Vegan Spiced Apple Cake with Salted Caramel

Vegan Spiced Apple Cake with Salted Caramel | Vegan Richa
We took a short break from our local farm delivery. So groceries are picked up from whole foods or a few months. It is difficult to tell what is in season when you shop at a grocery store. Sure some fruits and veggies look fresher and more abundant, but you can find pretty much everything all the time. Apples are one such thing. Hubbs picked up some mangoes and apples the other day. Mangoes got eaten as soon as they were ripe(they still were not as good as the ones I have grown up eating:) I miss mangoes..), but the Apples were sitting there waiting for their turn. So I decided to use them up before some other organisms decided to :). 
Spiced Apple Cake or Apple Spice Cake. This quick cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It is just the right mild sweet, has a load of spices that hit you with each bite and is easy to whip up. With whole grain Spelt flour, the cake can be eaten as it of topped with icing, caramel or whipped coconut cream.

It is finally getting sunny in the Northwest and warm.. oh so nicely warm. I gave an ultimatum to hubbs to take time off his crazy work hours(most days I see him at 8 pm). There is only so many weeks of beautiful sunny and warm weather. Then it will get too hot and then it will get rainy again.. I think we should declare summer vacation in the Northwest for everyone. :)

I can never make pretty cakes with pretty frosting or icing. a- I am just not patient enough and good at the whole frosting/piping/icing process and b- no one in the house likes sweet frosting so even when I do make some, the cake or cupcake will be eaten just because it needs to be. Have you noticed the dearth of cupcakes on the blog:). 

Yes, a very sweet chocolate frosting will be discarded too. 
What are some of your favorite fruit cakes/quick breads?

More Cakes, Quick Breads, brownies here.


Mix flaxmeal in water and let sit for a few minutes. Add the spices, sugar, oil, coconut milk and combine.

Add dry ingredients and mix to combine into a batter. 

Toss finely chopped Apples in Maple syrup, then add to batter and fold.

Drop batter into parchment lined cake pan. 

Bake until done.

Drizzle with salted caramel or use any other favorite frosting/icing.

Vegan Spiced Apple Cake
Allergen Information: Dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, yeast-free, nut-free, corn-free
Makes 1 8 inch round pan.


2 Tablespoons flaxmeal
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup ground raw sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vinegar(I used apple cider vinegar)

1 cup Spelt flour

1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
a generous pinch of nutmeg
a generous pinch of cardamom powder(optional)

1 Large Ripe apple chopped small(1/4 – 1/2 inch)

2 Tablespoons Maple syrup

Salted Caramel:

1/2 cup ground raw sugar
1 Tablespoons Maple syrup
2 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon dark molasses
1/2 cup Coconut cream
Sea salt to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon. Use a 1/4 for less salty.)

Variations: Add chopped up walnuts/pecans, some crystallized ginger.

In a bowl, add warm water and flaxmeal. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes.
Add sugar, oil, coconut milk and whisk until sugar is well combined.
Add vinegar and mix.
In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients – spelt, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices.
Add the dry to the wet and mix until well combined into a smooth batter.
In a bowl, add chopped apples and maple syrup. Mix well to coat.
Drop the apples into the batter. Fold to distribute well.
Drop batter into parchment lined or well greased 8 inch cake pan.
Bake in pre-heated 365 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick from the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
Drizzle some salted caramel, or a dollop of whipped coconut cream or use cream cheese frosting.

Salted Caramel:

In a medium pan, mix the sugar, maple, molasses and water and mix on medium high heat.
Stir occasionally till the mixture comes to bubbling boil.
Add coconut cream slowly and mix well.
Add sea salt, mix and take off heat as the mixtures comes to a boil.
(For Coconut cream, refrigerate a can a full-fat coconut milk for a few hours, then open the can and scoop out the thick cream on top)
Or use this recipe for larger batch and store.

Apple Spice Cake Vegan

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I found this Info-graphic on Peta about what happens to Elephants in Circuses, especially Ringling Brothers. This also happens to all the other animals in the Circus. They are all uprooted from their natural surroundings, beaten, abused, starved to train and kept locked up almost all their life. It breaks my heart whenever I see a story about an elephant suffering in the name of entertainment.
Same is applicable to any animals or fish in any performance business/theme parks etc.

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  1. says

    I need to make this cake at once…
    Poor elephants and all other circus animals. It will be great to have a worldwide ban on animals in circuses. But I’ve wondered about shows in theme parks which involve animals too – what are your thoughts on this?

    • says

      It should work. Just make sure the batter is not too dry or too wet. Someone on instagram tried with the same measurements using buckwheat flour instead of spelt. It came out great!

    • Anonymous says

      I’m going to try this g-free, too. My favorite flour combo is sorghum, superfine brown rice, teff, plus a little tapioca starch or sweet rice flour to lighten it up a bit. CAN’T WAIT! This sauce sounds dreamy…..I just want to make it and dip apple slices in it! (Chris in Indiana)

  2. says

    Thank you so much for sharing another squealingly amazing recipe, and for including the PETA graphic about elephants! More people need to learn about their plight in zoos and circuses…they don’t belong in either one, they will never thrive or be happy there. All of them need to be protected by moving them to superwonderful sanctuaries like the PAWS Sanctuary in California and The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, and of course more needs to be done to protect them in the wild from poachers, land developers and deforestation. I love them so much!
    Now I must make your cake…cuz I love spice apples too! :)

  3. says

    i love the drizzle of caramel on top of this cake! i hear you about making frosting. dayv and i aren’t fans of it, either, and i honestly hate making it. my favorite cupcake topping is chocolate ganache. so easy.

    this cake looks spectacular, and i must say, i don’t think i’ve ever eaten apple cake before! same on me.

