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vegan spiced apple cake

Vegan Spiced Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce.

A moist and flavorful apple cake with a caramel topping.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, vegan.
Keyword easy, moist
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 342 kcal


For the cake:

  • 1 ¾ cup spelt flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • cup organic canola oil or melted vegan buttery spread
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 large apple peeled and diced - I used a Gala apple

For the caramel sauce:

  • ½ cup vegan buttery spread
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch


Make the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a nine inch round cake pan.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, and spices together. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix oil, applesauce, water, and vinegar.

  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix until combined.
  5. Add the apples and stir. Pour the batter into the cake pan.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Make the Caramel Sauce:

  1. Pace the arrowroot powder and the cider in a container with a lid and shake to combine.

  2. Place the vegan buttery spread, brown sugar, apple cider mixture, and salt in a saucepan.

  3. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and continue to stir, letting the sauce thicken up.
  4. Let the sauce cool slightly, then spoon over slices of apple cake to serve.

Recipe Notes

Arrowroot powder is a thickener, like cornstarch. Cornstarch would work just as well here if you have that on hand.  

If you are not dairy free, then you can definitely use butter in the caramel sauce instead of the vegan buttery spread.

Store leftover cake at room temperature for 3 days. If you want to keep it longer, store in the refrigerator.

Caramel sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Spiced Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 379mg16%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Sugar 43g48%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.