Great vegan cake is the way to win hearts and minds, which is handy when you want to encourage people to go vegan. And, vegan friendly cakes are also kind to people with allergies because they’re diary free and egg free!
Also, parties can be a real concern when you’re just starting a vegan diet. They’ve asked you to bring a cake tonight. But, you’re new to plant-based food! Eeek! Will your cake be terrible?
Don’t stress. If you want easy low-risk vegan cake recipes you’re in the right place. Don’t want a big fuss? We’ve found vegan cake mix options for you too. (Shh, ok, it’s cheating but we won’t tell anyone if you don’t!)
Oh, and yes! Vegan and gluten free baking is possible! The biggest issue in vegan gluten free baking is the replacement of eggs. But, it’s an extra-healthy vegan cake option so we’ve included some in our list.
Why invent a recipe when you can find the best vegan cake online? And with so many delicious recipes to choose from, why would you ever bother buying eggs or dairy?
These plant-based recipes are the best of the best. Just choose a cake type below, dor down in the bonus Speciality Cakes section at the end. Or, you can scroll down to browse through the list. You’re bound to fine a taste sensation you’ll love.
Still stuck? From a nutrition, health and taste perspective… our favourite is… *drumroll* The Vegan Smash Cake.
But you can choose any of these recipes, and you’ll achieve a beautiful vegan cake.
Stick with us. We’ll help you succeed at cruelty-free baking in no time!
Classic cakes, made vegan!
Choose a vegan cake recipe from the list below to see the best recipes and cake mix options available!
You’ll have the best success with your vegan baking if you have the right equipment.
If you want to buy equipment for your vegan cake adventures, please buy it through our link to help support our costs! It would mean the world to us.
Here are your kitchen essentials for cake perfection:
The other thing you need is a sense of adventure! Vegan baking can be great fun. You’ll learn about tasty new ingredients and techniques.
Vegan Chocolate Cake
These are the best vegan chocolate cake options around!
Firstly, Loving it Vegan is a great cooking blog with the best chocolate cake inspiration on the web. They even have an outstanding gluten-free vegan chocolate cake recipe! Why are they so popular? Because their chocolate cakes are simply delicious, every time!
Secondly, you’ll love the Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe by Pick Up Limes if you believe that life is short! Pick Up Limes is a practical vegan recipe blog with a huge following, for good reason!
Finally, if you’re looking for a low fat chocolate cake, you’re best option is a vegan chocolate cake mix. It’s easier to figure out how to adjust the amount of fats you add to a packet mix, and you can add in a little banana to ensure it will not come out dry.
If you’re after a cake mix, we recommend you go to a local vegan store like Veganic. Is that too far away? Don’t worry, you can still support a 100% vegan business when you’re buying online. You’ll find the best vegan chocolate cake mix online at The Vegan Kind. If you prefer to use Amazon Prime, the best option is the Creative Nature Cacao Rich Chocolate Cake Baking Mix because it’s allergy-friendly.
Vegan Carrot Cake
Carrot cake is a good source of fibre, while also being a real tasty treat!
It’s also a good cake to take to events, because it’s a very popular flavour. You can tell by the huge number of recipes online!
So, it was really hard to decide which to feature as the best vegan carrot cake recipe.
The Love and Lemons recipe was the winner. Why? Because it includes an incredible macadamia frosting option!
If you’re wanting a gluten free recipe option, it’s hard to beat the one featured on Ela Vegan. It’s relatively healthy, and the sugar-free icing is keto-friendly.
And for the lazy option? Even if you’re not avoiding gluten, the Free & Easy Gluten & Dairy Free Carrot Cake Mix is hard to beat. Store it in the cupboard so you’re ready for anything!
Vegan Birthday Cake
Really, you could use any of the cake recipes in this article to make a birthday cake.
But the best of all birthday cakes are full of colour and fun!
Firstly, check out the Vegan Confetti Birthday Cake by the It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken blog. We love it because it’s dense, but also moist and fluffy.
Secondly, your best gluten-free option is the Funfetti Vegan Birthday Cake by blogger Vegan 8. It’s delicious and the vegan buttercream frosting recipe takes it to a whole extra level!
Ok! Ok, yes, these look like they’re more fitting for a vegan 1st birthday cake. But, even big kids love sprinkles! They’re great for nostalgia.
Finally, if you need sprinkles, Ebay has a huge variety of vegan sprinkles, funfetti and confetti. And, if you can’t find vegan birthday cards and gifts locally, then it’s worth checking out the gifts available on The Vegan Kind.
Vegan Lemon Cake (Vegan Lemon Drizzle Cake)
It’s a bit tangy, and a little bit sweet. Vegan lemon cake goes perfectly with your afternoon tea.
