Birthdays are a joyous occasion, and cake is mandatory! If you have specific dietary needs or voluntarily choose to be vegan, it may be tough to find recipes that satisfy your requirements and still taste great. Well, look no further. We’ve rounded up the best vegan birthday cake recipes out there!
This vegan Funfetti cake by The Vegan 8 is gluten-free, excellent for kids, and is what you think of when you want a classic birthday cake. It’s fluffy, light, moist, and sweet. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Anyone can enjoy this cake because it’s dairy-free and egg-free. You can also consider adding other unique decorations on top, such as fruits, vegan candies, and more. Serve this cake with a vegan hot chocolate for a seriously decadent treat!
If you truly want to wow your guests, go for this vegan piñata cake for all ages. It’s super creative and colorful, and it contains four layers of chocolatey goodness amongst a sweet treat in the center.
Filling the middle of the cake with vegan sweets adds a whimsy level to the dessert. This cake is guaranteed to be the star of the show. You can also skip the filling inside if you don’t want the extra sweets.
This vegan chocolate cake leaves nothing to be desired. It’s covered in ultra-rich chocolate buttercream, using vegan butter that tastes amazing.
You could also swap the chocolate buttercream for a cashew vanilla frosting if you’d like a lighter alternative. Thanks to the fact that there aren’t any dairy or animal products, you can fully indulge.
The cake is moist because of the applesauce, which doesn’t influence the flavor. Nora says that the true secret to unlocking the best taste and moisture from this cake is to add one cup of hot boiling water to your cake batter just before putting it in the oven. She said it makes a world of difference!
This fluffy, sweet yellow cake has white frosting and sprinkles. You might also call this a Funfetti cake because of the sprinkles inside. It only takes one bowl to make this delicious cake that’s amazing for any occasion.
There’s no milk, eggs, or butter, and you can’t tell the difference because it’s still so moist and has a light, crumbly texture. You could use gel food coloring to make the cake a different tint. Make sure that you make the layer of frosting extra thick. Just because it’s that good!
The Banana Diaries has made a wonderful yellow birthday cake that checks all the boxes for a vegan cake with no eggs or dairy. It uses a chocolate buttercream frosting that is decadent and creamy. It tastes just like what you’d expect from the classic yellow cake box mix.
You might know that a yellow cake mix becomes yellow because of egg yolks. So, how do they make this tasty yellow cake without them? The secret is applesauce for the moist element and turmeric for the yellow tint.
The Minimalist Baker uses one bowl to make this delectable vegan chocolate cake in less than one hour. The batter is so simple that you can use the same bowl to make the yummy buttercream frosting.
This cake recipe is a great one to get the kids involved. It’s much healthier than most other chocolate cakes, so win-win! The recipe calls for coconut oil instead of canola or vegetable oil, vegan butter, cane sugar instead of granulated sugar, and applesauce instead of eggs.
The Loopy Whisk shares this small-batch vegan birthday cake which is super easy and incredibly fluffy.
The best part of this cake? The chocolate ganache frosting. It creates the most luxurious bite as it pairs well with the subtle sweetness of the vanilla cake.
Of all the easy vegan birthday cake recipes, this one is perfect for toddler parties, small gatherings, and other special occasions. There are also no chia seeds, flax seeds, or eggs needed. It’s also excellent for those that have any dairy allergies.
Super Golden Bakes brings us this exquisite vegan vanilla cake with fluffy whipped coconut cream frosting. It’s an excellent birthday cake for all ages, and it’s super easy to make. One tip that she shares is to use whole coconut milk that’s been left in the refrigerator overnight.
This cake tastes best when you chill it before you slice it so that it has a chance to firm and can hold its shape. You can even add jam for an added element of sweetness.
Talk about the presentation! This vegan Raspberry cream cake by the Vibrant Plate is as beautiful as it is delicious. It’s entirely plant-based, so it’s perfect for various diets. The rich chocolate cake features fresh raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries on top.
