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Overhead shot of a white plate topped with a slice of vegan apple cake to the left and a larger light green plate with more pieces of the baked good to the right, with a green glass of almond milk, an apple, a serrated knife with a wood handle, and a fork on an unfinished wood background.

Vegan Apple Breakfast Cake

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This Vegan Apple Breakfast Cake has a tender, soft crumb, just enough sweetness to get your day going, and a bit of nutritious whole grain flour to round it out.


  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 5 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2/3 cup + 1 1/2 tsp vegan granulated sugar or coconut sugar, divided*
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, divided (plus more for optional frosting)
  • 1 small apple, cored and chopped into 1-cm cubes
  • Vegan powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine the flax seed and water in a small bowl to make a flax egg. Set aside.
  3. Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Cut the margarine into 1-tablespoon chunks and add to the bowl of a stand mixer with 2/3 cup sugar. Beat on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes, until creamy and a bit fluffy. Add the vanilla and flax egg and beat again. Add 1/4 cup of the almond milk and beat to combine.
  5. Add about half of the flour mixture to the margarine mixture and beat on medium-low until just combined. Add the remaining almond milk and beat it in, then add the remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined (don’t overmix).
  6. Add the chopped apple and gently fold in with a spoon. The batter should be rather stiff, but not dry.
  7. Transfer the batter to a greased 8×8″ baking pan and spread to the edges with the back of a spoon or spatula.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 tsp sugar on top, then bake for 35 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  9. Test for doneness with a toothpick, and cook an extra 5-10 minutes if necessary.
  10. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Frost with a simple powdered sugar and almond milk icing if desired.


If you prefer a sweeter cake, add an additional 3-4 Tbsp sugar to the batter.

Nutritional information below does not include the optional icing.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Baked Goods
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: vegan, apple cake, breakfast, apple