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15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

By Rachel Conners @bakeritablog
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A delicious dessert roundup featuring over 15 Vegan Cake Recipes! From classic vanilla layer cakes to chocolate buttercream to no-bake cheesecakes, there’s something everyone will love! You’ll find a mix of gluten-free, paleo & refined sugar-free vegan cake recipes.

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

Cake is always a good idea, right?! Since going vegan, cakes have become a tricky favorite. They can be hard to get perfect without eggs, and especially tricky when they’re gluten-free as well! It’s fair to say I have tested a good amount of vegan cake recipes by now, and in those tests, I’ve created some incredible favorite vegan cake recipes.

Whether it’s rich chocolate buttercream, a refreshing lemon glazed loaf or classic vanilla bean cheesecake…I can always go for a slice. Especially when it’s full of nourishing, simple ingredients :)

This roundup features over 15 vegan cake recipes that are mostly gluten-free, refined sugar-free with plenty of paleo options! You’ll find a mix of classic layer cakes, cheesecake, sheet-pan cakes, and tons of different flavor ideas. I hope you find one you love for your next birthday, special celebration, or anytime you’re craving a vegan cake to feel good about!

Tips for the Best Vegan Cakes!

  • Make sure it’s baked all the way through! To test for doneness, press down on the cake when it’s coming out of the oven. It should spring back easily. If it stays indented, it needs more time to bake.
  • Taste as you go, especially for no-bake cakes! Since these are vegan cake recipes, there are no eggs involved, and you can taste and adjust as you go.

VEGAN PALEO CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE

Gluten-Free – Paleo – Dairy-Free – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

Paleo Chocolate Cake with Vegan Chocolate Ganache Frosting – a quick and easy cake recipe with a simple 2-ingredient frosting! This layer cake is gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, and vegan, and it tastes as decadent as your favorite chocolate cake.

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

GLUTEN-FREE LEMON CAKE

Gluten-Free – Paleo – Dairy-Free – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

You’ll love this easy-to-make Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Cake! All you need are two bowls, one pan, and 10 minutes to mix up the batter. The cake has a moist and airy crumb. Top it all off with a tangy lemon drizzle!

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

PEANUT BUTTER CUP CHEESECAKE

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

This Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake tastes like your favorite candy turned into a delightfully creamy vegan cheesecake. With a chocolate crust, creamy peanut butter filling, and chocolate ganache topping, you won’t be able to have just one bite!

This Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake tastes like your favorite candy turned into a delightfully creamy vegan cheesecake. With a chocolate crust, creamy peanut butter filling, and chocolate ganache topping, you won't be able to have just one bite!This Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake tastes like your favorite candy turned into a delightfully creamy vegan cheesecake. With a chocolate crust, creamy peanut butter filling, and chocolate ganache topping, you won't be able to have just one bite!

GLUTEN-FREE TRES LECHES CAKE

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free Paleo – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

This Gluten-Free Tres Leches Cake is soaked with evaporated coconut milk & sweetened condensed coconut milk to make a dairy-free version of this classic Latin American dessert. The paleo vanilla sponge cake is deliciously moist and topped with whipped coconut cream. It is dairy-free with a vegan option.

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free Paleo – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

In these No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecakes, vanilla cashew cheesecake tops a gluten-free & paleo chocolate chip cookie dough crust. Topped with dark chocolate ganache, these mini cheesecakes make a decadent treat you’ll make again and again!

These No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecakes have a gluten-free and paleo cookie dough crust with a luscious cashew cheesecake filling. With dripping dark chocolate ganache on top, these make a decadent treat you'll make again and again!These No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecakes have a gluten-free and paleo cookie dough crust with a luscious cashew cheesecake filling. With dripping dark chocolate ganache on top, these make a decadent treat you'll make again and again!

BAKED VEGAN PALEO CHEESECAKE

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free Paleo – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

In this Baked Vegan Cheesecake, a gluten-free and paleo graham cracker-style crust encases a sweet and creamy vanilla cheesecake filling. Coconut yogurt and cashews create the perfect texture to mimic a classic cheesecake.

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

BAKED VEGAN PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free Paleo – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

This Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake will wow you with its rich texture, spices, and graham cracker style crust. It’s the perfect vegan Thanksgiving dessert, or for any other time of year you’re craving pumpkin!

This Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake will wow you with its rich texture, spices, and graham cracker style crust. It's the perfect vegan Thanksgiving dessert.This Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake will wow you with its rich texture, spices, and graham cracker style crust. It's the perfect vegan Thanksgiving dessert.

NO BAKE MINT CHIP CHEESECAKE

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free – Paleo – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

This No Bake Mint Chip Cheesecake is a healthier paleo and vegan cheesecake, made with a creamy cashew base. It has a nutty chocolate crust and a smooth and minty filling, with crunchy cacao nibs throughout and creamy dark chocolate ganache on top.

This No Bake Mint Chip Cheesecake is a healthier paleo and vegan cheesecake, made with a creamy cashew base. It has a nutty chocolate crust and a smooth and minty filling, with crunchy cacao nibs throughout and creamy dark chocolate ganache on top.This No Bake Mint Chip Cheesecake is a healthier paleo and vegan cheesecake, made with a creamy cashew base. It has a nutty chocolate crust and a smooth and minty filling, with crunchy cacao nibs throughout and creamy dark chocolate ganache on top.