The Vegan Yumminess blog has the top recipe, in our books. It’s no surprise that it’s called “The Best Vegan Lemon Cake”! This soft and zesty recipe is just what you need.
The Vegan Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe published by Baked by Clo is that little bit ‘extra’. We love how easy and gorgeous it is!
If you want a cake mix on hand for ’emergencies’, it’s rare you’ll find a vegan on in your local grocery store. A vegan lemon cake mix from The Vegan Kind will be your best option!
Vegan Mug Cake
Vegan mug cakes are loved by kids, university students, and singles around the world.
They’re a simple and easy treat!
You might think of a vegan chocolate mug cake or a vegan mug brownie. But, that doesn’t mean your mug cake needs to be a boring old one made on coco!
We have found two sensational recipes for you.
Firstly, the Jessica in the Kitchen blog’s Banana Bread Mug Cake is our favourite. It’s like combining a much-loved vegan classic flavour with the convenience of a mug. Mind blown!
Secondly, you can’t go past the Vegan Mug Cake with Cinnamon by the Vegan Heaven blog. It’s a classic cake with just that little bit of personality!
Amazon has a lot of mug cake mix options. But, if you want the best mug cakes, check out the mug cake mix flavours available through the Vegan Kind. They take easy to a whole new tasty level!
Vegan Sponge Cake
Sometimes, you need a traditional and simple cake. We have you covered.
You could be building something great, or just keeping it real. It doesn’t matter. A vegan sponge is as pure as the driven snow!
We had difficulty finding ones really worth listing.
Firstly, the Vegan Sponge Cake recipe provided by the Zucker & Jagdwurst blog is simplicity at its finest. You only need five minutes of preparation to get a beautiful fluffy cake! Incredible!
Secondly, we love the Vegan Victoria Sponge Cake by Domestic Gothess. This is the sort of lavish cake that will silence anyone who dares to call sponge boring!
Do you want to be able to whip out a vegan sponge at short notice without having to worry if your flour is still ok? Your local grocery or health food store should have some vegan ones. If all else fails, it’s easy to order a vegan sponge cake mix through Ebay.
Vegan Banana Cake
You’ll go bananas for these cakes! (Sorry, we had to do it!)
When you forgot to eat your bananas, this is the age-old solution. It’s also just a very fine cake flavour!
The best vegan banana cake recipes have a good balance of fluffy cake and soft banana. These two recipes are the best, in our humble opinion.
Firstly, The Simple Veganista is true to form with their Easy Vegan Banana Cake. It really will give you a scrumptious cake every time, with little effort!
Secondly, for you brave souls out there, we recommend the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake by Exceedingly Vegan. , Their recipe has a helpful video too (see below). It’s gluten-free, but that’s not the main attraction! This recipe is heavy and lavish. Your guests will be coming back for more.
Finally, a good vegan banana cake mix is hard to find both online and offline. That’s understandable. It really is best fresh. Still, you’ll find the best options around at The Vegan Kind, including gluten-free banana cake mix!
Vegan Vanilla Cake
It’s time for dusting icing sugar and splashing out on the plant-based cream!
Or, you can serve your Vegan Vanilla Cake with cruelty-free ice cream.
Prefer it fresh out of the overn without anything on top? We don’t care, as long as you’re happy! You do you!
There are a lot of recipes for this classic cake on the web. We found two excellent ones!
Loving it Vegan’s recipe came first, for us, because it’s reliable as well as tasty. They remind you to add fresh fruit when you serve it up too, which is a healthy tip.
Rhians Recipes provides a Gluten Free Vegan Vanilla Cake recipe, served with a layer of cruelty-free buttercream frosting. It the best version of this recipe for people who are gluten intolerant.
A cake mix is good if you want to be able to focus on the presentation, rather than the cooking. Your local grocery or health food store should have some vegan vanilla cake mix options. If you can’t find any, it’s easy to order a vegan vanilla cake mix through Ebay.
Raw Cake (Raw Vegan Cake)
If you really want to impress, go with a raw vegan cake!
The Raw Chocolate Cake by This Rawsome Vegan Life has stood the test of time for good reason. We love it because it uses ingredients that are easy to find, and really healthy!
Hazel & Cacao’s Raw Vegan Avocado Cake made out list because it’s beautiful as well as delicious. Cool ingredients like matcha powder and pistachios bring the green colour of this cake to the next level!
You can freeze a raw vegan cake, but sadly there aren’t any packaged cake mix options worth recommending! You’ll need to make it fresh!
Vegan Apple Cake
The best vegan apple cake is served warm, with a sweet crust.
When you’re looking to bake one, you run the risk of it being too soggy. It’s hard to find a recipe you can rely on.
