Vegan Papaya Cake

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After starting my vegan diet, my only concern was how was I going to have baked stuff. πŸ™‚ Almost all baked items have butter, eggs and milk/ yogurt/ cream wholly or in combinations. And definitely it is these fats that make baked goods irresistible. Having a terrible sweet tooth didn’t help me. I had to run down several things in my head before picking up stuff for myself and since most of them state the warning of their ingredients, most of the time, I cannot even have them. I mean, majority of the time… πŸ™‚ During a casual conversation with my colleagues, I stated so emphatically that I can eat jalebi and chaats that don’t have yogurt, and they giggled and were like, “You are really going so much ahead!” They don’t understand how much care I need to take care of! πŸ™ Anyway, I am happy that it has not been very difficult for me to avoid non-veg meals, however my sweet tooth always does a silent weep.


Coming back to baking, my first vegan bake was a disaster. It was a date walnut loaf and it turned out nothing like how the picture looked – it was all smudgy, mud like and too wet inside, even though it was properly baked. Not that it didn’t survive, since there was no added sugar and therefore no guilt. I was naturally upset, since this was one of my rare flops and I was not ready to give it up. The next I baked was this papaya cake which somehow clicked some right buttons and some wrong…


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I used a basic recipe and replaced some of the liquid with the papaya pulp. I was really worried how it would turn out. While folding the batter, I took a deep breathe along with a short dua and pushed the batter in the oven. The way it came out of the oven – it was a beautiful looking bake. It cooled well. When cut, it gave very neat edges and it smelled lovely too. Everything looked really good with it. From the pictures, you can see that it looks really good. Very excitedly, I took in a first bite and it was not bad. But definitely cannot compare it to other bakes. I have always preferred eggless bakes but since they normally contain butter/ oil and diary fats, it is enough to keep the bake moist. However, here the only fat used is oil and the remaining is contributed by water or non-diary milks, and that did affect the texture of the cake. When you bite it, rather than being moist and crumbly, it is pretty chewy. I thought there was something wrong, but after having a chat with Humi, she confirmed that vegan cakes do have a chewy texture, which settled my fears. The best part of this cake is that it remains good in the fridge for a month, as there is nothing in it which will spoil the cake.


Bottom line is – bake it only when you have dietary restrictions or you want to know how it tastes. No, it is definitely not bad, but do not do the mistake of comparing it with a normal cake. πŸ™‚


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5 from 2 votes

Vegan Papaya Cake

Course Bakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup papaya puree
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch pan.
  • Whisk all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients in another bowl till combined.
  • Add the wet into the dry ingredients and fold in softly - do not overmix!
  • Pour into the pan and bake for 30 minutes or till the skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes till the sides pull out of the pan and then flip onto a cooling rack till completely cool.
  • Sprinkle icing sugar and serve.

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  1. Lovely design in cake…is it like chewy browny

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, almost like it… Thanks a lot Nisa…

  2. Ha ha rafee! ! Appreciate your efforta to be on the track with your vegan diet and also the foodie part which doesn’t want to budge. It is all it our mind rafee. Try the sharkara payasam it is vegan and swwweet!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I am already planning to make the sharkara payasam very soon… Thanks a lot Priya… hehe…

  3. I always had a imagination for cake with papaya n here it is πŸ™‚ lovely bake dear

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Aara… πŸ™‚

  4. cake looks pretty cool Rafee.. I liked the stencil design with sugar powder…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  5. This cake looks perfect. Be patient this phase will pass too. ???? Rafee

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Humi… <3

  6. Vegan papaya cake sounds so interesting. I would have never thought of making papaya cake, but this one here looks fantastic. YUMMY share, Smitha.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anu…

  7. lovely cake !! sounds interesting !!! Switching to vegan really great !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I have switched only for medical reasons Smitha… would not like to continue with it, but would take off the good parts of it… Thanks a lot dear…

  8. It looks so good and love the fact that it’s made with papaya.. Vegan diet? Hope all well with you dear

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Alhamdulillah dear… only for medication reasons, will be back to my normal self in a couple of months time, hopefully… Thanks a lot Gloria…

  9. I would not hv guessed that this is a vegan cake. It looks amazing and i love the dedign on it. Looks soft and moist too! Well done.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much dear…

