Rather than buy cakes from the shops, why not try baking your own cakes? Try this Lemon Almond Cake with Vanilla Frosting (Crowded Kitchen). If used, choose palm-oil-free vegan butter. A few simple recipes means there is always something nice in the cake tin, when company visits, with no animal ingredients or plastic packaging. Keep these recipes away from pets, due to toxic ingredients like nuts, chocolate, nutmeg/mace. Don’t give leftover crumbs to birds, as the fat can smear feathers, affecting waterproofing and insulation.
Vegan Lemon Lavender Cake (Short Girl, Tall Order) is filled with layers of eggless lemon curd and dairy-free frosting. Topped with dried lemons and edible dried lavender.
Fresh Strawberry Cake (Rainbow Nourishments) is the prettiest and cakeyish way to get your fruits!
Vegan Maple Almond Coffee Cake (Planted and Picked) is made with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. ‘Coffee cake’ in North America simply means a cake to serve with coffee (not a cake made with coffee). The cake uses single-acting organic baking powder to avoid chemicals (you have to remember to pop the cake in the oven straight after mixing, or you’ll end up with a flat cake!)
Vegan Strawberry & Rhubarb Cake (Carlo Cao) uses one of our most popular fruits.The leaves are inedible, but bin them to biodegrade due to their toxin (composting them could harm garden creatures). Keep rhubarb away from pets too, as it’s toxic to them.
These pretty vegan fairy cakes with sprinkles (The Veg Space) are made with vegan palm-oil-free butter. These small sponge cakes are smaller than cupcakes, and ideal for parties, with a thin layer of icing/frosting and topped with coloured hundreds and thousands.
Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Cake (Crowded Kitchen) is rich and includes an easy-to-make fluffy chocolate vegan buttercream. All you need is two bowls and a sheet pan.
Vegan Birthday Cake Protein Shake (Le Petit Eats) taste like cake batter. Packed with protein and potassium, what better way to get your nutrients? The shakes use frozen bananas as an alternative to ice-cream, for that creamy texture. The cake-flavour comes from vanilla and almond extract.
This recipe uses frozen bananas, which are often used in vegan cuisine to make thick and creamy shakes and desserts. The secret is to peel and slice the bananas first (before laying them on a baking tray in the freezer). This way it’s easy to add them to shakes and bakes, without having to slice a frozen banana.
Where to Buy Good Vegan Cakes
Positive Bakes offers specialise cakes that are all handmade and free from gluten, soy and refined sugar (check for updates, in case you have an allergy). Perfect treats for any occasion, all are packaged in beautiful eco gift boxes, with zero plastic. The range includes brownies, cakes and a birthday gift box. Use a letterbox guard if you live with furry friends, to keep them safe, in case you are out, so they don’t get their paws on chocolate etc.
The Cake Treat Box includes:
- Banana Cake
- Lemon Cake
- Carrot Cake
- Coffee Cake
- Raspberry Chocolate Cake
- Ginger Mango Cake
The Brownie box features 2 each of:
- Hazelnut Brownies (gooey and nutty)
- Classic Dark Chocolate (rich, topped with cacao nibs)
- Salted Caramel
- White Choc Chips (with a white choc drizzle)
Note: some gift boxes contain candles that use palm oil (there is no such thing as sustainable palm oil). So you may wish to just buy the gift treats alone.