Dairy-Free Birthday Cakes

Birthdays are special occasions that are meant to be celebrated, and nothing says celebration quite like a cake. These dairy-free cake recipes will give you some ideas for the special day—and they're just as satisfying as their dairy-laden counterparts.

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    Classic Yellow Cake

    Yellow cake

    The Spruce

    This classic yellow cake is bright and beautiful between layers of whatever dairy-free frosting suits your palate. Although this recipe contains eggs, it can easily be made vegan by using a variety of egg substitutes.

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    Carrot Cake

    Slice Of Carrot Cake with white frosting
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    A cake that has carrots in it must be healthy, right? Well, this dairy-free carrot cake is still incredibly rich, but it's significantly lower in cholesterol and saturated fats thanks to the fact that it omits egg yolks and butter.

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    Dairy-Free and Vegan Cheesecakes

    Raspberry Cheesecake with fresh raspberries
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    Although cheesecake isn't a traditional birthday cake, it's worthy of a celebration. For those of us who love cheesecake but can't do the dairy due to allergies or dietary preference, there are ways to make it truly satisfying even without cream cheese or eggs. What's more, it's easy to customize with your favorite compotes and garnishes.

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    Devil's Food Cake

    Devil's Food Cake
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    Dairy free and egg free, this cake is a rich and decadent delight that you would never guess is vegan. It's your classic chocolate cake—with a slight jolt from the added coffee.

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    Flourless Chocolate Cake

    Gluten free flour-less chocolate cake with a raspberry on top
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    This gluten-free and dairy-free cake is so rich that you'd never know that it was anything but a butter-and-flour-laden classic. It comes together in just 45 minutes and can be served with whipped cream, ice cream, or hot fudge sauce for extra decadence.

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    Lemon Cake

    Vegan lemon cake slices with tea

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    Bright and fun, this lemon cake is a refreshing alternative to the classic vanilla and chocolate cakes that are so standard at birthday celebrations. It's prepared with a combination of olive oil and dairy-free soy margarine, so it's lighter too.

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    Moist Chocolate Cake

    Piece of gluten-free chocolate cake on a plate with two strawberries
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    This vegan-optional chocolate cake recipe is one you'll come back to again and again. It can easily be made vegan, and thanks to the Tofutti sour cream it calls for, it is super rich.

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    Rich Chocolate Cake

    Dairy-Free Rich Chocolate Cake

    The Spruce

    This rich chocolate cake recipe is dairy free and soy free, which makes it perfect for kids' parties where there are likely to be multiple allergies present. This recipe does use eggs, however, so for egg-free or vegan birthdays, simply use an egg replacer. Layered with the dairy-free frosting of your choice, this chocolate indulgence takes the allergy-free cake.

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  • 09 of 11

    Vegan Carrot Cake

    Vegan Carrot Cake on a drying rack

    The Spruce

    Made without eggs, butter, or cream cheese, this vegan carrot cake is healthier than its classic counterpart—and just as satisfying. Cinnamon apple sauce adds depth of flavor and moistness, while walnuts provide crunch. Top it with an optional vegan cream cheese frosting, or simply serve toasted with vegan butter for a comforting breakfast bite.

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    Vegan Tofu Chocolate Cake

    Raw Vegan chocolate cake on a glass plate

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    Significantly lower in fat than​ most chocolate cake recipes, this vegan chocolate cake uses tofu to substitute for the eggs and almost all of the fat. The result, however, is still a moist chocolaty delight.

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    Dairy-Free White Cake

    Piece of Yellow Cake with Vanilla Frosting
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    For those of us with classic tastes, this traditional favorite is updated to be dairy free. Prepared with eight egg whites and cake flour, this cake is very light but still moist, and it is the perfect complement to a rich dairy-free frosting like Dairy-Free Buttercream Frosting.