Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

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This Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam is so tender, light, and fluffy that no one will believe it's vegan! The perfect show stopping cake for special occasions!
Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Cooling and Assembly 50 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs

This vegan layer cake post is sponsored by Country Crock® Plant Butter. All opinions and recipes are my own.

I am not one to glorify Valentine’s Day. It’s a commercial holiday that makes you feel like you’re worthless if you’re not in a relationship and puts unrealistic expectations on people who are in relationships. That said, I know a lot of people like to bake for Valentine’s Day and are looking for special desserts, so, I obliged and made this show stopping Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam!

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

This is one of my new favorite cakes, and I am not exaggerating. The texture is moist and tender (and I didn’t even use cake flour!), the flavors are sweet yet tart and tangy so it’s not overpoweringly sweet like some cakes, and of course, it’s so pretty!

It might seem intimidating to assemble this kind of vegan layer cake, but once you’ve done it a few times, it’s actually pretty straightforward. In the event you’ve never made a layer cake, the blog contains detailed instructions and tips to help walk you through the process!

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

How to Bake a Vegan Layer Cake

Equipment needed for baking a vegan layer cake

Cake pans. You’ll need three 6-inch cake pans, or two 8-inch cake pans to bake this particular cake.

Parchment Paper. You’ll need some parchment paper to line the bottom of each cake pan. This ensures you can easily invert your cakes without any of the cake sticking to the pan. Not essential but highly recommended; if you don’t use parchment paper, be sure to grease the bottoms of your cake pan really well.

I use the bottom of one of the cake pans to trace a circle and then cut it out.

Digital Scale. I recommend every home baker gets a digital kitchen scale for the most precise and consistent results. Since everyone has a different set of measuring cups and there are different methods of measuring ingredients like flour and sugar, a digital kitchen scale is super helpful for baking.

This is especially the cake with layer cakes, where you are dividing the batter between different pans. Without a scale, you run the risk of one of the layers being much taller than the others, baking unevenly, etc.

Oven Thermometer. Similar to a digital scale, an oven thermometer is another basic essential for any home baker. This is because every oven is different and many home ovens are not calibrated. This means that while your oven temperature might say 450°F, the actual oven temperature might be anywhere between 350°F and 500°F.

The first time I made this cake, it didn’t bake through because my oven temperature was off. The digital display on my oven said 350°F but it was actually off by over 50°F! It was a bit under 300°F when i later checked with an external oven thermometer.

An oven thermometer is especially helpful when baking a layer cake because—depending on the size of your oven and the size of your cake pans—you might need to bake them on separate oven rack layers, and most ovens vary in temperature between top racks, middle racks, and lower racks.

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

Offset Spatula. This isn’t essential for baking cakes, but it is essential for beautifully frosted cakes. If you don’t care too much about the appearance of the cake, a butter knife will do. But, if you want beautiful frosting waves or want to achieve the “naked cake” look as seen in this recipe, an offset spatula is necessary. It helps smooth and level the tops of the frosting.

When I’m making a smaller cake (as in these 6-inch cakes), I find it more helpful to use a small-sized offset spatula like this.

Bench Scraper. Again, not a necessity, but it is very useful if you want to achieve the “naked cake” look in this recipe. A bench scraper perfectly smooths out the surface of the frosting, including the edges, and ensures that the frosting is evenly distributed (in a thin layer, in the case of a “naked cake”).

If you don’t have a bench scraper, a small or medium straight spatula can also work.

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

Ingredients in a Vegan Layer Cake

Flour

The type of flour matters. This isn’t a gluten-free cake and I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert on gluten-free cakes, but generally speaking, cakes made with gluten-containing flour are going to be lighter and less dense in texture than than gluten-free cakes.

If you have a gluten allergy, of course, I am not encouraging you to go ahead and test it. But if you can tolerate gluten, use the gluten-containing flour! I promise your taste buds will thank you. That said, if you are allergic or intolerant to gluten and want to make this cake, a 1:1 gluten-free all purpose baking flour is your best bet.

I typically love making cakes with cake flour, as it yields the lightest texture, but I ran out of cake flour and was surprised how perfectly tender this cake came out using all-purpose flour.

Butter vs. Oil

The butter vs. oil debate is a something all bakers face, not just vegan bakers! Oil usually results in more tender baked goods, while butter is more flavorful than oil.

For cakes, I want that texture to be tender and light, so ordinarily, I would prefer to use just oil. But, luckily, Country Crock Plant Butter is dairy-free butter and doesn’t work in the same way as traditional butter. Plus, each of its plant-based butters are made with a type of oil—olive oil, almond oil, or avocado oil—so they’re not going to weigh down the cakes as much as a dairy-based butter might.

