When summer rolls around in the US it is seemingly one patriotic holiday after another – Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July. Don’t find yourself in a position where you don’t have the perfect dessert to serve! This Vegan Flag Cake has white cake with a hint of lemon and is topped with tangy frosting and fresh berries. Eating it is the perfect way to celebrate America. Period.
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Vegan Flag Cake Ingredients
This cake is quick and easy to assemble making is a great option for all of your summer gatherings. You should also have no problem finding these ingredients at your local grocery store. Below is your grocery list explained.
- All Purpose Flour: No need for fancy flour here. Standard all purpose will leave you with a light cake with a great texture.
- Sugar: Here you will want to use granulated sugar. Do not try to get fancy (or healthy) and substitute another sweetener. Granulated sugar works best in desserts for a reason.
- Baking Powder: Baking powder provides the leavening power in our cakes. Without baking powder our cake wouldn’t rise. Baking powder begins releasing carbon dioxide in the batter and then expands more evenly while baking.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda needs an acidic and liquid ingredient to activate. Here, we are using baking powder and soda together as we need more leavening than we have acid available in the recipe.
- Sea Salt: Salt is important for enhancing flavor and improving texture. It also creates a better balance in your cake so it is not overwhelmingly sweet.
- Nondairy Yogurt: In vegan baking, non-dairy yogurt can act as an egg replacement as it aids in binding and leavening. It also adds moisture. Be sure to purchase unsweetened non-dairy yogurts for baking so that you are able to control the sugar levels in your desserts.
- Nondairy Milk: Any nondairy milk will do here. Try to go for something unflavored and unsweetened but use what you’ve got.
- Canola Oil: Canola oil is a neutral or “flavorless” vegetable oil that won’t conflict with the flavor of your cake. It delivers a nice moistness as well.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract is a common baking ingredient for a reason. It chemically adds more flavor without covering up the major flavors you would like to shine through.
- Lemon Zest: Just a small amount of lemon zest is needed here as we are just trying to give our cake a little zing instead of flavoring the whole thing.
- Lemon Juice: The addition of lemon juice will bring some additional acid to our recipe to activate and bind with the baking soda.
Vegan Flag Cake Frosting Ingredients
- Vegan Cream Cheese: Vegan Cream Cheese is a dairy-free alternative to traditional cream cheese. While once difficult to find, it is now readily available in many chain grocery stores.
- Non-Hydrogenated Vegetable Shortening: This shortening is free of hydrogenated trans fats! It is a wonderful, dairy free alternative to butter when making frosting. Generally flavorless, non-hydrogenated shortening is a great substitute for butter and traditional shortening in all baking.
- Vegan Butter: Here we are adding a small amount of vegan butter for additional flavor and creaminess. It will make the frosting more spreadable.
- Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar is ideal for making frosting. Try to purchase a high-quality brand of bright white color and fluffy, light texture. If your powdered sugar is a bit clumpy, sift it prior to adding to your frosting.
- Lemon Juice: Here lemon juice is being used for tang. You will taste it slightly in the final product but it will not be overwhelmingly lemony.
Tips for Making a Great Vegan Flag Cake
- If you would like to get ahead, you can bake your cake the day before you intend to frost and serve it. Bake the cake per recipe instructions, allow to cool and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Store at room temperature overnight and prepare frosting the following day. Frost and decorate with berries when ready to serve.
- Do not let cake batter sit for very long after it is prepared. Once your wet ingredients have been added into your dry ingredients the baking powder and baking soda will begin to activate. You want these chemical reactions to take place in the oven while the cake is baking and not while sitting on your countertop. Prepare accordingly.
- When making the frosting, be sure to beat the vegan cream cheese thoroughly before adding in the powdered sugar. It takes a bit longer to break down than traditional cream cheese and you don’t want cream cheese clumps in the final product.
- Check the quality of your powdered sugar before adding it to the frosting. If it has some tight clumps, sift it prior to incorporating it. This will ensure your icing does not have tiny powdered sugar pebbles.
How to Serve a Vegan Flag Cake
The best way to serve this cake is at a party or BBQ celebrating one of the many patriotic holidays taking place over the summer. Roll up to the party with this cake in tow and I promise you will be the most popular one there. You don’t even need to tell anyone it’s vegan if you don’t want!
While a 4th of July party might be the perfect place for this cake, that doesn’t mean you can’t whip one up for yourself or your family just because you felt like it. A sweet, tangy, fruity cake is just fine by me any day of the year.
How to Store Vegan Flag Cake
This cake will keep in the pan it was baked in if stored at room temperature covered tightly in plastic wrap. You can also cover it with aluminum foil if you’d like. The cake will keep for 2-3 days stored like this. If you would like to extend its shelf like by a day or two you can store the cake covered in the refrigerator. Just let it sit out for 20 minutes or so before serving unless you like cold cake and frosting. I know I don’t mind!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Flag Cake?
Flag cake is typically a white or yellow cake baked in a 9×13 inch pan topped with cream cheese icing. It is decorated with berries to produce the look of an American flag. It can be served at one of many patriotic holidays.
What berries work best on Flag Cake?
For the “stars” portion of the flag you want to choose a berry that is blueish in color. I would recommend either blueberries or blackberries. For the stripes portion, strawberries and raspberries work best but you can sub in fresh, pitted cherries or even maraschino cherries if preferred.Print
Vegan Flag Cake
A patriotic dessert recipe that can now feed everyone at the party, even those pesky vegans! White cake brightened with subtle lemon flavor topped with tangy frosting and berries. Great for any summer gathering.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Bake Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 1 9×13 inch Cake 1x
- Category: Cakes and Cupcakes
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
For the Cake
2 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 3/4 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 c nondairy yogurt
3/4 c nondairy milk
3/4 c canola oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
For the Frosting
8 oz vegan cream cheese
1/4 c vegan butter
4 c powdered sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 c fresh blueberries
2 c fresh strawberries, sliced
- Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C) and lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. Set aside. To a large bowl add the all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. Whisk together. To a smaller, separate bowl add the nondairy yogurt, nondairy milk, canola oil, vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice. Whisk vigorously until well-combined.
- Finish Batter and Bake: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Do not over-mix. Pour cake batter into prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Place cake on center rack of preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean with only a few crumbs clinging to it. Set aside to cool completely.
- Prepare the Frosting: Make the frosting while the cake is cooling. Add vegan cream cheese, non-hydrogenated shortening and vegan butter to a large bowl. Beat together with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until super creamy. This should take about 1 minute. Vegan cream cheese takes a little longer to break down. Add powdered sugar and lemon juice to the bowl. Beat until frosting is smooth and there are no powdered sugar chunks.
- Frost and Decorate: Once cake is completely cool spread on the frosting using a knife or offset spatula. Arrange your blueberries into rows in the upper left-hand square of the cake. Arrange the sliced strawberries into four rows starting at the very top of the pan. Leave about an inch of space between each row. This space will serve as the white stripes on the flag.
*Prepared cake will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 day or 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Unfrosted cake can be frozen for up to 1 month.
*While there is lemon in this cake it is not a “lemon cake.” The lemon does infuse a little flavor but is added for freshness and tang.
*If your powdered sugar is a little clumpy in the bag, be sure to sift it before adding it to your frosting. Once it is wet it is very difficult to break down. You don’t want powdered sugar craters in your frosting.
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