Vegan Vanilla Raspberry Cake with Raspberry Jam


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Vegan Vanilla Raspberry Cake with Raspberry Jam

Vegan Vanilla Raspberry Cake with Raspberry Jam




  • ½  cup (1 stick / 112g) vegan butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups + 2 tablespoons (330 mL) unsweetened plant-based milk (I used oat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 3 ½  cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • ½  teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½  teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½  cup (112g) sunflower oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 1 ¼ cups (240g) organic cane sugar
  • ½  cup (120 mL) aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (optional)
  • 2 cups (240g) fresh raspberries

Raspberry Jam:

  • 1 ½  cups fresh raspberries (180g) or frozen raspberries (200g)  
  • 2 ½  teaspoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 ½  tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Tangy Buttercream Frosting

Tangy Buttercream Frosting:

  • ½  cup (1 stick / 112g) vegan butter, softened at room temperature 
  • 4 ounces (113g) vegan cream cheese, softened at room temperature*
  • 2 ¼ cups (~ 265g) organic powdered sugar, sifted 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice



  1. Take the vegan butter out of the fridge to soften. 
  2. Make the vegan buttermilk. Combine the plant-based milk and lemon juice and stir. Set aside to curdle. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Make three parchment paper rounds for three 6×2-inch (15 x 5 cm) round cake pans and line each pan. Alternatively, you can use two 8-inch (20 x 5 cm) round pans. Ensure your oven is calibrated or that you’re using an oven thermometer (see notes above in the “equipment needed for baking a vegan layer cake” section). 
  4. Prepare the aquafaba. Pour ½  cup of the liquid from a can of chickpeas into a small bowl. With a handheld electric mixer (or stand mixer), beat the aquafaba on medium speed until it‘s foamy throughout, about 60 seconds.
  5. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder to a medium bowl and whisk well to ensure the leaveners will be evenly distributed throughout the cake. 
  6. Cream the wet ingredients. Add the softened Plant Butter, oil, and cane sugar to a large bowl. Using the mixer, beat until the ingredients are well incorporated and starting to get fluffy, 60 seconds or so. Add in the whipped aquafaba, vanilla extract, orange juice (if using), and orange zest (if using). Mix until just combined, 15-20 seconds. 
  7. Add half of the flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture, beating on low speed until just combined, taking care to not overbeat. Then add the vegan buttermilk and beat until just combined. Finally, add in the remaining flour mixture until you have a mostly smooth batter, but do not overmix. It’s okay if there are a few flour pockets remaining. Overbeating can cause the cake to become dense or dry. The batter should be fairly light and fluffy at this point. 
  8. Divide the batter equally in the prepared pans, using a digital scale to measure each pan so each cake is equal in size. The batter in each of my three 6-inch pans ended up weighing 440 grams each. Scatter the raspberries evenly over the top of each cake, but do not press them down. 
  9. Bake 6 x 2 inch (15 x 5 cm) cakes for 30 minutes (for 8 x 2 inch (20 x 5 cm) cakes, bake for 30-35 minutes), or until the center is set and the cake has puffed up a bit and just started to pull away from the pan, and a toothpick inserted comes out with only a few moist crumbs. 
  10. I also recommend checking 5 minutes before, as every oven is different and it might be done sooner.  
  11. If you are using two 8-inch pans, you’ll want to bake them a bit longer, about 35 minutes. 
  12. Cool the cakes in their pans for at least 30 minutes, then carefully invert them onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before adding assembling the cakes. 
  13. Assemble the cakes: If you have the time, I recommend refrigerating the cakes and frosting.
  14. Place one layer cake on a cake platter or plate. Spread a thin layer of the Raspberry Jam on top. Then add ¼ of the Tangy Buttercream Frosting and smooth with an offset spatula. Top with the next layer cake. And repeat the process, adding more jam and frosting. Finish with the final layer cake, adding jam and frosting on top. 
  15. Using the offset spatula, apply the remaining buttercream to the sides of each cake layer, starting at the bottom, working your way up to the top. For a naked cake look, you just want a thin layer. 
  16. When the sides are covered, use a bench scraper to smooth the sides and to achieve the naked cake look. 
  17. Using the offset spatula, smooth out the top layer of frosting until it’s level. You can serve now, or refrigerate for 1-2 hours to set the cake.  
  18. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. 

Raspberry Jam

  1. Add the raspberries to a saucepan over medium heat. If using frozen raspberries, stir occasionally until they’re thawed. Mash down the raspberries with a fork. 
  2. Meanwhile, dissolve the cornstarch or arrowroot powder with the cold water to create a slurry. 
  3. Add the slurry, maple syrup, and lemon juice to the pan. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until the jam has thickened. Take off the heat, and once cool, refrigerate. It will thicken even more as it rests in the fridge. 

Tangy Buttercream Frosting

  1. To a large mixing bowl, add the softened vegan butter. Beat on low speed with an electric handheld mixer (or stand mixer) until smooth and fluffy. Add the vegan cream cheese and beat until creamy and smooth and well incorporated. 
  2. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar in four turns, and mix on low speed until well combined and fluffy, scraping down the sides. Add the vanilla, salt, and lemon juice and beat until smooth. If the frosting is too thick, add a tablespoon of plant milk until you reach your desired consistency. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to make it easier to frost the cake.


If you use coconut oil, it’s especially important to bring your cold ingredients (i.e., the plant milk) to room temperature. Otherwise, the cold liquid will turn the coconut oil back into its solid form. 

If you don’t want to impart an orange flavor to the cake or don’t have oranges, omit the orange juice but add 2 more tablespoons of plant-based milk (the second ingredient) for a total of 1 ½  cups (360 mL).

If you can’t find fresh raspberries and want to use frozen, do not thaw them (it’ll add make the batter watery). 

If you can’t find vegan cream cheese, just use an additional ½  cup (1 stick / 112g) vegan butter. The frosting will be a more traditional buttercream frosting, not tangy. You might want to add a bit more lemon juice to balance the richness of the butter. 

Find more of Nisha’s recipes on @rainbowplantlife.

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