12 Delicious Vegan Cake Recipes

Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Desserts

Chocolate Marble Cake

​The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak 

Vegans can have their cake and eat it, too! Cakes are the centers of many celebrations, from birthdays and baby showers to graduation parties and weddings. Even though traditional recipes call for butter, eggs, and other dairy ingredients, vegans and those on dairy-free and egg-free diets can enjoy the dessert, too.

These sweet recipes use baking powder, vinegar, flaxseed, and other clever, but easy-to-find ingredients to give the cakes rise and a light crumb. From chocolate to carrot to yellow to marble, there's truly a vegan cake for every occasion.

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    Basic Vegan White Cake

    Basic Vegan White Cake

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    You simply can't go wrong with a classic white cake. This vegan recipe doesn't require egg replacer—a little apple cider vinegar, baking powder, and baking soda give the cake lift and lightness without impacting the flavor. For the best results, use pastry flour and sift well before adding to the mix. Top with your choice of frosting, such as vanilla or rich chocolate.

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    2-Minute Vegan Soda Cake

    2-Minute Vegan Soda Cake

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    This soda cake is so easy to make it takes just two ingredients and two minutes of prep. Instead of adding oil and eggs to a boxed cake mix, add your favorite brand of soda. Try different flavor combinations, pairing chocolate, yellow, or other cake mixes with any flavor of soda. When shopping for ingredients, double-check that both items are vegan.

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    Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake

    Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake

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    Bundt cake recipes tend to call for lots of eggs and dairy, but this chocolate cake gets its moist crumb from healthy pumpkin purée. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup give it lots of fall flavor. Drizzle with vegan chocolate ganache for a real treat.

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    Super Moist Vegan Carrot Cake

    Super Moist Vegan Carrot Cake

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    This vegan carrot cake is so moist and delicious, plus you can serve it to anyone, regardless of their diet. Applesauce and shredded carrots add moisture and cinnamon gives it that classic carrot cake flavor. Top the easy, one-layer cake with a vegan cream cheese frosting or simply sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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    Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake

    Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake

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    Rather than relying on eggs or egg replacer, this easy chocolate cake activates the baking soda with vinegar. It won't add a sour taste to the cake, but it will give it a delicate texture. The moist, chocolatey cake only takes a few minutes to mix up. Try frosting it with a vegan white buttercream to make a black and white cake.

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    Vegan Banana Cake

    Vegan Banana Cake

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    Really ripe bananas give this quick, simple banana cake its flavor and texture. It's more decadent than regular banana bread and uses only vegan ingredients. Throw in a handful of vegan chocolate chips or top with frosting for more sweetness.

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    Vegan Apple Cake

    Vegan Apple Cake

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    Vegan apple cake is a delicious fall dessert and is right at home on a brunch table, too. The recipe calls for ground flax, which can be found at grocery stores and health food stores. When combined with water, it forms a thick mixture that acts as a healthy stand-in for eggs.

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    Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Crock Pot Cake

    Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Crock Pot Cake

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    This simple dump cake cooks in a slow cooker, freeing up your oven for other dishes. It's a classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter, making the crockpot cake a family favorite. It's moist, almost like a cross between a cake and brownie. Serve warm with a scoop of vegan ice cream.

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    Easy Vegan Yellow Cake

    Easy Vegan Yellow Cake

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    A yellow cake is good for all occasions, from weddings to birthdays to potlucks. This recipe uses egg replacer to keep the cake light and pure in flavor. Top with your choice of vegan frosting, like dark chocolate or strawberry.

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    Chocolate Marble Cake

    Chocolate Marble Cake

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    A pretty chocolate marble cake is sure to delight your friends and family, especially when it's topped with a creamy vegan chocolate frosting. To achieve the marbling effect, mix the vanilla and chocolate batter separately and gently swirl them together before baking.

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    Vegan Pineapple Upside-Down Dump Cake

    Vegan Pineapple Upside-Down Dump Cake

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    Packaged ingredients like cake mix, pie filling, and canned fruit make this pineapple dump cake quick and easy. Double-check that all of your ingredients are vegan before proceeding—some cake mix brands are vegan without added ingredients.

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    Vegan Mexican Chocolate Cake

    Vegan Mexican Chocolate Cake

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    Cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and cocoa give this vegan chocolate cake its sweet and spicy flavor. It comes together with a handful of ingredients in just a few minutes and is worthy of a special occasion but simple enough for a weeknight dessert.