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a slice of vegan apple cake on a plate

1-Layer Vegan Apple Cake

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  • Author: Verna Rindler
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Diet: Vegan


This Vegan Apple Cake is full of chopped apples and tastes like fall! Topped with a brown sugar and vanilla glaze, it’s a sweet dessert you can bring to the holiday dinner or enjoy after a trip to the apple orchard.


  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1/2 cup plain vegan yogurt

  • 1/3 cup oil, any neutral oil*

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules, regular or decaf

  • 2 cups grated or diced apples (approx. 2 small peeled and cored apples)*

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, divided

Glaze (optional):

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened plant milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the brown sugar, applesauce, yogurt, oil and vanilla

  2. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and instant coffee to the wet ingredients. Whisk until completely combined. Fold in the apples and half of the nuts.

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top. Sprinkle over the remaining walnuts.

  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the tester comes out clean, should look puffed and lightly golden brown. Remove the pan to a cooling rack for 15 minutes then gently turn out the cake, nut side up onto the rack to cool completely.

  5. Whisk together the ingredients for the glaze in a bowl, microwave for 15 seconds to dissolve brown sugar, and drizzle over the cooled cake. Enjoy! For photos, tips and more see above post.


  • Apples: My favorite apples are granny smith or honeycrisp for this recipe. See above post for more information.
  • Oil free: For oil free just add a bit more yogurt and applesauce to equal 1/3 cup
  • Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days or store covered on the counter for a couple of days. Freeze for up to 3 months wrapped well without the glaze.

Nutritional chart calculated without the glaze.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian