Gluten-free & Vegan Spiced Apple Coffee Cake

9 servings
1 hr

Happy fall solstice everyone!

The air is crisp and the leaves are turning. I love this time of the year. It's the season for sweaters, tea and spiced cake! This has to be my new fall favourite. Its a gluten-free and vegan spiced apple coffee cake and is just perfect as a snack or dessert with the icing. It honestly doesn't get much better than a spiced apple coffee cake in fall weather. I served this for a little gathering the other day and it was honestly everyone's favourite coffee cake. I'm not kidding .... It's that good! Enjoy it hot or cold, with or without the icing, it's that versatile.

Picking the Apples for this Recipe

Who would have thought that the apples that you pick for an apple cake could really make a difference? Well it does! The type of apple will change both the taste and texture drastically! You'll want something that will keep its composition when you bake them. An apple that is too soft will just disintegrate in the cooking process.

Anyways here are my favourites:

  • King
  • Braeburn
  • Honey Crisp
  • Cortland
  • Pink Lady

Gluten-free & Vegan Spiced Apple Coffee Cake
Recipe details
  • 9  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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Walnut Crumble for topping:
  • 1/4 cup Gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or vegan butter melted
  • 1/3 cup granny smith apples cubed
Wet ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 1/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Dry ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp of flax seed
  • 2 cups of all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon power
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp clove powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granny smith apples peeled and chopped into small cubes
Icing glaze
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp plant-based milk

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 8×8 in. baking pan or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
Mix all of the ingredients for the Walnut Crumble together in a medium bowl and set aside. Don’t overmix.
In a small bowl, add wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.
In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients until well combined.
Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Using a stand mixer or by using a fork, combine until well-incorporated. Stir in chopped apples.
Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan. Top with walnut crumble and spread evenly.
Bake for 45-55 minutes. Baking times vary, so keep an eye on it. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
In a medium bowl, mix in the icing sugar and plant-based milk and mix until you have a uniform mixture. Set aside.
Remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack. Allow to slightly cool for at least 15 minutes before drizzling icing sugar on top. Slice and serve.
  • Best apples for baking :
  • King
  • Braeburn
  • Honey Crisp
  • Cortland
  • Pink Lady
Happy as a Yam
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