A fluffy vanilla vegan cake that is light and delicious, and easy to make using aquafaba as eggs, and with a strong sweet vanilla flavor. Only 7 ingredients and one bowl. Dairy-free, and gluten-free option. Need a frosting? I used my healthier fluffy white frosting recipe.
Cuisine: vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free
Keyword: vanilla vegan cake
Does it keep?: freezer-friendly
Author: Dee Dine
1 ¾cupsflour(use all purpose or Bob's Red Mill Baking 1 to 1 for gluten-free)
Grind your sugar in a coffee grinder or food processor or blender if you are using coarse cane sugar. This step really helps lighten your cake texture.
Add the ACV or vinegar or lemon juice to the milk, stir and set aside.
Line baking containers with parchment and/or grease and flour.
Whip Your Aquafaba (optional) and Set Aside
Spoon the liquid from a can of beans straight into the cake mixing bowl OR whip it first.To whip it, add it to a small bowl.Then, using a hand-mixer, whip it up until fluffy and has stiff peaks. This can take 5-7 minutes but it is worth it for the texture of your cake. Set the aquafaba aside to add LAST to the batter.
Add Dry Ingredients Through a Sifter
Add all the dry ingredients into a large sifter set over a large mixing bowl.
Shake the strainer or press floury mixture with a spoon to sift it through. I know this task is tedious, but worth it for the texture.
Add Wet Ingredients
Add the wet ingredients to the mixture, all except the aquafaba (whipped or not) and mix until creamy.
Add in Whipped Aquafaba
Fold in the aquafaba and use a hand-mixer or a hand whisk to thoroughly blend. You shouldn't mix too much but you need to not see any aquafaba either. No pressure, haha.
I bake layer cakes at 28-30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
I baked a mini bundt cake at 40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
I baked cupcakes at 14 minutes each.
Cooling & Storage
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool on a rack. Cakes are delicate so be careful if you tip pan upside down to remove.
Cake can be refrigerated for 48 hours but then freeze after that or else texture will become crumbly.