vegan apple crumble cake

Hey there! I’ve got to tell you about this amazing vegan apple crumble cake I’ve been obsessing over lately. It’s become my go-to dessert for everything like family dinners, potlucks, or just treating myself on a cozy night in.

Do you know that heavenly aroma of baked apples and cinnamon? Imagine that, but with a twist that it’s all plant-based. The apples turn out perfectly tender, the cake is moist and flavorful, and that crumble on top is pure bliss.

I have tweaked the recipe more times than I can count, and I think I have finally nailed it. The secret is in using suitable apples and getting that crumble just right. Even my non-vegan friends can’t get enough of it.

The best is that it’s actually pretty simple to make. I would love to share my recipe with you so that you can try it all year round, just like me. So, next time you are in the mood for something sweet and comforting, give this vegan apple crumble cake a try. I bet you will love it as much as I do.

Why You’ll Absolutely Love This Cake?

Before discussing the ingredients and instructions for preparing this vegan apple crumble cake. Firstly, let’s discuss the various reasons that will make you fall in love with this cake recipe:

  • It’s incredibly moist: No dry, crumbly cake here! This one stays perfectly moist thanks to the apples and some vegan baking tricks.
  • That crumble topping is to die for: Seriously, it’s crispy and sweet. It adds the perfect texture contrast to the soft cake and apples.
  • It’s easier to make than you think: Don’t let the ‘vegan’ label scare you. This recipe is actually super simple to prepare at home.
  • It’s a crowd-pleaser: I have served this to both vegans and non-vegans alike, and everyone always asks for seconds.
  • It’s versatile: Have it for dessert, breakfast, or a snack, as it pairs amazingly with coffee or tea.
  • It’s healthier than traditional cakes: With wholesome ingredients and no animal products, you can enjoy a slice (or two) without the guilt.

So, are you ready to give it a try? I promise one bite, and you will be wondering why you didn’t try this delicious vegan apple crumble cake recipe sooner.

vegan apple crumble cake

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Ingredients Needed to Prepare the Vegan Apple Crumble Cake

It’s time to gather all the ingredients in one place to start preparing the vegan apple crumble cake recipe. While preparing, the list of various ingredients that are needed are as follows:

  • All-purpose flour: This is the foundation of our cake. It provides structure and that classic cake texture we all love. I have found that all-purpose flour works best here and will give us a tender crumb without being too heavy.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar is my secret ingredient in this recipe. It adds a rich, almost caramel-like flavor and keeps the cake super moist. The molasses in brown sugar also complements the apples beautifully.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: These are our leavening agents. They react with the other ingredients to create bubbles, helping our cake rise and become fluffy. Using both gives us the perfect lift and texture.
  • Ground cinnamon: Cinnamon is the quintessential spice for apple desserts. It brings warmth and depth to the flavor profile. Take your time here because the generous amount really makes the cake sing.
  • Salt: Add just a pinch because it enhances all the other flavors and balances the sweetness. Trust me, you would have missed it if it weren’t there.
  • Vegetable oil: This replaces eggs and butter in traditional recipes. It keeps our cake moist and tender. I like using a neutral oil to let the apple and cinnamon flavors shine.
  • Plant-based milk: This adds moisture and helps bind the ingredients. I usually use almond or oat milk, but any plant milk works. It’s a great way to customize the flavor slightly, too.
  • Vanilla extract: A little vanilla goes a long way in adding depth and sweetness. It improves the other flavors without overpowering them.
  • Apples: I prefer firm, tart apples like Granny Smith. They hold their shape when baked and provide a nice contrast to the sweet cake.
  • Rolled oats: These are for our crumble topping. They add a wonderful texture and a bit of nuttiness. Plus, they make the cake feel a little more wholesome.
  • Vegan butter: This is also for the crumble. It helps create those irresistible, crispy, buttery bits on top. Make sure it’s cold when you mix it in for the best texture.

See the recipe card for complete information on ingredient quantities.

Each of these ingredients is essential in creating a cake that’s moist, flavorful, and perfectly balanced. The combination gives us a vegan apple crumble cake that’s every bit as delicious as its non-vegan counterparts. Plus, it’s all plant-based, so that you can feel good about every bite. 

How to Make Vegan Apple Crumble Cake?

Alright, Let’s get baking! I will walk you through making this vegan apple crumble cake step by step. Don’t worry; I will keep the steps simple so that you can easily follow them.

Step 1: Preheat and Prep

Turn your oven on to 350°F (175°C). While it’s heating up, grease a 9-inch round cake pan or line it with parchment paper. This will make it super easy to get your cake out later.

Step 2: Mix Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients, including flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Give it a good stir so everything’s well combined.

Now, pour in the vegetable oil, plant milk, and vanilla extract. Mix it all together until you have got a smooth batter. Wait to overmix just stir until everything’s combined.

How to Make Vegan Apple Crumble Cake

Step 3: Prep the Apples & Make the Crumble

Peel and chop your apples into small chunks. Toss them into the batter and gently fold them in.

In another bowl, mix the remaining cup of flour, rolled oats, and cinnamon. Add the cold, cubed vegan butter and use your fingers to mix it in. Keep squishing and mixing until you have got a crumbly mixture.

Step 4: Assemble and Bake

Pour your apple-filled batter into the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the top. Pop it in the oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes.

Step 5: Cool and Serve

Stick a toothpick in the center to see if it is done. If it comes out clean (or with only a few wet crumbs), your cake is done. Allow it to cool in the pan for approximately 15 minutes.

Carefully remove the cake from its pan. You can serve it warm or cool entirely. It’s excellent on its own, but adding a dollop of vegan ice cream on top is divine.

There you have it! Your very own vegan apple crumble cake. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool before digging in. Look at an Instagram reel of user @hollysbakeblog to get an idea of preparing the cake.

