Sure, you can make your own cakes that are vegan, or you can try to veganize cake mixes, but why not just put your trust in a brand that you know is vegan? That way, you don’t have to worry about the ingredients or second-guess if the three slices you had the night before were actually vegan or if you missed an ingredient.
Here is a list of the 7 vegan cake mix brands so you can sleep at night and have easy-to-make-cake at your fingertips.
What Ingredients Are in Vegan Cake?
Most cakes are made with eggs, which are definitely not vegan. Some add milk as well, but the rest of the ingredients are usually already vegan. If you try to be completely vegan, you may also avoid bleached flours and sugars that go through bones to filter.
This means that overall, eggs are the only product you have to swap out to make vegan. Eggs are pretty easy to swap out. There are multiple options for swapping out eggs, including flax seeds, apple sauce, bananas, tofu, chia seeds, and more.
For milk, just substitute cow’s milk for your favorite non-dairy version. And if you want to avoid bleached products, you can look around for options that aren’t bleached, which as non-white flour and sugar. Otherwise, most ingredients in cake are naturally vegan.
You can even have vegan frosting – you’ll need vegan butter and a milk of your choice if you want to make a buttercream frosting.
Everything else, for both cake and frosting, can be done normally while remaining vegan, so for anyone new to being a vegan, don’t worry, you can still eat cake.
7 Vegan Cake Mix Brands
1. The Vegan Knife
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As their name suggests, all products by The Vegan Knife are vegan. They are free of ingredients like wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, nuts, and eggs. Their products are also meant to be simple, only needing usually a couple of extra ingredients, a bowl, and a whisk. There’s no need to pull out a mixer or several different bowls to make yourself a cake. They use simple ingredients like cane sugar and flour from garbanzo beans to create a delicious mix.
Since these products are made to be vegan, they even tell you what to add to the mix to keep it so. No need to find replacements for milk and eggs or try to find out the ratios, it’s all on the back of the label.
They offer commercial mixes and standard mixes, so you can use them in your bakery or just at home.
The Vegan Knife doesn’t have many options for pre-made mixes. They offer mixes only for donuts and cake. However, their options are fun and flavorful. You can choose between two cake options: birthday cake, and chocolate cake.
The best part is that they offer single packs or four packs, so you can make sure you always have the ingredients for cake on hand when you need to whip something up for a guest or just when you want a sweet treat.
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ZenSweet is primarily a sugar substitute company. They make a sweetener from monk fruit that is vegan, gluten and grain-free, keto-friendly, and only has simple ingredients. When you bake at home from scratch, or just need some sugar, this is a great option for people looking to cut calories, reduce their sugar intake, or are vegan and don’t want to use traditional sugar.
However, more recently, they have also started to expand their product line and make baking mixes as well. They offer cookie and cake mixes for their customers to try.
Their cake mixes can be used for brownies or cake, and the instructions for both are on the label. Even better, though these are not specifically made for vegans, it contains instructions on how to make and what to add for those that want a traditional cake, and for those that are vegan.
This makes it easier to bake, as you can just follow the instructions without having to figure anything else out.
They offer vanilla bean cake mix and chocolate cake mix options.
3. Simple Mills
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Simple Mills is a great option for those that don’t eat traditionally or have dietary restrictions. They undergo rigorous standards to make sure most of their products are gluten-free, GMO-free, paleo-friendly, and vegan.
While almost all of their products are vegan, there are four that aren’t, which they clearly label on their website. These are their:
• Farmhouse Cheddar Almond Flour Crackers
• Soft Baked Cookies
• Soft Baked Bars
• Honey Cinnamon Sweet Thins
All of their products made with vegan ingredients and made to be vegan are clearly labeled vegan underneath the ingredients list. However, they do have some mixes that are usually prepared with eggs or dairy that aren’t labeled vegan. However, if you apply substitutes for those added-in ingredients, you will end up with a vegan mix.
