Vegan Birthday Cake is a fluffy yellow cake filled with sprinkles and topped with a simple white frosting. Also known as a funfetti cake, this vegan cake is made in one bowl and is PERFECT to serve at events, parties, or even a fancy dessert!
When I think of what defines a classic birthday cake, it has to be one that is NOT chocolate. To me, a classic birthday cake is a yellow cake with or without sprinkles in it. Covered with vanilla frosting, this is a classic cake to serve at birthdays or parties!
I wanted to do a vegan birthday cake after rave reviews for my keto birthday cake.
This cake has no butter, no milk, and no eggs, but you’d never tell. It’s so fluffy, moist, and with a light crumb! I volunteered to make this cake for a vegan friend’s birthday and NO one could tell- even non-vegans loved it!
Ingredients for a vegan birthday cake
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make a vegan funfetti cake. You can use either water or milk as both work well. For such a fancy looking cake, you’ll be surprised that no fancy kitchen mixers needed, and just ONE bowl.
- All purpose flour– Sift the flour first, to ensure there are no clumps. You can also use gluten free all purpose flour.
- Sugar of choice– White sugar is preferred, but you can also use brown sugar or coconut sugar. The latter two will yield a slightly darker cake.
- Baking soda– Leavens the cake, and gives some rise.
- Salt– Brings out the sweetness of the cake.
- White vinegar– Works with the baking soda to give the cake the fluffy texture and rise.
- Vanilla extract– A must for any cake or dessert recipe.
- Oil– Any neutral flavored oil can be used. I recommend vegetable oil or canola oil.
- Water– To mix it all together. For extra flavor, you can use a plant. based milk instead.
- Funfetti Sprinkles– Optional, especially if you’d like a vegan confetti cake. Use vegan-friendly sprinkles, but be wary that they are likely to dissipate into the batter or stain it.
- Vanilla Frosting– I used a vanilla buttercream (dairy free) but if you have a preferred frosting, you can use that instead.
How do you make a vegan birthday cake
Start by preparing your cake. For a layer cake, prepare two 8-inch pans and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. Add your vinegar, oil, and vanilla extract, followed by your plant based milk, and mix until well combined. If using sprinkles, fold them through. Divide the cake batter between the two prepared pans. Bake the cakes for 30-35 minutes at 180C/350F. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 20 minutes, before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, frost and layer them.
Can I make this an oil free vegan cake?
Like my healthy chocolate cake, you can make this a fat free and oil free cake.
Substitute the oil for unsweetened applesauce, and check up on the cake at the 25-minute mark.
Can I make this cake sugar free?
Yes, if you’d like to make this a sugar free cake, you can replace the sugar with a sugar free substitute, like monk fruit sweetener or erythritol.
If you use another calorie free sweetener, be sure it is suitable for baking (e.g. cup for cup baking stevia).
What gluten free flour can I use?
I’ve only tried this with Bob’s Gluten Free 1:1 Flour. I cannot vouch for homemade gluten free flour or other brands.
Tips for the best vegan birthday cake
- If you’d like an even softer cake, you can use cake flour.
- The cake must be cooled before frosting. If the cake is even remotely warm, there is a risk for the frosting to melt.
- Do not overbake the cakes, as they continue to cook in the pans as they cool down.
- If possible, use springform baking pans, for the easy removal of the cakes.
Storing and Freezing Birthday Cake
- To store: Leftover cake must be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week.
- To freeze: You can freeze leftover birthday cake. Place in a freezer friendly container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
More Vegan Cake Recipes to try
Vegan Birthday Cake (Yellow cake!)
- 3 cups all purpose flour gluten free, if needed
- 2 cups sugar * See notes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoon white vinegar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons oil canola, vegetables, etc.
- 2 cups water can use a plant based milk
- 1/2 cup vegan sprinkles Optional
- 1 batch keto vanilla frosting
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line the bottoms of two 8-inch pans with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and mix well. Add your vinegar, vanilla, and oil, then your water (or milk), and mix until fully incorporated. If using sprinkles, fold them through at the end.
- Evenly distribute the batter amongst two the two cake pans. Bake the cakes for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out just clean.
- Let the cakes cool in the pan for 20 minutes, before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
- Once cool, frost and layer the cakes.