How to Make a Cake Without Eggs (and 5 Delicious Eggless Recipes)

Everyone loves cake. Just because you have an egg allergy or you follow a vegan diet does not mean that have to swear off all things cake. Even if you want to bake a batch of cupcakes on a whim and realize you are out of eggs, fear not. Anyone can bake a cake without eggs – a delicious cake for that matter. Here are a few substitutes so that you can make your favorite cake without eggs and 5 yummy eggless cake recipes that you are sure to love.

Egg Substitutes: Bake Any Cake Without Eggs 

How To Make A Cake Without Eggs (And 5 Delicious Eggless Recipes)

Any recipe can be modified so that you can make your favorite cake without eggs. So whether you have an allergy, are trying to cut out eggs to help lower your cholesterol, or you just ran out of eggs, there are a few substitutes that work great for baking a cake without eggs. 

There are commercial egg substitutes that you can buy in the store. These are usually in a powder form with a consistency like flour. You mix the powder with a certain amount of water to make the equivalent of a whole egg, an egg yolk, or egg whites. There are some great egg substitutes out there that are vegan and can be used by someone with an egg allergy. 

How To Make A Cake Without Eggs (And 5 Delicious Eggless Recipes)

However, you can also make your own egg substitute if you would rather not buy it or if you are halfway into your cake recipe when you realize that you are out of eggs. Probably the easiest substitute for making a cake without eggs is one that uses two things most people have in their pantry – baking soda and vinegar. Go ahead and make that cake without eggs with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a tablespoon of vinegar for every one egg called for in the recipe. It works for pretty much any cake recipe and will give you a light, fluffy cake without any difference in the way it tastes. 

Another great alternative for making your cake without eggs is to substitute 1/4 cup of silken tofu for each egg called for in the recipe. Because tofu has no leavening properties, you will also want to add about 1/8 of a teaspoon of baking soda per egg as well. This substitute works best for moist, dense cakes like carrot cake or pound cake, but can be used as a substitute in any cake recipe. It just might result in a denser cake than if it was made with eggs. 

5 Recipes for Cake Without Eggs

If you want to explore some eggless recipes, here are 5 recipes for cake without eggs that will soon become your go-to cake recipes. 

Eggless Vanilla Cake 

How To Make A Cake Without Eggs (And 5 Delicious Eggless Recipes)

This vanilla cake has a sweet buttery flavor and light, moist texture. It is made with sugar, butter, vanilla extract, flour, milk, and apple cider vinegar. To make this recipe vegan, swap out the milk for your favorite plant-based milk. 

Find the full recipe at Mommy’s Home Cooking

Chocolate Depression Cake

How To Make A Cake Without Eggs (And 5 Delicious Eggless Recipes)

Also known as a Wacky Cake, this recipe for cake without eggs originates from the Great Depression when dairy and eggs were being rationed. It is a moist, rich chocolate cake that does not give away the fact that it is egg and dairy-free. Although this recipe includes frosting, the original recipe does not (because it honestly does not need it). If you would rather skip the frosting, dust your cake with powdered sugar and enjoy. 

The full cake recipe and a recipe for homemade chocolate frosting can be found on Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Water Cake 

How To Make A Cake Without Eggs (And 5 Delicious Eggless Recipes)

This Italian water cake is super simple and only requires a few ingredients. This cake without eggs or dairy is perfect to make when you are running low on ingredients. All you need is flour, baking powder, sugar, water, vegetable oil. This recipe says the lemon zest is optional, but it gives a nice touch to the cake. Alternatively, the vanilla is not mandatory so do not worry if you are out of vanilla, it just adds a touch of sweetness. 

Be sure to sift both the flour and baking powder and mix them thoroughly. This will result in a lighter cake. 

It is a neat recipe and you can make a number of variations like adding ground cinnamon for a cinnamon-flavored snickerdoodle type cake, espresso powder for a coffee-flavored cake, or lemon or orange zest for a nice citrus cake.

Find the recipe at Kirbie’s Cravings.

Eggless Lemon Cake with Lemon Glaze

How To Make A Cake Without Eggs (And 5 Delicious Eggless Recipes)

This recipe results in a soft, spongy lemon cake without eggs and a tangy lemon glaze. It is a pretty simple recipe with the staples of most cakes – flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla extract. It also calls for milk, lemon zest and lemon juice, baking soda, and baking powder. For a vegan version, you can substitute the butter and milk for your favorite vegan alternatives. The lemon glaze is super simple and only requires lemon juice and powdered sugar. The added bonus is that while it is baking, it will fill your kitchen with the most delicious lemony smell. 

Find step-by-step instructions with pictures at Revi’s Foodography.

Eggless Carrot Cake

How To Make A Cake Without Eggs (And 5 Delicious Eggless Recipes)

People either love carrot cake or they hate it. If you are one of those people who love it, this recipe for carrot cake without eggs is a must-try. It includes the delicious cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg spices typical of carrot cake. Plus, it includes a recipe for homemade cream cheese frosting. If you are skipping the dairy, the cake itself is delicious and does not even need the frosting, so go ahead and sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top and enjoy as is!

Find the full recipe with step-by-step instructions at Swashti’s Recipes.

Whether you are accommodating a dietary restriction or you just do not have any eggs around, you can still bake a delicious cake with a few swaps or a modified recipe. Thanks to the resourcefulness of both bakers from the Great Depression and vegan bakers, there are so many delicious cakes without eggs you can try. So break out the sugar, flour, and the mixing bowls and get baking!

Check out this article on 10 Instant Pot Recipes for Vegans.

How To Make A Cake Without Eggs (And 5 Delicious Eggless Recipes)

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Michelle Frick
Michelle Frick
Born in Massachusetts, Michelle currently lives in North Carolina. She has two teenage boys who are growing up way too fast. Besides her love of writing, she enjoys running, practicing yoga, watching hockey, and cheering on the Boston Red Sox.