This cake is legit guys!! And that’s saying something because it is vegan (dairy free) and also gluten free. But it is MOIST, and full of delicious raspberry buttermilk flavor, and has a great texture. It’s a perfect weeknight or (shh) breakfast cake!

Raspberry "Buttermilk" Cake (Vegan!) from The Food Charlatan

We found out that our baby is a girl! Hooray! We are so excited! Eric and I would have been happy either way, but I don’t think Charlotte would have been. She is dead SET on having a sister. I’m pretty sure she willed it to be.

Remember how I told you in the beginning that Charlotte wanted a girl and Truman wanted a boy? Well guess what, she totally BRAINWASHED HIM. She trained him every day until he would respond that he wanted a girl when you asked him. Charlotte’s going to be a great salesman someday. (“She could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves!” Name that movie? Anyone??)

Raspberry "Buttermilk" Cake (Vegan!) from The Food Charlatan

Now that I’m all done being sick and we know the gender, it’s time for me to get my rear in gear and start prepping for a new little human in our home. Mostly this entails figuring out the bedding situation, because Truman (who is 3) is still sleeping on a crib mattress on the floor. We unceremoniously threw it in the corner of his and Charlotte’s room when we moved into this house last year, and haven’t moved it since. But now we kind of need it for the actual crib for the actual baby, which will leave poor Truman on the floor if we don’t figure something out.

Raspberry "Buttermilk" Cake (Vegan!) from The Food Charlatan

I called my sister-in-law Reesy, who is an incredibly talented graphic designer (she designed my blog). I said some very noncommittal things, like, “Truman needs a bed” and “I’m thinking animals” and “Charlotte likes blue.” And a day later she busted out this amazing style board. Probably she did it in her sleep:

Raspberry "Buttermilk" Cake (Vegan!) from The Food Charlatan

(Here’s my House Board on Pinterest where you can see most of where she found this stuff.)

So cute right? I still can’t believe she just put this together on the fly. She’s amazing! We’ll see how much of it I actually get done…we are committed to building the bunk beds though, so that will be fun!!

Are you tired of me gushing about talented people I know? TOO BAD!

Raspberry "Buttermilk" Cake (Vegan!) from The Food Charlatan

Vegan Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

It’s time to talk about this delicious snow-capped cake! (does it look like snow to anyone else? It ‘s what I’m dreaming about over here in the 100 degree weather..) My friend Heather is an AMAZING chef and blogger over at Heather Christo. She just released her first cookbook Pure Delicious and guys, it is insane. So much amazing stuff! Wanna see?

pure delicious cookbook
That’s her Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri on the right. I just flipped to a random page. EVERYTHING looks so good.

The book is allergen-free to accommodate her own allergies and those of her kids. We don’t have any allergies in our family, but I still highly recommend this book. It is SO nice having a reference book for when you DO have allergen-free guests coming over. (I don’t know about you, but when I have a dairy-free friend coming for dinner, ALL I can think of is cheesy casseroles. Not helpful.)

The day it came in the mail my friend Jen came over and told me that her husband was just diagnosed with a milk allergy AND a possible gluten intolerance. Gah! So I lent her this book before I had even made anything out of it. She went home, made Heather’s recipe for Creamy Mushroom Pasta, and then bought her own. That’s how good it is!

Raspberry "Buttermilk" Cake (Vegan!) from The Food Charlatan

Raspberry "Buttermilk" Cake (Vegan!) from The Food Charlatan


I followed the recipe in the book, down to the xanthan gum and faux-buttermilk (coconut milk stirred with vinegar). It was magically delicious. But if you don’t have allergies and want to make the cake with normal flour and buttermilk, Heather has the recipe posted on her blog. It’s an old family recipe from her grandma, and she adapted it to be allergen free for her book.

Raspberry "Buttermilk" Cake (Vegan!) from The Food Charlatan

If you want to buy Heather’s book here’s the Amazon link. Here is a link to a video if you want to learn more about Heather’s story (hint: she hasn’t always cooked allergen-free!)

Raspberry "Buttermilk" Cake (Vegan!) from The Food Charlatan

Let me know if you try out this cake! I love to see what you’re making!

More summer cakes you will love!

Coconut Almond Sheet Cake << this one is vegan too! It’s so good! Adapted from this Almond Sheet Cake, which is a personal favorite of mine.

Coconut Layer Cake << this cake is SO easy!

Raspberry-Lemon Glazed Muffins << these are super popular on the blog!