That’s why I use equal parts Country Crock Plant Butter and oil in this recipe. It lends a texture that is light and tender, but also incredibly rich, flavorful, and buttery. So you get the best of both worlds, texture wise. And it’s 100% vegan!

And in case you’re wondering, Country Crock Plant Butter works just like regular butter. It softens the same, creams the same, and bakes up beautifully!

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

Leaveners

The most commonly used leaveners in vegan baking are baking soda and baking powder, but this cake relies on a third leavener, commonly used in vegan cakes: vegan “buttermilk.” I simply combine plant-based milk with lemon juice and let it rest until it curdles. If you don’t have fresh lemon juice, you can use apple cider vinegar.

As for baking soda and baking powder, this recipe uses a bit of both, and here’s why.

When you use baking soda, it requires a little acid to start reacting. In this case, the acid is the vegan buttermilk (plant milk + lemon juice). It helps activate the leavening action of baking soda, enhancing the amount of rise in your cakes. And finally, the alkaline nature of baking soda (as opposed to the acidic nature of lemon juice) cancels out any sour buttermilk flavor so you don’t end up with an unwanted tangy taste.

But if you want to keep some of that tang flavor (in a subtle way, of course), you’ll want to include some baking powder as well. This is a fruity cake with notes of raspberry and orange, so a subtle tangy flavor is desired. And since using baking soda alone will completely neutralize the vegan buttermilk’s acidity/tanginess, adding baking powder allows some of that tang to remain in the batter.

Egg Substitutes

The type of vegan egg substitute you use should depend on the type of baked good you’re making and your desired texture. For instance, I like to use flax eggs in brownies because it contributes to their fudgy gooeyness.

But with a cake, I want the texture to be airy and light, so I like to rely on aquafaba, which is simply the liquid leftover from cooked chickpeas.

When you lightly whip aquafaba, as is done in this recipe, it turns foamy and light, which then helps to create a light and fluffy texture and gives a nice lift to cakes.  This recipe calls for 1/2 cup of aquafaba, and a standard 15.5 ounce can of chickpeas has a little more than 1/2 cup.

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

How to Assemble a Layer Cake

Components

Cake layers. Obviously an essential component of a layer cake are the layers of cake. This recipe uses three 6-inch layer cakes, but you could also make two 8-inch layer cakes.

Frosting. A layer cake needs some sort of frosting or icing, and the Tangy Buttercream Frosting in this recipe is my new favorite frosting recipe. Essentially, it’s a hybrid of a buttercream frosting and a cream cheese frosting, and uses equal parts Plant Butter and vegan cream cheese.

I love the subtle but noticeable tanginess that the cream cheese and lemon juice bring to this cake. Unlike many cakes, the flavor does not have a one-note sweetness.

If you can’t find vegan cream cheese, substitute the vegan cream cheese with more vegan butter and make a traditional buttercream frosting.

Jam. The homemade Raspberry Jam in this recipe is optional and you can easily make this vegan vanilla layer cake without it. However, it serves three purposes.

First, the jam is a tart, not-very-sweet jam, so again, it’s bringing a nice tart flavor that balances the sweetness of the cake. Two, the jam adds to the cake’s layered elements, making it more interesting texturally and visually. And three, when the jam gets swirled into the frosting, it makes for a beautifully pink cake, as seen in these photos.

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

Assembly

Refrigerate the cakes

Many bakers will recommend that you refrigerate your layer cakes before frosting, and I find this advice to be especially helpful with vegan cakes. For whatever reason (I assume, it’s food science-related), vegan cakes tend to be a bit stickier and/or delicate than non-vegan cakes.

Adding frosting to a freshly baked cake—which is tender and delicate in texture, even if it has cooled to room temperature—creates friction, making it more likely that the cake will crumble. This isn’t the end of the world, but you will have considerable crumbs in your frosting and it won’t be as pretty.

That’s why I recommend refrigerating your cooled cakes for at least 2 hours, or overnight, before frosting. Wrap them in plastic wrap to keep them moist. But if you’re avoiding plastic (a noble cause), you can put them on plates and cover them with large bowls.

While refrigerating your cakes does add time onto this recipe, it also means that you can bake the cakes in advance. Cakes wrapped in plastic will stay good in your fridge for a few days, so you can do most of the work ahead of time. Or, if you want to make them even further in advance, you can easily wrap the cakes and freeze them.

Refrigerate the frosting

If you are making the Raspberry Jam in this recipe, I recommend refrigerating the frosting for about 30 minutes. Why? Because if you add a layer of jam to the cake and then dollop room temperature frosting on top, it will be quite difficult to spread the frosting out, as the frosting will want to stay in place. It is not impossible to frost room temperature frosting, but it’s much easier if you refrigerate it for a bit.

So, if you wanted to serve this cake at, say 7 pm, the ideal time to start prepping the frosting would be 5:30 pm.

