19 Amazing Vegan Cake Recipes To Inspire And Delight Family And Friends

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Cake. A four-letter word to fall in love with.

These incredible vegan cake recipes will certainly set the heart racing, so settle in for a drool-inducing trip through my favorite baked beauties.

Let’s get to it!

Moist Vegan Carrot Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting from Loving It Vegan

Vegan carrot cake

Alison at Loving It Vegan has put a tantalizing twist on an old standard.

She’s been kind enough to share her recipe for this rich carrot cake (aka everyone’s favorite way to consume veggies) topped with a tangy lemon “buttercream” frosting. Walnuts on top lend a satisfying crunch. Indulging in a slice (or two) of cake has never been so wholesome!

Get the recipe for this cruelty-free confection here!


The Best Vegan Vanilla Cake with Berries from Veggie Desserts

Vanilla cake vegan

Veggie Desserts is a brilliant resource for anyone with an insatiable sweet tooth, vegan or not. No ingredient hunting is required to make Kate Hackworthy’s gorgeous vegan vanilla cake with berries. You probably already have everything you need in your fridge and pantry!

The cake comes together easily, cooks up quickly and looks absolutely irresistible when finished. Kate says that nobody will guess that it’s vegan. I’m inclined to agree!

Choose your favorite berries, then click on over to the recipe and get baking!


Vegan Black Forest Cake from Lazy Cat Kitchen

Vegan black forest cake

Wow! This is one of the prettiest cakes we’ve ever seen.

Ania from Lazy Cat Kitchen is a superstar in the world of vegan cooking for her ability to combine form and flavor so masterfully. Her vegan black forest cake looks so good it’s hard to imagine eating it… at least until you read the ingredients! That chocolate/cherry combo is a classic for a reason.

Check out the recipe here and try not to get drool on your screen when looking at those stunning photos!


Vegan Raspberry Bakewell Cake from Wallflower Kitchen

Bakewell cake

Vegan cake lovers have long struggled with achieving the perfect level of sponginess in their creations. The lovely Aimee from Wallflower Kitchen may have discovered the secret ingredient: dairy-free yogurt. She says it’s the yogurt that makes this cake so enchanting. I say the juicy raspberries and flavorful almonds don’t hurt either!

With a delightful layer of raspberry jam in the center and a simple dusting of confectioner’s sugar on top, each bite of this vegan bakewell cake is sure to satisfy. Take a look at the recipe here!

Easy Ginger Cake from Fuss Free Flavours

Plant-based ginger cake

Food writer Helen Best-Shaw’s blog, Fuss Free Flavours, as the name suggests, is dedicated to easy, affordable recipes that don’t sacrifice taste.

Her vegan ginger cake certainly ticks all those boxes and more. Making it is a two-step process – throw everything in a mixer, then bake it. Yes, that’s really it! This is a cake that anyone can bake, even those who swear they can’t.

All the ingredients for this flavor-packed cake can be bought at any grocery store. You may even have them all already! Helen says it’s effortless to make this gluten-free by subbing in any gluten-free flour too. Get the recipe on her blog and get baking!


Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Blueberry Cake from Rhian’s Recipes

Lemon and blueberry cake

Is there anything better than a spongy vegan cake? Probably a spongy vegan cake with fresh blueberries and lemon. And what could make that even better? If it was gluten-free as well! On her blog, the aptly-named Rhian’s Recipes, fabulous vegan foodie Rhian gives us the lowdown on how to bake this blueberry-packed beauty.

Topped with a coconut and lemon frosting that you’ll swear was full-dairy cream cheese, this cake makes a perfect teatime indulgence or health-conscious dessert. Take a closer look here.

Vegan Lemon Curd Layer Cake from Domestic Gothess

Lemon curd layer cake vegan

Lifelong baker Hannah isn’t a vegan (she’s vegetarian), but we’re thrilled that she’s used her culinary talents to create this exemplary egg- and dairy-free dessert. Three thick, fluffy layers of golden cake with generous amounts of lemon curd and buttercream smushed in between – absolutely heavenly!