  10. Lovely stencil design! You could have used milk alternate like almond milk too. It would have made the texture better than it was. I used to bake a lot of eggless cakes and I used milk, oil and water so may be you should try with almond milk along with water here. Keep the spirit up gal! you have come this far.. and I am so proud of you… don’t think I can ever go on a vegan diet! πŸ˜€

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Even I love baking eggless a lot, as it is easier to put together, but my experiments with vegan baking has given mixed results, even while replacing the milk with non-diary milk, the texture really differs… Haha, even I am surprised I am still continuing with it without giving up, but when it is showing changes, then why not? πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Fami…

  11. That is a beautiful looking cake and kudos to your efforts for trying a totally new and innovative cake with papaya. Vegan baking is usually a hit or a miss — I’ve tried so many recipes, but there are only a handful that really turned out well. All the best with your vegan diet.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I totally agree to you on the hit and miss! Hehe… Thank you so much Pavani…

  12. This looks so beautiful! Never have guessed its a vegan cake. Love the fact that you used baking soda and vinegar as rising agent.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Balvinder… In fact most of the vegan cakes do use a mix of soda and vinegar…

  13. lovely looking cake with papaya ,i never dare to bake a vegan cake yet.But I must start thinking to bake one in near future

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Babitha…

  14. Woow it looks pretty that design????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shazia… πŸ™‚

  15. I’ve added all kinds of fruits to my cakes but not papaya. Must try it. Love the fact that this phase isn’t stopping you from doing what you love. Lovely design on the cake too. Here’s hoping that these restrictions do not remain for long…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak…

  16. Never thought that papaya could be a good cake flavor…But looks like it is all in the one who bakes it…this looks lovely

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ria…

  17. Yummy cake, love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  18. Vegan pappaya cake adipoli.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Swathi…

  19. Hi Raf,

    It is quite challenging to bake without dairy and eggs… and you have done a great job. This cake looks really good πŸ˜€


    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Zoe…

  20. 5 stars
    Hmmm, the best chocolate cake recipe I know is vegan!
    It is not chewy, very moist. delicious & cake like and turns out perfect every time.

    It’s here on one of my favorite baking sites-

    I love that stencil you’ve used on top of the papaya cake, where did you get it?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I baked this cake last weekend and it was amazing! Just disappeared from our plate… Hehe… I bought the stencil from a local store here, there were 5 designs in a pack… Thanks a lot Bibi…

  21. Biny Anoop says:

    5 stars
    Poor Rafi….loved to read the post…congrats on the first successful vegan cake. I wonder will the blog still be called sweet tooth ….jokes apart…nice recipe…i know its really challenging when you trying the healthy stuff especially when you run a blog. But there are few like me who do appreciate these recipes…
    Gud recipe Rafi…expecting numerous more.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… thankfully there are a lot of vegan desserts waiting to be tried, and in due course, it will keep appearing on the blog, don’t worry… hehe… Thank you so much Biny…

  22. wow! this looks so beautiful and appealing! Go to try papaya in a cake..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  23. I am loving that decoration and must congratulate you for your consistent efforts in being a Vegan. Keep it up girlie.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I am a temporary vegan Sowmya… hehe… Thank you so much dear…

  24. hmm, vegan cake sounds interesting raf. my bakes too turn disastrous sometimes but the point is what we learn from it . Def, you will be successful in your attempts. There are lots of vegan bake recipes available in the net.You don’t need to keep away from your sweet tooth. One of my suggestion for successful attempts is to use brown sugar instead of regular. May be you can add coconut or soy milk instead of regular milk too. All the best with your new diet.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I am trying different options dear… My successful ones will keep appearing on the blog… I am not liking soy milk at all so I am leaned towards coconut milk and almond milk as of now… Thank you so much for your wonderful tips, dear…

  25. That’s a variety cake…might have been yummm… Ohh look at the pretty

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Anupa…

  26. I am still trying to figure out the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan lol. but hats off to you that you created a gorgeous cake and using papaya of all things!!!! have a nice week end!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… the difference is really simple… A vegan doesn’t have diary or eggs, something that vegetarians have… Thanks a lot Nammi…

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