Well, today is my oldest son’s birthday and he is now 6 years old! I remember 6 years ago looking online for a vegan birthday cake recipe and the choices were far and none.
Now, there are pages and pages of vegan birthday cake recipes all over the internet.
When I look back at the very first vegan birthday cake I made him….I’m not quite sure what to say.
I’m not even sure there are words to describe it…or what was going through my mind at the time.
All I know is I didn’t want to give him a chemical and sugar filled birthday cake so I did the best I could at the time.
I made that poor baby a “Banana Almond Butter” cake.
The ingredients? 5 slices of Ezekiel 4:9 bread, a couple of bananas and almond butter.
I cut up the banana into slices and stacked them in the center of the “cake”. Then I made a “house” with a “roof” with the slices of Ezekiel bread, then cleverly “iced” it with almond butter. I held it all together with toothpicks.
Yes, his 6-year-old birthday cake this year has sugar (gasp!) but it’s clean vegan sugar and it’s a special occasion. Thank goodness I have moved on!
So today, I have an absolutely normal vegan birthday cake for your enjoyment.
I always ask my children what kind of cake they want and his request today was chocolate cake with vanilla icing, chocolate chips and sprinkles.
I’m not that great of a cake decorator, but my children think my sad little cakes are the best things they have ever seen.
I decorated it with some cute orange colored sugar sprinkles using India Tree All-Natural Decorating Sugars.
They are WONDERFUL to use in homemade cookies or cakes and are made from vegetable colorants instead of traditional toxic food colorings.
Another decorating idea is to use Enjoy Life chocolate chips which are vegan and non-GMO to decorate around the top and bottom edges like I did.
In the past, I’ve also decorated with fresh strawberry slices and before our healthy days, other chocolate and candy pieces that I’m too embarrassed to mention.
Tip #1: I added a little bit of cinnamon so it does have a cinnamon taste to it. But if you don’t like cinnamon, just leave it out.
Tip #2: This recipe fills up two small 6-inch cake pans perfectly so if you need a bigger cake you may need to double the recipe.
Tip #3: If you need a vanilla vegan cake, you can use my Vanilla Vegan Birthday Cake with “Buttercream” Icing recipe.
Tip #4: I hardly ever use powdered sugar and I didn’t know this until recently, but some powdered sugars may not be vegan and may contain animal bone char (bones from cows). The brand I use, 365 Organic Powdered Sugar does not contain animal bone char (I emailed Whole Foods to confirm this).
Another reason to make sure you use organic powdered sugar is that it normally contains some cornstarch which is very likely to be made from GMO corn unless it’s labeled organic.
There may also be a possibility that the granulated sugar you use could contain animal bone char as well. Whole Foods sells a “Vegan Cane Sugar” which does not contain animal bone char. I’ve also read that turbinado sugar is another safe choice. If this is important to you, check out the brand that you are using to see if it does.