Firstly, Vegan Richa’s Vegan Apple Cake with Cinnamon Custard is great for reliable results. They also have a gluten-free option.
Secondly, the Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake by Rhian’s Recipes is a one-bowl wonder! It’s unusual because the apples are grated instead of diced or sliced. This works to produce an apple cake that is perfectly spiced and slightly fudgy.
Finally, you may want a vegan apple cake option on-hand. Yes, you can get vegan apple pie mix and cake mix from The Vegan Kind. But, fresh really is best when you’re cooking with apples!
Vegan Coffee Cake
In some parts of the world, a coffee cake is a cake that is infused with a coffee flavour. In other parts of the world, it doesn’t have any coffee flavour. Instead, it’s just a type of cake that is meant to be enjoyed while drinking coffee.
It doesn’t matter how you look at it. Vegan coffee cake is a perfect treat for the caffeine addict in your life!
So, we’ve selected a recipe for each type. You can choose your adventure!
The Vegan Coffee Cake published by Get Set Vegan is an American-style soft sponge cake topped with a thick layer of cinnamon streusel. Tasting this deliciousness will add great pleasure to your coffee ‘me time’!
If you want coffee flavour, we’ve featured a Vegan Coffee Cake with Kahlua Frosting recipe. It’s published by the Loving it Vegan blog, and it’s incredible!
For the cake, or your cup, you’ll need good quality instant coffee. Got it? Enjoy!
Vegan Red Velvet Cake
Do you want a recipe that’s good enough for a vegan wedding cake?
It’s a big call, but these vegan red velvet cakes are wedding cake level delectable!
Firstly, the top Vegan Red Velvet Cake recipe is the one published by the ‘It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken’ blog. You’ll be impressing your guests in no time! Check out their red velvet cheesecake bites for a fun spin on this classic.
Secondly, the recipe by One Green Planet will give you a sensational Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake. It’s a bit more involved, but the result is totally worth it!
Vegan Gluten Free Cake
Gluten free cake deserves its own category!
We hear you. And, we agree.
But, with so many recipes it was hard to choose a favourite. You’ll find a lot of great gluten free options in this article, but these two recipes show how cakes can actually be better when you give wheat flour a miss.
Firstly, the satisfying texture and flavour of the Holy Cow Vegan blog’s Gluten Free Berry Almond Flour Cake is outstanding. It’s classy and interesting enough to bring along to most events too.
Secondly, the Vegan Lumberjack Cake published on The Minimalist Vegan blog is incredible. We’re talking cafe-quality cake! The texture and flavour makes this a whole mouth experience. Give it a try!
Finally, the good news is that baking mix options are improving every year. Most still call for an egg, but you can use vegan egg replacer instead. Amazon has a great selection of vegan gluten free cake mix, if you can’t find any locally.
Vegan Christmas Cake
Break out the good crockery! Cake is an important part of a Christmas feast, and you don’t need to miss out when you go vegan.
The Vegan Christmas Cake recipe published by the Domestic Gothess blog is a great example. It’s a rich, moist and boozy vegan fruit cake.
The best gluten free vegan christmas cake recipe is definitely the one published by Rhians Recipes. Why? Because it brings a refreshing modern spin to a traditional classic.
If you don’t want to make it from scratch, a packet mix really isn’t going to cut it for a Christmas cake. Sorry! Your best option is to order from a vegan-friendly bakery near you. Don’t forget to decorate your cake, to make sure it’s special!
Vegan Coconut Cake
Coconut cake is a summer favourite, but you can enjoy it any time of the year!
When we were looking for the best recipes to list, we wanted to make sure we included some easy ones.
That’s the great thing about the recipe published by the Spoon Full of Kindness blog. It’s so simple! It really requires zero baking experience to get right.
Another one of the best recipes is the Gluten-Free Vegan Coconut Cake published by the Ela Vegan blog. It’s moist and creamy, with a coconutty frosting. It’s free of oil and refined sugar too.
Be careful buying coconut milk, especially powdered coconut milk. Many companies add dairy milk powder to coconut milk powder recipes. You’ll be sure it’s vegan if you buy your coconut milk from the Vegan Kind or somewhere like Veganic.
Bonus Recipes: Speciality Cakes, for vegan baking that will impress!
Here are some speciality cakes, for the brave Irish spirit! Try one of these if you really want to impress.
You’ll love the reaction you get.
Expect to hear, “Yum! That’s gorgeous! Mmm. So tasty. Is it really vegan!?”
Vegan Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake is a tricky cake to veganise, but it’s really special.
Don’t try to figure it out yourself.
The Vegan Angel Food Cake recipe published by The Hidden Veggies blog is the best we know of. With details photos, this recipe will give you the best chance of success. It has a gluten-free option too.
