15 Ways To Substitute For Eggs In Cake

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Last Updated on August 7, 2023 by Toya

Read the 15 top ways to substitute for eggs in cakes below!

Almost every cake recipe seems to call for eggs. And with good reason too as eggs serve many purposes in cake baking. For example, eggs add moisture, and structure and are an important binder for cakes. In short, eggs play a crucial role in making a good cake.

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However, if you do not have eggs on hand, do not want to use them, or have recently started a vegan lifestyle, you may be thinking that you have to give up on good-tasting sweets like cake. Thankfully you do not have to. There are many ways you can make a cake without using any eggs. 

Below, I will share 15 amazing egg substitutes for cakes that actually work! Many of these egg substitutes are likely in your kitchen right now!

Best ways to substitute for eggs in cake

  1. Applesauce
  2. Mashed banana
  3. Silken tofu
  4. Vinegar
  5. Lemon
  6. Yogurt
  7. Buttermilk
  8. Flaxseed Eggs
  9. Chia eggs
  10. Cream of tartar
  11. Sour cream
  12. Heavy cream

How to use the easiest substitutes for eggs in cake recipes

Applesauce – 1/4 cup of applesauce can replace one egg

Worried you can’t make a great cake without eggs? Applesauce can save the day! Replace each egg in the cake with ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce. The cake will not be as springy and spongy as a cake made with eggs, but it is a great substitute nonetheless. 

Mashed banana – 1/4 cup of mashed banana can replace one egg

Another great egg substitute for cakes is mashed banana. It works great for vegan cakes. With the right ingredients, you can have a light, moist fluffy cake made with mashed bananas instead of eggs! For every egg, use ¼ cup of mashed ripe banana.

Silken tofu – 1/4 cup of pureed silken tofu can replace one egg

You can make a cake with silken tofu if you do not have or do not want to use eggs. This egg alternative for cakes is healthy, and low in calories. It is not a popular egg replacement in cake recipes, but you can check out this vegan chocolate cake recipe with silken tofu as well as this easy chocolate cake recipe to see how to use silken tofu to make a yummy cake! You can also check out this easy silken tofu cake here.

Vinegar – 1 teaspoon of vinegar can replace one egg

Whether you have white vinegar or apple cider vinegar you can use it in place of eggs in a cake. Vinegar gives the cake its stability and prevents the cake from sinking. You can see how to make a vanilla cake with vinegar instead of eggs here.


While vinegar is a great substitute for eggs in a cake recipe, you can use another acid in its place. Lemon juice, like vinegar, works wonders in replacing eggs in a baking recipe. Use it just like vinegar.


Without eggs, you can use plain regular yogurt to bake a cake. Most people who use plain yogurt to make cakes recommend using ¼ cup of plain yogurt in place of an egg.


Most people tend to have buttermilk on hand which makes it a very handy egg sub for cakes. Eggless buttermilk cakes aren’t very popular, but you can find a recipe to follow here. It’s the easiest way to make a simple eggless buttermilk sponge cake that is both moist, dense, and delicious.

Flaxseed Eggs

Another simple substitute for eggs when making cakes. You can make a Flax egg by mixing 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of hot water. Let that sit for a while until it becomes gloopy. Check out this simple chocolate cake recipe made with flax eggs here.

Chia eggs

Like flax eggs, you can make chia eggs for a cake. Mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 2 tablespoons of hot water. Let this sit until it is gloppy and use it to make your cake.

Cream of tartar

Another great way to make an eggless cake with great texture.

Sour cream

If you’re out of eggs, you can also use sour cream as a quick replacement. According to vegehomecooking.com, you should stick to Full-fat sour cream for the best results. You can see how to make a moist, tender, buttery eggless pound cake with sour cream here.

It is important to note that each egg substitute may give a slightly different texture to the cake, so you may need to experiment to find the one that works best for your recipe.

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