Vegan cakes used to be few and far between in the UK—especially when you need something convenient to pick up for a special occasion.
But, times have changed, and now, major supermarkets are selling vegan cakes and cupcakes to make birthdays and get-togethers a little sweeter.
All the Best Vegan Cakes In the UK
Here are the best vegan cakes you can find in the UK. Several vegan bakeries will even deliver custom-ordered cakes to your home, so you can pick the flavor combos of your dreams without having to stress over a kitchen disaster.
Available in Waitrose, OGGS makes vegan desserts like Zesty Lemon Cake, Victoria Sponge, and Chocolate Fudge. The company uses aquafaba instead of eggs to give its cakes a light, fluffy texture. In addition, it uses sustainable plant-based or recycled packaging materials and partners with local suppliers to make its treats.
2. John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners has two vegan cake options available, according to the Instagram account Vegan Food UK. Options include the Chocolate Ganache Beetroot and Ginger Cake and the Salted Caramel Billionaire Bar.
Stop by IKEA for a carrot and orange sponge cake or a citrus-y courgette and lime cake, complete with dairy-free buttercream. While you’re there, you can also pick up some vegan hot dogs for lunch.
4. The Vegan Cakery
Everything at this award-winning vegan bakery is hand-made to order by owner Michelle Orme. You can order for pickup at Cafe Mbriki in Leicester city centre or have it delivered via post. Flavors include Black Forest, banoffee, chocolate and orange, lemon poppyseed, coffe and walnut, and double chocolate gateau.
5. Daiya Chocolate Cheezecake
Is traditional cake not your thing? No problem—you can get Canadian brand Daiya’s vegan chocolate cheesecake at Sainsbury’s or Asda. This gluten-free option features a rich, chocolatey coconut-based filling on a chocolate cookie crust. Remember to take it out of the freezer ahead of time—it has a deliciously fudgy texture when given the time to thaw.
6. The Handmade Cake Company
This vegan sheet cake from The Handmade Cake Company serves up to 15 people, so it’s perfect for crowds. It features a shortcake base layered with apricot jam, apricot and almond sponge, and a flaked oat and almond topping. It arrives frozen, so you can also order it ahead of time. Plus, its shape makes it easier to transport than your standard cake.
7. V Taste
If you’re having a small get-together, look for the vegan chocolate cupcakes from Morrisons’ own-brand range, V Taste. Both flavors are topped with a generous dollop of frosting and sugar stars. It’s also available in the flavor red velvet. Yum!
8. Vida Bakery
Should you need a gluten-free and vegan birthday cake with show-stopping decorations, Vida Bakery has you covered. Cake flavors include chocolate, vanilla, lemon, and red velvet, which can be paired with a wide range of frostings, from classic chocolate and vanilla to berry and cookies and cream. This brand also specializes in unicorn cakes and colorful six-layer rainbow cakes.
9. The Heavenly Cake Company
Free from gluten and refined sugar, The Heavily Cake Company’s vegan desserts can be delivered nationwide. Its flavor offerings include double chocolate, pure vanilla, Jamaican spicy fruit, banana, carrot, fruit cake, and Jamaican rum cake. The latter is packed full of dark and white rum, mixed tropical fruit, spices, molasses, and subtle oak.
10. Just Love Food Company
Need a free from cake? Allergen-friendly Just Love Food Company offers its nut-free vegan chocolate cake in Asda and Tesco. It features a chocolate sponge filled and covered with dairy-free chocolate frosting, topped with lustered chocolate drops.
11. Freaks of Nature
Find Freaks of Nature’s dairy-free, gluten-free cheesecakes at Ocado, Waitrose, Tesco, and The Vegan Kind Supermarket. Flavors include chocolate caramel, mango passionfruit, and double chocolate ganache.
These vegan cupcakes from Asda feature a moist chocolate sponge made with strawberry jam and coconut milk, topped with frosting and a marshmallow—gelatin-free, of course. Better yet, a two-pack costs just £1.50, so you can pick up enough to keep your friends and family happy without breaking the bank.
This vegan harvest cake from Sidoli has a decadent brown sugar flavor infused with apples, parsnips, pineapple, sultanas, coconut, and caramel. It features two layers of sponge with vanilla frosting, topped with crunchy pistachios. With 14 portions, it’s good for big gatherings and it arrives frozen, so you can store it in your freezer until the big day. Just remember to let it thaw ahead of time!
14. Lola’s Cupcakes
Don’t been fooled by the name—London-based bakery Lola’s Cupcakes also makes full-sized cakes, cheesecake, and even brownies. It offers a wide range of flavors for every option. Classic cake flavors include lemon and raspberry, chocolate and hazelnut, strawberries and cream, and lemon drizzle. But, you can also order naked cakes, party cakes, ombre cakes, and over-the-top fantasy cakes. The bakery also has free-from options made without gluten, refined sugar, and nuts.
Starbucks has stepped up its vegan game. Not only can you get your hands on a plant-based breakfast or lunch, it also has sweets up for grabs. The current menu offers vegan chocolate and raspberry cake.