Vegan Ginger Cake

Vegan ginger cake – a moist, sticky, spicy sheet cake that is full of flavour, easy to make and perfect for snacking on. Egg and dairy free.

Vegan ginger cake - a moist, sticky, spicy sheet cake that is full of flavour, easy to make and perfect for snacking on. Egg and dairy free.

I know it isn’t really the right time of year for ginger cake, it is much more of an Autumn/Winter kind of thing; but we have been having a lot of dreary weather recently and I have just been in the mood for comforting bakes and warm flavours.

Vegan ginger sheet cake with lemon glaze and crystallised ginger sliced into squares.

This cake ticks all of those boxes as well as being really simple to make and vegan to boot. It is warm and generously spiced, with a moist, dense texture and is wonderful for snacking on throughout the day.

It is also incredible served warm with ice cream or custard for a comforting old-fashioned style pudding!

Vegan egg and dairy free ginger snack cake made with golden syrup and treacle sliced into squares.

I based this vegan ginger cake off my recipe for toffee apple gingerbread and veganised it by replacing the eggs with soy yogurt (you can use coconut yogurt if soy is an issue) and using vegan spread in place of the butter.

I like to use Stork for vegan baking as I think that it gives the best texture, but feel free to use your favourite spread instead.

I topped the vegan ginger cake with a simple lemon glaze and some chopped crystallised ginger. It really doesn’t need it as the cake is plenty sweet enough and full of flavour on it’s own; I just wanted to make it look a bit prettier for photos as it is quite plain looking on it’s own. You can make the glaze or omit it as you wish.

Squares of vegan ginger cake topped with lemon glaze and candied ginger on a light grey background.

This cake keeps fairly well; store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Vegan Ginger Cake Recipe:

Vegan Ginger Cake

Vegan ginger cake - a moist, sticky, spicy sheet cake that is full of flavour, easy to make and perfect for snacking on. Egg and dairy free.
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 squares

Ingredients

Vegan Ginger Cake:

  • 200 g (3/4 cup +1 Tbsp) vegan spread
  • 200 g (1 cup + 1 Tbsp) dark brown soft sugar
  • 250 g (3/4 cup) golden syrup
  • 100 g (scant 1/3 cup) treacle
  • 360 g (3 cups) self-raising flour
  • 2 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) plain soy yogurt
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened dairy free milk (I used almond)

Lemon Glaze:

  • 50 g (1/2 cup) icing (powdered) sugar sifted
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • a handful finely chopped crystallised ginger

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 and grease and line a 23cm/9in square tin.

  2. Place the vegan spread, sugar, golden syrup and treacle in a large bowl and whisk with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Fold half of the dry ingredients into the butter sugar mixture then mix in the yogurt. Fold in the other half of the dry ingredients then finally mix in the milk.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and spread level. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

  5. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes then carefully turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. To make the glaze, place the sifted icing sugar in a bowl and gradually stir in enough lemon juice to make a runny glaze. Drizzle over the cake and scatter over some chopped crystallised ginger. Cut into squares and serve. Store in an airtight container.

Close up of squares of vegan ginger traybake cake.

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