Vegan Apple Desserts

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As soon as I saw these vegan apple desserts on Pinterest, I knew I had to enter their world. Pulling inspiration from the beautiful colors of fall, I knew they would be a hit. 10 minutes later and all four of these desserts were done…who said being vegan was hard! Apples are a wonderful, healthy source of vitamins and nutrients, so they make a great base flavor in many of my recipes. But sometimes I want to change things up, and that’s where these vegan apple desserts come in.

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VEGAN APPLE CAKE

This vegan apple cake is soft, moist, and packed with apple pieces. It’s an easy, 1-bowl recipe, made with 7 simple ingredients.

WHAT TO EXPECT

whole wheat apple cake

There are many ways to make vegan apple cake, and each country has its own style and recipe. Here, we make one inspired by my favorite Italian apple cake.

This recipe is easy, soft, moist, and made with fresh apple slices. It’ll take you 10 minutes to prepare.

We add a layer of apple slices on top to prevent the moisture from escaping the cake while it bakes. The apples on top also look beautiful and taste delicious.

We love this apple cake so much that we even made a version that is filled with our vegan custard, and one made with whole-wheat flour so that we can even eat it for breakfast.

vegan apple cake with custard
this one is filled with custard

INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Flour: we tested all-purpose flour, wholewheat flour, spelled flour, and even 50% all-purpose and 50% wholewheat. In all cases, the cake turned out delicious. You can also make it with a gluten-free flour mix for cakes.
  • Sugar: white or brown sugar, both work. You can even use coconut sugar.
  • Plant-milk: we use soy milk. You can replace soy milk with any other plant milk like almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, etc.
  • Oil: we use sunflower oil. You can replace it with any neutral vegetable oil such as canola oil. You can also use melted vegan butter.
  • Baking powder: to help the cake rise.
  • Apples: any apples you have at hand.
  • Cinnamon: you can replace cinnamon with vanilla extract.
  • Powdered sugar: this is totally optional and we usually don’t use it if we are eating the cake for breakfast. However, if you are serving it to guests and want to make the cake look prettier, you can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.
whole grain vegan apple cake
this one is whole-grain

HOW TO MAKE A VEGAN APPLE CAKE

For this cake, you can use a springform pan – the one that opens on the side – or a cake pan with a diameter from 8.5 to 9 inches / 21 to 23 cm. We use 8.5 inches/21 cm in the video.

If you have a different size pan check out the chapter below “how to scale this recipe”.

As a first step, oil your pan and dust it with flour. This will prevent the cake from sticking. Then preheat the oven to 360F or 180C.

In a bowl, add plant milkoil, and sugar. Whisk till the ingredients are well mixed together.

Now sift the flourbaking powder, and cinnamon and add them to the bowl with the liquid.

Whisk with a hand mixer for a few seconds till you have a smooth but thick cake batter. Do not over-mix or the cake will turn out gummy.

You can also mix the batter by hand with a whisk or with a silicon spatula.

When the ingredients are well incorporated add small apple pieces from 1.5 to 2 apples. Apples should be peeled and core and seeds removed.

Mix with a spatula until the apple pieces are well incorporated into the batter.

Pour the cake batter into the cake pan. Cover the top of the cake with thin apple slices in a circular pattern, overlapping the slices a bit.

Finally, sprinkle the apples with 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Bake the cake at 360F or 180C for 1 hour on the center rack of the oven. Take out of the oven and let cool for at least 1 hour. Then sprinkle with some powdered sugar if you want.

TIP: bake on a baking rack, not on a baking tray, because the tray will get too hot and might overcook the base of the cake.

HOW TO SCALE THIS RECIPE

HOW TO SCALE THE INGREDIENTS

Easy! We calculated the scaling number for you. Pick the pan size that you want to use for your cake, then multiply all the ingredients in our recipe box at the bottom of the page by the scaling number in this table.

Pan sizeScaling Number
4-inch pan (10 cm)0.22
5-inch pan (13 cm)0.31
6-inch pan (15 cm)0.44
7-inch pan (18 cm)0.60
8-inch pan (20 cm)0.79
9-inch pan (23 cm)1
10-inch pan (25 cm)1.23

pan size and scaling number

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAKE IS FULLY BAKED?

Depending on the type of oven, type of milk, and type of flour, your cake will take more or less time to cook than our cake.

For this reason, when baking any cake, you should always check the core of the cake with a clean toothpick or skewer before you take your cake out of the oven.

To do that, just insert the toothpick or the skewer in the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean and dry it means that your cake is ready. If the toothpick comes out wet, then bake for a few minutes longer, then check again.

TIPS

  • Do not over-mix. Over-mixing will result in a heavy, gummy cake. If you want your vegan apple cake light and fluffy then just mix till the ingredients are incorporated and no more.
  • Try to be fast. From the moment you add baking powder to the cake batter, try to finish the cake and bake it as fast as you can. This is because the baking powder starts working as soon as it touches the cake batter and if you leave it out for too long without baking, you’ll loose some of its leavening power.
  • Sift the flour while adding it to the mix. This will break down any lumps and will help you incorporate air into the cake. In turn your cake will be lighter and fluffier. You can sift with a regular kitchen sieve.
  • Do not open the oven. At least during the first 30 minutes of baking or your cake might deflate.
Apple cake ready to be served

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make apple cake gluten-free?

