Easy Strawberry Cake

This vegan Easy Strawberry Cake is bursting with color, flavor, and even a secret super-healthy ingredient. I’ll give you a hint, it’s one of my favorite ingredients to sneak into a recipe…and no, it’s not spinach. If you’re into vegan cake recipes, check out my Vegan Vanilla Wacky Cake with Chocolate Frosting? Or how about my Vegan Pineapple and Red Velvet Cake. Inspiration!

Strawberry Cake with Strawberry icing and colorful sprinkles.

I’ll start this recipe with a disclaimer. If you consider yourself a super-human vegan that eats only the healthiest of foods all the time, I’ll take a guess here that this recipe isn’t going to do it for you.

But if you’re interested in trying something dairy free that’s both delicious and more nutritional than your typical cake, you might want to check this one out.

A pan full of Easy Vegan Strawberry Cake

How to Make Easy Strawberry Cake

Making this Easy Strawberry Cake is as fun as it looks! All you have to do is heat your oven to 350F and prepare a 9 X 13 cake pan by coating it with vegetable cooking spray. Or you can also do the more traditional coating of shortening followed by a thin coating of flour.

Then place chickpeas in your food processor along with the water and oil. Pulse for a few seconds to mix things up a bit. Use a spatula to scrape sides of the bowl and pulse again until everything is well blended. This can take up to a minute to get the mixture nice and smooth.

Next pour the contents of the strawberry cake mix in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients. Get out your mixer and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake according to the cake box instructions, typically 35 – 40 minutes. You can always do the the little toothpick test to see if the cake is done before removing it. Although, I’ll be honest, I usually use a thin piece of spaghetti instead.

When it’s done, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely.

You can make your own Strawberry Frosting, or use the dairy-free variety. Cover with sprinkles and enjoy.

Why You’ll Love Easy Strawberry Cake

Did I mention it was easy?

And delicious?

Well, how about cheap?

It’s true that some vegan recipes include ingredients that can weigh a little heavy on the pocketbook. But not this one. You can find everything you need in aisles 3 and 4 of my grocery store. At least that’s where they are today.

Is it just me or does it seem like grocery stores change things around sometimes just to mess with you!

One slice of this vegan easy strawberry cake with fruity frosting and a fork to help you eat it with!

I like making interesting and ultra-healthy vegan dishes with complicated ingredients. But sometimes I just enjoy a slice of something a little on the easy side.

Now, what about that secret ingredient? Chickpeas. Yes, that’s right, this cake has chickpeas in it. I’ve found using a store-bought cake mix and excluding the eggs leaves the cake too airy. It falls apart on the plate. I wanted it to be a little more dense and one can of whipped chickpeas (thanks, handy dandy food processor) and that problem was solved. The only thing left to figure out? How to avoid eating it all at one sitting!

We hope you’ll love this recipe for Easy Strawberry Cake. We certainly do!

A pan full of Easy Vegan Strawberry Cake

Vegan Easy Strawberry Cake

This vegan Easy Strawberry Cake is bursting with color, flavor, and even a secret super-healthy ingredient. Enjoy this dense, satisfying cake!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Strawberry Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • Strawberry Cake Mix
  • Strawberry frosting
  • Sprinkles optional

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350F and prepare a 9 X 13 cake pan by coating it with vegetable cooking spray. Or you can also do the more traditional coating of shortening followed by a thin coating of flour.
  • Place chickpeas in your food processor along with the water and oil. Pulse for a few seconds to mix things up a bit. Use a spatula to scrape sides of the bowl and pulse again until everything is well blended. This can take up to a minute to get the mixture nice and smooth.
  • Next pour the contents of the strawberry cake mix in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients. Get out your mixer and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake according to the cake box instructions, typically 35 - 40 minutes. You can always do the the little toothpick test to see if the cake is done before removing it. Although, I'll be honest, I usually use a thin piece of spaghetti instead.
  • When it's done, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely.
  • You can make your own Strawberry Frosting, or use the dairy-free variety. Cover with sprinkles and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Easy Strawberry Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 279mg12%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Sugar 29g32%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

This recipe is easy, vegan, delicious, healthier than the typical cake, and not so hard on the wallet. That’s a great list, but you know what else I love about it? I get to add it to my list of 100 Things to do with Chickpeas! Ahh, life is good!

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19 Responses to Easy Strawberry Cake

  1. Made this today for a lunch with family, came out PERFECT!!! I used a bundt pan and embellished the outside with chocolate covered strawberries. It was a hit! Everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I made this for my little sister this weekend when she came to celebrate her college graduation. We hadn’t had strawberry cake since we were kids and had no idea that many cake mixes are vegan! It came out delicious and she loved it. Thank you!

    • So glad to hear this dessert added to your family gathering. It’s true that being a vegan can sometimes be easy, delicious, and not so hard on the wallet either. Best wishes to you and your sister!!

  3. Just made this recipe for my kids today–it was awesome!! I made cupcakes instead of a cake, and it made 2 dozen. I also used 1/3 cup applesauce instead of the oil. Delicious! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Oh, you just made my day! Love the idea of using applesauce instead of the oil. And cupcakes? Yumm!

    • Oh, you just planted the seed of a great idea. I haven’t, but it is HIGH on my list to do next. I’ll let you know when the post is up!

  4. I just baked this cake using 2 9″ pans. It’s looking a little flat (did not rise much). I’m worried that I used a vita mixer instead of the food processor to combine the chickpeas, water and oil. Do you think that may have ruined it??

    • I can’t imagine that using a vitamix vs. a food processor would make that much of a difference. As you can see, several other people have tried the recipe with great success. I don’t know what caused the problem. Hopefully it still tasted fine!

    • Robin, Thanks for your comment! Yes, definitely rinsed and drained is best. I added that instruction to the recipe as well. Thanks!

  5. My daughter wants a strawberry cake for her birthday this weekend. Would like to do this recipe but reluctant to use strawberry cake mix because not organic. If I were to use a white or vanilla cake mix could I use mashed up strawberries? Not sure how many I would use. Not much of a baker and want to make a good cake for her. Same problem with frosting plus they say contains milk. Thanks for your help!

    • I think you could definitely add mashed strawberries to a vanilla cake and get a good strawberry flavor. You could add a box of vegetarian strawberry jello as well. Here’s what I would recommend: An organic vanilla cake mix with a box of vegetarian strawberry jello (in most health food stores), 1 cup of mashed fresh strawberries (2 cups fresh), then use the rest of the ingredients on the back of the cake mix box. Does this make sense?

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