Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

Want to know why I love this Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake? It’s:

  • perfectly spiced
  • packed full of sweet, juicy apples
  • so easy to make!

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

Now that I’ve made an Apple Upside Down Cake and an Apple Pie recipe, I knew it was time to make a spiced apple cake with a squidgy, slightly fudgy texture, kind of between a pudding and a sponge cake.  

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

The base of the cake is my go-to sponge, and the ground almonds add a deliciously fluffy yet moist texture. But instead of maple syrup, I used date syrup. If you’ve never tried date syrup, it’s thick and nectar-like and looks and tastes a little like molasses.

It adds an amazingly rich flavour, whilst still being refined sugar free. Although you can use maple syrup instead, I love the stickiness that the date syrup adds. 

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

Instead of adding large chunks of apple, I went for grated apple. It’s much easier as you don’t have to peel the apple first, and this method also allows you to pack in tons of apples and helps create an amazingly squidgy texture.

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

I love to add some spices like ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla for a warm, toasty, fragrant flavour reminiscent of all things cosy and autumnal.

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

You can top the cake with some buttery pecans, and vegan cream cheese frosting would be delicious too! 

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

I personally love to go down the pudding route and smother this apple cake in a thick duvet of rich custard. Most custard powder brands you find in the shops should be vegan-friendly, gluten-free and refined sugar free.

Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

I hope you’ll love this Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake! For more fruit desserts, check out my:

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Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake
Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake is perfectly spiced, packed full of sweet, juicy apples and so easy to make! 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Calories: 372 kcal
  • 8 tablespoons coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
  • 200 ml (4/5th cup) milk, any kind
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 8 tablespoons date syrup (or sub maple syrup or any other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice (or sub a mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 300 g (10.6oz) grated apple (two medium-sized apples)
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) ground almonds
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) gluten-free flour (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons baking power (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (350 degrees)
  2. Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
  3. Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the vinegar, date syrup, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, mixed spice, salt, grated apple and ground almonds
  4. Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
  5. Mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it’s looking too dry
  6. Transfer mixture into a greased baking tin lined with baking paper (I used a 7inch/18cm springform baking tin)
  7. Bake in oven for around 30 minutes until risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean
  8. Best when fresh but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days. See notes for serving suggestions*

Recipe Notes

*Serving suggestions:

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4 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cake

  1. there are so many people that don’t live in the US and cant find products that are found there. May I suggest you include a sub. as you call it to make things form scratch.
    Many Vegans do not use oil , perhaps you can keep that in mind.

    Looks like a lovely recipe,


    1. Hi, thank you so much for your feedback, I’ll take that into account. The oil in my cake recipes can generally be substituted with applesauce – I hope that helps and please do let me know if you have any more questions!

  2. Hi

    I have made this cake twice using olive oil and almond milk. Somehow the batter is super wet and does not set in 30 minutes. Is it normal to have a cake that after baking seems to be loose and not completely set ?

    1. Hi, thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work out – did it firm up after leaving it in the oven for a bit longer? It could be that the apples you used released a lot of water – if making again I would suggest either cooking the apples beforehand of using about 1/3 less almond milk than suggested in the recipe. Sorry again and I hope this helps.

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