easy vegan red-velvet cake with lemony buttercream frosting

27 Jun

Original recipe was taken from The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (we got this book as a wedding present!) and did not involve lemony buttercream – just the regular kind.

Some modifications were made.

ripped this picture straight outta the book!


for cake batter:
3 1/2 C. all-purpose flour (I used all-purpose spelt)
1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 C. non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
2/3 C. oil (I used sunflower oil)
2 tbsp red food coloring (original recipe called for 3 tbsp, but I thought that was excessive)
2 tbsp vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
2 tsp vanilla extract

For frosting:
1/2 C. vegan margarine or butter (I used Becel Vegan)
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure lemon extract
2 tbsp non-dairy milk or water (again, used unsweet almond milk!)


-preheat oven to 350.
-oil two 8-inch round cake pans
– in large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
– make a well in the center and add remaining (wet) ingredients
– mix until thoroughly combined
– divide cake batter evenly between the two cake pans
– bake for 35 minutes
– let cool in pan, on cooling rack for ten minutes
– remove from pan and let cool completely on a cooling rack

to make the frosting
– mix butter and 1 cup confectioners sugar in a bowl (a fork or electric beater works best)
– add 1 more cup of the sugar, mix some more
– add the two tbsp milk and the lemon extract – mix some more
– add the third cup of sugar, continue to mix until thoroughly combined.

to decorate cake, place one cake on a cake platter, rounded side down – frost the flat top of the cake, place the other cake on top of this cake, rounded side UP. frost the remainder of the cake.

Serve, cut, eat, enjoy.

Britton loved this cake, and would like me to make it again!
As awesome as it was, it still was not as delicious as our amazing wedding cake. I am STILL getting e-mails about how delicious our 100% vegan cake was!!!

I’m telling ya – Sweet Sweets is the best of the best. I recommend them for anyone who needs a cake for anything, ever.


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