I love colored cakes, just for the way they look, especially the red velvet cake recipe. The vibrant red color of the cake just calls out for a bite. I tried out one of these red velvet cake recipes from scratch for my vegan guests and it even fooled the staunch meat lovers.
What you will need
3 ½ cups – Unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups – Granulated sugar
2 teaspoons – Baking soda
1 teaspoon – Salt
3 ½ teaspoon – Cocoa powder
2 cups – Almond milk ( you can use soy, rice, hazelnut, or oat milk in place of almond milk )
2/3 cup – canola oil (I also tried out with vegetable oil but canola oil gives out a smooth texture)
3 tablespoons – Vegan Red food coloring
2 tablespoons – Distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoon – Vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350F
Oil 2×8 inch round cake pans and dust the insides with little flour
In a clean and dry bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and sugar. Set aside
In a separate bowl whisk oil, almond milk, vinegar and red food coloring until well combined
Make a small well in the center of the flour mix
Add the wet ingredients to the well and mix well until combined. Add small amounts so that you can avoid the lumps.
Divide the cake batter in half and pour each half in the prepared cake pans.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes. After about 18 minutes of baking time rotate the cake pan about 45 degrees to ensure even cooking
Once a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, the cake is done.
Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, before removing from the pan
Cool on a wire rack, while you prepare the traditional vegan buttercream frosting
What you will need for butter cream frosting
½ cup – Nondairy butter
3 cups- confectioner’s sugar
1 ½ teaspoon – Vanilla extract
2 tablespoons – Almond milk
½ cup – Grounded pecans
Since I like color in my frosting too, I use some assorted food colors in the icing
In a clean bowl take the butter and whisk it using until smooth and begins to fluff
Use a electric blender at low speed to whisk in the confectioner’s sugar , vanilla and milk
Add the food coloring
Beat on high speed until you get a light and fluffy icing. You can add more milk if necessary.
Place one cake on the cake stand and spread a layer of frosting on top
Place another cake it and cover with frosting on all sides.
Decorate with grounded pecans
Chill before serving