Vegan Basic Vanilla Cake


Every home baker has their favourite recipe for a plain Vanilla cake. Often overlooked for its more glamorous cousin, the Chocolate Cake for special occasions, this basic recipe lends itself to a myriad uses for flavoured cakes, muffins and cupcakes too. Here’s my vegan vanilla cake recipe, easily made gluten free by using self raising gluten free flour and adjusting the liquid content. Easily doubled or, even tripled for bigger cakes!

We need,
• Unbleached Self Raising Flour – 1.5 cups
• Sugar – 1 cup
• Baking Soda – 1 teaspoon
• Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
• Vegetable Oil – 1/2 cup
• Soy Milk – 1 cup
• Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
• Vanilla Essence – 2 teaspoons


  1. Heat oven to 180°C on fan forced setting.
  2. Prepare an 8″ cake pan by lining with baking paper and spray non stick spray.
  3. Dry whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add vegetable oil, soy milk, vinegar and vanilla extract in a separate mixing bowl and whisk until uniform.
  5. Mix the dry flour mixture into the above wet mixture and stir until no lumps appear and batter is smooth.
  6. Quickly pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 30 – 40 minutes, until cake begins to pull away from sides and a skewer inserted in the centre is clean.
  7. Rest the cake in the pan for 10 – 15 minutes before inverting on to a  cooling rack.
  8. Cool cake for atleast 5 – 6 hours before icing.


I’m curious to know your favourite cake flavour too, please join in the comments below 😊


I am an enthusiastic plant based home cook and baker who delights in sharing my creations on unsuspecting non vegans, when they least expect it! When not recipe developing, testing or making, I’m found organising and/ or writing, the two other passions of my life ❤️