Easy Vegan Yellow Cake

Piece of Yellow Cake with Vanilla Frosting on plate
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Yield: 1 cake
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
147 Calories
6g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 147
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 50mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If there’s a basic American multipurpose cake, it’s yellow cake mix. Sure, you can use a yellow cake mix from a box, but if you’re a vegan, there are limited choices and you are better off making your own from scratch. This could be your go-to yellow cake recipe—a light and fluffy vegan yellow cake recipe. 

This recipe uses vegan margarine, egg replacer, and soy milk instead of dairy and eggs. When selecting a margarine or vegan butter, make sure it is suitable for baking; some products are for spreading only. Commercial egg replacer comes in powder form and it’s available in the baking aisle of the grocery store. Of all the plant milk alternatives, soy milk is the best for baking because it has the highest protein content, which makes the case rise. Also important: the high-protein content helps the cake brown nicely. 

There are many different things you can do with a yellow cake, virtually any recipe that calls for a yellow cake mix works. Yellow cake with strawberry filling is a classic but you can also use other berries, such as blueberries, or a mix of summer berries for the filling. Many poke cakes such as strawberry poke cake or banana poke cake also use yellow cake. 

For frosting, you can simply cover the entire cake with a vanilla or chocolate frosting. Or for special occasions and children’s birthday, make it a layer cake. Double, or, for an extra tall cake, triple the recipe and bake two or three cakes, then fill them with your favorite frosting. Take your cues from any of these decorating ideas.

The possibilities of what you can do with yellow cake do not end here. Instead of using it as a cake, You can also use it in a parfait, in a trifle instead of sponge cake, or in a punch bowl cake

If you have any leftovers, even if they are a bit dry, yellow cake crumbs make great cake pops.


  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup egg replacer, for 4 eggs

  • 1 3/8 cups (1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 cup soy milk, or less, as needed

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease the bottom only of an 8-inch-square pan.

  2. Cream the vegan margarine with an electric mixer until smooth.

  3. Add the sugar gradually.

  4. Add the egg replacer and mix well.

  5. Add the flour and baking powder and stir. If the mixture is too dry, add a few drops (up to 1/4 cup) of soy milk.

  6. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

  7. Allow the cake to cook and cool; then frost with your favorite vegan frosting if desired.

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