The Best Vegan Pumpkin Cake Recipe You'll Ever Try - Perfectly Spiced and Delicious

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Cake Recipe You'll Ever Try - Perfectly Spiced and Delicious

Fall is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious Vegan Pumpkin Cake? At VegaSnacks, we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the pleasures of dessert, especially when following a vegan lifestyle. That's why we're sharing our favourite Vegan Pumpkin Cake recipe that's sure to impress your taste buds. Packed with warming spices and topped with a creamy vegan buttercream frosting, this cake is perfect for any autumn occasion. So, let's get started!


I. Ingredients & Equipment

This Vegan Pumpkin Cake recipe uses simple and easy-to-find ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. Here's what you'll need:

  • 120 ml of almond milk
  • 15 ml of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 30 ml of margarine, melted
  • 85 g of pumpkin puree
  • 112 g of fine-spelt flour
  • 12 g of almond flour
  • 25 g of vanilla sugar
  • 1 tsp of pumpkin spice
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A pinch of sea salt

For the Vegan Buttercream Frosting, you'll need:

  • 55 g of powdered sugar
  • 15 g of margarine
  • 5 ml of almond milk
  • Optional: ½ tsp of cinnamon

Note that some of these ingredients can be substituted or varied to suit your preferences. For instance, you can use soy milk instead of almond milk, or coconut oil instead of margarine. You can also adjust the amount of sugar or spices to your liking.


  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk or spatula (alternatively, a food processor)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 20 cm cake tin
  • Parchment paper
  • Blender or hand blender (for the Vegan Buttercream)


II: How to Bake

How to bake the Vegan Pumpkin Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and baking soda.
  3. Add the melted margarine, pumpkin puree, fine-spelt flour, almond flour, vanilla sugar, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and sea salt to the bowl.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together with a spatula or whisk until a uniform dough is formed. Alternatively, use a food processor to mix the ingredients together.
  5. Grease a cake pan with vegan margarine or cooking spray, and pour the batter into the pan.
  6. Bake the cake for approximately 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely before frosting it.

Tips and tricks to make the baking process easier

  • If you want a more intense pumpkin flavor, try using pumpkin pie spice instead of just pumpkin spice.
  • To make the cake even more indulgent, add chopped walnuts or vegan chocolate chips to the batter before baking.
  • If the cake batter is too thick, add a splash more almond milk to thin it out.
  • If the cake is not baking evenly, try rotating the pan halfway through the baking time to ensure even cooking.
  • If the cake is browning too quickly on top, cover it with a piece of foil to prevent further browning while the inside continues to cook.


III. Vegan Buttercream

The Vegan Buttercream Frosting is the perfect complement to the Vegan Pumpkin Cake. It's sweet and creamy, with a hint of cinnamon that pairs perfectly with the warm pumpkin spice flavors of the cake. The frosting adds an extra layer of decadence and richness to the cake, making it the perfect dessert for any occasion.

How to make the Vegan Buttercream Frosting

To make the Vegan Buttercream Frosting, you'll need powdered sugar, margarine, and almond milk. You can also add cinnamon for an extra kick of flavour.

  1. Sift the powdered sugar to remove any lumps.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the margarine until it's light and fluffy.
  3. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and beat until well combined.
  4. Pour in the almond milk and continue to beat the mixture until it's smooth and creamy.
  5. ( Add the cinnamon, if desired, and beat for an additional 30 seconds to incorporate the spice. )

Alternatives for those who don't want to use this frosting

If you're not a fan of buttercream frosting, don't worry! There are plenty of other options for topping your Vegan Pumpkin Cake. You could try a simple dusting of powdered sugar, a dollop of coconut whipped cream, or even a drizzle of maple syrup. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to get creative and make the cake your own!


IV. Tips and Variations

Make your Cake even better

If you want to add some extra texture and flavour to your Vegan Pumpkin Cake, consider adding nuts or chocolate chips. Chopped walnuts or pecans would be a great addition to this recipe, adding a crunchy texture and a nutty taste that complements the pumpkin and spice flavours.


While this Vegan Pumpkin Cake recipe is delicious as is, there are also many variations you can try to make it your own.

For example:

  • Different spice blends, such as using cardamom or ginger instead of nutmeg.
  • Make Cupcakes instead of a full cake, adding a dollop of vegan buttercream frosting to each one.
  • Add a swirl of vegan cream cheese frosting on top of the cake for an extra special touch.


V. Serving and Storing

Serving the Vegan Pumpkin Cake

Once the Vegan Pumpkin Cake is ready, it's time to serve and enjoy it! There are plenty of ways to serve this cake, and here are some ideas:

  • Before serving the cake, let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to soften and bring it back to its original texture.
  • Dust the cake with some powdered sugar or top it with the Vegan Buttercream Frosting for a sweeter taste.
  • Serve the cake with a scoop of vegan ice cream or whipped cream and some chopped nuts on top.
  • For a festive touch, you can add some Halloween-themed decorations or Thanksgiving-inspired toppings, such as pumpkin seeds or cranberries.

Storing the Vegan Pumpkin Cake

If you have any leftovers (which we doubt), it's important to store the cake properly to ensure it stays fresh and moist. Here are some tips on how to store the Vegan Pumpkin Cake:

  • Wrap the cake in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

With these tips, you can easily store and serve the Vegan Pumpkin Cake to enjoy it anytime you want!


VI. Conclusion

Congratulations, you have done it! 

The Vegan Pumpkin Cake is a delicious and healthy dessert that's perfect for any occasion. It's a great way to incorporate some seasonal flavors into your baking and impress your friends and family with a homemade treat. Whether you're hosting a Halloween party, celebrating Thanksgiving, or simply want a sweet treat, this cake is the perfect choice.

So, give this recipe a try and let us know how it turned out. Don't forget to share this recipe with your friends and family, and spread the joy of vegan baking!

Thank you for baking with us, and we hope to see you back here soon for more delicious and healthy plant-based recipes🌱

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