To make this miracle happen, you’ll need Garbanzo Bean Flour.
Vegan Tres Leches Cake
A mixture of 3 different forms of dairy is the crucial component of standard tres leches cakes. So, it’s hard to veganise this recipe.
We’re really impressed by the Vegan Tres Leches Cake recipe created by the Yup It’s Vegan blog. Shannon (the founder) has made a brave move with this recipe, and it really works!
You’ll need to make or buy sweetened condensed milk to achieve this impressive cake!
Got it sorted? Now, prepare yourself for a lush, super-sweet cake experience.
Vegan Pumpkin Cake
You don’t need to wait until Haloween to enjoy vegan pumpkin cake!
The best recipe we’ve found is the Vegan Pumpkin Cake by the Where Do You Get Your Protein blog. You’ll get a tasty cake with a lovely spongey texture, and it’s quick to make.
Their recipe calls for turbinado sugar. We’re going out on a limb and recommending you use rapadura sugar instead.
Why? Because rapadura sugar is less refined, contains iron, is easier to find, and contributes a lovely caramel flavour.
Vegan Ginger Cake
A great vegan gingerbread cake is festive, slightly sticky & nicely spiced so it’s delicious.
You can enjoy it all year, but it’s great for Christmas gifts or guests.
The Vegan Gingerbread Cake recipe published by Ela Vegan blog is richly dark with a beautiful flavour. It’s also gluten-free!
Vegan Strawberry Cake
Brace yourself for a tast sensation! And, we’re swapping healthy for decadent. #sorrynotsorry
Vegan strawberry cake is ever better than traditional strawberry cake.
You don’t get that eggy-taste polluting the strawberry flavour. It’s a stronger, delicious option.
So which recipe do we like the best?
The Vegan Strawberry Cake recipe published by the Nora Cooks blog. It’s bold, luscious and delicious!
You’ll need shortening for your vegan strawberry cake. There are a lot of non-vegan shortening products out there. Make sure you get an all-vegetable shortening that’s vegan.
Vegan Almond Cake
The best vegan almond cake is made vegan. Why? Because the clean plant-based ingredients frame the almond flavour really well.
The best recipe is the one published by the Holy Cow blog. Their vegan almond cake recipe will give you a dense and rich cake. As a bonus, it can be made gluten free too!
You’ll see that this recipe gives you the option to use amaretto liqueur. Most amaretto is vegan friendly, but some isn’t. It’s best to ask or google the brand you’re looking at before you buy it.
The most important ingredient is almond flour. You should be able to get it locally. If you’re stuck, check out this almond flour on Amazon.
Vegan Bundt Cake
Your vegan bundt cake will run rings around the competition!
Ok, bad pun.
Yes, bundt cake is usually cooked in a ring. And, the Vegan Bundt Cake with Caramel Sauce recipe by the Rainbow Nourishments blog is top quality.
You’ll love drizzling the sauce over this beautiful, instagram worthy zebra patterned cake!
If you don’t have a ring-shaped cake tin, you can buy a bundt tin online and support us in the process!
Vegan Sugar Free Birthday Cake
Finding a sugar-free birthday cake is hard. Like, really hard. Trends like the keto diet have filled the sugar-free space with eggs.
What if you just want a healthy, wholesome, plant-based cake?
We really had to reach out to find this one for you. And, the effort paid off!
You’ll love the Vegan Smash Cake published by the Plant-Based Juniors. “Did you say juniors?”, we hear you say. Yes, this recipe was originally designed for a baby’s first birthday!
The cake is full of nutrition and taste, with none of the added sugar. It uses inexpensive ingredients and is super fast to make too.
Seriously, this has to be the best recipe on this vegan cake list!
The authors are specialists in plant-based prenatal and pediatric nutrition. But you can’t tell that this recipe was developed by dietitians! It will truly give you a gorgeous sugar-free vegan cake worthy of any birthday! Just increase the quantities to make the cake larger.
You’ll need oat flour for this recipe, which is pretty widely available in Ireland. If you’re suck, please feel free to buy oat flour from Amazon and support us in the process.
Vegan Jaffa Cake
Another request, because it’s hard to find, was for a vegan jaffa cake recipe.
Brace yourself! We’ve found a killer recipe for you.
People are going to stop you and ask you to hold your pose for close-up photographs when you cut a slice from this incredible cake! It’s over-the-top luxurious.
We’re recommending the Vegan Jaffa Cake recipe published by Exceedingly Vegan. We’re not going to pretend this is a healthy recipe. But, it’s a real show-stopper.
Thanks for visiting our summary of the best vegan cake recipes.
We hope you’ve found one that you love. The neat thing is that these are all cruelty-free, so you should enjoy them guilt free.
With such great options, it’s so easy to go-vegan!