Ultimate Vegan Vanilla Cake (Simple & Elegant)

by Kim Lange
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This Ultimate Vegan Vanilla Cake (Simple & Elegant) is one of the easiest cakes to make. From the super moist vanilla cake slices to the dreamy creamy, fragrant vanilla frosting on top, it’s a complete lovely one layer naked cake.  

Not over the top, just simple and elegant. 
Which also means, you don’t have to do anything too fancy to the cake, and it will be just gorgeous as is. 

But, (there’s always a but, LOL) you could easily add some seasonal fruit, some fresh flowers, candies, sprinkles, nuts, candles or anything at all for special occasions like birthdays and holidays.


This cake is like the easiest vanilla cake I’ve ever made and even better that it’s vegan. Who would have thought?  The ingredients are so basic, yet there are no eggs and no dairy!  Hallelujah!

This 8 ingredient cake has flour, sugar, olive oil & almond milk -for added moisture, baking soda, salt, vinegar and lastly and most importantly, vanilla!  This cake has also been deemed Crazy Cake, Wacky Cake, and some call it Depression Cake!  

It was popular to make cakes like this during the Depression-era when eggs, butter, and milk were scarce.  It’s also a very affordable cake to make from scratch as well.  It’s even good without frosting, because of its’ moist texture.

Crazy Cake is a great option for those who have food allergies or follow a vegan diet. 

The frosting is super creamy and it smells ‘vanilla‘ wonderful.  It’s also amazing just for dipping strawberries into, as we found out!  Ultimate Vegan Vanilla Cake (Simple & Elegant) is truly the best!  

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Ultimate Vegan Vanilla Cake

This Ultimate Vegan Vanilla Cake (Simple & Elegant) is one of the easiest cakes to make. From the super moist vanilla cake slices to the dreamy creamy, fragrant vanilla frosting on top, it’s a complete lovely one layer naked cake.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Cake, easy vegan dessert, vanilla, vanilla frosting, vegan vanilla cake
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 420kcal


Vanilla Cake:

Vanilla Frosting


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Trace the bottom of the tube pan or angel food cake pan onto parchment paper using a pencil. Cut out the traced shape with scissors, staying close to the inside of both lines. Place the parchment paper cutout in the bottom of the tube pan.
  • Grease and flour the tube pan and set aside.

Vegan Vanilla Cake

  • Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the sugar, baking soda and salt and mix together.
  • Add the milk, vanilla, oil and vinegar and use whisk or use mixer until just combined.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes until cake is light golden brown, then remove from oven.
  • Allow the cake to sit on the wire cooling rack for ten minutes. Use a knife and loosen the cake.
  • Using pot holders, hold the cake plate in place with one hand. Carefully, but quickly turn the tube cake upside down onto a cake plate with the other hand. Depending what side you want up on your cake, you can place another plate on top and reverse.
  • Let cake continue to cool.

Vanilla Frosting

  • Add the vegan butter, powdered sugar and 3/4 of the milk and beginning on low speed, using a mixer, slowly increasing speed until it is smooth and creamy. Add more milk if you want it creamier. If your vegan butter has a higher water content, you may not need to use all of the milk.
  • If your frosting is still a little thin, add more powdered sugar, if it’s a little thick, add more milk. The consistency must be thick enough that it doesn’t slide off the cake, but thin enough to be spreadable.
  • When your cake is completely cool, add frosting to the sides of the cake using an offset spatula, like light crumb coat, very thin layer of frosting, then frost the top with a nice layer of frosting.
  • Decorate as needed. Best to decorate before serving.


If you don’t have a tube pan or tube pan, you could use a small bundt pan. Makes a 2 1/2 inch layer cake.
Also can use 2 7″ cake pans or 1 9×13 pan (reducing time to 25-30 minutes) or a 12 inch cake pan, or springform pan.
If you want a larger double layer cake, double the recipe and use 2 9″ pans.
Can also be made into 12 cupcakes, 15-18 minutes.


Slightly adapted from Lovin’ It Vegan

Ultimate Vegan Vanilla Cake

Easy & Delicious Vegan Vanilla Cake for Pinterest

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