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Vegan Spice Cake. 1 Bowl Super Moist Spiced Applesauce Cake with tons of winter spice flavor and Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting. Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Glutenfree option.  Jump to Recipe

Vegan Spice Cake. 1 Bowl Super Moist Spiced Applesauce Cake with tons of winter spice flavor and Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting. #Vegan #Nutfree #Recipe. Glutenfree option.#VeganRicha | VeganRicha.com

Holiday Baking Alert! This Moist Spice cake is all things delicious. Everyday Ingredients like Applesauce, cinnamon, ginger spices, flour, optional grated apple, some dried fruit such as dates and done.

This spice Cake needs 1 Bowl and needs minutes to put together. The cake is super delicious on its own. Top it with nuts or a streusel. The Spices develop even more flavor a day later. Use whichever spices you have. Add a vegan cream cheese frosting if you like. Make it into muffins or a loaf!

Vegan Spice Cake. Super Moist Spiced Cake with tons of winter spice flavor and Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting. #Vegan #Nutfree #Recipe. Glutenfree option.#VeganRicha | VeganRicha.com

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How to make Vegan spice cake with step pictures

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Tips to bake a Moist Vegan Cake

  • Volume wet ingredients such as applesauce, pumpkin puree etc make amazing moist cakes. They also can tend to add more invisible moisture to the batter which can lead to gummy cakes. The batter will feel somewhat stiff because of these purees, but it still might need more dry to have the right amount to absorb the moisture and bake a fluffy cake. When in doubt add a bit more flour. See video for reference on how thick the batter should be.
  • This ratio is more of a problem when baking a loaf than if you bake the batter into muffins or a less height cake pan. If baking a loaf, you want the batter much more stiff. Add more flour until there is good resistance.
  • If your cakes are drying out too much, they might need less baking time or need to cool under a thick kitchen towel. Thick frosting layer will help return moisture to the bake as it chills.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, Then add the wet ingredients and mix well. Use room temperature applesauce. You want slightly thick batter close to a  muffin like batter than a float vanilla cake. Bake then cool for 20 minutes or so then add a frosting

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Vegan Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

4.96 from 22 votes
By: Vegan Richa
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 9 pieces
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Vegan Spice Cake. 1 Bowl Super Moist Spiced Applesaucec Cake with tons of winter spice flavor and Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting. Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Glutenfree option
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Ingredients 
 

  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1.5 - 1.75 cups of flour, , (I use 3/4 cup spelt/whole wheat and 3/4 cup or more all purpose), see Notes for glutenfree
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, , or coconut sugar. (2 tbsp more for sweeter)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates, or other dried fruit or cranberries
  • 3/4 cup room temperature applesauce, ( I use lightly sweetened)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla, , optional
  • 1/3 cup grated apple or carrot or zucchini, , optional - Grate, lightly squeeze in a paper towel to remove exess moisture before using

Instructions 

  • Grease or line a cake pan or brownie pan(8 by 8 inch). Preheat the oven to 360 F (185 C)
  • Mix the flax seed meal with water and set aside. In a large bowl combine 1.5 cups of flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg. Whisk well. Fold in the dates.
  • Add the applesauce, flax seed mix, oil and vanilla if using. Mix to just about combine into a slightly stiff mixture. (Mix in grated apple if using). If batter is not stiff add flour 1 to 2 tbsp at a time and mix it. Transfer the batter in a prepared cake pan and spread it using a spatula.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick from the enter comes out clean.( 20-22 mins for muffins, 45 to 50 mins for a loaf). 
  • Cool the cake for 5 mins and then remove from the pan. Mix a tablespoon of maple syrup with 1 tsp of water and brush it all over the cake. Frost with frosting of choice once the cake is cooled.
  • Optional Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting: Mix 6 oz vegan cream cheese(store bought or homemade, see homemade option in notes), a good pinch of salt and 1/4 cup maple syrup until smooth. Taste and adjust flavor, sweet with a tbsp of sugar if needed.
  • To Store: Just the cake can be stored in a covered container on the counter for upto 2 days. With the frosting, it needs to be refrigerated if not getting consumed in a couple of hours. Refrigerate them separately for upto 4 days.

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Notes

Gluten-free: To make this gluten-free, Mix 1/2 cup rice flour, 1/4 oat flour(or other glutenfree flour), 1 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup potato starch. Use 1 1/2 cup of the flour and add more as needed and bake into brownie pan or cupcakes.
 
Oil-free:  Use 2 tbsp non dairy milk and 1 tbsp applesauce.
 
Maple Syrup: If using maple syrup or date syrup instead of sugar, use 1/3 cup maple syrup and reduce applesauce to 1/2 cup.
 
Homemade Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese: Blend 1/2 cup cashews (that have been soaked for an hour then drained), 1 teaspoon or more lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt with a few tbsp of water until creamy.
 
Nutrition is for 1 piece

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Sodium: 169mg, Potassium: 174mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Richa

Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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78 Comments

  1. Shelley says:

    5 stars
    Baking this a second time, adding rum to the frosting! I think that would work

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Let us know if it does!

  2. Lynette says:

    A query – would it be ok without the flax seed meal? I don’t think I can get it where I live and if I did I wouldn’t use it much! Maybe some cornflour instead?

    1. Richa says:

      Just omit it.

  3. Andrea Tasi says:

    4 stars
    I measured everything exactly and barely had enough cake batter to cover the bottom of an 8” square pan (I measured pan too). Cake will be about as thick as a cookie. Next time I’ll try doubling recipe if flavor good.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      thank you for this feedback, Andrea! I hope it works better next time and that you enjoyed the flavor

  4. Jess says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and easy cake to make! I added an extra 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, ground ginger, mixed spiced each and would probably add 1.5 tsp cinnamon in total next time as I like the spices to be stronger. I didn’t have applesauce so I used the same amount of soy yoghurt and the additional 2 tbsp sugar as instructed. Lovely fluffy texture and would make again!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      I’m so glad to hear you like the recipe!