If lemon curd isn’t your thing, Hannah suggests replacing it with your favorite jam. She also says the cake will keep up to three weeks in the fridge… not that it’ll be around anywhere near that long once you get a taste of it!

Check out the recipe on Domestic Gothess by clicking here!

Gluten Free Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Bread from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free

Gluten-free cinnamon swirl cake

Maybe it’s our sweet tooth talking, but we don’t think cake should only be served for dessert. No, we are staunch supporters of cake for breakfast. Bonus points if it’s also healthy enough to pass as bread! Sarah from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free seems to agree, as evidenced by her mouthwatering cinnamon swirl bread. Oh, and it’s 100% vegan and gluten-free, in case you needed any more convincing!

Packed with sweetness and topped with a gorgeous vanilla glaze, Sarah’s cinnamon swirl bread pairs great with morning coffee and evening tea alike. Find the recipe here and try to stop yourself from reaching through your screen to grab a slice.


Vegan and Gluten-Free Cherry and Almond Cake from Goodness is Gorgeous

Cherry and almond cake

Stacey from Goodness is Gorgeous says her two loves are vegan food and photography. When she combines the two, we’re almost powerless to resist. Case in point: her picture-perfect cherry and almond cake. Can you believe that under that dusting of sugar there’s not a speck of egg, dairy, or gluten?

Packed with protein and healthy fats, this moist cherry cake will satisfy anyone’s craving for sweetness, vegan or not! Get the full recipe from Stacey by clicking here!

Vegan Lemon Raspberry Loaf Cake from Lauren Caris Cooks

Lemon and raspberry loaf cake

According to Lauren, this is her first-ever vegan cake recipe. If only we were all such natural talents!

Topped with a rainbow of fresh berries, her vegan loaf cake looks like a dream. Lemon zest and juice lend the cake a tang that balances out the succulent sweetness of the berries. And that perfectly glazed icing couldn’t be more lovely!

To make this vegan lemon raspberry loaf cake for yourself, head over to the recipe on Lauren Caris Cooks.

Darkest-Ever Vegan Chocolate Cake with Biscoff and Chai-Spiced Buttercream from K.O Rasoi

Chocolate biscoff cake

Did your jaw drop when you saw this cake? Mine sure did!

Sanjana’s recipe on K.O Rasoi incorporates so many wonderful ingredients and techniques that we don’t know what to fawn over first. Let’s start with the impossibly dark chocolate cake layers, optionally soaked in rum for maximum moistness.

Then the spiced chai and Biscoff frosting that looks bowl-lickingly delicious. Finally, that topping of toasted hazelnuts, popcorn, and vegan caramel drizzle… heavenly! 

This is a dark chocolate lover’s dream. Get the full recipe here. You know you want to!


Sweet Potato Cake from The Emotional Baker

Sweet potato cake

A four layer cake that’s baked in one pan? What kind of magic is this?

Megan from The Emotional Baker has created a vegan cake recipe that also minimizes dishwashing – what a treat! Her sweet potato cake is simple yet swoon-worthy. Thanks to the inspired use of sweet potato, it’s versatile too! Have a slice for dessert and one for breakfast the next morning…I won’t tell anyone!

You can find the recipe on The Emotional Baker by clicking here.

Vegan Elderflower Cake with Lemon Curd and White Chocolate Frosting from Wallflower Kitchen

Elderflower lemon cake

Aimee from Wallflower Kitchen can always be counted on for ingenious recipes with unexpected ingredients.

This time it’s a beautiful vegan cake with a few special components: vegan white chocolate frosting, elderflower cordial and mashed potatoes. Yes, you read that right! The potatoes make the cake light and spongy with no potato flavor. True vegan baking wizardry!

