Vegan Pumpkin Coffin Cake

vegan pumpkin spice coffin cake wands

♫ Listening to: Under Your Spell by The Birthday Massacre ♫

This recipe will make 12-16 coffin cake wands (depending on if you use a lasagna pan or 2 cake pans), and you'll get to eat all the leftover pieces after cutting the coffins out.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cake Ingredients:

Dollhouse Shortcut

Buy the pumpkin spice bread mix from Trader Joe's instead of making it from scratch

  • 1 cup nondairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 ½ cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 can pumpkin

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cake Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Oil a lasagna pan or 2 cake pans.

Combine vinegar and nondairy milk in the blender and let sit.

Sift together the flour, spices, soda, powder, and salt in their own bowl.

Add the oil, sugar, and pumpkin to the blender. Blend until combined.

Add the blended mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until no dry ingredients show.

Fill the pan(s) with all the batter using a spatula to smooth it out as flat as possible.

Bake for 35 minutes if you’re using 2 round cake pans (or 40 minutes if you’re using a lasagna pan).

Cut out as many coffins as possible using a coffin cookie cutter (only after the cake is completely cooled down).

vegan pumpkin spice coffin cake


Vegan Coffin Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces melted coconut oil
  • 2 ounces nondairy milk (plus more for thinning)
  • 1 ounce lemon juice (with pulp removed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • black food coloring (or you can substitute activated charcoal)

Vegan Coffin Cream Cheese Icing Directions:

Whisk the oil, lemon juice, and 2 ounces of nondairy milk on high until well mixed.

Slowly whisk in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Stop adding powdered sugar when the consistency is piping consistency (slightly thicker than molasses).

Fill a small squeeze bottle with icing.

Add black food coloring and 2 more tablespoons of nondairy milk to the rest and mix well. Add milk until the consistency is dipable (thinner than molasses).

vegan coffin cream cheese icing

Stick a wooden popsicle stick into the narrow end of each coffin. (I painted my popsicle sticks black the night before to make them more goth.)

Cover the top and sides of each coffin wand with black icing. Let sit to dry.

Here’s a video of how I cover the cake wands with black icing.

Decorate the coffin cake wands with white icing.

vegan pumpkin spice coffin cake wands

Here’s a video of Jessica decorating the cake wands with white icing.

vegan pumpkin spice coffin cake wands

vegan pumpkin spice coffin cake wands

vegan pumpkin spice coffin cake wands

Disclaimer: While I know that the ingredients in americolor food coloring are vegan, they certainly aren’t good for you. However, I also realize that they are consumed in small quantities, so I’m okay with using them. I can also only attest to the ingredients being vegan. I cannot speak to the ethics of Americolor as a company or their stance on animal testing. If you know more than I do about this, I’d love to hear from you.

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