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A piece of apple cake drizzled with date caramel sitting on a small plate. A cup of coffee is next to it and the rest of the cake sits behind the small plate of cake and coffee cup
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Apple Cake

  • Author: Lauren Bernick of Well Elephant
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9-12 servings 1x
  • Category: Desserts and snacks
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Moist delicious apple cake with a hint of spice is the perfect dessert or as a coffee cake.


Units Scale


  • 2 tablespoons of flax meal (ground flaxseed)
  • 1/4 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of date sugar or maple syrup (plus 2 tablespoons to coat the apples)
  • 1/4 cup of applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons of plant milk
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of spelt or oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • 1 apple chopped

For Optional Date Caramel Topping (Courtesy of Lisa Rice from Kitchen Plantastic). A little goes a long way so drizzle lightly.

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 1/4 cup (or more) plant milk (start with less and add as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

Blend in a high-speed blender


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line an 8×8 glass with parchment paper
  3. In a small bowl mix the flax meal and warm water, let it sit for 5 minutes
  4. In a medium bowl combine maple syrup or date sugar, applesauce, and vinegar
  5. In another large bowl combine the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices
  6. In yet another bowl (I know, sorry about the dishes) combine the chopped apples and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, coat thoroughly
  7. Add the flax egg (your combined ground flaxseed  and water) to the wet ingredients
  8. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
  9. Mix the coated apples into the batter
  10. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, checking at 25 minutes. Insert toothpick or knife; it’s ready when it pulls out clean
  11. Turn upside down on a cooling rack. Remove the parchment paper and let it cool completely
  12. Drizzle with optional date caramel topping


You will have plenty of leftover date caramel topping for your oatmeal or to dip apples in

Keywords: whole food plant based diet, plant based recipes, Vegan Rosh Hashanah dessert, plant based dessert

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