Vegan Gluten-Free Funfetti Birthday Cake. This classic birthday cake is a kid's dream. It is sweet, moist, light, fluffy and is sure to impress both kids and adults at any party. Both vegan and gluten-free so anybody can enjoy it!
Sprinkles. They are bright, colorful, sweet, crunchy and super fun. This has got to be my favorite cake I've made, to date. Not only because of the classic birthday cake flavor I created, but the texture is the closest to a traditional all-purpose flour cake I've created. It's a dream cake. I got a request for a Vegan Gluten-free Funfetti Birthday Cake and I don't really use sprinkles, maybe once a year, if even that. They are not healthy, but since it is such a rare, rare thing I would use, I don't stress over those small things in life. I think it's ridiculous to do so. Besides, it's cake, not exactly health food to begin with.
This cake is everything a birthday cake should be. It is perfectly moist, sweet, light, tender, fluffy and doesn't taste healthy or vegan or gluten-free, period. I cannot stand healthy baked vegan goods that taste like sad versions of dessert. That is pointless to me and I aim for my desserts to wow all the non-vegans, not just myself. That is always my goal.
It's also cause for a mini-celebration as I recently hit over 100k followers, a little over 102k as of this morning. I never in a million years thought that many people would be interested in my blog and recipes. I don't see the number as "my followers" exactly (prefer the word readers). Rather, I look at the bigger picture, and that is how many people are interested in vegan food, and THAT is what my goal is and what truly excites me. So, thank you to everybody subscribing to my blog everyday! Let's eat cake.
My daughter helped me decorate some with the sprinkles, so that's why they are a bit messy, lol. She was going just about insane waiting for me to finish the photos so we could slice it. I, on the other hand, was tired of testing and eating cake. I honestly think I gained 5 lbs in just a few days from all the calories. Oh well, life is too short to worry about it now.
Vegan Pancakes Turned Cake
Remember these Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes? Remember I said I was going to turn it into a cake? Well, when I got that request for a funfetti one around the same time, I knew it would be the perfect time to do it. I can't even tell you how amazing it turned out! It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I thought all I would need to do was simply make the same recipe, but into a cake. Wrong. It just doesn't work like that. With it baking up as a cake in a larger size and cooking method, it was too dry and crumbly. So, I had to do a few trials and had to adjust my measurements to create the most delicious funfetti cake ever.
THIS FROSTING. Y'all, this Vegan Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is to-die-for. It's silky smooth, creamy, buttery, perfectly sweet and so easy to make, without using oil or butter. I used a combo of my Vegan Strawberry Coconut Butter "Buttercream" Frosting and Cashew Vanilla Frosting as inspiration. That frosting has been such a hit with readers, that I wanted to use coconut butter again. For one, it helps the frosting to set up so it can hold it's shape, and it's creamy and delicious. I obviously left out the strawberries and changed up the recipe, using mainly maple syrup for the sweetener. I'm not a huge fan of the flavor of coconut, yet I LOVE this frosting. The coconut flavor is very mild because of the milk, syrup, cashew butter, vanilla and powdered sugar additions. It tastes freaking amazing. Also, by using storebought coconut butter that is MUCH smoother and zero grittiness whatsoever, the flavor is so much better. I rarely use powdered white sugar, but I added a small amount to help lend to that classic buttercream frosting taste and help with the structure. Remember, I want this cake to taste as close to traditional funfetti cake as possible, just healthier, and even more delicious!
I tested both a 9 inch, 8 inch cake and also for photo purposes, I made a 6 inch tall cake, which is in some of these photos. While it looked beautiful, I wasn't in love with how it baked up. The texture worked out better in a standard size cake pan.
But, I really do love the look of a super tall cake.
Since most sprinkles at the stores are not vegan, I found this Etsy shop called Sweetapolita, where this lady makes the MOST beautiful sprinkles I've ever seen in my life and she has a ton of vegan options, so I ordered mine through her. Seriously, check out her page and be prepared to be amazed. A HUGE bottle was worth the price because they are beautiful, crunchy and sweet...they don't taste awful and cardboard-like as other cheap brands do.
Easy Vegan Funfetti Cake Done In 1 Bowl
Seriously, this cake is ridiculously easy. Have you seen some funfetti cakes out there with a billion ingredients and steps?! No thanks. When you have a birthday party, you need easy and simple! Both recipes, the cake and the frosting, couldn't be easier. The cake recipe is JUST 8 ingredients (+ salt) and the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is just 6 ingredients. The cake is all done in just 1 bowl too! If you have a go-to frosting you typically use for cake, then by all means, use it, but I'd highly encourage to try this one. It is my favorite icing I've ever created and oh boy, does it blow away any frosting I had as a kid!
Vegan Cake Recipes That Are Also All Gluten-Free
- Vegan Funfetti Cake
- Vegan Cinnamon Caramel Bundt Cake
- Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cake
- Vegan Dreamy Vanilla Cake
- Vegan Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake
- Vegan Cranberry Bundt Cake
- Vegan Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bundt Cakes
- Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes (not gluten-free)
Can you tell I like to create cakes??
Here is a quick video on the Funfetti Cake to get you drooling!
I hope you all (and your kids!) really love this Vegan Gluten-free Funfetti Birthday Cake! It's my favorite cake to date, tastes just like a cake I would eat as a kid! Be sure to come back and leave me feedback after you do.
Update: I've recently just made these as cupcakes and they are SO GOOD and fast. Listed in the directions now.
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