35 Must-Try Vegan Cake Recipes

BY : PUBLISHED : March 2nd, 2022 UPDATED: May 23rd, 2022

This collection of 35 vegan cake recipes is packed with vegan birthday cakes, fresh and fruity options, rich and decadent cakes, and more! If you're plant-based and a fan of cake, this round-up is the place to be to find your next favorite recipe!

Although free-from and vegan baking have reputations for being tricky, vegan cake recipes are often no more complicated than regular baking. Once you get to grips with a few simple ingredient swaps like egg replacements (like flax eggs/ chia seed eggs), milk replacements (with soy milk, almond milk, etc.), and butter/fat replacements (unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana!).

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Vegan Cake Galore!

When baked correctly, these are the best vegan cake recipes for moist, fluffy, delicious, and moreish treats. Even better, hardly anyone will even guess that they're 100% plant-based! Luckily, the easy vegan cake recipes below will help you bake them perfectly every time!

Whether you're looking for a vegan birthday cake, simple chocolate vegan cake, something fresh and fruity, or more. There are plenty of options below to help you find the best vegan cake recipe for your needs! Plus, since these recipes are all 100% egg-free, you even get to safely lick the batter from the spoon (yummy!)

The Classics

Vegan Sponge Cake

Get to grips with the basics with The Hidden Veggies light and fluffy vegan sponge cake layered with strawberries and cream (in Victoria sponge style)! Thanks to soda water, this cake recipe for vegans is wonderfully light and airy too. Plus, it's perfect for serving for afternoon tea, potlucks, gatherings, or simply a light and fruity dessert!

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The Best Vegan Sponge Cake!
This easy vegan sponge cake recipe will amaze you! Light, fluffy, and spongy cake layered with strawberries and cream, this cake will not disappoint!
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The Best Vegan Sponge Cake!

Simple Vegan Vanilla Cake

This simple vegan vanilla cake recipe from Steph Sunshine has a moist, tender crumb and rich vanilla flavor sandwiched with rich vegan vanilla buttercream. It's the perfect crowd-pleasing vegan birthday cake recipe, party cake, and for other special occasions!

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Vegan Vanilla Cake
This vegan vanilla cake is light and fluffy, but also rich-tasting. It’s a crowd-pleasing cake that’s perfect for birthday parties and gatherings!
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Vegan Vanilla Cake

Classic Vegan Cheesecake (With Strawberry Sauce)

Everyone needs a good, classic vegan cheesecake recipe in their repertoire, and this one from Go Dairy Free doesn't disappoint. It's rich yet plant-based for decadent satisfaction. Top that off with the simple strawberry sauce, and you have a dessert you'll return to time and time again.

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Classic Vegan Cheesecake Recipe with Sweet Strawberry Sauce
This decadent classic vegan cheesecake includes a raw crust, rich dairy-free filling, and fresh, naturally-sweetened strawberry sauce. Gluten-free & paleo.
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Classic Vegan Cheesecake Recipe with Sweet Strawberry Sauce

Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake

This incredible Vegan Carrot Cake from Health My Lifestyle is made gluten-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free, but you wouldn't even know it! With the lightly spiced carrot cake and decadent cashew cream frosting, this could easily become one of your favorite vegan cake recipes!

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Vegan Carrot Cake
This healthy vegan carrot cake is made with only whole food ingredients!
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Vegan Carrot Cake

Vegan Coconut Cream Cake

This homemade Vegan Coconut Cake from Vegan Huggs will surely impress your guests. It's soft, fluffy, tender, and brimming with delicious coconut flavor, thanks to a super creamy coconut frosting.

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Vegan Coconut Cake
This homemade Vegan Coconut Cake will surely impress your guests. It’s soft, tender, and brimming with delicious coconut flavor! It’s heavenly!
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Vegan Coconut Cake

Simple Vegan Chocolate Sheet Cake

This simple vegan chocolate cake from Veggie Society may be the only one you'll ever need! The dark chocolate cake is wonderfully moist thanks to olive oil. It's then slathered with a rich vegan chocolate frosting and (optional) shredded coconut. It makes a great vegan birthday cake recipe, and it's ideal for bringing to a summer barbecue or holiday party.

