If you’re a vegan, you may be wondering whether or not you can have your cake – and eat it too. Cake can contain all kinds of ingredients, depending on what type of cake it is. Luckily, cakes can be modified so that vegans can benefit from them too.
Most regular cakes contain eggs and milk, but it’s easy to substitute these ingredients for more vegan-friendly options.
What Does it Mean to Be Vegan?
First and foremost, it’s important to understand what being vegan actually is. A vegan is someone who does not eat any food that comes from animals and relies on a strictly plant-based diet for nutrition. Because of this, there are many things that vegans cannot eat. Cake, being one of them.
Despite the fact that being vegan means staying away from certain ingredients, it does not mean that your diet has to be boring.
Vegan Cake Substitutes
The best thing about being vegan is that you can eat healthy, but you also still get to enjoy some of the yummy treats that others do. All you need to do is find the right substitute for the non-vegan ingredients.
Butter for example, is one of the main ingredients in a lot of desserts. Unfortunately, butter is made from dairy, which means as a vegan you can’t have it. However, butter can easily be replaced with canola oil, olive oil, or a vegan shortening.
Milk is another ingredient that is often used in baking. Again, milk is obviously not vegan so you can use a milk substitute such as almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk to replace it.
Eggs tend to be another common ingredient in baking. For a vegan alternative to eggs, use applesauce, flaxseed mixed in with water, or even bananas as a substitute. Bananas are starchy, so they fit in well with sweet breads and even pancake recipes.
Believe it or not, there are dozens of vegan desserts out there that are just as tasty if not more delicious than your typical dessert. Many vegans may rely on a local bakery to get their fix of sugar, but baking vegan desserts on your own is pretty simple to do.
For a traditional vegan chocolate cake, you will need almond milk, apple cider vinegar, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, coconut oil, unsweetened applesauce, and vanilla extract. If you want to make your cake a bit more moist, you can also choose to add in a cup of boiling water.
This recipe is pretty simple and starts with you preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. At some point throughout the cooking process you will also want to grease your pans.
Mix your almond milk and vinegar together first before moving on and mixing in your flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in another large bowl.
As you are whisking the ingredients, be sure to add in the oil, applesauce, vanilla extract, and the milk and vinegar mixture from earlier. Although you can hand mix all of these ingredients together, it’s much easier to use a hand mixer on medium speed, slowing it down to pour in the boiling water if you’ve decided to use that.
Pour your mixture into your pan and bake for just a little over a half an hour. To check whether or not your cake is done, be sure to insert a toothpick into it. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready. If not, leave it in for a few more minutes.