Vegan Apple Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Recipe & image by Lauren Toyota and John Diemer


Apple spice cake:

  • ¼ cup soy milk, room temperature
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • ½tsp all-spice
  • ½tsp ginger
  • ½tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded apple
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (soft at room temperature)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup pecans, roughly chopped

Maple buttercream frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 8tbsp vegan butter or margarine, room temperature
  • 6tbsp maple syrup


  • Pre-heat oven to 175°C
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together the soy milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, all-spice, ginger, and sea salt
  • In a third bowl beat together coconut oil and brown sugar with a hand mixer until fluffy. Then beat in molasses, vanilla extract, and soymilk and vinegar mixture until smooth
  • Add the liquid ingredients and shredded apple to the dry ingredients. Fold the batter until it’s just combined, ensuring not to over mix it
  • Lightly oil 2 x 7 ¼” cake pans with a little bit of coconut oil. You can also bake one at a time if you only have 1 pan
  • Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans. Spread out the batter so it’s even and to the edge of the pan
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes on the centre rack. The cake is done when a toothpick comes out of the centre of the cake clean
  • Transfer cakes out of the pans onto wire racks and allow to cool completely before frosting
  • To make the frosting beat together vegan butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup until fluffy and smooth
  • Place one cake bottom side down on your serving plate and spread frosting evenly with a spatula across the entire top of the cake. Place the other cake, bottom side down, on top of the frosting. Use remaining frosting to cover the entire cake
  • Using the palm of your hands gently press small handfuls of roughly chopped pecans along the entire side of the cake until well coated