Yes, replace all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour mix, like a gluten-free all-purpose baking mix.

Is vegan apple cake healthy?

If you want a healthy vegan apple cake then we suggest you replace all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour and reduce the sugar amount. Vegan cakes are already healthier than regular cakes as they don’t contain eggs, butter, or dairy milk.

whole-wheat apple cake

Can I make an apple cake with no oil?

Yes. Just follow our recipe and replace the oil with the same amount of water. It will work wonderfully.

Why don’t you use an egg replacement, as a flax egg?

I do not like to use egg replacements in my baking if it’s not necessary, because 1) they are expensive, 2) they are most often not needed, 3) they alter the texture and flavor of the cake and non-vegans might not like them.

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STORAGE

This vegan apple cake keeps for 2-3 days out of the fridge, covered in a cake container or you can even store it in a plastic bag to keep it soft and moist.

It is important to limit airflow to the cake in order to preserve its softness.

If you want to re-heat the cake, you can do so in a preheated oven for 5-7 minutes in order to make it softer.

Even after several days, when you reheat the cake, it will still be as soft and warm as when you prepared it.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

drizzling vegan custard on top of the vegan apple cake

If you are eating this for breakfast, then serve it as is.

If you are eating it after a meal as a dessert, then you could serve it alongside a light vegan custard that you can make in 5 minutes following our vegan custard recipe.

VARIATIONS

EXTRA MOIST APPLE CAKE WITH PLANT-BASED YOGURT

If you’d like an even more moist apple cake, then you can replace some of the plant milk with plant-based yogurt (like soy yogurt, or coconut yogurt).

In this case, I would recommend adding ⅔ cups (160 grams) of plant yogurt and ½ cups (120 grams) of plant milk.

APPLE CAKE WITH CUSTARD FILLING

We use our vegan custard recipe to fill this cake with even more deliciousness.

You get all the comfort of a traditional apple cake and the surprise effect of a mouthwatering custard filling.

First, make the custard following our recipe for vegan custard. Then after you poured the cake batter into the cake pan, pour the custard into the batter.

pouring the custard into the cake batter

With a knife or a skewer, swirl the custard around the batter. Don’t mix it too much.

Then cover the top of the cake with thin apple slices in a circular pattern, overlapping the slices a bit.

swirling the custard around the cake batter

Sprinkle the apples with 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar, and bake the cake at 360F or 180C for about 1 hour.

Best Vegan Apple Crisp

The best vegan apple crisp you’ll ever eat! Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. This easy vegan apple dessert comes together in just 15 minutes and is a fall must-have.

vegan apple crisp in a bowl topped with a scoop of ice cream

Vegan apple crisp has become one of our most treasured fall favorite desserts.

Best Vegan Apple Crisp

We make it every year, and even our nonvegan or vegetarian family members request this recipe!

This dairy-free apple crisp is sure to please your family, and it comes together in just minutes.

Vegan Apple Crisp Ingredients

  • apples: any type will do, but we like pink or red varieties.
  • lemon juice: to help keep the apples from turning brown
  • sugar: cane sugar or white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • corn starch: to thicken the apple crisp filling
  • whole wheat flour: to make the crumbly oat crisp topping
  • coconut oil
  • vegan butter: earth balance is our favorite
  • vegan ice cream, for topping: of course this is optional. But a scoop of creamy cold ice cream on top of warm apple crisp is simply the best!
a wooden spoon scooping apple crisp from the pan

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How to make vegan apple crisp

Step 1: dice the apples into chunks and place in a large mixing bowl. You will need around 6 medium-sized apples, or about 6 ½ cups worth of diced apples.

apples cut up in a bowl

Step 2: Add the remaining filling ingredients to the same bowl as the apples: lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and corn starch. Give it a good stir and let it sit while you work on the crisp topping.

Step 3: While the apple filling marinates, prepare the crisp topping. Melt the butter and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl.

Stir together the melted butter and coconut oil with the remaining crisp topping ingredients: brown sugar, whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and salt. The mixture should resemble wet sand.

apples cut up in a bowl

Step 4: Stir the apple crisp filling again, then pour into a greased baking dish. Any medium-sized baking dish or pie plate will work well for this recipe. Distribute the apple crisp topping over the tops of the apples evenly.

Step 5: Bake the vegan apple crisp at 350 degrees for around an hour, until the apples are bubbly on the edges and the crisp topping has started to brown and crisp up.

apples in a baking dish

Step 6: Allow the apple crisp to cool and rest for around 15 – 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

vegan apple crisp in a baking dish


The apple filling becomes bubbly and delicious and the crumble on top gets a little crisp on it towards the end.

The crisp topping is so deliciously addicting! So crunchy and the perfect complement to the melt-in-your-mouth apples. The best dairy-free comfort food dessert.

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