The fluffy raspberry cream between the layers complements the entire cake by adding a creamy texture to break up the sweetness of the cake with a tart bite. Dust the cake with powdered sugar, and you’ve got a hit!
The Almond Eater uses homemade Nutella to create this decadent vegan birthday cake. You need three six-inch pans, but you can also try a nine or ten-inch pan if that works better for you. The cake base itself is your standard chocolate cake, but the icing makes this cake spectacular.
The Nutella substitute is a combination of dairy-free chocolate and raw hazelnuts blended. That’s it! When you make the icing for the cake, you’ll mix the Nutella replacement with powdered sugar and butter. It’ll be a crowd favorite, for sure.
This birthday cake is one of our favorites on the list, purely from a creative standpoint. The Wallflower Kitchen made this fantastic cake due to being unable to choose between caramel and chocolate for a feature on the cover of The Vegan Society magazine.
She combined the two ingredients and came up with this whimsical masterpiece. It’s a rich chocolate sponge cake with four layers and a caramel buttercream frosting between the layers. Caramel is drizzled on top and then it’s decorated with popcorn. Seriously delicious!
This cake is unique and tastes divine. It has a vegan vanilla cake base, a punch of lemon zest for fragrance, and mouthwatering raspberry rhubarb puree swirls.
A tip from Rachel is to intensify the flavor of the rhubarb and raspberry by roasting them first to get a more concentrated flavor. This tip ensures that every bite you take packs a punch. Make a crispy crumble in the middle of the cake to add texture. Top it all off with the whipped coconut cream frosting, and you get a delicate balance of sweetness and zing.
This cake is colorful and has five layers of gluten-free deliciousness. It’s the perfect treat for summer birthdays. There are two layers of coco whip and one layer of ice cream in this cake, which gives you different flavor profiles and textures that complement one another.
You can always switch it up and choose to use different colors, add an extra layer of ice cream, or mix and match coco whip for buttercream frosting. The possibilities are endless!
Nicole lets us in on her secret for this decadent vegan birthday cake that makes the day extra special. You can use common ingredients you’re likely to have in your pantry, and this simple recipe is a treat for vegans and non-vegans alike.
A homemade vegan buttercream frosting makes this carrot cake the centerpiece of the festivities. For extra flair, consider using multiple colors for the frosting by using gel food coloring. You can reinvent this cake time and time again just by switching up the colors.
Nirvana Cakery says she combined all of her faves for this purple vegan birthday cake recipe. This healthy and tasty cake contains:
The coconut frosting that you slather over the top is the star of the show. The cake is wholesome and decorated with thyme sprigs, blackberries, pansies, and mint, which ties this three-layer cake together.
Mint chocolate chips can be an acquired taste, but this treat is heavenly. This birthday cake by Heart of a Baker gives you undertones of mint without being overpowering.
The cake base is easy to make and will stay moist for days after taking the first slice. The layers of mint frosting throughout the cake okay the dairy-free chocolate chips make this cake a huge hit with guests. This midsummer cake is the bee’s knees!
Wife, Mama, and Foodie bring us the goods with the vegan Vanilla birthday cake topped with a luxurious strawberry buttercream frosting. There aren’t any eggs or dairy in this cake, and you can even swap some ingredients to make it gluten-free if necessary.
It’s also moist and fluffy, and you can whip it up quickly if a celebration is on the horizon. This layered cake has strawberry frosting between each layer, and you add fresh strawberries on top. If you want to take this cake to the next level, you could crumble vegan cookies on top for a decorative element.
This gorgeous vegan chocolate layer cake has no eggs, butter, or milk. It has a coconut whipped cream topping with a chocolate coconut ganache drip.
This cake is 100 percent vegan, making it a better alternative to your traditional birthday cake. Let it stay in the fridge for at least one hour before adding the ganache drip. That way, your ganache will adhere to the chilled cream.
Another cake that scores high marks in the creativity department is this vegan cake with chocolate, peanut butter, and salted caramel. If the moist, fudgy layers of chocolate cake don’t pique your interest, perhaps the peanut butter frosting with the sticky caramel drizzle will do the trick.
