Vegan Apple Cake

BY : PUBLISHED : October 6th, 2021 UPDATED: October 17th, 2022

This moist and delicious Vegan Apple Cake is the best way to enjoy those sweet and juicy fall produce! A delightfully spiced cake crammed with crisp apple chunks that you can make using one bowl in just 45 minutes. Enjoy it as a sweet afternoon snack with your favorite hot drink or as a dessert with a scoop of vegan ice cream on top.

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finished Vegan Apple Cake with a slice placed on a plate with apples in the background

We simply can't get enough of anything with apples and cinnamon! How can someone resist the call of these two amazing fall ingredients combined in one amazing dish or dessert? We have shared some amazing ways to enjoy this fall favorite so far. Like the Crispy Apple Chips, Apple Cinnamon Bread, and Vegan Apple Cinnamon Waffles. This vegan Apple Cake is actually one of my old recipes that has been here for ages. We felt that this classic recipe deserves an upgrade with more information and new pictures added to it.

Homemade Vegan Apple Cake

This from-scratch recipe for a dairy-free and eggless Apple Cake is super easy and simple to make! It just requires adding and mixing the ingredients in a bowl then baking it until it turns golden and crisp on top. With its rustic charm and warm fall flavors, everyone will want to have a slice of this heavenly cake. Once you've had a taste, you will never want to go back to those ready-mixes in a box.

Apple Cake Vegan

What You'll Need

Wet Ingredients:

  • Canola oil – Use any neutral oil that you have. It will give the cake a better texture and will keep it moist for days!
  • Applesauce – replaces butter to make this cake dairy-free.
  • Plant-based milk - If you are buying one, choose soy, oat, and almond because they are the best dairy-free milk for baking. However, you can use whatever milk you have on hand.
  • Vanilla - will give the cake a lovely floral tone and aroma.
  • Flax meal - mix it in 3 tablespoons of warm water to make a thick and gelatinous mixture that will help bind all the ingredients together.

Dry Ingredients:

  • Sugar – You can use white granulated sugar or brown sugar for this recipe. Aside from its sweetness, sugar also helps in making the cake moist and soft.
  • All-purpose flour - great for making tender yet sturdy cakes. You can use a gluten-free flour brand 1:1.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg – these warm and earthy spices will give the batter that unmistakable autumn pizzazz!
  • Baking powder
  • Salt – Enhances the sweetness of the apples and the flavors of the spices without leaving a salty trace.
  • Apples – though you can use any type of apple for this recipe, some types bake better than others. Honey Crisp, Cortland, Jonathan, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Haralson, and Newtown Pippin are some of the best apples to consider if you plan to buy them for this recipe.
  • Powdered sugar - this is optional. Dust on top of the cake before serving.
Vegan Apple Cake Ingredients measured out against a white marble surface

How to Make Vegan Apple Cake

Preparations:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Lightly grease an 8-inch pan with oil.
  • Peel and dice the apples.
  • Make the flax egg by mixing the flax meal in 3 tablespoons of water until thick.
  • Make sure that the plant milk and applesauce are at room temperature.

Steps:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk all the wet ingredients plus sugar briskly until the mixture is consistent.
  • Add the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix until there are no dry lumps visible before folding the apples in.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve!

Tips when making Vegan Apple Cake

  1. The key to a perfectly baked cake is to measure your ingredients correctly. When measuring in cups, do not use them to scoop the dry ingredients directly. Instead, use a spoon to transfer the dry goods into the measuring cups. Then run the spoon's handle on top to level it out.
  2. Do not overmix your batter, or you will end up with a tough and dense cake. Don't worry if you see a few lumps.
  3. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or skewer at the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, your cake is done. Take note that your baking time depends on the size of the pan and the type of oven used.
  4. You can also make this using a loaf, square, or Bundt pan. You can also make individual-sized muffins with this recipe by using a muffin pan. Make sure to grease them properly before pouring the batter.
  5. Always let the cake rest on the pan for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. If you try to remove the cake early, it might fall apart.

Add-on ideas!

Aside from dusting with powdered sugar, you can add more goodies and garnishes to keep your vegan apple cake fun and festive!

