Blue Velvet Cake

This best blue velvet cake recipe is topped with a creamy vegan buttercream frosting. Blue velvet cake recipes are made from a buttermilk cake batter with cocoa flavor. Sometimes referred to as a blue suede cake, the beautiful blue color comes from all-natural ingredients (no artificial food coloring). If you love a surprisingly colorful cake, this recipe is for you!

Add creamy vegan vanilla frosting on top with sprinkles for a festive vegan birthday cake.

A slice of blue velvet cake on a plate in front of the rest of the cake.

Wouldn’t it be perfect to make your next Birthday cake blue? Or how about a Blue Velvet Wedding Cake? Whether Blue Birthday Cakes or wedding cakes, this cake is gorgeous! Besides, I love the surprise factor when serving colorful cakes, such as this vegan red velvet cake!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using cocoa extract instead of cocoa powder helps bring at the natural blue color and the smooth cocoa flavor.
  • Creaming the fat and the sugar makes a tender cake that will bring you back for slice after slice.
  • Natural food coloring means this cake isn’t infused with chemical food coloring.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Vegan butter — For storebought, I use Earth Balance butter sticks (not spreadable tub margarine). For homemade, I make this vegan butter recipe.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Almond flour — If you don’t have almond flour, you can leave this out, but it adds moisture to the cake.
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking soda + Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Apple cider vinegar — Vinegar interacts with the baking soda to create a light vegan cake. You can substitute white vinegar.
  • Cocoa extract — I can find this at my local grocery store in the baking aisle. You can substitute 2–3 tablespoons of natural cocoa powder (dutch-processed is not recommended) if you can’t find it. This will alter the color of the finished cake, and so you’ll want to add some natural food coloring gel to achieve a blue color.
  • Flour — I recommend all-purpose flour for a soft and tender cake, or you can use whole wheat pastry flour (not the same thing as whole wheat flour)
  • Blue matcha powder — This is a natural food coloring. See the link in the recipe card for the brand I recommend.
  • Frosting — I recommend using either this Vegan Buttercream Vanilla Frosting or this Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting.
  • Optional: Natural Food Coloring Gel (for even bluer cake)

How to Make Blue Velvet Cake

  1. Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the oil, almond flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the vinegar, vanilla, and cocoa extract, and mix again until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the flour in alternating steps with the water. Then mix in the blue matcha powder until smooth.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 30 – 33 minutes until the edges are golden and the cake is set.
  7. Cool cakes for 10 minutes and then invert them onto wire racks to cool completely before frosting.

Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide for this recipe:

Step One: Cream Butter and Sugar

Add the butter and sugar to a mixing bowl. Set your mixer to medium speed and take your time with this first step, beating it between 2 to 3 minutes.

Looking down on a stand mixer to the creamed vegan butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Step Two: Add Ingredients

Add the following to the creamed butter: oil, almond flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Then, beat for another minute or so, until light and fluffy.

Looking down on a stand mixer with cake batter on the beaters and in the mixing bowl.

The batter is sticking to the beaters now which is good.

Step Three: Add Vinegar & Cocoa

Next, add the vinegar and cocoa extract, and beat on medium-low speed to combine.

A hand pours flour into a mixing bowl. A pyrex measuring dish of water sits next to it.

Step Four: Alternate Flour and Water

Next, add both water and flour in steps. Turn the mixer down to low speed. Beginning with the flour, pour about a half cup in, followed by some of the water. Repeat this, finishing with the flour.

Step Five: Add Blue Coloring

Of course, most blue cake recipes use food coloring. However, I used the magic blue matcha powder, otherwise referred to as Blue Butterfly Pea Powder. It’s a natural ingredient, which is appealing.

Add the pea powder to the batter and stir, and the cake batter will transform into a stunning shade of blue.

Blue cake batter in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer.

Making Blue Cake

I was committed to coloring this cake blue without tons of unnatural food coloring.

These are the two tricks I used:

  • I used cocoa extract instead of cocoa powder (because cocoa powder is dark it was hard to get a beautiful blue color without adding a lot of food coloring).
  • Using a natural blue matcha powder created a nice hue.

You’ll notice the batter is a more vibrant blue than the baked cake. If you want the finished cake to be a more vibrant color, I recommend adding natural food coloring gel to the batter.

Create a gorgeous marbled look by swirling the color throughout the batter.

Looking down on blue cake batter in a round cake pan.

