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Slice of vegan apple cake on a white plate.
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4.93 from 116 votes

Vegan Apple Cake

Light and fluffy vegan apple cake with a cinnamon sugar topping. Packed with fresh apple flavor and absolutely divine served warm with vegan whipped cream.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 12
Calories: 301kcal


For the Apple Cake:

  • 2 ½ cups All Purpose Flour (312g)
  • 1 ½ cups Light Brown Sugar (300g)
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Vegan Buttermilk (240ml) 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice + Soy Milk up to the 1 cup line
  • cup Vegetable Oil (80ml) or Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Applesauce
  • 1 ½ cups Granny Smith Apples (188g) Peeled and Chopped

For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • ½ cup White Granulated Sugar (100g)
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Vegan Butter Softened


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Spray a 9x13 dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix together.
  • Prepare your vegan buttermilk by adding 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice to a measuring jug and then adding soy milk up to the 1 cup (240ml) line. Leave it for a minute to allow it to curdle.
  • Add the vegan buttermilk, oil, vanilla, apple cider vinegar and applesauce to the mixing bowl and mix in properly. The batter will be thick.
  • Add in the chopped apple pieces and fold in.
  • Transfer to your prepared baking dish and smooth down.
  • Prepare the cinnamon sugar topping by adding the sugar and cinnamon to a bowl and mixing together. Then add in softened vegan butter and mix it in until properly combined and the mixture is crumbly.
  • Sprinkle over the top of the cake.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Serve warm with vegan whipped cream or vegan ice cream.



  1. Granny Smith Apples. These are the best apples to use in this recipe, but you can also use whatever you have on hand. 
  2. Storing. Keep leftover cake stored in the fridge (covered) where it will stay good for up to 5 days. It can be reheated in the microwave. 
  3. Nutritional information is for cake only and does not include vegan whipped cream.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.3g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 289mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 34.6g