dairy free, one layer cake with chocolate buttercream frosting topped with sprinkles

One Layer Cake

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking


This simple one layer cake recipe is perfect for small birthdays and other celebrations. It’s easy to make and topped with chocolate buttercream and sprinkles.



  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dairy free milk (we used cashew)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt


  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening*
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons dairy free milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ and grease and flour a 8” or 9” round cake pan *affiliate link.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs until smooth. Slowly whisk in the flour and baking powder until fully incorporated and smooth.
  3. Transfer to cake pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes (an inserted toothpick should come out clean). Remove from oven and allow cake to cool for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack or cake plate. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
  4. While the cake is baking, beat shortening, cocoa powder and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add salt and powdered sugar in about 1/2 cup increments until fully incorporated. Add milk until desired consistency has been reached.

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