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Vegan gluten free birthday cakeVegan gluten free birthday cake a moist date cake with raspberry cashew cream and chocolate frosting. An easy and healthy paleo birthday cake made with wholefoods : coconut oil, almond meal and arrowroot flour. Refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free.

Vegan gluten free birthday cake – easy date vanilla cake

If you follow the blog for a while you must know that my little princess Emma is turning 5 years old today. She is the reason why I started this blog 5 years ago. You have seen her baking with me in few post like her favorite wholewheat banana muffins. So now that she turns 5, this cake must be shared with you. Emma ask me if I can do a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting that daddy and mummy can eat. You know my husband is vegan and I don’t eat refined flour or sugar so the cake must be :

  • dairy free
  • egg free
  • gluten free
  • kid friendly

Oh and this vegan gluten free birthday cake must have some pink of course! She loves pink 🙂 Keep reading, I made a raspberry cashew cream to add some natural pink colors in this cake.

Don’t worry this cake is SUPER easy to make. The date cake itself required only 6 ingredients.

Vegan gluten free birthday cake

  • Dates – I used deglor because they are cheaper than medjool but any dates works
  • Almond milk – as always I am using Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk
  • Almond meal – also known as almond flour or ground flour
  • Arrowroot powder – or use tapioca flour if you can’t find arrowroot it won’t change the taste much
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract

Vegan gluten free birthday cake

Raspberry Cashew cream

My girl request a berry frosting – she actually wanted some strawberries but they are not in season right now. So I made a cashew cream flavored with dried freeze raspberries. That is an expensive ingredients, I know, but you can simply use a bit of natural raspberry flavoring and natural pink food coloring if you prefer ! It won’t change the texture much !

Vegan gluten free birthday cake

This is what you need for the raspberry cashew cream that I spread between the 2 layers of my vegan gluten free birthday cake for Emma.

  • Freeze dried raspberries 
  • Cashew Nuts – unroasted, unsalted, soaked at least 1 hour in hot water and drained!
  • Lemon Juice – use fresh lemon if you can !
  • Maple syrup – any liquid sweetener will work like agave or brown rice syrup
  • Coconut milk – light or regular

Vegan gluten free birthday cake

Chocolate Coconut Frosting – 3 ingredients

Again, easy peasy frosting here with only 3 ingredients. I simply used

  • melted dark chocolate 70% cocoa
  • coconut milk
  • extra virgin coconut oil

Vegan gluten free birthday cake

It is my easy chocolate ganache that I love to spread onto any cake or cupcakes for the kids. Nobody never noticed it was dairy free ! I hope you will enjoy this simple vegan gluten free birthday cake recipe. There is not much picture of the inside as I was feeling super bad to cut the cake before the birthday party. I actually did for the video recipe below! And I add to recover the cake with chocolate frosting to hide it ! But well, I really wanted to share this special recipe with you guys. It is an easy family friendly recipe and it makes me so happy to share a piece of my life with you !

Enjoy the recipe and happy birthday to my lovely Emma ! One day you will read that blog and make this recipe again. Love you to the moon and back. note: on Emma’s cake we added few vegan marshmallow and rainbow chocolate candies to make the colors pop a little bit more. It is not only about healthy, but fun too right? Vegan gluten free birthday cake

Watch the vegan gluten free birthday cake recipe video and make it now !

Sweetashoney Carine Claudepierre


Vegan gluten free birthday cake

Vegan gluten free birthday cake

Vegan gluten free birthday cake with raspberry cashew cream and chocolate frosting. An easy and healthy paleo birthday cake made with wholefoods : coconut oil, almond meal and arrowroot flour. Refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Author: Carine
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Vegan Date Cake

Cashew Raspberry Cream

Chocolate Ganache


Vegan date cake

  • In a blender, add the pitted date and lukewarm almond milk. Put the blender lid on and let the dates soak for 5 minutes. I microwaved my almond milk on high for 1 minute to get it lukewarm. 
  • Blend until it forms a date paste and transfer into a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in almond meal, vanilla extract and baking soda. When the almnd meal is fully incorporated, stir in gradually the arrowroot flour - add it in two times to avoid lumps, 1/3 cup at a time.
  • You can bake the whole cake batter at once or split the batter in half - as I do- and bake in two Don't bake the two cakes at the same time in your oven, one at a time for baking precision.  
  • For half batter, bake for 20-25 minutes or for the whole batter at once bake for 30-35 minutes or until set and golden brown on top.
  • Unmold and cool down on a rack.

Cashew Raspberry cream

  • Drain the soaked cashew nuts.
  • In a blender, add all the cashew cream ingredients execpt the dried freeze raspberry- order of ingredients doesn't matter.
  • Blend for 1 minute until it forms a smooth cashew cream. 
  • Stop the blender, add the freeze dried raspberries, process again for 15 seconds until combine and a pinkish cream forms.
  • Transfer into a small mixing bowl and freeze 10 minutes to set.

Date cake assembly

  • If you follow the date cake recipe above, you ends up with two 6 inches date cakes. Make sure the cakes are cool before adding the cashew cream. 
  • Pick one of your 2 cakes, spread half of the cashew raspberry cream on on side of this cake and add the other cake on top. Refrigerate while you prepare the chocolate ganache frosting.Store the leftover of raspberry cream in the fridge and serve as a side with your cake. I like to top up my cake with extra cashew cream !

Chocolate Ganache

  • In a small mixing bowl, add dark chocolate and coconut milk. Microwave 30 seconds, whisk in coconut oil and microwave for another 30 seconds. 
  • Stir to form a thick ganache, if too thick add slightly more melted coconut oil
  • Remove the cake from the fridge and spread the chocolate ganache on top of your cake. Sprinkle extra freeze dried raspberries on top if you like ! 
Storage: store your cake in the fridge for up to 4 days in a cake box.
Freeze dried raspberries replacement: you can replace by few drops of natural raspberry flavoring and natural pink color if you like.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan gluten free birthday cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 98
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.9g17%
Carbohydrates 21.5g7%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugar 7.7g9%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition panel is for one slice of cake. This recipe serve 12 cake slice.

This vegan gluten free birthday cake recipe post has been sponsored by Almond Breeze made from the best California Almonds

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  1. I am excited to try this recipe! I’m just checking that this recipe actually requires baking SODA and not baking POWDER? I don’t want to waste the rest of the ingredients by putting in the wrong thing. I understand that in many vegan cake recipes, baking soda is used as a raising agent but the recipe usually includes vinegar to react with the baking soda. This recipe only calls for the soda.
    Please clarify this for me?
    Many thanks.

    • Hello! You can use both. I am using baking soda because it is the most clean raising agent. Baking powder is actually a mix of baking soda and other additives (like corn flour etc) that you actually don’t need in a recipe. However, both raising agent will work well. Baking soda required an ‘acid’ base to react, here it reacts with the almond milk (slightly acid and enough to raise the cake batter) and you don’t need vinegar. If you want to sub baking soda for baking powder, you will have to use 2 times more – so here 2 teaspoon. I hope this makes sense ! XOXO Carine.

    • Carine says:

      I did not try anything else than dates but usually dried prunes works as a substitute. ENjoy the cake ! XOXO Carine.