cider vegan coffee cake that sounds and tastes like heaven. Pair it with a cup of your favorite California tea, and you have yourself a perfect afternoon treat.

Ingredients

1 cup apple cider

2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons flaxseed meal + 6 tablespoons water)

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cardamom

¼ teaspoon allspice

⅓ cup softened vegan butter

½ cup raw sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons vegan cream cheese

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup chopped tart apples

Topping

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup raw sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

5 tablespoons softened vegan butter

Red velvet is a classic dessert that usually uses lots of artificial coloring; not anymore thanks to Sharon Palmer. Photo courtesy of Sharon Palmer.

6. Vegan Red Velvet Cake

This good old-fashioned red velvet cake from Sharon Palmer has no preservatives and artificial colorings. Instead, it turns to beets for the signature red velvet red color. And if pureed beets have you doing a double-take, don’t worry—you’d never guess this vegan red velvet cake has vegetables of any sorts.

Ingredients

3 beets, cooked and chopped (reserve 2 tablespoons of beet liquid)

¾ cup unsweetened plant-based milk

½ cup canola oil

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon ground flax seeds

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup maple or brown sugar

2 cups flour

½ cup almond meal

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Icing

8 ounces vegan cream cheese

¼ teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon beet juice 

1½ cups powdered sugar

You wouldn’t even know these cupcakes are made without gluten, eggs, and dairy. Photo courtesy of Fork and Beans.

7. Vegan Funfetti Cake

These funfetti cupcakes by Fork and Beans are a fun addition to any party table. Try this vegan cake recipe and come back to tell us how you totally forgot that it doesn’t have gluten, eggs, and dairy.

Ingredients

1½ cups gluten-free flour

3/4 cups granulated sugar

1½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon xanthan gum

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¾ cup plant-based milk

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

⅓ cups vegetable oil

2 tablespoons vegan sprinkles

Frosting

⅓ cups vegan butter

⅓ cups non-hydrogenated shortening

2 ½ cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon plant-based milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The chocolate cake is light and fluffy, and the frosting, rich, yet also fluffy. Photo courtesy of Healthy Happy Life.

8. Vegan Birthday Cake Recipe

Making a vegan birthday cake for your favorite vegan person? Healthy Happy Life has a recipe anyone will love—yes, even those who don’t follow a plant-based diet. 

Ingredients

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups whole wheat flour

3 tablespoons whole wheat flour

1½ teaspoons baking soda

1½ teaspoons salt

2 cups coconut sugar

2 cups water

3 tablespoons additional water

¾ cup coconut oil

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Frosting

½ cup vegan butter

⅓ cup shortening 

¼ cup high fat plant-based milk

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

3½ to 4 cups powdered sugar

Vegan rainbow sprinkles

Just because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake; it's actually no-bake! Photo courtesy of Downshiftology.

9. Vegan Cheesecake 

What do you get when you combine a vegan vanilla cake with a decadent no-bake cheesecake? This awesome recipe by Downshiftology. And as if this could get any better, this recipe is also gluten-free and paleo! 

Ingredients

3½ cups raw cashews

1 cup water

¾ cup raw honey or maple syrup

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup lemon juice

2 vanilla beans

Crust

1½ cups raw macadamia nuts

¾ cup raw pecans

¾ cup shredded coconut

10 pitted Medjool dates

¼ teaspoon salt

Toppings

1 cup raspberries

1 cup blackberries

1 cup blueberries

2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup

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