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Vegan Cakes and Cupcakes

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It's true: vegans can have cake (and make it!), and eat it, too. Cakes are the centers of many celebrations, from birthdays and baby showers to graduation parties and weddings, so although traditional recipes call for butter, eggs, and other dairy ingredients, there's no reason vegans and those on dairy-free egg-free diets shouldn't be able to enjoy them, too!

Browse through the recipes below for inspiration or to find a veganized recipe for a cake you just must make for your next birthday, wedding, party or weekday cake craving.

And to view some of my favorite cakes in an image gallery, check out these Vegan Cakes.

Vegan Birthday Cakes

A Carrot Cake with Slice Removed
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Really, any vegan cake or cupcake can be served at a vegan birthday party, but these are some of the most-requested favorites that are always crowd-pleasers:

  • Vegan Apple Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Cake
  • Vegan Devils Food Cake
  • Vegan Mocha Cake
  • Vegan Yellow Cake
  • Vegan Cheesecakes

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    Vegan Chocolate Cakes

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

    Although chocolate cakes aren't everybody's favorite, they are the cake recipes I'm asked for most often. And so, here are some of the best vegan chocolate cake and cupcake recipes that I love recommending:

  • Easy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Vegan Blackout Cupcakes
  • Vegan Brownie Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
  • Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Truffle Cake
  • Vegan Devils Food Cake
  • Vegan Mocha Cake
  • Vegan Cupcakes

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

    This collection of Vegan Cupcake Recipes contains recipes for classic and creative vegan varieties of the handheld cake. Here are just a few favorites:

  • Vegan Banana Cupcakes
  • Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Vegan French Vanilla Cupcakes
  • Vegan Lemon Olive Oil Cupcakes
  • Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Vegan Spice Cakes and Coffee Cakes

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

    Carrot cakes, coffee cakes, and spice cakes are probably the next most-requested cake-types after chocolate, so here are some of the tried-and-true recipes I've found over the years for these scrumptious cakes:

  • Vegan Apple Cake
  • Vegan Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Gingerbread
  • Vegan Coffee Cake
  • Vegan Light Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
  • Vegan Maple Butter Bundt Cake
  • Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Vegan Raw Carrot Cake
  • Vegan Frostings and Icings

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

    Of course, a cake or cupcake is only as good as its frosting, right? Most frosting and icing recipes call for butter, cream cheese, eggs, or other dairy-derived or animal-derived ingredients, but here are some vegan versions of favorite sweet finishers:

  • Vegan Buttercream Frosting
  • Vegan Chocolate Frosting
  • Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting
  • Vegan Coconut Frosting
  • Vegan Coffee Frosting
  • Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Vegan Peanut Butter Frosting
  • Vegan Pumpkin Frosting
  • Vegan Rich Chocolate Frosting
  • Vegan Strawberry Frosting
  • Vegan Tomato Frosting
  • Vegan Vanilla Icing
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