Dairy-Free Cake Recipes

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too—Dairy-Free

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.

  • 01 of 08
    Close-up of a birthday cake with candles
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    Birthdays are special occasions, which is why a cake is the dessert for such festivities. Select a dairy-free frosting to top it off.

  • 02 of 08
    Cranberry Walnut Espresso Cake
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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 beautiful. Just whip up the batter, pour it in the pan, and top it off with a delicious 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:

  • 03 of 08
    Raspberry Cheesecake
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    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.

    For those of us 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:

  • 04 of 08
    Chocolate cake
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    Who doesn't love a good chocolate cake? Easily the most popular flavor, chocolate cake is the go-to option for a party because you know it's a crowd-pleaser. Besides the recipes included above, here are just a few rich, decadent favorites that are conveniently dairy-free:

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  • 05 of 08
    Close-Up Of Chocolate Cupcake On White Background
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    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 and fun to eat, these dairy-free cupcake recipes are great for any occasion that needs just a little extra sweet something:

    For dairy-free cupcake recipes that also are egg-free, check out this list of 12 favorite vegan cupcake recipes.

  • 06 of 08
    Carrot cake (Switzerland)
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    Carrot cakes, spice cakes, and coffee cakes are terrific 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 are sure to please:

  • 07 of 08
    Piece of Yellow Cake with Vanilla Frosting
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    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:

  • 08 of 08
    Raw Vegan chocolate cake
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    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!

    Besides those listed above, here are just a few examples of tasty dairy-free-egg-free cake creations that everyone, vegan or not, will love:

    • Vegan King Cake Recipe: Enjoy this for Mardi Gras or any time. It's a yeast cake, so you'll need to let it...MORE rise.
    • Vegan Yellow Cake Recipe: Unlike the egg yolks used in most yellow cake, here you will use egg replacer. It also calls for dairy-free soy sour cream and coconut milk.