Read the recipe here, then give it a whirl for yourself.

Vegan Apple Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream from Hot for Food

Apple spiced cake with vegan maple buttercream

Apple spice and maple are two autumnal flavors that Lauren from Hot for Food has combined to perfection in this dreamy cake.

Loaded with cinnamon and decorated with chopped pecans, it’s so comforting you’ll find yourself unable to resist baking it year-round. And that maple buttercream frosting is so rich it can’t possibly be vegan… but it is!

Lauren’s incredible recipe can be found here, but be warned: once you read it, you’ll want to cancel all plans and start baking immediately!

Vegan German Plum Cake from Lazy Cat Kitchen

German plum cake for vegans

This striking cake is another winner from Lazy Cat Kitchen’s Ania. This time she’s adapted her family’s German plum cake recipe to be vegan, and we’re in love with the result.

Moist almond cake and fresh juicy plums combine flawlessly in this unique sweet treat. Bonus: Ania has also provided instructions to make the cake gluten-free!

You can read the recipe and the story behind it over on Lazy Cat Kitchen here.

Vegan Gluten-Free Funfetti Birthday Cake from The Vegan 8

Vegan funfetti cake for plant-based birthdays!

I’ve never been able to look at funfetti cake without my taste buds going wild with desire. So when I saw that Brandi from The Vegan 8 had developed a funfetti cake recipe that was vegan and gluten-free, I just about cried!

Like all her recipes, this one keeps it simple: the cake uses only eight ingredients (if you don’t count salt) and the frosting uses just six. Brandi also includes instructions for baking cupcakes instead of layer cake.

This vegan cake recipe is perfect for kids and kids-at-heart, and can be found here.


The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cake from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

The ultimate vegan chocolate cake

Chocoholics rejoice, for this is the recipe you’ve been dreaming of.

Sam from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken has developed a vegan chocolate cake that looks so good it’s almost unreal. With simple ingredients and even simpler instructions, the cake is a breeze to bake. And fair warning: you’re in for a lot of explaining, because nobody will believe that it’s vegan.

Find the recipe over on It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken here.


Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Whipped Ganache from Vanilla and Bean

Chocolate hazelnut cake

Dangerously chocolatey and oh-so-nutty, this sophisticated cake is surprisingly easy to bake! Just follow this brilliant vegan recipe from Vanilla and Bean’s Traci, who’s well known in the food blogging world for her original, classy creations, and you’re on your way to chocolate heaven.

Hazelnut liqueur adds just a touch of booziness that rounds out the litany of rich flavors present in this exceptional confection.

Traci’s recipe can be found on Vanilla and Bean by clicking here.

Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake from Rhian’s Recipes

Plant-based peanut butter chocolate cake

Rhian can always be counted on to have the perfect gluten-free vegan recipes.

This phenomenal chocolate cake whips up quick and gets taken to the next level by an ingenious sweet potato and peanut butter “buttercream” frosting. Finished with a decadent chocolate sauce and chopped peanuts, it’s proof that a vegan, gluten-free cake can still be mind-blowing.

Check out the details on Rhian’s Recipes here.


Vegan cake recipes to die for, no?

I think so. How lucky we are to live in times when sensational vegan cake recipes are so easy to find! Thank you to all the amazing food blogger featured here, I don’t know what I’d do without you.

Got a favorite vegan cake recipe I need to know about? Tell me, tell me, tell me! Leave me a comment in the box below…you can never have enough cake!

About The Author:
Lisa Williams
Happy Happy Vegan editor

Lisa Williams is a committed vegan, passionate animal welfare advocate, and keen follower of too many v-friendly food blogs to mention. She started happyhappyvegan.com back in 2016 because she felt there was a need for more straightforward information on plant-based living.

Back then, too many sites seem to either concentrate solely on recipes or be too intimidating or inaccessible for the v-curious, and she wanted to change that. The landscape is certainly a whole lot different now!

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