Celebration cakes are a staple of any special occasion, from birthdays to weddings and everything in between. However, if you or someone you know follows a vegan lifestyle, finding suitable vegan cakes can be a challenge. Fear not, because, with a few tweaks to traditional recipes, you can easily make a delicious and impressive vegan celebration cake. Here’s how.
Choose Your Base
When making a vegan cake, you will need to substitute traditional ingredients such as eggs, butter, and milk. There are plenty of vegan-friendly alternatives available, such as plant-based kinds of milk (e.g. soy, almond, oat, coconut) and vegan butter (e.g. Earth Balance, Miyoko’s). For eggs, you can use a variety of substitutes, including applesauce, mashed bananas, flax or chia seeds, or commercial egg replacers (e.g. Bob’s Red Mill). Each substitute has its own unique properties, so choose the one that works best for your recipe.
Find a Recipe
Many classic cake recipes can be easily adapted to vegan-friendly versions. Look for recipes that use oil instead of butter, non-dairy milk instead of regular milk, and egg substitutes. You can also search for recipes specifically designed for vegans. There are countless resources available online, from vegan bloggers to YouTube tutorials.
Add Some Flair
Once you have your base recipe, it’s time to get creative. Adding extra flavors and textures to your cake will take it to the next level. Consider adding fresh fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips to the batter, or experimenting with different frosting flavors. Vegan cream cheese, coconut cream, or aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) can all be used to make creamy and delicious vegan frosting.
Decorate Your Cake
The final step in making a vegan celebration cake is to decorate it. Whether you’re making a birthday cake, a wedding cake, or a cake for any other special occasion, there are plenty of ways to make it beautiful. Fresh flowers, colorful fruit, or edible glitter are all great options. You can also personalize the cake with a message or design using vegan-friendly frosting.
Making a vegan celebration cake is not as difficult as it may seem. With a little creativity and some experimentation, you can create a cake that is just as delicious and impressive as any traditional cake. So go ahead, get baking, and enjoy your vegan cake with pride!