This easy spiced vegan apple cake is a rich but light brown sugar sponge brimming with soft apples and warming spices. It makes a perfect autumn dessert or a lovely afternoon treat with a cuppa! Recipe on thecookandhim.com | #vegancake #applecake #veganapplecake #autumnrecipes #fallrecipes

Posted in Recipes on 23.11.2018

Vegan Apple Cake

prep: 20 mins / cook: 1 hour 20 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 1 hour 40 mins / quantity: 8-10 slices Print recipe?

This easy spiced vegan apple cake is a rich but light brown sugar sponge brimming with soft apples and warming spices. It makes a perfect autumn dessert or a lovely afternoon treat with a cuppa! Recipe on thecookandhim.com | #vegancake #applecake #veganapplecake #autumnrecipes #fallrecipes
This easy spiced vegan apple cake is a rich but light brown sugar sponge brimming with soft apples and warming spices. It makes a perfect autumn dessert or a lovely afternoon treat with a cuppa! Recipe on thecookandhim.com | #vegancake #applecake #veganapplecake #autumnrecipes #fallrecipes

This vegan apple cake is a rich, moist sponge brimming with soft apples and warming spices. Perfect as dessert or simply with an afternoon cuppa!

I can’t remember how many cakes I’ve made in my time.  Everything from an easy chocolate fudge cake, to lavish wedding cakes.  And while most were made for other people to enjoy I do absolutely love a slice of cake for myself.  And now the evenings are darker, the nip is definitely in the air and the leaves are turning their glorious colours of autumn my heart wants a BIG piece of spiced vegan apple cake.

This easy spiced vegan apple cake is a rich but light brown sugar sponge brimming with soft apples and warming spices. It makes a perfect autumn dessert or a lovely afternoon treat with a cuppa! Recipe on thecookandhim.com | #vegancake #applecake #veganapplecake #autumnrecipes #fallrecipes

How to make this divine autumn cake:

I cook my apples before adding them to the cake.  Yes it’s another step but I want to ensure the apples in the cake are meltingly soft.  Crunchy apples, to me, have no place in a soft, moist sponge cake.  Keep the chunks a reasonable size so that they don’t cook down to mush and you get flavour pops of apple with each bite!

Cook them with a little bit of vegan butter over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until they’re just soft.  Then set aside to cool slightly while you make the cake.

Whisk together the apple juice or milk with the vinegar and oil.  The cake works really well with either apple juice or milk.  I discovered this when I decided to make it again recently having been given a HUGE box of apples but didn’t have any apple juice!

This easy spiced vegan apple cake is a rich but light brown sugar sponge brimming with soft apples and warming spices. It makes a perfect autumn dessert or a lovely afternoon treat with a cuppa! Recipe on thecookandhim.com | #vegancake #applecake #veganapplecake #autumnrecipes #fallrecipes

Into a large bowl put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, almonds and spices and stir together.

Stir in the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix well then stir in the cooked apple.

Pour the batter into a prepared tin.  I grease and flour the sides of the tin and line the base with some parchment.

Bake the apple cake for 80-90 minutes until a cocktail stick or skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean with no raw cake clinging to it.  If not return to the oven and repeat the process until cooked.

Allow the cake to cool a little before carefully removing from the tin onto a wire rack to cool completely.   Though do try a slice while it’s still warm.  Preferably with a dollop of vegan cream or ice cream.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to have another slice 😉

Storing the apple cake:

Once the cake is cooled store in an airtight container at room temperature.  This cake will keep lovely, soft and moist for a few days but it can also be frozen.  I wrap individual slices (or a couple of slices together) in foil before freezing.

This easy spiced vegan apple cake is a rich but light brown sugar sponge brimming with soft apples and warming spices. It makes a perfect autumn dessert or a lovely afternoon treat with a cuppa! Recipe on thecookandhim.com | #vegancake #applecake #veganapplecake #autumnrecipes #fallrecipes

Looking for even more deliciously easy vegan cake recipes?  Try these:

Vegan Parkin

Vanilla Sheet Cake

Lemon Curd Cake

Sticky Marmalade Cake

Vegan Basbousa

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

This easy spiced vegan apple cake is a rich but light brown sugar sponge brimming with soft apples and warming spices. It makes a perfect autumn dessert or a lovely afternoon treat with a cuppa! Recipe on thecookandhim.com | #vegancake #applecake #veganapplecake #autumnrecipes #fallrecipes

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Vegan Apple Cake

prep: 20 mins / cook: 1 hour 20 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 1 hour 40 mins / quantity: 8-10 slices

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized apples
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup (240ml) apple juice or plant milk
  • 1/3 cup (65ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 + 1/2 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 3/4 cup (120g) coconut sugar or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (60g) ground almonds

Instructions

  1. Start by by cooking the apples - peel, remove the core and cut the flesh into medium sized chunks
  2. Put into a saucepan with the butter or coconut oil and cook over a medium heat, stirring from time to time, until just starting to soften. Take off the heat and set aside
  3. Preheat your oven to 160 Fan / 180 C / 350 F / Gas 4 and grease an 8 inch (20cm) loose bottomed cake tin. I also dust my (old) tin with flour, shake out the excess and cut a piece of parchment to fit the base
  4. In a small bowl or jug whisk together the apple juice or milk, oil and vinegar
  5. Into a large mixing bowl put the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and ground almonds and mix together
  6. Add the liquid to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well, scraping up from the bottom of the bowl so you don't get pockets of raw flour
  7. Stir in the cooked apples
  8. Tip into your prepared tin and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a skewer or cocktail stick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean
  9. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before carefully turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely - unless you're serving this warm in which case slice away!
  10. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container for a few days. You might extend its life by storing in the fridge but this might also make the cake a little more firm. The cake can also be sliced and frozen
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6 Comments

  • Oh my!! This looks amazing, I love apple cake. Yep, I’ll be making this one for sure 🙂

    • Thank you so much Ros!! Can’t wait to see your version of it 🙂

  • This is exactly what I want to try but how would you recommend altering for someone with a nut allergy . Is it a simple as not using almonds or will that mess things up ? Thankyou

    • Hello and thanks for getting in touch! The almonds help give it a nice crumb so you could swap them for something like ground oats or ground quinoa. Just whizz them in a food processor or blender until they’re like a fine powder. Would love to know how you get on if you try this!

      Happy baking ~ Sam 🙂

  • Dear Sam, thank you for this super easy und tasty recipe! My family loves it, because it is so moist and “appleish” 🙂 I tried many of your cake-recipes – they always are easy and very tasty!

    • Oh Anne, that makes me SO happy! The apple cake is one of our favourites, I’m thrilled you and your family have enjoyed it and my other cakes! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment 🙂

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