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The Best Vanilla Cake Ever (And it’s vegan!)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 27
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


This is the best vanilla cake I’ve ever had. Period. And somehow, it’s also vegan and healthy, yet no one would know! From the dairy free vanilla buttercream to the vegan vanilla cake, this vanilla cake will be your new go to for birthday and celebrations!



Vegan Vanilla Cake:

  • 3 2/3 cups organic flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar (to be mixed with coconut/almond milk)
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract (yes, tablespoons!)

Vegan Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 1 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, softened not melted
  • 4 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 24 tbsp unsweetened coconut or almond milk


Vegan Vanilla Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease two 8″ cake pans with olive or coconut oil.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to unsweetened coconut/almond milk and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, pour coconut/almond milk apple cider vinegar mixture, apple sauce, and maple syrup together. Add in the melted coconut oil and vanilla extra, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix thoroughly. If your cake batter looks a little dry, you can add in by the tablespoon a little more coconut or almond milk.
  6. Divid the batter evenly into both cake pans.
  7. Place cake pans into the oven and bake for 25-27 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let the cakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a drying rack to cool completely before frosting.

Vegan Vanilla Buttercream:

  • When ready to frost the cakes, add butter and coconut oil to a large bowl and beat together with a hand mixer.
  • Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, continuing the beat the mixture until it’s a thick buttercream.
  • Add in vanilla and 2-4 tablespoons of coconut/almond milk and continue to beat until desired texture.
  • Frost cake and enjoy! 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: baking

Keywords: vegan, vanilla cake, birthday cake, healthy dessert, cake, vanilla buttercream frosting, vegan buttercream frosting