In addition to their ingredients being vegan, they are simple and minimal. There aren’t any strange products, or even ingredients you can’t pronounce.
They don’t have a lot of options for their cake mixes, just chocolate, and vanilla, but they have an assortment of other goods like muffin, brownie, and cookie mixes. However, you can add some ingredients of your own to change the flavor of the two basic flavor profiles.
Simple Mills even uses almond flour and coconut sugar that aren’t bleached so if you try to avoid bleached flours and sugars, you are good to go with their products.
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TruEats is a company dedicated to having delicious desserts with little to no sugar and healthy complex carbs. All of their mixes are:
• No added sugar
• Good source of protein
• Good source of fiber
• Diabetic friendly
With that long list, you may be worried that the mix won’t be good, but it is actually pretty good. While there is no added sugar, there is monk fruit sweetener to make sure that the dish still tastes good and has the right texture.
With this mix, you don’t only get a vegan recipe, but one full of healthy ingredients that are good for you and your body. They not only have easy-to-understand ingredients, but they break down each one in their recipe to explain why they use it and the benefits.
Unfortunately, their recipes are limited, and they only offer a chocolate cake and muffin mix on their website. This mix includes ingredients like chickpea flour, buckwheat flour, almonds, moong dal, urad dal, and natural sweeteners like monk fruit.
While the main instructions aren’t vegan, the mix itself is, and the back of the bag tells you that you can replace the eggs. However, it doesn’t tell you what to replace it with, so you can use any egg replacement you want.
5. Color Kitchen
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Color Kitchen is another company that offers vegan products, and leaves out some more of the nastier ingredients we see in pre-made mixes. They are also:
• Artificial dye-free
• Plant-based, even for the dye
This makes it yet another company that is looking out for its customers and its products aren’t dangerous to eat. In addition to cake mixes, Color Kitchen also offers sprinkles and frostings, so you can make a whole cake using their ingredients and not just the baked portion of a cake.
Unfortunately, like most other companies on this list, they have limited options. They only offer red velvet cake mix, in addition to rainbow pancake mix and red velvet cookie mix.
Since they like colors, they offer rainbow sprinkles, and bright colors that are almost neon, including blue, pink, yellow, orange, and green. So if you enjoy colors as much as this company seems to, this may be a great place to buy ingredients to make a vegan cake.
6. Really Great Food Company
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Finally, a cake company that offers more than one or two cake mixes. However, if you were expecting dozens of options, you’d still be disappointed. The Really Great Food Company only has four cake mixes.
• Chocolate cake
• Golden cake
• Yellow cake
• Coffee crumb cake
While they don’t specifically list it on the box, these cake mixes are all vegan as they are dairy and egg-free. They are also free of GMOs, soy, nuts, casein, and gluten. They are also certified kosher.
Since they aren’t dedicated to making vegan products, they don’t offer a vegan recipe option on the back. This means that you will have to find your own substitutes for eggs with all of their recipes, and sour cream and butter for some of their cake mixes.
This is a company that has been around since 1991. They strive to make all of their customers satisfied and are rigorous in their safety standards to make sure that there isn’t even a trace of cross-contamination with allergens like gluten. This means that not only are the cake mixes vegan, but they were also not made somewhere where non-vegan products were made.
7. Better Batter
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Better Batter offers two cake options, a yellow cake, and a chocolate cake. While this company focuses on being gluten-free, they are also vegan. At the end of their ingredients list, they always mention if their products are kosher, vegan, GMO-free, and top 10 friendly.
The cake mixes can be ordered alone or included in a bundle with a fudge brownie recipe and a pancake and biscuit mix, both of which are also vegan-friendly. Though they are not specifically made with vegans in mind, they do have a lower-fat vegan recipe included on the box.
If you don’t want to be lower fat, but still want it to be vegan, all you have to do is substitute the eggs in the instructions for something else.
They also have a high-altitude recipe guide so you really don’t have to do any thinking when making this mix.