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Tips to Prepare the Cake Perfectly

Here are some tips that you should follow if you want to make sure your vegan apple crumble cake turns out absolutely perfect. I have shared my tips that will take your baking skills to the next level.

  • Measure flour: Too much flour can make your cake dry and crumbly. If you have a kitchen scale, use it. If not, try the scoop and level method. Just spoon the flour into your measuring cup and level it off with a knife. No packing it down!
  • Don’t go crazy with the Mixing: Once you add the dry ingredients to the wet, mix just until they are combined. Overmixing can make your cake tough because we want it nice and tender.
  • Watch that Baking Time: Every oven’s a bit different, so start checking your cake a little earlier than the recipe says. A toothpick should come out clean when it’s done.
  • Have Patience: Let your cake cool in the pan until it’s not warm anymore. This cake’s a bit delicate with all those yummy apple chunks, so we want to be gentle when removing it.
  • Use Parchment paper: Make sure to line the bottom of your pan with parchment. It makes getting the cake out so much easier. 
  • Serve it Fresh: This cake is best within a day or two of baking. The fruit can start to turn quickly, so try to serve it as soon as possible. Not that you will be able to resist it for long, anyway!

Remember, keep going even if your first try isn’t perfect. Each time you make this vegan apple crumble cake, you will learn something new. 

Dressing Up Ideas For Vegan Apple Crumble Cake

It’s time to talk about dressing up ideas that we can do on vegan apple crumble cake. While this beauty is pretty stunning on its own, I have some fun ideas to make it even more eye-catching and delicious. Trust me, these simple touches can make your cake look super tasty.

vegan apple crumble cake
  • Dusting of powdered sugar: This is my go-to for a quick and easy elegant look. Just sift a light layer of powdered sugar over the top right before serving. It gives the cake a lovely, snowy appearance that’s perfect for winter gatherings.
  • Caramel drizzle: If you’re feeling a bit indulgent, try drizzling some vegan caramel sauce over the top. It adds a beautiful golden color and complements the apple flavor perfectly.
  • Fresh apple slices: Thinly sliced apples arranged in a circular pattern on top can give your cake a professional bakery look. Plus, it hints at the deliciousness inside.
  • Chopped nuts: Sprinkle some chopped pecans or walnuts over the top for added crunch and a rustic touch. Just be mindful of any nut allergies if you are serving to guests.
  • Vegan whipped cream: A dollop of vegan whipped cream on each slice not only looks great but adds a creamy contrast to the cake’s texture.
  • Edible flowers: If you’re going for a springtime vibe, try decorating with edible flowers like pansies or violets.

I mix and match these ideas and do the dressing differently every time. The best part is, no matter how you decorate it, this vegan apple crumble cake is going to taste amazing.

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vegan apple crumble cake

Vegan Apple Crumble Cake

A moist and delicious vegan cake filled with tender apple chunks and topped with a crispy oat crumble.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, vegan
Servings 1
Calories 320 kcal

Equipment

  • 9-inch round cake pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk or fork
  • Spatula
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Oven & Cooling rack

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup plant-based milk I like almonds or oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large apples peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter cold and cubed

Instructions
 

  • Turn your oven on to 350°F (175°C). While it’s heating up, grease a 9-inch round cake pan or line it with parchment paper. This will make it super easy to get your cake out later.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients, including flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Give it a good stir so everything’s well combined.
  • Now, pour in the vegetable oil, plant milk, and vanilla extract. Mix it all together until you have got a smooth batter. Wait to overmix just stir until everything’s combined.
  • Peel and chop your apples into small chunks. Toss them into the batter and gently fold them in.
  • In another bowl, mix the remaining cup of flour, rolled oats, and cinnamon. Add the cold, cubed vegan butter and use your fingers to mix it in. Keep squishing and mixing until you have got a crumbly mixture.
  • Pour your apple-filled batter into the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the top. Pop it in the oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes.
  • Stick a toothpick in the center to see if it is done. If it comes out clean (or with only a few wet crumbs), your cake is done. Allow it to cool in the pan for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the cake from its pan. You can serve it warm or cool entirely. It’s excellent on its own, but adding a dollop of vegan ice cream on top is divine.

Notes

Best served fresh. It can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days or refrigerated for up to 5 days. Freezer-friendly for up to 3 months.

Storage & Freezing Instructions

For short-term storage, keep your cake at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, or in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for about 2-3 days this way. If you need it to last a bit longer, pop it in the fridge, where it will keep for up to 5 days.

To freeze the vegan apple crumble cake, slice it and wrap each piece in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. These little bundles can hang out in your freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready for a slice, just thaw it overnight in the fridge.

Pro tip: If you’re freezing, do it as soon as the cake has cooled completely. It will keep it at its best quality. Remember, this cake is tastiest when fresh, but these storage tricks will help you enjoy it longer.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I use gluten-free flour in my vegan apple crumble cake?

Yes, you can substitute gluten-free flour in your vegan apple crumble cake. Opt for a gluten-free blend designed for baking to ensure the best texture and flavor without compromising on taste.

How to make the crumble topping extra crispy?

To achieve a crispy crumble topping, use cold vegan butter and mix it well with flour and sugar. Ensure the butter remains in small, pea-sized pieces to create a crumbly texture that crisps up beautifully when baked.

Which plant-based milk is best for the cake recipe?

Any plant-based milk, such as almond, soy, or oat milk, works well. Choose your favorite or whatever you have on hand; they all contribute to a moist and delicious cake.

How to prevent the cake from becoming soggy?

To prevent sogginess, avoid over-mixing the batter and ensure the apples are well-drained if using canned or overly juicy fresh apples. Baking the cake at the correct temperature will also help achieve a perfect texture.

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