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Vanilla Birthday Cake With ‘Buttercream’ Icing [Vegan]

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Since this cake is for a special occasion, I got the all natural vegetable colored sprinkles to decorate the cake. They are WONDERFUL to use in homemade cookies or cakes and are made from vegetable colorants instead of traditional toxic food colorings.

This is ~way~ more sugar than they eat on a normal basis (especially the icing!) and in fact, they ate one piece and didn’t want anymore because “it was too sweet”.

I guess that’s a good thing! That is one reason why I always make small 6 inch birthday cakes.

Vanilla Birthday Cake With 'Buttercream' Icing [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cups organic unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup vegan cane sugar or turbinado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon

Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups organic applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Bragg apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup distilled or purified water


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in the mixing bowl of an electric mixer.
  2. Add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, one at a time.
  3. Using an electric mixer, mix until well combined.
  4. Pour into greased can pans (I used two 6 inch pans).
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 – 40 minutes or until cooked all the way though.
  6. Remove from oven and let them cool completely before removing from pans.
  7. Ice and decorate as desired.
  8. Enjoy!


I used two 6 inch cake pans with this recipe and it was just enough. If you need a bigger cake, you may need to double the cake recipe.
The brand I use, 365 Organic Powdered Sugar does not contain animal bone char (I emailed Whole Foods to confirm this).
Another reason to make sure you use organic powdered sugar is because it normally contains some cornstarch which is very likely to be made from GMO corn unless it’s labeled organic. Whole Foods sells a “Vegan Cane Sugar” which does not contain animal bone char. I’ve also read that turbinado sugar is another safe choice.
If this is important to you, check out the brand that you are using to see if it does.





Karielyn is a wife and mother of three. Her website “The Healthy Family and Home” features organic, healthy, clean eating and nutrient-dense foods, recipes and ingredients. No matter what diet plan you follow, Karielyn wants to help you make healthier food choices, read ingredient labels and learn about what's in the foods you eat. Eat like it matters…because it does!



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One comment on “Vanilla Birthday Cake With ‘Buttercream’ Icing [Vegan]”

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Ilsay Escobar
4 Years Ago

can the flour be substituted for something wheat free?

4 Years Ago

This recipe looks good, but where is the icing part of the recipe? Am I just missing it?

21 Mar 2014

Hi there Jerri! The recipe had two parts to it...the cake and icing. Here is a link where you can find the icing recipe: http://thehealthyfamilyandhome.com/vanilla-vegan-birthday-cake-with-buttercream-icing/

Thanks so much! Karielyn ;)

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