Vegan baking is one of the best forms of self-care. Even better when you make enough cake to share.
Baking is just good for your brain, mood and beyond. You can’t help feel more grounded when you grab your mixer. Maybe it’s the mindfulness. You have to focus on following those step-by-step instructions. And it takes creativity, coordination and reasoning to get to a successful and delicious end result. There’s something about the repetition of baking that’s calming too. Mixing, kneading, measuring and cake-decorating are somehow active but soothing and stress-reducing. Then there’s the multi-sensory aspect. Touch, sight, smell and, of course, the all-important taste. The aroma of cupcakes baking in the oven, the feel of cookie dough in your hands — these take you back to happy childhood memories. And last, but certainly not least, there’s the end result. Which is sweet!
What’s not to love about this form of kitchen therapy?
7 Best Vegan Cake Recipes
1. Mocha Cupcakes
The Vegan Blog of Baking founder, Jordan, is a 21-year-old maths student who is fascinated by the science of baking. As she says on her blog, “A lot of people might ask how it is possible to make a cake without an egg. What I am interested in is: what is it about an egg that makes it such a desirable choice in cakes?”. Her quest to find out has led her to create these marvelous mocha cupcakes. The comforting chocolate combined with the smooth coffee makes them the perfect afternoon pick me up. Go on – have another.
2. Mint Chocolate Chip Cake
Two of the best things in the world. Mint. And chocolate. Mint choc chip ice cream has proved this. Heart of a Baker takes the combo to the next level. One of the best things about this cake is that it’s mint-y without being overpowering. Plus the cake base is simple, easy to bake, and stays moist for days on end. One of the biggest struggles with making the perfect vegan cakes is avoiding the dry cake layer issue! Adding a healthy amount of mint frosting with chocolate chips throughout stops this. Want to go a bit more fancy? Cut each layer into two layers and frost in-between.
3. Lemon Blueberry Cake
Ania of Lazy Cat Kitchen brings sunshine to our lives and palates with her take on this summer classic. Tangy and sweet, full of jammy blueberries, this lemon cake is crying out to be eaten in a deckchair on a beach. But it’ll still taste great on a rainy day in your kitchen. Serve with creamy vegan coconut yoghurt if you want to turn it into more of a dessert. Hell. Go the whole hog and add dollops of blueberry sauce (cooked down blueberries) on the side.
4. Berry Tart
Two Spoons founder Hannah’s love language is food. And you can tell she speaks it fluently with this British-inspired dessert. The signature tart from the town of Bakewell, it’s sweet and fruity with a soft almond filling. The crispy shortbread crust adds a crunchy contrast. Usually made with cherries, swap for raspberries or whatever fruit is in season. Strawberries would be delicious.
5. Apple Butter Cheesecake Bars
The Minimalist Baker does what it says on the tin. Keeps things simple. The methods are easy to follow and every recipe uses just ten wholesome ingredients. So, perfect for those taking their first baking baby steps. Whilst, technically, this is a recipe for bars not a cake, it earns a place on this list for sheer swoon factor. The maple oat crumble is to die for.
6. Chocolate and Cherry Layer Cake With Vanilla Frosting
This drool-worthy delight comes from Katy Beskow, an award-winning vegan cook, writer and cookery tutor. Make this decadent cake to brighten up any mood, certainly a birthday, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day suits the bill. The moist, delicate cake is balanced with sweet cherries and vanilla frosting for a show-stopping treat sure to please.
7. Blackberry Lavender Chocolate Cake
Who says eating your feelings is a bad thing? Especially when your feelings are the equivalent of a blackberry chocolate vegan lavender layer cake? Perhaps the world needs more of this perfection from the Curious Chickpea to help right some of the oh-so-wrongs. Ever the humanitarians, we’re starting here. You probably should, too.
For beginner bakers and banana-lovers, check out our 5 banana bread recipes that will change your lives!