This dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free vanilla cake recipe is absolutely perfect and such a simple, lovely treat to bake on a slow weekend at home.
But you can also take things up a notch by turning our vanilla cake into confetti cake, rainbow cake, or even exciting themed cupcakes to share with family and friends!
See our very easy vanilla cake recipe below.
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Sixteen years ago, my first baby was turning one.
And I was desperate to create for him a safe dairy and egg free cake.
That’s when a lady from church enlightened me to depression cake and said it may be a good option for his allergies. She was right!
With her inspiration, we made the most perfect chocolate cake for our boy.
And soon, we were one of the first bloggers sharing depression cake as an allergy-friendly option for milk and egg allergy families.
It’s how many of you found us years and years ago, and we are so grateful!
Not that we can ever fully tire of chocolate cake, but eventually we wondered if we could make a vanilla cake just as good…by adjusting just a few ingredients.
And that we did.
From Easter bunny to Mickey Mouse to Mermaid cupcakes…we’ve created some pretty fun vanilla cake over the years. Dairy and egg free, of course.
We’ve also used this recipe as the base for confetti cake. Plus, friends have used it for rainbow cake, as well.
Obviously, vanilla cake is the perfect canvas for lots of baking creations.
We’ll get you the recipe below and hope you’re as inspired as I was sixteen years ago.
See our post on how to make cute bunny cupcakes!
VANILLA CAKE REVIEW
“I made cupcakes with this recipe for my son’s birthday party since one of his friends has a dairy intolerance. It was so yummy and easy I’ve made it two more times for my family even though the only allergy in my household is peanut.”
CAN I USE VANILLA CAKE TO MAKE CONFETTI CAKE
We definitely use this vanilla cake recipe to make dairy and egg free sprinkle confetti cake.
It’s a huge hit and takes just a couple extra steps.
Simply put sprinkles in the batter and on top of the iced cake.
See our full instructions for sprinkle confetti cake.
CAN I USE VANILLA CAKE TO MAKE RAINBOW CAKE
You sure can!
Check out this beautiful rainbow cake using our easy vanilla cake recipe.
Thanks for sharing, Delia Creates!
Both vanilla confetti cake and vanilla rainbow cake are perfect with homemade vanilla icing.
You can even color homemade vanilla icing and swirl colors that will POP on vanilla cupcakes.
To swirl two icing colors, I simply put the two (or three) colors side-by-side as best I can in an icing bag.
Then I pipe it on the cupcakes as it naturally swirls together.
So cute, especially for my niece’s mermaid birthday party.
Here’s our frosting recipe for your convenience.
HOMEMADE VANILLA FROSTING
VANILLA FROSTING INGREDIENTS
This frosting can also be soy-free if you choose soy-free ingredients.
1/4 cup dairy-free butter
1/4 cup solid coconut oil or shortening
1 and 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (affiliate)
1-3 teaspoons dairy-free milk (if needed)
dash of salt (if using unsalted butter)
HOW TO MAKE VANILLA FROSTING
Mix butter and coconut oil or shortening with a mixer.
Slowly add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time.
Beat on high speed until icing consistency is reached. If it’s too thick, add dairy-free milk 1 teaspoon at a time.
If using unsalted butter, add a dash of salt.
Frosting can be a little temperamental depending on the season and room temperatures.
If it’s summer, you will do best to use chilled butter and coconut oil.
If it’s winter, room temp ingredients work and dairy-free milk may need added.
Store cupcakes with this homemade frosting in the refrigerator if you used coconut oil because it can melt. Famous bakeries do this.
If chocolate icing is more your vibe, see our homemade chocolate frosting.
DAIRY-FREE FROSTING YOU CAN BUY
If you don’t want to make homemade frosting, check out this store-bought frosting.
Be sure to check labels always because ingredients can change.
And here’s organic store-bought frosting if that’s more your preference.
VANILLA MINI CUPCAKES VEGAN
I’ve always liked making this recipe into cupcakes.
But recently, I was invited to a vegan baby shower.
And I decided to make our vanilla cake into mini cupcakes.
They were a huge hit! Instead of 12 cupcakes, our recipe made 45 mini cupcakes.
Perfect for a big crowd with lots of desserts and treats.
People enjoyed the small sample of our dairy-free and egg-free vanilla cake, topped with vanilla icing.
They baked for about 12 minutes in our USA mini muffin tin (affiliate).
Came out moist and delicious, perfect for celebrating a new baby coming soon!
Kids, dads, and moms alike all enjoyed this tasty treat.
Try vanilla mini cupcakes soon!
VANILLA CAKE RECIPE VEGAN
Heat oven to 350.
The recipe is for 12 cupcakes, a 9×9″ cake, or an 8×8″ cake. Double the ingredients for 24 cupcakes, a double layer round cake, or a 9×13″ cake.
Grease pan(s) with an allergy safe oil if you are making this for someone with food allergies. Or use our favorite non-stick cake pans (affiliate), no grease needed. Or use cupcake liners in a cupcake pan.
VANILLA CAKE INGREDIENTS
1-3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla (affiliate)
1/3 cup oil
1 cup cold water
VANILLA CAKE DIRECTIONS
Combine ingredients well, by hand or with a mixer.
We use our stand mixer (affiliate) because it gets all the flour lumps out well. Setting 2 for 2 minutes.
Pour batter into cake pan.
For cupcakes, bake approximately 20-23 minutes until the cake springs back to the touch or a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
For round, square, or rectangle cakes it may take a little longer to bake through.
Set baked cake on a wire rack to cool.
Frost and decorate once the cake is fully cooled.
Hope you love this milk-free and egg-free vanilla cake as much as our family does!
MORE MILK & EGG FREE CAKE RECIPES
Here are four excellent cake recipes that are eggless and dairy-free.
MORE DAIRY-FREE FROSTING
Here are several frosting options for your dairy-free cake.
- Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- Mocha Fudge Frosting
- Store-Bought Frosting
- Organic Store Bought Frosting