First, take the Plant Butter and vegan cream cheese out of the fridge to soften. This should take around 30 minutes, depending on the temperature of your kitchen. To speed the softening process up, cut both components into small pieces.

Second, make the actual frosting. It takes just 5-10 minutes.

Third, refrigerate the frosting for 30 minutes before assembling the cake.

If you make the frosting well ahead of time, you’ll want to refrigerate it anyways since it’s made with perishable items (vegan butter and cream cheese).

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

Assemble the “Naked “Cake”
Once your layer cakes have been cooled and your frosting and jam are ready, it’s time to actually assemble the cake! As you’ll see in these photos, I decided to go the naked route.

The naked cake route, that is! A naked cake has a minimal outer layer of frosting, which shows off the cake’s layers and filling. But this is totally optional. You can frost the cake however you want.

Step 1: Place one layer cake on a cake platter or your serving 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.

Step 2: Top with the layer cake #2, and repeat the process, adding more jam and frosting. Finish with layer cake #3, adding jam and frosting on top.

Step 3: Using the offset spatula, apply the remaining buttercream frosting 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 of frosting.

Step 4: When the sides are covered, use a bench scraper or straight spatula to smooth the sides and to achieve the naked cake look. If you’re not going for the naked cake look, skip this step.

Step 5: Using the offset spatula, smooth out the top layer of frosting until it’s level. You can serve now, or refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set.

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

Tips for Baking this Vegan Layer Cake

Whisk the dry ingredients thoroughly

Be sure to whisk the dry ingredients properly before adding them to the wet. This ensures that the baking powder and baking soda are distributed evenly, which will help your cake rise evenly. This is particularly important with layer cakes, where you’re dividing the batter between at least two pans.

Unevenly distributed leaveners can result in cakes that rise unevenly.

Weigh the ingredients

I mentioned this in the “Equipment” section above, but I strongly suggest weighing your ingredients instead of relying on measuring cups. It will yield a more accurate result.

Allow a full “preheat” and use an oven thermometer

Also mentioned above in the “Equipment” section. Before you add your cakes to the oven, be sure that your oven temperature actually reads 350°F according to an oven thermometer. Unless you’ve had your oven calibrated, it’s virtually impossible to tell if the stated temperature on your oven is the actual temperature in the oven.

And if you can, don’t bake the cakes as soon as your oven says it’s done preheating. Many ovens actually take longer to reach the desired temperature than the preheat function says. I like to have my oven on for 30 minutes before baking something as sensitive as a cake.

Cake Pan Conversion: Size and Baking Time

Don’t have three 6-inch pans or two 8-inch pans, but still want to make this cake?

There’s a lot of math here, but to keep things short, if all you have is a 9-inch (23 x 5 cm) round cake pan, your best option is to multiply all the cake ingredients by a factor of 1.5 and use two 9-inch cake pans.

According to this cake pan size guide from Food 52

  • a 6 x 2 inch (15 x 5 cm) round cake pan = area of 29 square inches;

  • a 9 x 2 inch (23 x 5 cm) round cake pan = area of 64 square inches.

Since we’re making three 6-inch layer cakes, multiple 3 x area of 29 inches = 87 inches.

If you multiply the recipe by a factor of 1.5, it would create enough cake batter for 1.5 x 3 x 29 inches = 130.5 inches. And since two 9-inch round cake pans would hold 2 x 64 inches = 128 inches, it’s almost the exact same amount. Voila!

As for baking time, since a 9-inch pan is bigger and will make the batter more shallow, the center can dry out more quickly. So try increasing the temperature by 25°F to 375°F and decreasing the baking time, to about 25 minutes.

This isn’t a foolproof method so you’ll want to monitor the cake for the typical signs of doneness. In other words, the cake is done when it starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

Okay, my brain hurst from all the conversions, so let’s end it here. I hope you enjoy this Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam! If you make it be sure to leave me a comment below and tag me on Instagram!

 

Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

5 from 8 votes
This Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam is so tender, light, and fluffy that no one will believe it's vegan! The perfect show stopping cake for special occasions!
Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Cooling and Assembly 50 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Baking
Diet Vegan
Keyword: cake, nut-free, raspberry jam, soy-free, vanilla cake
Serving size: 16

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick / 112g) Country Crock Plant Butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons (330 mL) unsweetened plant-based milk (I used this oat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • 3 1/2 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (112g) sunflower oil, or melted coconut oil*
  • 1 1/4 cups (240g) organic cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (optional)**
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (optional)
  • 2 cups (240g) fresh raspberries***
  • 1 batch Raspberry Jam (recipe below)
  • 1 batch Tangy Buttercream Frosting (recipe below)

Instructions

  • 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 6x2-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 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.
  • 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.

Notes

* 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).

