Easy Vegan Cake Recipes Using Mixes

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Easy Vegan Cake Recipes Using Mixes

Some Popular Vegan Cake Recipes

Vegan food is delicious too! While desserts are usually heavy in cream, butter and laced with eggs, they can easily be made with a vegan twist. People have found creative ways to replace these dairy ingredients.

So if you are under the impression that being a vegan is filling up your plate with green veggies and forcing yourself to give up on all your favourites, you can’t be more wrong. Once you get all the inside information and hacks for whipping up perfect vegan delicacies, in no time will you be concocting healthy, fun and, most importantly: delicious vegan recipes. Here’s a list of Vegan cake recipes for you to get started with.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Moist, decadent and fluffy - what’s not to love about chocolate cake? With easy pantry ingredients, anybody can make this recipe (vegan or not!). This is also a vegan gluten-free cake.


  • Apple cider vinegar - 2 tsp
  • Soy milk - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 2 cups
  • All-purpose flour - 2 cups
  • Cocoa powder - ¾ cup
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Baking soda - 2 tsp
    • Sea salt- 1 tsp
    • Oil - 2 tsp
    • Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
    • Coffee water - 1 cup (Boiling water mixed with 1tsp instant coffee mix)

Chocolate frosting

Directions For Cake

      • Take two 9 inch cake pans. Grease, flour, and line it with parchment paper
      • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
      • In a bowl, add apple cider vinegar to the soy milk. Once it curdles, set aside
      • In another bowl, add sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking salt, and whisk it to perfection. Then add the milk mixture, oil, vanilla and coffee water. Beat the mixture together for about 2minutes
      • Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake it for 35 minutes. Leave it in the pan for at least 1 hour before removing it completely

Directions For Chocolate Frosting

    • Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vegan butter, sea salt, vanilla extract, vegan milk and mix it all together at a slow speed. You can pick up the speed gradually and add sugar appropriately to make it thicker.

2. Vegan Black Forest Cake

To be completely honest! This back forest cake is going to be a wee bit challenging. But all our fellow bakers know that perfecting the toughest recipe is where the fun lies. Once you experience the berry blast in your mouth, it’s totally worth it.

Black forest cake is basically a fluffy chocolate cake covered with black forest whipping cream and cherries. For the chocolate cake recipe, replicate the recipe card above. Maybe a Vegan cake mix can make this procedure easier for you.


For the whipping cream

  • Soy milk - 2 cups
  • Melted coconut oil - 2 cups
  • Granulated sugar - ½ cup
  • Xanthan gum - ½ tsp (optional)
  • Vanilla Extract - 3 tsp

For the cherries

    • Frozen cherries - 1lb
    • Sugar - ½ cup
    • Cherry brandy - 1 cup

Instructions For whipping cream

  • Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and combine it with a high-speed blender
  • Pour it into a clean container and refrigerate it. Preferably overnight
  • Make sure you do not over-whip it, as it can get really tight. If you do over whip it, add soy milk and fold to loosen the mixture

Instruction For The Cherries

  • Keep aside 10 fresh cherries to top off the cake and garnish
  • For layering the cake, chop frozen cherries and place them in a bowl full of sugar
  • Add cherry brandy and simmer the entire mixture on a slow flame until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool and fold

Assemble the cake

  • Spread the cherry compote evenly on top of two 9 inch chocolate cake bases. Place them on top of each other
  • Start smearing the whipping cream evenly on the sides and the top. Frost the entire cake
  • Make sure the top of the cake has a generous amount of cream and top it off with fresh cherries and grated chocolate

3. Vegan Coconut Cake

This recipe is an absolute winner. One bite into this cloud of fluffy, tender delight and you will fall in love with it. Doesn’t matter if you are a pro baker or an amateur muffin man, this cake is super easy to make.