Grab the peanut toffee and add a few shards for decoration, and don’t forget crushed meringues and the peanut butter crumble. Want to make it even better? Turn it into a four-layer cake.
Occasionally Eggs makes a killer vegan vanilla orange birthday cake. It has tall layers, takes traditional birthday cake flavors, and adds a twist. The cake is whole-grain, sugar-free, and incorporates lemon.
We give extra points for the raspberry filling between every layer, which adds to the citrus notes of this tasty vegan cake. You can also use orange slices or candied lemon slices atop the cake for decoration. If you don’t like vanilla, you can swap it for cinnamon.
Vanilla and Bean share their recipe for this delightful fudgy, crumbly vegan cake. It has a creamy whipped ganache on top that has a texture similar to mousse. It also uses full-fat coconut milk and needs to set in the refrigerator.
For adults, add a layer of Frangelico syrup, and then frost it to your liking. It can be a double-tier cake or four layers, whichever suits the occasion. Add a few sprinkles of toasted hazelnuts for a crunchy texture.
This vegan Mocha Espresso Chocolate cake is everything coffee lovers have been looking for. This is a healthy cake that doesn’t compromise on taste. It uses vegan margarine, coconut milk, and flax seeds.
This chocolatey coffee cake is lighter and yummier than traditional cakes. What started as a birthday surprise for her dad, who loves coffee, Sarah from Savoring Spoon ended up creating a delicious treat that is now a staple in her dessert recipe book.
This vegan cookie dough brownie cake is the perfect selection for those with food allergies, as it’s also:
- Tree-nut free
This recipe is easy to make and suits all the kids that’ll come to the party. It’s chocolate chip cookie dough plus chocolate cake with dark chocolate chips sprinkled over the top, refrigerated, and ready to go. This one is fail-proof!
Chocolate Covered Katie has made the perfect vegan chocolate birthday cake, complete with signature sprinkles for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions. The cake itself is fluffy and soft and doesn’t have any milk, butter, or eggs.
There aren’t any flax seeds, chia seeds, tofu, or fancy flours – just traditional ingredients that mimic that classic box cake mix. You can use chocolate ganache, coconut whipped cream, or raspberry cream for a topping.
Here’s another awesome cake that doesn’t contain any dairy, and is plant-based. World of Vegan goes ultra-decadent with this vegan vanilla birthday cake with the richest frosting and fluffy cake base.
It’s three layers of crumbly goodness, with sprinkles all around. You can create a lot of variations with this one when it comes to colors, decorations, adding fresh fruit, drizzles, and more. It’s super easy to make and leaves nothing to be desired, vegan or not.
This vegan cake recipe consists of spongy chocolate cakes with creamy Oreo buttercream frosting between each layer and Oreo cookies on top as a decorative feature. So, we’re getting chocolate on chocolate…on chocolate! Yes, please.
As far as the Oreos are concerned, there are no animal products on their ingredient list, and many vegans seem to consider them vegan-friendly.
If you’re not a fan of Oreos, you can choose a different vegan-safe chocolate decor option and leave the Oreos out of the buttercream frosting. Just add another element of chocolate, and the taste will be the same.
Holly Jade has turned a campfire classic into a beautiful birthday cake that everyone will love. This cake is three layers of:
- Sweet chocolate cake
- Velvety vanilla buttercream
- Toasted marshmallows
- Chocolate ganache drip
You can also use graham cracker crumbs for an added crunch on top of the cake.
This recipe uses dairy-free milk, butter, chocolate, and cream. It’s the perfect recipe that gives you all the flavor and none of the processed stuff. This cake is great for any season.
Easy Vegan Birthday Cake Recipes, Final Thoughts
You can’t go wrong with any of these choices for vegan birthday cake recipes; they’re all delightful and guaranteed to please the crowds. There’s something for everyone on our list, from chocolate to vanilla to all the creative cake flavors in between. Take your pick and enjoy!