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8 Great Vegan Cake Recipes

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Peacetime Cake
yields one 9″ cake

The ‘wartime’ cake emerged when eggs and milk were rationed during the World Wars. Here’s the updated version:

Wet Mix
1 cup dry sweetener
1 1/4 cup + 2 tsp. water
1/3 cup oil
2 cups raisins

Dry Mix
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

1.  Oil and flour a cake pan.
2.  In a saucepan, mix all wet ingredients. Boil for three minutes. Cool.
3.  Sift flour, baking soda and powder. Combine with salt & spices in a mixing bowl. Stir.
4.  Add wet to the dry and mix.
5.  Pour batter into cake pan and bake in a pre-heated oven at 325° for 50 minutes.


While fruitcake may be the source of many holiday jokes, this recipe is bound to make you smile for the right reasons.

Holiday Fruitcake
yields two 9″ round cakes or a 9″ x 13″ rectangle

2/3 cup oil
2 cups dry sweetener
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 Tbsp. orange juice
3 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
8 oz. (1/2 cup) tofu, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup dates or figs, chopped
1/2 cup apple, diced (or banana)

1.  In a bowl, whisk together the oil, sweetener, vanilla, almond extract and juice.
2.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda.
3.  In a blender, blend the tofu and water.
4.  Add dry ingredients and the tofu mixture alternately to the wet ingredients. Stir well. Fold in the raisins, chopped nuts and fruit. Pour batter into oiled and floured pans.
5.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350°. For small round cake pans, bake for 25–30 minutes. For a rectangle, bake for 35–40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

Ice with White Frosting or Cashew Icing.

  • Optional ~ Add grated orange peel to the frosting/icing.

Tofu milk is made by blending tofu with water.
To prepare: Rinse and drain 8 oz. (one cup) of tofu.
In a blender, blend tofu with one cup water. Purée until smooth.
Add one more cup of water and blend. This will yield 2 1/2 – 3 cups of tofu milk.

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6:37AM PST on Feb 7, 2015

I own and operate a home bakery. Looking for some great Vegan cake recipe's. Your recipe's look/sound fabulous but I need to know what it is you are referring to when you say dry sweetener? is that sugar substitute? or is that granulated sugar. Thank you for the feedback.

6:51AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

Fab, thanks for sharing, will also share. :-)

6:58PM PDT on May 14, 2013

Let's try it!

6:37PM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thank you for the recipes! I can't wait to try them!

9:42AM PDT on May 14, 2013

What about vegan dessert recipes for people who cannot tolerate soy products? I do have one recipe that works - it's Dairy-Free Chocolate cake - oooh delicious. Look up the recipe online.

5:24PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Thank you

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5:52PM PST on Dec 30, 2011

Book marking this I have been vegan for 2 months but need to know more things to cook

4:18AM PST on Dec 30, 2011

Thank you

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