  • All-purpose cake flour - 3 ¼ cup
  • Granulated sugar - 1 ¼
  • Baking powder - 1 tbsp
  • Baking soda ½ tsp
  • Coconut cream - 1 ½ cup
  • Unsweetened apple sauce - ¾ cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • Coconut extract - 1 tsp
  • Coconut shreds - 1 cup

Ingredients for coconut cream frosting

  • Vegan butter - 1 cup
  • Vegan cream cheese - 1 cup
  • Powdered sugar -4 cups
  • Coconut cream - 2 tbsps
  • Toasted coconut - 1 cup


    • Preheat the oven to 176 degrees celsius and grease three 6 to 8-inch cake pans
    • Take a large bowl and whisk sugar, baking powder, baking soda and flour together
    • In a separate bowl, add coconut cream, vegan butter, applesauce, vanilla and coconut extract together and mix thoroughly. Then add the coconut flakes
    • Now add in all the wet ingredients to prepare the coconut batter, make sure they aren’t any clumps
    • Pour it into the cake pans and Bake it for 22-25 minutes

Instructions for Frosting

      • In a large bowl, add vegan butter, vegan cream cheese and cream it for 2-3 minutes
      • Add powdered sugar and beat it for a few minutes to thicken
      • Now add the vanilla extract and coconut cream and whip


    • Add the coconut flakes in between the cake slices and cover the layers completely with frosting
    • Top it off with coconut flakes and enjoy

4. Vegan Carrot Cake

With the right amount of spices, lemon buttercream frosting and crushed walnuts, you can make this carrot cake pretty awesome. What’s more, is that carrot cakes are a creative way to get your veggie fix.


For Carrot Cake

  • All-purpose flour - 2 cups
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Salt a pinch
  • Nutmeg - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 2 tsp
  • Light brown sugar - 1 ½ cup
  • Grated carrot - 2 ⅓ cup
  • Flax eggs - 2
  • Vegetable oil - ½ cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • Apple cider vinegar - 1 tbsp
  • Walnuts - 1 cup

For Frosting

  • Vegan butter - ½ cup
  • Powdered sugar - 4 cups
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • Fresh lemon juice - 2-3 tsp


  • Preheat the oven to180o celsius and spray two 7 inch cake pans with non-stick spray and line it with parchment paper
  • Add all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl and mix them together
  • Now add the brown sugar and grated carrot
  • For flax eggs, you need to add boiling water to the ground flaxseed meal. Let it sit for some time to become gloopy
  • Now add the vanilla extract, oil, apple cider vinegar, flax eggs and chopped walnuts to a mixing bowl and mix everything together
  • Spread evenly onto the cake pans and bake it for 30 minutes

Instructions for the frostings

  • Add vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, powdered sugar, vegan butter and lemon juice and mix it all together
  • Start off slow and then gradually pick up the speed to make the frosting smooth and thick
  • For the last step, frost the cake and top it off with walnuts

5. Vegan Red Velvet Cake

Soft, spongy and popping red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting is a craving most of us share. The vanilla note and the cocoa flavour make it the perfect sweet treat.


  • Cocoa powder - 10g
  • Self-rising flour - 400g
  • Caster sugar - 240g
  • Baking powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt a pinch
  • Unsweetened dairy-free milk - 200 ml
  • Unsweetened vegan yoghurt - 200 ml
  • Sunflower oil - 160 ml
  • Vanilla extract - 2tsp
  • Red food colouring gel - 2 tsp

Cream cheese icing

  • Vegan cream cheese - 200g
  • Vegan block margarine - 250g
  • Icing sugar - 500g
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 1800 celsius, grease and line three 9 inch cake pans with parchment
  • In a large bowl, cocoa powder, flour, caster sugar, baking powder and salt
  • Now add the wet ingredients like vegan milk, vanilla extract, yoghurt and oil to another bowl
  • Mix everything together and add the red colouring agent for the desired colour
  • Pour the batter into cake pans and bake for about 20-22 minutes
  • For the icing, mix all the ingredients together until they are pale and smooth
  • Frost the cake with icing and voila

FAQs Related to Vegan Cakes

    • Are Vegan cakes healthier?

Ans. Well…. not really! While they might contain less saturated fats and might be less caloric due to the elimination of dairy , but like every other cake, they are an indulgence to be enjoyed in moderation. They are however healthy for the environment.

    • How is a vegan cake different from a normal cake?

Ans. You would be hard pushed to tell a difference between a vegan cake and a normal cake taste-wise. The only difference would be that the core ingredients are cruelty-free.

    • How to make a vegan cake moist?

Applesauce is a secret ingredient sworn by many bakers. Another hack is adding boiling water before baking.

    • What should be used as frosting on vegan cakes?

From the recipes above, you can see that vegan frosting is usually made from vegan butter, apple cider vinegar, sugar, vanilla extract and flavouring agents.

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