Easy Birthday Cake

Perfect for special celebrations, this easy birthday cake checks a lot of boxes for folks with special dietary needs--it's got no dairy, eggs, nuts, or soy!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
1 8-inch layer cake


  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 3 cups cake flour

  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans.

  2. Combine 3 tablespoons water, vegetable oil, and 2 teaspoons baking powder in a small bowl to make an egg substitute. Whisk until well combined.

  3. Combine cake flour, sugar, 1 1/4 cups water, shortening, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl. Add egg substitute and beat with an electric mixer until well mixed, about 4 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared cake pans.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely before topping with your choice of frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
12g Fat
58g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 3g
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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