Raspberry Jam

5 from 3 votes
Serving size: 1 layer cake

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Note: This recipe makes enough for this cake. If you want more jam on hand, just double the recipe.

Tangy Buttercream Frosting

5 from 3 votes
Serving size: 1 layer cake

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

* 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.

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17 comments on Vegan Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberry Jam

  1. Lana

    Excellent recipe… I tried it and it turned out moist and tasty… I added mini chocolate chips to one of the layers and it was a good addition. One of the best vegan cakes that I tried.

  2. Jennifer H

    I made this today and it was DELICIOUS! So beautiful too. Great recipe! The cake is a good texture, not too dry and not too crumbly like a lot of vegan cakes. I only used a different egg substitute and cake flour instead of all purpose and it still turned out wonderful. You’ve got a new fan!

  3. Julie

    I am eager to try this recipe. Can I omit fresh raspberries and sub w/ strawberries? Can I use batter to make into cupcakes instead?

  4. Hi Nisha,Can you use all oil if you don’t have plant butter?

  5. Breezy

    Quality recipe! My family thoroughly enjoyed this cake.. thank you for sharing this recipe.

  6. melissa

    Just made this cake for Mother’s Day! It was delish! A couple of pointers for anyone interested in making this cake. Follow the grams instead of the cup measurements. I used cake flour and it came out great! Also, I added 40g more of sugar because I do like a little sweeter but not too sweet. It came out great! Thank you for an amazing recipe. No one noticed it was vegan. I did not make a vegan frosting because it was for a non-vegan but I will try this recipe again for myself with a vegan buttercream frosting. Thank you for an amazing recipe!!

  7. Hollie

    Thank you for such a detailed and informative blog post, the cake turned out perfect – the most fluffy, light and delicious vegan vanilla cake I’ve tried. The frosting was also lovely – I didn’t have vegan cream cheese so just used all vegan butter, but the lemon juice created a buttercream I’ve always desired, by cutting through that sometimes overwhelming sweetness! I couldn’t make it look as pretty as yours, but it tasted unreal! My now number one recommendation to others for a vegan vanilla cake!

  8. Amy

    Are those pretty purple flowers edible? Where do you get them?

  9. Amelia

    I just made this cake today with two 9 inch cake pans, and I mutiplied the recipe by 1.5x per the instructions. However, it did not turn out so well–the cake overflowed the pans some. So if you are making this cake with two 9 inch pans, I recommend making the recipe as stated, as if you were using the 6 or 8 inch. I am also having issues with the raspberries we topped the batter with before baking. I used frozen and I did not thaw them before baking (again, following the instructions). But I think the added moisture and weight of the raspberries in addition to how much batter I had was too much, and made the cake collapse some in the middle and prevented it from baking evenly. In order to get the middle to finally bake through, I had to over-bake the edges. I thought I followed all the instructions pretty well, but I have to acknowledge that there could have been a mistake on my part or that my oven isn’t calibrated. Has anyone else on here had success with making this recipe in 9 inch pans, or with using the raspberries properly to top the batter before baking? I haven’t tasted the cake yet, but I don’t think all hope is lost. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to trim it up and cover the collapse with jam and frosting.

    1. Amelia

      I also wanted to add that I did put the oven on 375 like the instructions said to do for 9 inch pans. It’s pretty normal for me to mess up recipes so it could definitely be user error on my part, but I just want to warn those with 9 inch pans to watch their steps carefully :)

  10. Julia

    I also tried the 9 inch recipe. It is not coming out well. I weighed all my ingredients and used the thermometer in the oven. My edges cooked too quickly and my middle was runny. Also the cake rounds are incredibly heavy. Going to taste test in the morning but think sadly this will be in the trash. Maybe it’s just the 9 inch size that doesn’t work?

  11. Harmony

    Can I substitute the sugar for a natural sweetener?

  12. Lara

    I used this recipe as a template for an almond cake with matcha frosting and it turned out amazing! I baked the cakes in 9inch pans but followed the directions for 8-inch pans. It was the perfect amount and absolutely delicious!

    1. Lara

      Forgot to add that even after letting the cakes cool completely, they still fell apart a bit when frosting. I brushed some simple syrup over the cakes before frosting and that solved the issue completely! My guess is that brushing the jam over would have the same effect.

  13. Henna Kana

    5 stars
    Best cake I’ve ever eaten. The recipe is also very thorough for people who are not the best in the kitchen aka me. Thanks, Nisha!

  14. laura ford

    What does that have to do with anything. No need to make it non plant based, it’s delicious and cruelty free!

  15. Julia Scudiero

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! The tangy flavor of the jam mixed w the sweet, homemade frosting is so so yummy! The flavor of this cake truly has layers. It took a bit of time to make but well worth it. My whole family (who aren’t all vegan) loved it!!! Thank you Nisha for this amazing dessert 💕

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