Make your birthday party spectacular with this easy allergy-friendly birthday cake, in chocolate OR vanilla! Completely vegan and void of nuts, this cake can also be made into gluten-free cupcakes (see the substitution section for details). Top with beautiful vegan buttercream for a stunning finish and party like it’s 1999.
2 cupsfiltered water(room temperature or cold is fine)
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two, 8-inch round cake pans (OR one large 9 x 13); set aside. PRO TIP: line the bottom of your cake rounds with parchment or wax paper for easy removal.
In a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl), combine dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and pink salt. While the mixer is running (or with electric hand beaters), slowly stir in oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Beat for 30 seconds.
Next, slowly stir in water while mixing. Batter should thin out a bit, however it should have a medium thickness (not too thin and not too thick). Mix for 60 seconds on high to get plenty of air working through the batter; this will help make the cake fluffy and light.
Divide batter between cake pans and pop in the oven. Cake should cook for 30 minutes, but I usually like to check mine at about 25 minutes to be on the safe side. To check cake, insert a toothpick into the center, checking that it comes out clean. If your toothpick has batter on it, pop it back int the oven for 3-5 minutes more. Cool COMPLETELY before frosting (approximately 2 hours).