Vegan Apple Cake

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Get ready for a cozy treat! Imagine a warm and comforting vegan apple cake with walnuts, drizzled with a sweet cinnamon glaze. It’s an old family recipe from great grandma, made vegan and gluten-free so everyone can indulge. Whether you’re craving a fall dessert, a snack, or even breakfast, this delightful cake has you covered.

Now, let’s dive into the easy steps to whip up this deliciousness!

Vegan Apple Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • 2 flax eggs 2 tbsp ground flax meal + 5 tbsp water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup nondairy milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour or regular AP flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch of allspice
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 cups diced peeled apples

**Cinnamon Sugar Glaze:**

  • cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp nondairy milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Make flax eggs by mixing flax meal and water; let sit for 10-15 minutes. Grease a 9″x9″ pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk sugar, oil, applesauce, milk, flax eggs, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients; stir until the batter is mixed. Add nuts and apples.
  • Pour into the baking pan, spread evenly, and bake for 45-50 min. Rotate the pan once during baking.
  • Once done, let the cake cool. Meanwhile, whisk glaze ingredients until smooth; pour over the cooled cake.


  • Our favorite baking apples are Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Give the flax egg 10-15 minutes to thicken.
  • Consider using a 1-to-1 gluten-free baking flour for a better texture.
  • Rotate the pan during cooking for an evenly baked cake.

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