  • Add some nuts and dried berries to give the cake more texture and flavor! Pecans, almonds, walnuts, raisins, or dried cranberries are great options.
  • Serve with whipped cream, vegan yogurt or vegan ice cream on top!
  • Drizzle it with vanilla sugar glaze and top with some Peanut Butter Spiders to make a great Halloween special cake!
finished apple cake with two apples and measuring tools against a white background

Can I freeze Apple Cake?

This cake is freezer-friendly so you can make a batch and keep them frozen for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight and serve cold the day after. Or reheat in the oven if prefer them warm.

How to store leftovers?

You can keep the cake at room temperature for a day. There are still slices remaining after, you can refrigerate them and keep them fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days.

More Apple treats to make here!

  • Stuffed Baked Apples- These are an amazing option for a festive and warm treat! Full of diverse toppings, spices, and flavors, you can easily have a tasty treat that everyone can enjoy!
  • Apple Granola Topped Goodness- is so easy to put together and you can mix and match toppings easily to your liking! It’s a classic, simple, and incredibly tasty snack!
  • Breakfast Quinoa Apple Bowl- This filling and fruit-packed bowl is full of yummy flavors like cinnamon and apples! The raisins add a bit of natural sweetener, while the brown sugar takes it up a notch.

If you want to check out even more apple recipes, here's a round up of 26 Amazing Apple Recipes that you need to try!

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

finished apple cake with two apples and measuring tools against a white background

Vegan Apple Cake

Honor
This moist and delicious Vegan Apple Cake is the best way to enjoy those sweet and juicy fall produce! A delightfully spiced cake crammed with crisp apple chunks that you can make using one bowl in just 45 minutes. Enjoy is as a sweet afternoon snack with your favorite hot drink or as a dessert with a scoop of vegan ice cream on top.   
4.83 from 51 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 wedges
Calories 250 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • cup of canola oil
  • ¼ cup of applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons of plant-based milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal, plus 3 tablespoons of warm water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 apples peeled and diced
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch pan with oil.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, oil, applesauce, plant-based milk, vanilla, flax meal, and water. Whisk briskly until all ingredients are fully incorporated and the mixture is consistent.
  • Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Stir until just combined. Fold in chopped apples.
  • Spread mixture into baking pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cake is pulling away from sides and a fork comes out clean.
  • Serve with powdered sugar, warm or cool.

Notes

  • The key to a perfectly baked cake is to measure your ingredients correctly. When measuring in cups, do not use them to scoop the dry ingredients directly. Instead, use a spoon to transfer the dry goods into the measuring cups. Then run the spoon’s handle on top to level it out.
  • Do not overmix your batter, or you will end up with a tough and dense cake. Don’t worry if you see a few lumps.
  • Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or skewer at the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, your cake is done. Take note that your baking time depends on the size of the pan and the type of oven used.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.04gSodium: 207mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg
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About Honor

Loves baking, gardening and preparing delicious, compassionate meals for her vegan family of four.

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  1. Janelle says

    Hello! Can melted coconut oil be used instead on canola?

    • Andrea White says

      Hi! We at Plant-Based on a Budget haven't tried out that sub yet so can't guarantee the results but if you try it out, please let us know how it comes out! 🙂

  2. Megan H says

    5 stars
    Thank you, I made this cake yesterday and it was absolutely delicious! The whole family loved it. I used spelt flour and coconut sugar and it turned out perfectly.

    • Andrea White says

      Love it! It's definitely a delicious one!

  3. Tara says

    5 stars
    Easy recipe and it came out just perfect!

    • Andrea White says

      Gotta love the easy ones!!

  4. Franny says

    5 stars
    Hello! I was craving a juicy vegan apple cake and this one really delivers! I followed the recipe exactly (using coconut sugar and spelt flour). Very easy! I added a handful of raisins to the batter, and sprinkled chopped walnuts on top. It turned out great! Firm yet tender crumb, just sweet enough, with lovely warm spices and yummy pops of Fuji apple. I will definitely make this again. Thank you, Honor and Toni! 💖 Franny

    • Andrea White says

      Love to hear it! So glad you enjoyed it!

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