A roundup of over 40 incredibly delicious vegan dessert recipes from around the plant-based internet.
If you’ve had your fair share of underwhelming vegan desserts, this list is just what you need.
From classics like brownies and banana breads to seasonal favorites like pumpkin pie and peach cobbler, this list is jam packed with indulgent, mouthwatering plant-based sweet treats that everyone, including omnivores, will love.
Vegan desserts get a bad rap for many reasons. Too dry, dense, or crumbly, or simply “too healthy” to qualify as dessert (I’m looking at you cauliflower brownies and chia pudding!).
But I’m determined to share how delicious and even indulgent vegan desserts can be (when made right, of course). From fudgy brownies to classic banana bread to celebratory layer cakes, there’s an enormous variety of mouthwatering plant-based desserts that’ll rock your world (whether you’re vegan or not).
Below I’ve rounded up 40 of the best vegan dessert recipes, including some of my own recipes and lots of fabulous sweet treats from around the plant-based internet.
This Vegan Banana Bread recipe is a reader favorite! With only 20 minutes of prep time, it emerges from the oven tender and moist, never dense or dry (it’s even fluffy!). Using fewer than 10 ingredients, it’s simple and extremely delicious.
You won’t believe how rich, creamy, and chocolatey my vegan fudge is! It tastes just like the beloved Ferrero Rocher candy but is dairy-free and vegan! It requires just 5 main ingredients and is super easy and quick.
With a no-bake brownie base and a creamy salted chocolate filling, my gluten-free, vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart is one of the best easy desserts ever! It’s rich and creamy but made with wholesome ingredients and requires no baking.
Carlo Cao teaches you how to make the best vegan pains au chocolate (AKA chocolate croissants) in a matter of a few hours! Super crispy in the outside and soft in the inside. The flavor is rich and delicate.
My Pumpkin Cream Tart features a luscious no-bake pumpkin cream filling and a gingersnap crust and is SO easy to make! It’s healthy, vegan, and gluten-free, but tastes indulgent. Plus, you can make it ahead of time for Thanksgiving!
My delicious twist on the classic Southern peach cobbler. Peaches and blueberries get swirled with vegan brown butter and cobbler. It’s sticky and caramelized on the outside yet fluffy and tender on the inside. SO good.
This Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam is so tender and buttery that no one will believe it's vegan! Layers of fluffy vegan vanilla cake amidst a tangy buttercream frosting and easy raspberry jam. The perfect show stopping cake for special occasions!
Take the vegan butter out of the fridge to soften.
Make the vegan buttermilk. Combine the plant based milk and lemon juice and stir. Set aside to curdle.
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 cxm) 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).
Prepare the aquafaba. Pour 1/2 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.
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.
Cream the wet ingredients. Add the softened 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.
Add half of the flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture, beating on low speed until just combined, taking care to not over beat. 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.
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.
Bake 6 x 2 inch (15 x 5 cm) cakes for 30 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. If you are using two 8 x 2 inch (20 x 5 cm) cakes, bake for 30-35 minutes.Note: I recommend checking 5 minutes before the time is up, as every oven is different and it might be done sooner.
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.
Assemble the cakes: If you have the time, I recommend refrigerating the cakes and frosting (see the section above called “Assembly”).a. Place one layer cake on a cake platter or plate. Spread a thin layer of the Raspberry Jam on top. Then add 1/4 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.b. 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.c. When the sides are covered, use a bench scraper to smooth the sides and to achieve the naked cake look.d. 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.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.
* 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 1/2 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).
1 1/2cupsfresh raspberries180g or frozen raspberries (200g)
2 1/2teaspoonscornstarch or arrowroot powder
1 1/2tablespoonscold water
1tablespoonpure maple syrup
1tablespoonfreshly squeezed lemon juice
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.
Meanwhile, dissolve the cornstarch or arrowroot powder with the cold water to create a slurry.
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.
Note: This recipe makes enough for this cake. If you want more jam on hand, just double the recipe.
1/2cup(1 stick / 112g) vegan butter, softened at room temperature
4ounces(113g) vegan cream cheese, softened at room temperature*
2 1/4cups(~ 265g) organic powdered sugar, sifted
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
Pinchof sea salt
1tablespoonfresh lemon juice
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.
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 can’t find vegan cream cheese, just use an additional 1/2 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.