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Best Vegan Birthday Cake Ever

Date - 28th August 2017 / Author - Billie / Category - Recipes

When I found out, a year ago, that I was intolerant to gluten, dairy and eggs, among other ingredients, I was devo’d!

Legit guys, I cried.

The thought that drove me to actual tears was “Oh my god, I can’t eat cake”.

I allowed myself 10-20 minutes of self-pity then I Googled ‘free-from cake recipes’ and started baking.

My first successful vegan bake was a batch of chocolate brownies and I DEVOURED them!

As soon as I knew I could still satisfy my sweet tooth, I dropped the self-pity and enjoyed the process of making delicious bakes without the nasties I couldn’t have.

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Vegan Vanilla Cake

The trickiest cake to master, for me, was a great vegan vanilla cake… a birthday cake type cake.

I am a big fan of a good Victoria sponge; it’s a classic that, when done well, can’t be beaten.

Not being able to replicate that was so infuriating for me! Every vegan vanilla cake I tried was too dense, too dry, too stodgy, or just tasted really odd!

Until now, my friends.

This vegan vanilla cake is the BEST vegan vanilla cake I have ever tried. It’s light, soft, sweet, and so.bloody.delicious.

Teamed with the sweet, fluffy vegan buttercream, it is plant-based HEAVEN!

For real, the best vegan birthday cake ever!

This recipe can make either a two layer 8″ round cake, or a deeper two layer 7″ round cake, a 10″ round or 9″ square traybake type cake, or 12 vegan vanilla cupcakes.

It’s so versatile, which only adds to its loveability!

Vegan cakes can be tricky to make look pretty but I have the perfect solution!

Vegan Sprinkles

Baking Time Club makes the most incredibly beautiful sprinkle mixes… and they are vegan! As well as gluten free!

This means I throw them at all of my vegan bakes to pretty them up and make me feel like it’s my birthday most days.

I have the Baking Time Club subscription, which means I get sprinkles delivered to my door every month and it’s the happiest, most fun mail I ever get!!

If you make this Vegan Birthday Cake, be sure to take photos, add them to Instagram and use #yesdarling so I can see and shout you out 🙂

Billie xx

Best Vegan Birthday Cake Ever
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Best Vegan Birthday Cake Ever
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Vegan Vanilla Cake
  • 240 ml dairy-free milk I use almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 120 g dairy-free butter I use Pure or Vitalite
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp vanilla extract Depending on the strength of your vanilla
  • 230 g self raising flour I use Doves Farm gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Vegan Vanilla Buttercream
  • 100 g dairy-free butter I use Vitalite for buttercream
  • 300 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-3 tsp dairy-free milk Depending on what consistency you need your buttercream
Instructions
Vegan Vanilla Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 160C fan and line your chosen cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Mix milk and vinegar in a bowl and leave for a few minutes.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar for around a minute until combined. Add vanilla and mix through.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, and milk and vinegar mix and beat until combined. (You can also add these ingredients gradually if you prefer.) Scrape down the bowl and mix again to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Pour into your cake tin and bake until the cake springs back when pressed, or a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. I baked my cake in a fan oven at 160C for 40 minutes.
  6. Once baked, leave the cake to cool in the pan then lift it out onto a wire rack. You can carefully turn the cake between two racks to peel the greaseproof paper away, which will make life easier later when you come to cut the cake.
Vegan Vanilla Buttercream
  1. Beat dairy-free butter to soften it a little then add in icing sugar gradually, beating between each addition.
  2. Add vanilla and mix through.
  3. Add in a tsp of dairy-free milk to loosen the buttercream a little. Depending on the consistency you'd like your buttercream, you can add more milk here if you feel you need it.
Vegan Birthday Cake
  1. Once the cake is completely cooled, spread the buttercream over the top using a palette knife.
  2. If you would like to pretty the cake up, use some Baking Time Club vegan sprinkles and go cray with that!
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