The best vegan birthday cake recipe

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Looking for a quick and easy vegan birthday cake recipe? This moist and fluffy vanilla cake with chocolate frosting is for you!

This vegan birthday cake recipe is made without milk or eggs, making it delicious dairy free treatment. It’s a 2-layer frosted cake that comes together with common pantry ingredients. It is perfect for any celebration. Just mix the ingredients together, cook and let cool. So, it’s time to decorate!

How to make this gluten free recipe

To make this gluten-free homemade vegan birthday cake recipe, simply substitute all-purpose flour gluten-free baking flour.

The best vegan sprinkles

You can’t have a birthday cake without sprinkles! But unfortunately, not all brands are created equal. Keep an eye out for pastry glaze, beeswax and gelatin on the ingredients list as these items are not vegan. Or, check out these certified vegan sprinkles:

How to make a vegan birthday cake


For the cake:

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of wood powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1-3/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1-1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup dairy-free margarine, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar (Don’t forget to check the label on yours confectioner’s sugar. Some brands contain a non-vegan ingredient called bone char).
  • 1/3 cup of baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

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Step 1: Mix your dough

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, sugar, oil, apple cider vinegar and vanilla. Once combined, mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until right moistened

Step 2: Bake the cake

Vegan Birthday Cake Batter in Cake Pans

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Pour batter into two greased 9-inch round pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Editor’s note: : Here’s how to do it add baking recipes to fit any pan.

Step 3: Let the cake cool

Once cooked, remove the cake from the oven and leave for 10 minutes. Then, remove from the pans and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Step 4: Decorate the cake

Vegan vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles

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To make a rich vegan chocolate frosting, start by whisking softened dairy-free margarine. Add the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract and continue to beat until the frosting is silky smooth. Frost the cake. This guide explains how to ice a cake the easy way.

Finally, it’s time to decorate to your heart’s desire! For inspiration, we have some cake decorating ideaslike adding a drop, using ombre frosting or (gasp) making a naked cake.

Vegan vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles

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Vegan Birthday Cake FAQ

learn how to prevent common cake mistakes with a few quick tips.

Why is my vegan cake so dense?

Make sure you are measure each ingredient well and using fresh baking soda and powder. The cake has no eggs, so your leavening agents need to have oomph.

Why is my vegan cake falling apart?

Your cake can be crumbly or dry for a few reasons. The first reason may be overcooking. Be sure to look at your cake towards the end of baking and test immediately with a toothpick. Your cake might also fall apart because it hasn’t had a chance to rest after coming out of the oven.

I have also found that a vegan cake can crumble if it is touched when it is cold. It is best to cut the cake at room temperature.

How do I keep my vegan cake moist?

Keep your cake from drying out by storing it in an airtight container! Also, be sure to use softened dairy-free margarine and don’t overmix the dough before baking.

How to store vegan birthday cake?

Leftover cake can be stored covered at room temperature for a few days, or covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you plan to keep the cake for more than a week, cut and wrap individual slices in plastic first. store in the freezer.

Later, we recommend cooking these vegan chocolate chip cookies with nuts oh our simple vegan chocolate cake!

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Jenna Urban

Jenna is a food blogger focused on sharing allergy friendly recipes. Her favorite ingredients include sweet potatoes, chickpeas and pumpkin.