vegan birthday cake

Hello. I started the year by going to a birthday party of one of my dear friend who's just turned 21 and as a vegan, I was asked to make her a vegan birthday cake. Never have I ever made a vegan cake but hey ho who doesn't love a challenge. So, I struggled getting vegan 'butter' so had to find plenty alternatives for the likes of eggs and butter, hard, but satisfying to say the least when I finished. 


300ml soy vanilla milk 

1tbsp lemon juice

75g apple sauce

5 tbsp maple syrup

2tsp vanilla extract

275g plain flour

175g caster sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 large bar of vegan 'milk' chocolate

2x punnet of mixed fresh fruit


Pre made ready to roll icing


Preheat oven to 180c / 160c fan / gas mark 4, line 2 Victoria sponge tins with greaseproof paper

Add lemon juice, maple syrup and apple sauce to soy milk and set to one side

Sieve flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda in mixing bowl 

Pour soy milk mixture into flour mixture and mix until batter is formed

Divide mixture between tins and place into oven to bake for 35-40 mins until skewer in centre returns clean

During baking process, melt chocolate bar into a bowl in microwave until runny

Dip fruit of choice into chocolate and roll into sprinkles

Set to one side in fridge to allow chocolate to set

Remove cakes from oven and set to one side to cool completely 

Once cool, drizzle remaining runny chocolate on top of one cake and place other cake onto creating a sandwich 

Roll icing out and lay over cake and cut to shape

Place fruit on top of cakes to desired pattern

Add sprinkles to finish decoration 

Use the remaining icing to create small flowers, plaits or other decoration for the cake


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