Coconut Raspberry Scones from Kitchen Confidante

White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake from Baked in Arizona

Raspberry Roll Cake from A Beautiful Plate

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Raspberry Buttermilk Cake (Vegan)

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 28 minutes
Total: 33 minutes
Servings: 8
This Raspberry Buttermilk cake is legit guys!! And that's saying something because it is vegan (dairy free) and also gluten free. But it is MOIST, and full of delicious raspberry buttermilk flavor, and has a great texture. It's a perfect weeknight or (shh) breakfast cake!


  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups gluten free flour, I like Bob's Red Mill
  • 3/4 cup granulated beet sugar, I used regular white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper (see photos above). Spray the pan with nonstick spray and then dust with gluten free flour.
  • In a glass measuring cup, stir together the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the melted coconut oil, vanilla, and coconut milk mixture.
  • Stir until smooth. Gently fold in the raspberries.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes. The cake should be lightly golden on top and a toothpick should come out of the center clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 313
Keyword: Buttermilk, Cake, raspberry
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  1. I’m so excited it’s a girl!! And I’d totally eat this cake for breakfast. :)

  2. YAY!!! A girl!!! I had a suspicion it was going to be a girl! Love that board your SIL made, too cute!! Also, this cake looks wonderful!! I love all the raspberries!

  3. haha oh my gosh how funny is Charlotte!!! Cracking me up! And huge yay for another baby girl!! Congrats friend!!

    And this cake sounds amazing!!

    1. Thanks Ashley! We are so excited to be team girl over here. We will officially outnumber them :) haha!

  4. OMG YAY!!!! Congratssssss!!!!!! And also, how cute is that Pinterest board??? Love it! And this cake !! YUM!!!! I love that it has vegan buttermilk in it! How creative is that? The batter looks lush! and the baked cake is so gorgeous!!! I love it!

    1. Right?? I could never pull together something like that board, it would take me hours and hours. Thanks Samina!!

  5. Oh goodness. Now I’m seriously regretting that we didn’t get organized soon enough to meet up because I WANT A SLICE! Also: GIRRRRRRRLLLLLL!!!!!

    1. Dude! You have to make it Sarah!! Or let’s make it when we get together soon. You bring the noodles I’ll bring the cake?? :)

  6. Congrats!!! I have two girls and the second one we decided to be a gender surprise. I thought it was a boy and my 2 year old kept insisting it was a girl the whole time, even though I war weed her it could be a boy. She won that round!

    Oh man, Tommy Boy! I’m not kidding, I was just at a hotel last week and the lady staying next to us started quoting the “house keeping” scene to the people inside her room. I was laughing so hard on the inside :)

    1. Haha!!! when I first read your comment I misread it and thought you meant that the hotel maid was doing the housekeeping bit. LOL!! If I ever work at a hotel I’m doing it. haha!!

      And you are so brave for doing a gender surprise!! I can’t do it!

  7. congrats! that bedroom board is great too!

    so…if you guys found out it was a boy, would you have done a blueberry buttermilk cake? just wondering ;)

    and what is it about when someone says they can’t have XYZ that’s all you can come up with? this happened to me the other week when a friend of mine told me she was on the paleo diet. suddenly all that came out of my mouth was bread and fried things, like all the recipes i make involving…idk, EVERYTHING ELSE had been erased from my brain. go figure!

    1. omg!! Blueberry for boy, duh! I didn’t even think of that. haha! As I was typing out it’s a girl I was thinking what a lazy blogger I am that I’m not even doing a fancy gender reveal. haha! I missed my chance!

      Oh and I’m so glad I’m not the only one with the tunnel brain! Oh you’re paleo? Let’s have vegetables then. BUT WAIT LET’S FRY THEM FIRST AND COVER IT WITH CHEESE. doh!!

  8. Congratulations on the news!
    This cake looks so soft and tender. And I can’t believe it’s vegan. It sounds fantastic!

    1. just be careful to choose a specifically labeled vegan sugar if you want this cake to be vegan. regular white granulated sugar (and most other sugars that are made from white sugar, like brown sugar) is not vegan as it is processed with [animal] bone char.

      (i’m not vegan but just something i’ve learned along the way in my cooking adventures! :))

    2. Soft and tender. I should hire you to provide me with better adjectives for my food descriptions. lol! Thanks Amanda!!

  9. Congratulations on your little girl! I love this vegan ‘buttermilk’ cake- that raspberry swirl is gorgeous and looks so yum :)

  10. You make the comment that this recipe is vegan meaning it is gluten and dairy free. Being vegan and being gluten free are in no way linked. Gluten is not an animal product but rather found in grains. Meat is actually gluten free but naturally not suitable for a vegan diet.

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