Baking Variations

Here are some fun ways to make this cake:

  • Blue Sheet Cake — Use a 9×13 pan and bake it for an additional 10–15 minutes. Use a tester inserted in the center to test for doneness.
  • Pretty Blue Velvet Cake Pops — Use my Vegan Cake Balls recipe as a guide to transforming this into cake balls. I think dipping these in vegan white chocolate and adding colorful sprinkles would be stunning.
  • Blue Velvet Cupcakes — Pour the batter into prepared muffin tins and ake for 20–25 minutes. Top with your favorite icing and sprinkles.

Marly’s Tips

Use these tips and tricks to make this cake perfect every time:

  • Check for doneness beginning at around 30 minutes. Insert a tester into the center of the cake — it should come out clean to indicate that the cake is done
  • Sometimes cakes don’t bake evenly. Use a long, serrated knife to trim the domed top off each cake to create a more even surface.

What Does Blue Velvet Cake Taste Like?

A Blue velvet cake has the same amazing taste as its red velvet counterpart. It’s a moist cake made with cocoa flavoring and mild acidic notes (thanks to vinegar). Blue food coloring is used to create a gorgeous blue cake concealed beneath a sweet cream cheese frosting.

Blue Velvet vs Red Velvet Cake

There are similarities between a blue velvet and a red velvet cake. The red velvet cake originated in the Great Depression when people had to be inventive with their dessert recipes because of the lack of ingredients. Creative cooks added beats to their cake for color.

Both cakes are moist cakes with a slight cocoa flavor. I love this story on the origins of the Red Velvet Cake.

More Vegan Cakes

Do you love blue desserts? Be sure to try this healthy blue matcha chia pudding! But if you think this blue velvet cake is amazing and you want more cake inspiration?. Here are even more vegan cakes to try!

A slice of blue velvet cake lays on its side on a plate with a fork next to it.
A slice of blue velvet cake on a plate in front of the rest of the cake.

Best Blue Velvet Cake

Best Blue Velvet Cake Recipe is a chocolate-flavored cake infused with natural blue color and a delicious vanilla buttercream frosting.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 195kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Coat 2, 8 or 9- inch round cake pans with vegetable cooking spray. Cut parchment paper into two 8 or 9- inch circles. Place the round parchment paper in the bottom of the pans. Spray papers with vegetable cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer) mix the butter and sugar together on medium speed for approximately 2 minutes. Add in the oil, almond flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Continue mixing for an additional minute until smooth and combined. Add vinegar, cocoa extract, and mix again until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary to mix the batter evenly.
  • Turn the mixer to low speed. In alternating steps add the flour and water, beginning with the flour. Continue mixing an additional 30 seconds, until combined and smooth. Add the matcha powder and mix again until just combined.
  • Pour half the batter into each of the prepared pans.
  • Bake for 30 to 33 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center of the cake is set. Insert a toothpick in the center should come out clean.
  • If using a 9×13 cake pan, bake for approximately 40 to 45 minutes 
  • Remove cakes from the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Then invert the cakes onto wire racks and cool completely before frosting.
  • While the cakes are cooling, prepare your frosting. Above is a link to Vegan Vanilla Frosting which works perfectly on this cake!

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This cake is divided into 12 slices and the estimated nutritional information is for one slice, without frosting.
Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.8mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

12 Responses to Blue Velvet Cake

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJulieD Reply

    5 stars
    Ooh that looks wonderful! I love that blue cake!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Um, sorry Julie, but I’m calling them purple berries now. Ha! Just kidding! Blueberries are the way to go!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for Reply

    5 stars
    This cake looks gorgeous! Stunning photos, Marly!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Ahh, I’m blushing. Thanks!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTara @ Unsophisticook Reply

    5 stars
    Mmm, LOVE blue cake, and I’m sure I will love this! 😉

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Oh good! I mean, wouldn’t it have been cool if it would have turned out blue? Maybe I’ll try it again…without the cocoa!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCassie Reply

    I love using food to create beautiful colors. I love this!!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Me too, Cassie! And the more natural, the better!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPaula - bell'alimento Reply

    5 stars
    I could use a slice or TWO : )

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Definitely two for you, missy!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAngie Reply

    I love it! It doesn’t have to be turn your tongue blue to be blue velvet. And I’m sure this one tastes way better.

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCourtney Reply

    Blue or not, this looks great! I cant wait to make this one day!

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