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Water Cake: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Cake Recipe

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Yes, you can make cake without eggs or milk! We’ll show you a basic recipe for vegan water cake, as well as four variations. Simply customize your dairy-free and egg-free cake to your own tastes.

When possible, remember to use organic ingredients for your water cake. By doing so, you support ecologically sustainable agriculture practices that don’t pollute nature with synthetic pesticides and artificial fertilizers. 

If you choose to add cocoa powder or coffee to your cake, look for Fairtrade products, to ensure that the farmers at the bottom of the supply chain have good working conditions and are being fairly compensated.  You’ll find more information on the topic here: Why Drink Fair Trade Coffee? Facts, Myths, and Brands

Water Cake: Basic Recipe

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In order for this egg-free cake to get its fluffy texture, you’ll need to sift the flour. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Nicole Michalou )


  • 1⅓ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder


  1. In a large bowl, mix the water with the sugar and vanilla extract. Add the oil in and stir to combine.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl. Slowly add it to the water-sugar-oil mixture and stir until there are no more lumps.
  3. Grease a round 9” springform pan (available on Amazon**), and pour in the batter.
  4. Bake the water cake at 350˚F for approximately 50 minutes. Voila! Egg-free water cake.

Four Recipe Variations

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Cocoa powder and powdered sugar are just one of many variations you can create with this egg-free cake recipe! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Henry Be)

You can easily modify this egg-free cake recipe to your liking. Here are a few suggestions to get started, but feel free to let your creativity run wild:

  • Cocoa Powder: Remove four tablespoons of flour from the original recipe and add four tablespoons of cocoa powder instead. This will give your water cake a nice chocolatey flavor.
  • Coffee: Replace the water with brewed coffee. Here’s one tasty recipe: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
  • Lemon: Add two tablespoons of lemon juice along with some lemon peels to the batter to give this egg-free cake a citrusy twist.
  • Pears and Apricots: Peel the fruit and cut into thin slices. Place them on the surface of the cake batter in the springform pan and bake until golden brown. 

Tip: If you like, dust the water cake with powdered sugar at the end.

This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can find the original here: Wasserkuchen: Rezept ohne Butter und Ei mit Variationsmöglichkeiten

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