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Vegan Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe
Vegan Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe with a rich chocolate frosting and dusted with a blanket of coconut. Decadent and moist olive oil cake, no eggs, no dairy!
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Vegan Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

Easy Blueberry Banana Bread

This easy vegan cake recipe combines classic banana bread flavors with bursting fresh blueberries and is egg-free, dairy-free, budget-friendly, and zero-waste!

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Easy Blueberry Banana Bread
Blueberry Banana Bread is always a good idea! This super easy to make recipe is ideal for thsoe who don't dare to bake and want to give it a try!
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Chocolate Crazy Cake

This chocolate vegan cake was designed decades ago as a Depression-era cake, allowing people to enjoy cake when animal products were harder to access. Luckily, the taste and texture hold their own, and this simple vegan cake recipe is wonderfully moist, delicious, AND can be prepped in less than 5 minutes directly into the cake pan!

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Chocolate Crazy Cake
When you’re craving something sweet but have no motivation to bake anything, this is your cake. Minimal ingredients, kitchen cleaning, and time required.
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Fun and Fruity

Vegan Hummingbird Cake

This vegan Hummingbird Cake by A Virtual Vegan is fluffy, sweet, and full of banana, pineapple, and pecans, then smothered with vegan cream cheese frosting! Enjoy this easy vegan cake recipe for potlucks, parties, gatherings, and any special occasions!

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Vegan Hummingbird Cake
An incredible Vegan Hummingbird Cake! It’s fluffy, incredibly flavourful, super sweet and bursting with banana, pineapple and pecans then smothered in silky, luscious cream cheese frosting.
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Vegan Hummingbird Cake

Pink Vegan Strawberry Cake

This fluffy vegan strawberry cake from Rainbow Nourishments uses fresh strawberries rather than extract. The result is a vegan birthday cake/special occasion cake that tastes as gorgeous as it looks (hint – a LOT!). Plus, you only need 7 ingredients and 1 bowl to prepare this perfectly pink and easy vegan cake.

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Vegan Strawberry Cake
Easy vegan strawberry cake packed fresh strawberries! This eggless cake uses just 7 key ingredients and can be prepared in 1 bowl.
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Vegan Strawberry Cake

Vegan Black Forest Cake

This vegan Black Forest Cake from Veggie Desserts has all the moist, delicious flavor of the 1970s classic gateau. However, it's 100% vegan and super easy to make. It combines a rich, fluffy vegan chocolate sponge filled with dairy-free cream and decadent cherries in syrup for a beautiful vegan showstopper!

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Vegan Black Forest Cake
This tasty easy Vegan Black Forest Cake has rich, fluffy vegan chocolate sponge layers, filled with thick dairy free cream and decadent cherries in syrup.
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Vegan Black Forest Cake

Easy Vegan Lemon Cake

This one bowl, 7-ingredient, EASY vegan lemon cake recipe is super fuss-free and a wonderfully sweet-tart, moist, fluffy eggless lemon cake! Perfect for afternoon tea and special occasions, frosted or glazed!

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7-Ingredient Easy Vegan Lemon Cake
Enjoy this super delicious, simple, and fuss-free vegan Lemon Cake for your next dessert! It’s a dairy-free, egg-free, and pantry staple recipe that everyone can enjoy!
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7-Ingredient Easy Vegan Lemon Cake

Vegan Pear Cake

This vegan pear cake from My Vegan Minimalist is light, fluffy, moist, and wonderfully flavored with pears, cinnamon, maple, and a hint of lemon. Top it off with a simple golden maple glaze for a vegan cake recipe you can enjoy year-round!

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Vegan Pear Cake
Fluffy, super moist and airy vegan pear cake. So easy to bake with a shiny golden topping and juicy pears. Includes must-know expert tips!
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Vegan Pear Cake

Chocolate Blood Orange Cake

This upside-down vegan chocolate blood orange cake from Resplendent Kitchen is a must-try during the short blood orange season. This chocolate vegan cake is rich and citrusy while remaining egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free! Perfect for impressing at parties and gatherings!

