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Vegan Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting

  • Author: Joscelyn Abreu
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 1012 servings 1x


A delicious and moist vanilla cake layered with a rich and fudgy frosting. Free of dairy and eggs, with a gluten free alternative.



Vanilla Cake: (gluten-free version below)

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake:


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine 2 cups milk with vinegar and set aside to sour.
  2. Grease three 8-inch pans or four 6-inch pans and line the bottom with a parchment paper circle, cut to fit the pan, and then grease the parchment paper circle. I don’t recommend skipping this step or your cakes could stick to the bottom of the pan. Set pans aside. Alternatively, you can line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients—flour(s), sugar, baking soda, baking powder, & salt until well combined.
  4. Mix in oil, vanilla, and sour milk with a whisk or mixer and beat just until blended and smooth. Don’t over-beat.
  5. Evenly distribute the cake batter into the three pans and place onto the middle rack in the preheated oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cake/cupcakes will be pretty light in color. More or less time may be needed depending on your oven.
  6. Let cakes cool for several minutes in the pan before inverting onto a cooling rack to cool thoroughly. Cakes are the easiest to frost when they are wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen overnight.
  7. To decorate, place on cake layer upside down on a decorative stand or plate. To keep the plate clean, you can tuck strips of parchment paper under the cake to catch the frosting. Place a dollop of chocolate frosting on the first layer and spread across evenly using an offset spatula. Repeat with remaining layers and frost the top and sides of the cake
  8. I piped a reverse shell border with the remaining frosting using a piping bag and a Wilton 1M tip, but a border isn’t necessary if you don’t have the materials.
  9. Sprinkle the top of the cake with colorful sprinkles.
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Dessert, Vegan