Go Back

Melanie's Strawberry Cake (Oil-free, Gluten-free, WFPB)

This delicious cake has a whole pound of strawberries in it! Almond flour adds richness and texture without any oil.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Faithful Plateful


  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, washed and stems cut out
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider or white vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 3/4 cups oat flour (preferably store bought, or oats ground in your blender as fine as possible) use gluten free oats if needed
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Whipped Coconut Cream

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar (optional)


  1. In a food processor, blend up the strawberries into a puree. Put them in a pot on the stove and set to medium heat. Let them cook and reduce for 20-30 minutes until it's about half the amount it originally was (look at the side of the pot to see how far the liquid has gone down). We are basically steaming out the water of the strawberries and preserving the flavorful part. This will create about 3/4 cup strawberry reduction. If you have extra, save it for chia jam or something.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare cake pans by cutting out parchment paper to line two 8 inch round cake pans. Grease the sides.

  3. Meanwhile, in a liquid measuring cup, whisk together milk, vinegar, vanilla, maple syrup and food coloring. Let sit.

  4. In a large bowl, stir dry ingrdients together. Stir in wet ingrededients and the 3/4 cup strawberry reduction. Don't overstir. Once the vinegar and baking soda start to mix, you want to put it in the oven as soon as possible, so pour into prepared pans quickly. Definitely taste the batter because it's amazing (and one of the perks of plant-based baking!).

    Bake about 30 minutes, or until the middle bounces back when you press on it. Underbaking it will lead to a gooey inside.

    Let cool completely and frost with whipped coconut cream and decorate with strawberries 

Whipped Coconut Cream

  1. Put can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Put a large bowl in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to chill.

  2. Pour off the liquid part of the coconut milk so you only have the solid cream. Beat the cream with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add powdered sugar to taste and mix again. Keep in the fridge, where it will firm up even more.

Recipe Notes

Can also be made into cupcakes. Will make 24 cupcakes. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until center bounces back. They will not be the prettiest cupcakes since the tops will not be rounded, but flat. Still trying to get rounded tops without using eggs.