Dessert, Food, Vegan / October 5, 2017

Vegan Strawberry Cake

Hello friends! I’m back with another fun, delicious, and easy recipe. This vegan strawberry cake is what dreams are made of, and it’s the perfect way to use up the rest of these strawberries before summer comes to an end. This cake not only looks beautiful but it is really packed with strawberry flavor without the added use of strawberry extract.

My fondest memory of strawberry cake comes from my childhood; My mom and I would bake up one from the good ol’ pillsbury box mixes and slather it with the florescent pink canned frosting. Luckily for me (and you) I have taken all the delicious aspects of my childhood memory cake, with out all the questionable ingredients that are held within that box.

Vegan Strawberry Cake

People always assume that making vegan cakes is harder then baking a traditional cake from scratch. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. Making any cake from scratch is not only easy but it tastes 1000000x better! After graduating from culinary school box-mix cakes became a big no no for me. I just get so much more satisfaction from making all my cakes from scratch. I like to know what exactly I’m eating when I do decide to indulge in sweets.

Strawberries are not only my one of my favorite fruits but it’s usually Willie and my favorite flavor ANYTHING. We love strawberry ice cream (which I have a GREAT no-churn recipe for in my new cookbook LETTUCE FEAST), strawberry cheesecake, or handmade strawberry Italian soda! You catch my drift, we are some real strawberry lovers in this house. When Willie and I first started dating I made him a strawberry cake for his birthday. (I truly think that’s when I won him over lol) ever since he wants strawberry cake for EVERY special occasion.

Vegan Strawberry Cake

In my personal opinion I think cake is necessary for every occasion! I think that this pretty little pink cake will be the eye catcher at any event. This cake is sure to impress anyone for whatever event you bring it to. Birthday’s, dinner parties, family BBQ’s, etc. it’s definitely a eye catcher! I hope you guys try this recipe out, it’s definitely worth the effort and your friends and family will LOVE you for this. If you do happen to make this pretty pink baby, make sure to snap a pic and share it with us on Instagram with #WildSunflowerChef. We love seeing all the recreations you guys make, it truly warms my heart to see you guys enjoying my recipes.

Until next time, friends! Happy cooking!

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Vegan Strawberry Cake
A beautiful vegan strawberry cake like you've never had before! Make this to impress all your guests for any occasion.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cake:
Frosting:
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cake:
Frosting:
Instructions
To Make The Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large measuring cup mix together your non dairy milk and apple cider vinegar, set to the side.
  2. In a stand mixer beat together your earth balance and sugar for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add in the vanilla extract and strawberry puree. Beat together until well combined. (The mixture will look chunky that is OK)
  3. In a large bowl sift together all of your dry ingredients. Pour 1/3 of your dry ingredients into the butter mixture along with half of the milk/acv mixture, beat until slightly combined and then repeat this until you have used all of your milk mixture, ending with your dry. Beat until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. At this point you can add in your food coloring or natural powder. Mix until the batter color is at your liking. Divide the batter between three greased and parchment paper lined 8 or 9" cake pans.
  5. Bake for 30-38 minutes or until a toothpick can come out of the center clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before frosting.
To Make The Frosting:
  1. Add your cold earth balance or shortening to a stand mixer bowl and beat until smooth. Scrape the sides of your bowl.
  2. Sift in your powder sugar (starting with 3 cups but adding the other cup if you feel your frosting isn't stiff enough)
  3. Add in the vanilla extract, salt, and diced strawberries. Beat until everything is well combined. (your strawberries will start to break down and the frosting will become pink)
  4. If you feel as though your frosting is too soft or soupy, place it back into the fridge for 1-2 hours. Place it back onto the mixer and beat until your frosting is stiff yet smooth enough to easily use a offset spatula to decorate the cake.
Building The Cake:
  1. On a serving platter add about 1 tablespoon of frosting to the center and use this as the glue to hold your cake down. Add your first layer and then add a generous portion of frosting, with an cake spatula smooth the frosting out into an even layer and then repeat with the 2 remaining cake layers and frosting. (optionally you can add more fresh diced berries in the center layers)
  2. I usually crumb coat my cakes but its totally not necessary. You can finishing frosting this cake however you please. But I find that crumb coating and then placing the cake in the fridge for 30-45 minutes make for a sturdier cake to work with for sharp edges with the frosting.
  3. Top your cake with extra berries or use the extra frosting to pipe on some cute little borders. Be as creative as you please when decorating!
Recipe Notes

To make your own strawberry puree simply cut about 4 cups of fresh strawberries and place them into a pot with about 1/4-1/3 cup of sugar depending on the sweetness of your berries. Cook for 10-15 minutes over med-low heat until the sugar dissolves completely and you have a nice pot of stewed berries. Add the berries to a blender and blend until smooth, set aside in another container to cool completely.

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2 Comments

  1. Ardra O

    This cake is ssssssssssoooooooooii freaking good. I didn’t have the egg replacer in the recipe, so I made a flax egg. I had fears that it would mess the cake flavor up, but it didn’t. This cake is moist and the strawberry flavor on point. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

    11 . Sep . 2017
    • Eva

      So glad you enjoyed the cake, Ardra! Thanks for the feedback and letting us know flax eggs work in this as well.

      11 . Sep . 2017

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