  4. says

    The salted caramel is calling my name. Apple is one of my favourite cakes (a crowded field, I grant you) – I think it’s the illusion I’m getting one of my five a day in cake form!

    Circuses with animals in seem like something that would have long been consigned to the past. How sad that that’s not the case.

  5. says

    Oh my- that caramel sauce! I bet the cake covered in that sauce is just wonderful! I could so go for some of that right now to go with my tea!

  6. says

    Made this last night & it was delish!!! The salted carmel sauce burned my tongue because I wouldn’t wait for it to cool down, that sauce is devine!

    My hubby is allergic to flaxseed meal, corn meal wasn’t a great alternative. Richa – what would you suggest in the future?

    • says

      Hi Alisha, That is awesome that you all liked it! yes i know the dangers of hot caramel sauce 😉
      you can use the same amount of Chia seed meal. cornmeal wont work. corn starch might.

    • says

      yes you can. You can use any other non dairy milk as well. It should work fine. If the milk used makes the batter too runny, then add a tablespoon or so more flour.

  7. says

    Stop! It’s all too good! I just thought I might like to be a vegan someday. And now I’m following your posts and I can’t possibly cook all of this delicious food.

    So I started with Spiced Apple Cake because if it says “salted caramel” I cannot resist. And today is wheat splurge day.

    This is the start of something big…for my health and for the planet.

    Thank you!

  8. says

    Hi Richa, I happened to stumble upon your blog looking for some apple recipes online. Made this lovely cake today and it’s super delicious & moist. I used a mix of oat-almond-kamut flours. Very easy and quick recipe. Love it. Thanks! Wondering about how to store this, in the fridge or just leave it out. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Hi Purvi,
      I am so happy it turned out great:) Since there are fruit chunks in it, Store it in the refrigerator if you are not going to finish it within the same day. You can re-heat it in the oven or microwave(microwave with a cup half full of water).

  9. says

    Hi Richa,
    I stumbled upon your blog while looking for apple recipes, and made this lovely cake today — turned out super delicious and moist. I used a mix of oat-almond-kamut flour. Love the recipe and love your blog. Thanks. :) Wondering… how would you store this cake, in the fridge or just leave it out. Any suggestions?


  10. says

    My daughter is an allergy baby (dairy,soy, eggs, nuts, berries, melon, and citrus) so trying to find a “smash cake ” for her first birthday seemed impossible. Her birthday is at an apple orchard and I came across this recipe with help from an amazing girl from Happy Family brands. . . With a little altering to meet her needs, it was PERFECT!! I made it into individual mini cakes for the adults and other kids (to avoid cross contamination and an anaphylaxis reaction on her birthday) and everyone loved it. Thank you SO much!!!!!

  11. says

    My daughter is an allergy baby (dairy,soy, eggs, nuts, berries, melon, and citrus) so trying to find a “smash cake ” for her first birthday seemed impossible. Her birthday is at an apple orchard and I came across this recipe with help from an amazing girl from Happy Family brands. . . With a little altering to meet her needs, it was PERFECT!! I made it into individual mini cakes for the adults and other kids (to avoid cross contamination and an anaphylaxis reaction on her birthday) and everyone loved it. Thank you SO much!!!!!

  12. says

    i cant tell you how well received this little gem was tonite at our house. thank you so much for teaching us!! i used crystallized ginger and pecans in the batter and cooked apples (in juice) instead of raw apple and maple syrup. it came out absolutely perfect. next time i am doubling this for sure and sharing!!

  13. says

    This cake is spectacular! I made one the other day (with some mods) and it’s the first vegan cake my dad has actually enjoyed and called to comment on (after more than a year of sour attempts!). Thanks for this beauty! 😀 I used Alpro soy cream and a little less sugar so it didn’t really turn into a thickish caramel – I’m not sure if coconut cream acts differently – but ohmygoodness was it good. :)

  14. LC says

    So making this for my daughters first birthday next month with a big batch if coconut ice cream! Apple season can’t go wrong! We are in ME, have you heard of the elephant rescuer in Hope up here? He cares for retired elephants.

  15. Jamie says

    I almost never feel compelled to leave comments on recipes (I’ve maybe only done it two other times!) but this cake is truly exceptional. My boyfriend and I loved it so much that we ate the entire cake in just two days and had to make another one.

    We both agree that it might be the most delicious dessert we’ve ever eaten. I used coconut oil which seemed to give the cake a rich depth of flavor. I added chopped dates to the batter and served warm with vegan cinnamon coffee ice cream.

    This is going to be my new go-to cake recipe. I can’t wait to make it again!

  16. moki says

    Really love your touch with stuff … thankful. I’m going to try a gluten free version of this for my daughter’s birthday breakfast — wish me luck :-)

  17. Nina says

    Hi Richa! I have made this cake yesterday. I left a comment, but somehow it didn’t get through. But that’s not important. This cake is so delicious and that coming from someone who dislikes apple in pies or cakes. Even my 6 year old daughter loved it and she is a very picky eater. The sauce is soooo delicious! And so easy :) I am going to visit my family over the border next week and I think this cake will even satisfy their sweet tooth, even though they aren’t vegans. Thanks for another great recipe 😉


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