LAYERED BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free – Paleo – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

This No-Bake Layered Blueberry Cheesecake is a beautiful and easy-to-make Paleo-friendly + vegan cheesecake made with soaked cashews! The cheesecake layers are lusciously smooth and creamy with a tart, fruity topping.

This No-Bake Layered Blueberry Cheesecake is a beautiful and easy-to-make Paleo-friendly + vegan cheesecake made with soaked cashews! The cheesecake layers are lusciously smooth and creamy with a tart, fruity topping.This No-Bake Layered Blueberry Cheesecake is a beautiful and easy-to-make Paleo-friendly + vegan cheesecake made with soaked cashews! The cheesecake layers are lusciously smooth and creamy with a tart, fruity topping.

GLUTEN-FREE CARROT CAKE FROM THE BANANA DIARIES

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

Gorgeous layered carrot cake made from a base of oat flour, apple sauce and delicious warm spices! The entire recipe is vegan & gluten-free including the homemade cream cheese frosting…yum!

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

VEGAN FUNFETTI CAKE FROM A CROWDED KITCHEN

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free – Vegan – Soy-Free

How stunning does this vegan funfetti cake look? The perfect recipe to celebrate birthdays or any special occasion studded with rainbow sprinkles and real food ingredients!

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

VEGAN CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE FROM JESSICA IN THE KITCHEN

Dairy-Free – Vegan – Soy-Free

Classic chocolate cake made into squares with a creamy vegan chocolate buttercream! Jessica uses a combination of homemade “buttermilk” to make the ultimate fluffy cake texture!

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

ONE BOWL VEGAN VANILLA CAKE FROM MINIMALIST BAKER

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free – Vegan – Soy-Free

Soft, moist & fluffy vanilla cake all made in one bowl! Frosted with a simple vegan buttercream and topped with berries. The perfect cake for Spring!

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes

DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE CHERRY CHEESECAKE

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free – Paleo – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

This No Bake Cherry Cheesecake has a pecan coconut crust, a layer of creamy vanilla bean cheesecake, topped by a layer of vibrant cherry cheesecake. Vegan dark chocolate ganache is spread all over the top! You’ll go crazy for this gluten-free, paleo, and vegan treat.

This No Bake Cherry Cheesecake has a pecan coconut crust, a layer of creamy vanilla bean cheesecake, topped by a layer of vibrant cherry cheesecake. Vegan dark chocolate ganache is spread all over the top! You'll go crazy for this gluten-free, paleo, and vegan treat.This No Bake Cherry Cheesecake has a pecan coconut crust, a layer of creamy vanilla bean cheesecake, topped by a layer of vibrant cherry cheesecake. Vegan dark chocolate ganache is spread all over the top! You'll go crazy for this gluten-free, paleo, and vegan treat.

BAKED VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free – Paleo – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

This Baked Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake will make your mouth water! It’s super creamy and delicious, with a rich chocolate flavor and a tasty gluten-free chocolate crust.

This Baked Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake will make your mouth water! It's super creamy and delicious, with a rich chocolate flavor and a tasty gluten-free chocolate crust.This Baked Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake will make your mouth water! It's super creamy and delicious, with a rich chocolate flavor and a tasty gluten-free chocolate crust.

NO BAKE VANILLA BEAN CHEESECAKE

Gluten-Free – Dairy-Free – Paleo – Vegan – Soy-Free – Refined Sugar-Free

This No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake is a gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan cheesecake made with a walnut crust, a creamy cashew cheesecake filling, topped with a luscious chocolate ganache. This healthier cheesecake alternative will satisfy your cheesecake cravings!

15+ Vegan Cake Recipes Print clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon You'll love this easy-to-make Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Cake! It is simple and elegant with a moist & airy crumb. To top it all off, we drizzle this paleo & refined sugar-free cake with a tangy lemon drizzle. You'll love this easy-to-make Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Cake! It is simple and elegant with a moist & airy crumb. To top it all off, we drizzle this paleo & refined sugar-free cake with a tangy lemon drizzle. 

15 Vegan Cake Recipes + Vegan Lemon Cake


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You’ll love this easy-to-make Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Cake! All you need are two bowls, one pan, and 10 minutes to mix up the batter. The cake has a moist and airy crumb. Plus, check out 15 other delicious vegan cake recipes in this post.


Ingredients

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for the cake

  • 2¼ cups (220g) blanched almond flour
  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup (57gtapioca flour
  • ⅓ cup (43gcoconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juiceplus the zest (about 3 tablespoons)
  • ⅔ cup non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup (50grefined coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup (84gpure maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg, see Notes
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

for the glaze (see notes)

  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Non-dairy milk, as needed

Instructions

for the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and lightly grease a 9” bundt pan with coconut oil. My pan has a 6-cup capacity. You could also use a 9-inch cake pan (I recommend one with high sides, or use a springform pan).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut sugar, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk thoroughly. Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, dairy-free milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, flax egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. You’ll have a thick batter. Pour into the prepared pan and spread the batter evenly.
  5. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed with a fingertip.
  6. Let cool completely before removing it from the pan and glazing.

for the glaze

  1. Melt the coconut butter until runny. Place in a small bowl and whisk in 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Taste, and adjust maple and lemon juice to suit your tastes.
  2. If the mixture is too thick, thin it out with warmed dairy-free milk until it reaches your desired consistency.

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