Dairy-Free Classic Yellow Cake Recipe

Vegan Yellow Cake
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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 1 8" layer cake (serves 10)
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Yellow cake is an essential recipe in any baker's kitchen. But, eating cake and cutting out dairy, don't usually go together, so this dairy-free take on the classic yellow cake recipe is perfect for those who avoid dairy products. Try this go-to classic recipe where dietary restrictions, allergies or other food intolerances aren't easy to gauge like school bake sales, children's birthday cakes, graduation parties and weddings.

Storing Dairy-Free Yellow Cake

Cakes are as delicate as they come when it comes to storing them. Because most cakes are not being served fresh from the oven, to maintain its freshness and ensure it's safe to eat, you must store it properly. If just baked and before frosting, be sure the cake is completely cooled at room temperature. If you wrap it before it's completely cooled, the extra humidity and heat could actually make the cake spoil faster. Whether kept at room temperature or in the fridge, it must be completely sealed from other foods and will keep for 2-3 days.

After the cake has been frosted, it still must be covered, but it will keep a little longer as frosting helps lock in moisture. Cake that has vegan buttercream or fondant icing will keep from 3-4 days. If refrigerating or freezing these cakes, be sure to thaw them gradually temperature wise to prevent "bleeding" colors. So transfer refrigerated cakes into a air-conditioned air before serving outdoors, or transfer frozen cake to the refrigerator to gradually cool before serving it at room temperature.

Served either as two single-layer cakes or as a layer cake with dairy-free frosting of your choice, this bright dessert screams of celebration.

Makes 2 8" cakes or 1 8" layer cake

What You'll Need

  • 2 2/3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) dairy-free soy margarine, slightly cooler than room temperature
  • 2 cups and 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, soy milk or rice milk

How to Make It

1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Lightly grease (with dairy-free margarine) two 8" round cake pans, line with greased parchment and lightly flour, tapping out excess. Set aside.

2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In another medium-large mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer, beat together the soy margarine and sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes.

Add the vanilla, beating until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions.

4. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the margarine mixture, followed by 1/3 cup of the almond milk, and continue adding the remaining ingredients in two more additions, beating well before adding the next. Mix until just combined.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, smoothing the tops with an offset spatula. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the pans before transferring the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, frost with dairy-free frosting of your choice and serve, either as two single-layer cakes or one layer cake.