Easy Vegan Cakes and Pies

Cranberry-Carrot Cake with Vegan Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting

vegan cranberry-carrot cake

This cranberry-carrot cake is festive and luscious, but with a minimum of fat and a plethora of fresh fruit (and a vegetable!) in the batter, not the least bit guilt-inducing. It’s a nice alternative to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner, for those few who don’t care for it, and wonderful for Christmas as well. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Buckeye Pie

Buckeye Pie Hannah Kaminsky

Cradled in a chocolate crust and blanketed by a ganache topping, the silky peanut butter mousse at the center is creamy and luscious. The hardest part of this pie is making the crust (if indeed you’re making yours from scratch), so once it’s baked and ready to go, you’re more than halfway done! Recipe adapted from Easy as Vegan Pie by Hannah Kaminsky. © 2013, Skyhorse Publishing, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Vegan Mud Pie

Mud Pie

Go ahead and play in the mud! This vegan mud pie is inspired by the call for a “cup of mud,” which is of course simply coffee, and the outrageously chocolaty affair known as Mississippi mud cake, it’s as dark and intense as a fresh brewed cuppa, but with all the trappings of an elegant dessert.

Don’t be misled by the funky name—this kind of mud pie is far tastier than any childhood sandbox creation. Perfect for a pie novice, this is an effortless dessert with a big flavor payoff. Recipe and photos from Easy as Vegan Pie by Hannah Kaminsky. © 2013, Skyhorse Publishing, reprinted by permission.

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Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash Pie

Vegan pumpkin pie with dairy free whipped cream and cinnamon sticks on holiday table

Smooth, sweet butternut puree tastes just as good as sugar pumpkin in the classic pumpkin pie (vegan style)—perhaps even better! Once you’ve got the squash or pumpkin baked, which I do ahead of time, making this nourishing pie is a snap. It contains no eggs or dairy, of course, but no one will notice the difference. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Hint of Chocolate

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake with a hint of chocolate

Here’s a vegan cheesecake-like version of pumpkin pie that offers a subtle chocolate twist with each bite. What a perfect way to finish a Thanksgiving dinner! Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Vegan Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

vegan pumpkin cheesecake on white plate with silver fork holiday table thanksgiving dessert

Thanksgiving isn’t the same without pumpkin pie. But if you’re looking for something different and delicious that your guests willl go crazy over, you’ve found it. Recipe and photos contributed by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

Vegan Chocolate Mousse and Banana Pie

Vegan Chocolate Banana mousse pie

Silken tofu is a great base for a vegan mousse-style pie filling—it has just the right consistency, minus the bother of a flour-thickened sauce. Chocolate and banana are a dream team in this easy, dairy-free dessert, requiring just 5 ingredients (plus just a couple more if you decide to make your own crust). Photos by Evan Atlas. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake

Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake

This nutty, chocolatey vegan cake has long been a family favorite. It’s practically foolproof, and, with just minutes of hands-on time, a dream come true for lazy bakers like me. I often make this when asked to bring dessert to a gathering, and when I do, I double the recipe so I can leave one of the cakes at home! Feel free to substitute cashew or other nut butter for the peanut butter, and if need be, try the gluten-free version. And make sure to see the optional frosting below the recipe if you’d like an even richer cake. more→

Cashew Chocolate Mousse Pie

vegan chocolate mousse pie recipe

This vegan chocolate mousse pie, made of raw cashews and silken tofu, is rich and delicious. It goes down very easy, so depending on how many you are serving, you may want to double the recipe and make two. This is a great finish for holiday meals, but it’s simple enough to prepare for dessert, any day of the week. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen* by Nava Atlas.

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Jamocha Silk Pie

Vegan chocolate, coconut, tofu mousse pie detail

This concept is not original – you can’t throw a stone in vegan blogland and not find a tofu and cocoa-type pie. But the ingredients are what give it a uniquely rich flavor profile and texture. With the blend of chocolate and a hint of coffee, one slice will sate you for the day. And it’s easy and pretty enough to throw together for last-minute company. This takes only about 10 minutes to make, plus about 30 minutes to firm up in the freezer — if you can wait that long. Recipe contributed by Ashlee Piper, of The Little Foxes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky, of Bittersweet. more→

Raw Strawberry Tart

Raw Strawberry Tart from Carrie Forrest

To make the most of the incredible strawberries available in late spring and early summer, try this raw strawberry tart created by Carrie Forrest of Carrie on Living. This easy recipe highlights ripe, sweet strawberries, which are nestled in a healthy, no-bake crust made of pecans, oats, raisins, flax meal, currants, and date paste. The recipe makes for a very thick crust, but, as Carrie says, “that’s kinda how I like it.” Chances are, you will, too. more→

Ultra Fudgy Brownies

Vegan Brownies

One of the gripes of many vegan bakers is that it’s too difficult to create brownies that are really fudgy instead of cake-like. Well, here they are: the ultimate fudgy brownies! The addition of pureed avocado creates a miracle of synergy with just 1/4 cup oil, resulting in one of the richest-tasting, fudgiest brownies I’ve ever had. From Sweet Freedom by Ricki Heller.

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