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Chocolate Blood Orange Cake
This delicious vegan chocolate and blood orange cake is your perfect dessert for the citrus lover in your life!
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Chocolate Blood Orange Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake

Lemon and poppy seeds are a classic match, and this sheet cake is soft and moist with a zesty citrus flavor and a slight crunch of poppyseeds. However, it's also healthier than regular lemon poppy seed snack cake with less sugar and fat.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake
Do you love lemons? You're going to absolutely adore this lemon-flavored baked good! This cake is moist, delicious, and full of amazing lemon flavor!
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Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple upside-down cake is the very definition of fun and fruity; using canned pineapple for a simple fruity vegan cake recipe you can enjoy year-round! We love to pair it with vegan ice cream in the summer and creamy vegan custard in Fall/Winter!

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Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is a much loved vintage dessert turned vegan. It‘s dense and moist, tender and sweet, and best of all ... so easy to prepare.
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Orange Olive Oil Cake

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If you haven't tried olive oil in a cake recipe before, it may sound a little strange. However, this orange olive oil cake is wonderfully moist, bright, and citrussy-sweet. It makes for a delicious summery eggless cake or can help brighten your days for the rest of the year.

Orange Olive Oil Cake
Every slice of this bright citrusy-sweet cake made with Olive oil and Orange extracts will have your taste buds captivated. This Orange Olive Oil Cake is like a dash of sunshine that will brighten even the coldest of winter days! The best part- it will stay super moist for days!
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Apple Cake

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This warming, lightly spiced apple cake is super moist and tender, packed with apple chunks and applesauce for a warming, fall-favorite flavor. Enjoy a slice alone or with a scoop of vegan ice cream for a delicious plant-based treat!

Vegan Apple Cake
This moist and delicious Vegan Apple Cake is the best way to enjoy those sweet and juicy fall produce! A delightfully spiced cake crammed with crisp apple chunks that you can make using one bowl in just 45 minutes. Enjoy is as a sweet afternoon snack with your favorite hot drink or as a dessert with a scoop of vegan ice cream on top.   
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Vegan Strawberry Cake

This is the ultimate strawberry cake from My Quiet Kitchen. This beautiful 3 layer vegan cake is bursting with fresh strawberries and a decadent (yet simple) strawberry frosting. It's a sure crowd pleaser!

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The Best Vegan Strawberry Cake
Tried, tested, and loved, this is the ultimate vegan strawberry cake recipe! Perfect for birthdays and other celebrations. Loaded with fresh strawberry flavor, this cake will wow any crowd!
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The Best Vegan Strawberry Cake

Vegan Banana Snack Cake

This dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free vegan chocolate chip banana snack cake from Veggie Inspired is a cross between a cake and quick bread, baked in a sheet pan with no frosting for a delicious snack!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Snack Cake (Vegan, Oil Free)
This Banana Snack Cake falls somewhere between a quick bread and a cake in texture and is loaded with chocolate chips! Delicious and oil-free!
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Chocolate Chip Banana Snack Cake (Vegan, Oil Free)

Instant Pot Strawberry Cake

Avoid warming your kitchen this summer by ignoring your oven entirely with this simple, moist Instant Pot strawberry Bundt cake from Simple Sumptuous Cooking. Plus, the strawberries are interchangeable with tons of other berries and fruit for a simple, versatile, easy vegan cake recipe!

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Instant Pot Strawberry Cake
Just whip all ingredients together, fold into your “baking” dish, and put in the Instant Pot. It is a steamed... Instant Pot Strawberry Cake.
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Instant Pot Strawberry Cake

Rich and Decadent

German Chocolate Cake

This vegan German chocolate cake recipe from Vegan Dollhouse contains a decadent caramel coconut pecan walnut filling and a vegan chocolate ganache drip, perfect for any occasion. Plus, it can be prepared in several sizes, including a 3-layer 6-inch cake or a 2-layer 8 or 9-inch cake.

