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Dairy-Free Cake Recipes

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Nothing says celebration quite like a cake. From birthday cakes to fruit cakes to cheesecakes, a cake is one dessert that is created to make any event just a little more special, and although most traditional cake recipes call for tons of dairy ingredients, this list contains dairy-free recipes for all kinds of classic cakes. Browse through to find your favorite!

Dairy-Free Birthday Cakes

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Birthdays are special occasions, which is why a cake is the dessert for the festivities! Browse through this list of some of my favorite Dairy-Free Birthday Cake Recipes, then select a dairy-free frosting to top it off.

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Dairy-Free Bundt Cakes

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Bundt cakes are perfect for busy home cooks; they're impressive desserts that go well with just about anything, from your morning coffee to your afternoon tea, and they're so easy to make beautiful. Just whip up the batter, pour it in the pan, and top it off with a delicious chocolate glaze after it cools. Although most traditional bundt cakes call for a lot of butter and sometimes sour cream and milk as well, here are some dairy-free recipes that will fool even the most devout bundt cake gourmand:

  • Banana Bundt Cake
  • Chocolate Bundt Cake
  • Chocolate Whiskey Bundt Cake
  • Lemon Olive Oil Bundt Cake
  • Pumpkin Bundt Cake
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake
  • Vegan Maple Butter Bundt Cake
  • Dairy-Free Cheesecakes

    © 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    It's true: nothing about a traditional cheesecake is dairy-free or vegan, from the cream cheese to the sour cream to the eggs to the butter in the crust. But, for those of use who love cheesecake but can't do the dairy due to allergies or dietary preference, there are ways to make a cheeseless and eggless cheesecake delicious:

  • Plain Dairy-Free Cheesecake
  • Banana Cream Cheesecake
  • Blueberry Cheesecake
  • Cherry Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
  • Meyer Lemon Cheesecake
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Dairy-Free Chocolate Cakes

    © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Who doesn't love a good chocolate cake? Easily the most popular flavor of cake, a chocolate cake is the cake to bring to a part because you know it's a crowd-pleaser. Here are just a few rich, decadent favorites that are conveniently dairy-free:

  • Chocolate Bundt Cake
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cherry Roulade Cake
  • Chocolate Truffle Cake
  • Chocolate Whiskey Bundt Cake
  • Devils' Food Cake
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Mexican Chocolate Cake
  • Mocha Cake
  • Moist Chocolate Cake
  • Rich Chocolate Cake
  • Vegan Brownie Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
  • Dairy-Free Cupcakes

    © 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Cupcakes have made a comeback in the culinary world in recent years, and they are now seen in high-end cooking circles as well as at kids' birthday parties and school events. Easy to transport, fun to eat, these dairy-free cupcake recipes are great for any occassion that needs just a little extra sweet something:

  • Angel Food Cupcakes
  • Carrot Cake Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Coconut Cupcakes
  • Double Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Lemon Cupcakes
  • Lemon Curd Cupcakes
  • Mini Sprinkle Cupcakes
  • Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • Vegan Banana Cupcakes
  • Vegan Blackout Cupcakes
  • Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Vegan White Cupcakes
  • White Cupcakes
  • For dairy-free cupcakes recipes that are also egg-free, check out this list of 12 of my favorite Vegan Cupcake Recipes.

    Dairy-Free Spice Cakes and Carrot Cakes

    © 2009 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Carrot cakes, spice cakes, and coffee cakes are terrific all year round and especially during fall and spring; apple cakes and coffee cakes are lovely additions to tea times and holidays during the fall months, and no springtime or Easter celebration is complete without a layered carrot cake. These recipes have been favorites in my family for years:

  • Apple Cake
  • Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Dairy-Free Carrot Cake
  • Light Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
  • Pumpkin Snack Cake
  • Raw Carrot Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cake
  • Dairy-Free White and Yellow Cakes

    © 2010 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Great for weddings, birthdays, showers, and everyday, white cakes and yellow cakes are bright and fun, and they're easy to decorate any way you like! Here are some dairy-free favorites:

  • Angel Food Cake
  • Basic Yellow Cake
  • Lemon Cake
  • White Cake
  • Yellow Cake
  • Special Holiday Cakes

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    Vegan Cakes

    © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    While baking dairy-free can present a challenge to many new bakers, baking without eggs for dairy-free-egg-free and vegan diets presents an added challenge, but that doesn't mean that there aren't many ways to make delicious vegan cakes! Here are just a few examples of tasty dairy-free egg-free cake creations that everyone, vegan or not, will love:

  • Vegan Apple Cake
  • Vegan Banana Cream Cheesecake
  • Vegan Brownie Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cake
  • Vegan Cheesecake
  • Vegan Cherry Cheesecake
  • Vegan Chocolate Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
  • Vegan Chocolate Truffle Cake
  • Vegan Coffee Cake
  • Vegan Devils Food Cake
  • Vegan King Cake
  • Vegan Maple Butter Bundt Cake
  • Vegan Mocha Cake
  • Vegan Raw Carrot Cake
  • Vegan Raw Raspberry Mousse Cake
  • Vegan Yellow Cake
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