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Vegan Apple Cake

This is a European style Apple Cake that is vegan and oil-free. Inspired by fall and my Grandma's Polish apple cake!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 People


  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups light spelt flour or organic all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 medium apples
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • powdered cane sugar for dusting, if desired


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 square pan with parchment and set aside.
  • Shake the can of coconut milk before opening it. There may be a thick layer of cream and that’s completely normal. Try to shake it to mix it evenly. In a medium bowl, add the coconut milk, cane sugar, lemon juice, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl sift together the flour, almond flour, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. If you don’t have almond flour, you can make it really easily by blending almonds in a high-speed blender such as a vitamix or blendtec. Blend then almonds then measure out 3/4 cups of the meal and sift it into the bowl with the flour.
  • Add the liquid to the dry mix and whisk gently until combined, but do not over-mix the dough. Set aside. 
  • Peel, core, and slice the apples thinly. Place them in a bowl with 1 tsp of cinnamon and mix to coat the apples.
  • Pour half of the batter in the baking pan. Place most of the apples on top of the batter to create a layer of apples in the middle of the cake (reserve enough to decorate the top).
  • Pour the rest of the batter into the pan. Top and decorate it with the rest of the apple slices. 
  • Bake the cake for 60 minutes, or until the top of the cake is nice and golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Grab hold of the parchment and transfer the cake to a wire rack to allow it to cool completely. When it is cooled, sift some icing sugar on top if desired, but this is optional. Cut into 9 equal slices and serve.