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German Chocolate Cake (Vegan)
This multi-layered vegan german chocolate cake is a moist chocolate cake with a decadent caramel coconut pecan walnut filling and a chocolate ganache drip.
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German Chocolate Cake (Vegan)

Vegan Biscoff Cake

This list of vegan cake recipes wouldn't be complete without a decadent, moreish vegan Biscoff cake. This vegan cake recipe from Loving It Vegan is rich, decadent, and packed with Biscoff flavor, all topped off with a decadent Biscoff buttercream and melted Biscoff topping!

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Vegan Biscoff Cake
This vegan biscoff cake is fluffy, moist and loaded with biscoff flavor. Topped with a decadent vegan biscoff buttercream frosting.
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Vegan Biscoff Cake

Caramel Fig Vanilla Layer Cake

With layers of vegan buttercream, date caramel, and plenty of fresh figs on top, this vegan cake recipe from Vegan Yack Attack is perfect for impressing at dinner parties and gatherings!

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Caramel Fig Vanilla Layer Cake
This Caramel Fig Vanilla Layer Cake has gorgeous layers of vegan buttercream, date caramel, and fluffy cake. Plus, it’s topped with fresh figs!
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Caramel Fig Vanilla Layer Cake

Vegan Sticky Date Cake

This easy vegan cake recipe from My Goodness Kitchen is a cross between a sticky toffee pudding, date cake, and salted caramel. It combines light and simple sticky date cake with a decadent salted caramel frosting for an explosion of flavor that will impress at potlucks, parties, and special occasions!

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Sticky Date Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting
A magical spin on a classic dessert! An easy vegan sticky date cake combining sweet dates with a finger-licking salted caramel frosting.
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Sticky Date Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Vegan Tres Leches Cake

This Vegan Tres Leches layer cake from Paper and Heart tastes as good as it looks. Sweet vanilla cake topped with coconut cream frosting and strawberries - this one is a definite crowd-pleaser.

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Vegan Tres Leches Cake
This vegan tres leches cake is two layers of delicate vanilla cake soaked in a mixture of milks and then filled and topped with whipped coconut milk and strawberries.
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Oreo Cake (vegan)

If you're looking for an ultra-indulgent vegan cake, try this Oreo cake from Cookie Dough Diaries. It layers moist and fluffy vegan chocolate cake with thick layers of Oreo buttercream frosting. It's perfect for serving as a vegan birthday cake or for any special occasion!

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Oreo Cake
This is the best vegan Oreo cake recipe! This chocolate cake with Oreo buttercream is quick and easy and uses simple ingredients!
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Oreo Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake (With Cashew' Cream Cheese' Frosting)

From the final bite of vegan cream cheese glaze to the very last cake crumb, this plant-based and gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cashew Cream Glaze from Veeg is as comfortable served with morning coffee as it is as a delicious dessert. Even better, it's wheat, oil, dairy, and gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy a piece.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Spice Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Spice Cake with Cashew Cream Cheese Glaze is an easy to make, vegan, oil-free, and gluten-free dessert that’s healthy enough for breakfast!
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Pumpkin Cinnamon Spice Cake

Vegan Coconut Loaf Cake

A delicious and easy 1 bowl Vegan Coconut Loaf Cake from The Cheeky Chickpea with a simple, moreish coconut cream glaze. This vegan cake recipe makes a lovely spring dessert perfect for any holiday or celebration!

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Vegan Coconut Loaf Cake
Vegan coconut loaf cake! A delicious easy 1 bowl dairy free eggless pound cake that’s super moist with simple coconut cream glaze. A truly lovely spring dessert perfect for any holiday or celebration, Easter, Christmas you name it!
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Vegan Coconut Loaf Cake

Pastel De Elote (Gluten-Free Sweet Mexican Corn Cake)

Strength & Sunshine has made this lightened up, gluten-free, vegan, & top allergy-free vegan cake recipe for 'Pastel de Elote' Sweet Mexican Corn Cake! This traditional dessert is moist and dense, with a bread pudding-like texture. Baked in a bundt pan, with fresh corn, and topped with a light glaze. This treat will be gone in a flash! 

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Gluten-Free ‘Pastel de Elote’ Sweet Mexican Corn Cake (Vegan, Allergy-Free)
A lightened up, gluten-free, vegan, & allergy-free recipe for ‘Pastel de Elote’ Sweet Mexican Corn Cake! It’s moist, dense, with a pudding like texture.
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Gluten-Free ‘Pastel de Elote’ Sweet Mexican Corn Cake (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

No-Bake Espresso Cheesecake

This Espresso Vegan Cheesecake from The Home Baked Vegan is a delicious no-bake dessert. Infused with coffee flavor, this vegan cheesecake is rich and creamy (minus any eggs, dairy, and gluten). Plus, it's sure to be a favorite for coffee enthusiasts and dessert lovers alike. 

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Espresso No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake
This Espresso No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake is rich and creamy, and sure to be a crowd pleaser. It is dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten free.
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Espresso No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cake

Try out this easy and delicious Peanut Butter Cake from KiipFit. It's oil-free and baked until soft, moist, and lightly chewy. Even better, it's made healthier with whole wheat flour, naturally sweetened with dates, topped with peanut butter frosting; it's everything you crave for!

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Peanut Butter Cake
Healthy, oil free, vegan Peanut Butter Cake is everything that you can crave for! Sweetened with dates and topped with creamy fudgy frosting.
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Peanut Butter Cake

No-Bake Vegan Oreo Cake

If you're looking for an ultra-indulgent vegan cake, you have to try this easy no-bake Oreo cake by The Daily Dish. This cheesecake-style vegan cake recipe combines an Oreo crumb crust with a super decadent cookies and cream layer topped off with a simple chocolate ganache and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

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No Bake Vegan Oreo Cake
This vegan Oreo cake is sheer decadence! An Oreo crust is layered with a creamy Oreo filling and a dark chocolate glaze. This cake is dairy and egg free.
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No Bake Vegan Oreo Cake

Vegan King Cake (Galette des Rois)

Turn this traditional French almond cake vegan with just a few simple ingredient swaps. This vegan cake recipe from Tin and Thyme combines a moreish, delicious almond frangipane filling with a crisp and flaky puff pastry shell for a New Year's treat you'll happily enjoy year-round!

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Vegan King Cake (Galette des Rois)
A delicious puff pastry confection filled with almond frangipane. Serve this easy-to-make vegan king cake warm, whilst it’s crisp and flaky.
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Vegan King Cake (Galette des Rois)

Rasmali Tres Leches Cake

This gluten-free, vegan Ras Malai Tres Leches Cake by Vegan Richa is the ultimate fusion make-ahead vegan celebration cake for parties and gatherings! It combines a light sponge soaked in cardamom and saffron-scented nut milk topped with whipped coconut cream!

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Rasmalai Tres Leches Cake (Vegan)
This Vegan Ras Malai Tres Leches Cake is the ultimate make-ahead dessert that’s perfect for holidays, and any occasion that calls for cake.
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Rasmalai Tres Leches Cake (Vegan)

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  1. Jami Gerke says

    All of these look fabulous!!!! Thank you for combining them in one post.

    • Andrea White says

      So many yummy recipes!

  2. Amanda Meth says

    I can never get tired of cake.

    • Andrea White says

      Ditto x a billion!

  3. Teodora Grujic says

    Amazing list! Saving this to my favorites! Thanks!

    • Andrea White says

      Yay! All of them are so good! Let us know which ones you try!

  4. Michelle Cehn says

    these look really good!

    • Andrea White says

      So many yummy recipes!

  5. Jay says

    I’m trying to up my vegan baking skills so this guide is super exciting to have on hand

    • Andrea White says

      Yay! Let us know which ones you try out 🙂

  6. Gina House says

    I want to make all the cake! There's too many incredible recipes to choose from that I can't decide which one I want to try first. I think the lemon one is really calling to me, though 🙂

    • Andrea White says

      You've got lots of options! The lemon cake is a great one!

  7. Andrea White says

    So many yummy recipes!!

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