Kick off apple season with this delicious Vegan Caramel Apple Cake! A spiced cake made with diced apples, paired with a spiced frosting, and a caramel core. Vegan, No-Egg, No-Dairy and truly DELICIOUS! It’s simply the BEST cake for ‘Fall’.
This incredible recipe has been made in collaboration with Doves Farm. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. (For more information along with affiliated links, check out my disclosure policy.)
The BEST Vegan Caramel Apple Cake
When I say this is one of the BEST cakes I’ve ever had, I truly mean it! This apple cake has the tastiest sponge and moistest texture that is perfectly balanced with the chewy caramel core. Oh, and did I mention it has piped apples as decoration. I’m actually obsessed with this cake and trust me.. you definitely need to make this ASAP.
This vegan caramel apple cake is:
- Flavourful in each bite.
- Lightly spiced to perfection.
- Vegan friendly – no animal derived ingredients needed.
- Simple decoration is super easy, great for kids to get involved in making.
- FILLED with fresh apples, which burst with flavour.
- Filled with a hidden puddle of the best gooey caramel. DROOL!
- Surprisingly easy – no crazy ingredients or techniques required!
- Perfectly sized for a family gathering or small special occasion.
- Made using organic ingredients.
- Frosting is lightly spiced and super creamy.
Ingredients you’ll need:
This recipe makes three 8” sponges, with a homemade caramel core and whipped buttercream. Most ingredients you may possibly already have to hand in your kitchen / pantry. If not, I have listed the ingredients below so make sure to pick them up on your next shopping trip!
- Dairy-free milk – soya milk works best for buttermilk, but you can use almond, cashew or oat for example.
- Apple cider vinegar – Mixed with the milk to make a vegan buttermilk / egg replacement.
- Doves Farm Organic Self Raising Flour
- Caster sugar – Use a fine, white caster sugar for this recipe.
- Ground sweet cinnamon – you can use regular ground cinnamon.
- Ground nutmeg
- Doves Farm Organic Baking powder
- Doves Farm Organic Bicarbonate of soda
- Sunflower oil – This is the best, neutral flavoured oil for baking!
- Organic apples – Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples are the best for baking.
- Dairy-free block butter – Be sure to use a vegan block butter such as Naturli Vegan Block or Flora Plant Butter. This will help stabilise the frosting.
- Dairy-free cream cheese – Use your favourite vegan friendly cream cheese. My personal favourite is supermarket own branded or Violife.
- Icing sugar – Sift before using to remove any clumps.
- Food gels – My favourite, high pigment vegan friendly food gels are Rainbow Dust Pro Jels.
Why bake organic?
I am so excited to have partnered with ‘Doves Farm’ to bring you this scrumptious bake. Doves Farm is my go-to for gluten-free and organic baking ingredients such as flour, raising agents and grains.
To celebrate Organic September, I have used the Doves Farm White Self Raising Flour, Baking Powder and Bicarbonate of Soda from their Organic range! Organic September helps to bring awareness about organic farming and production. This flour is made using finely milled organic flour with added raising agents. I also used their organic baking powder and baking soda which paired with the flour helps the cake rise and makes for a ultra light and tender sponge.
To keep on the organic route, I made sure to use organic apples. The apples I chose are Organic Granny Smiths. They’re the best apples for adding into baking as they maintain their crisp flavour and texture, without turning to mush! You can go all out and use organic apple cider vinegar and any other organic ingredients you can find.
Be sure to check out the Doves Farm Organic range, and try them out for yourselves!
How to make a Vegan Caramel Apple Cake
Ok, let’s talk about this Caramel Apple Cake because it is the perfect cake for ‘Fall’ – Autumn, as it’s apple season!
My favourite apples to use in delicious bakes like this one are Granny Smiths or Honeycrisps. They are crisp, juicy, and the perfect mix of sweet/tart.
I chose to chop the apples into small chunks so each slice of cake is jam packed with delicious speckles of fresh apples.
Mix together the milk and vinegar. Set aside for 5 minutes, this creates a vegan buttermilk. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, spices, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Add the oil into the buttermilk. add the wet into the dry and mix to combine. Fold in the apples.
Divide the batter into the lined baking tins and bake the cakes until golden brown, risen and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean and the cakes are springy to the touch. Allow them to cool fully before filling and frosting.
In a bowl, whisk together the butter and cream cheese until pale and creamy. Add in the icing sugar and spices. Whip until light and fluffy.
- Frosting and caramel core
Once the cakes are cold, stack and fill the cakes with frosting and fill the middle with some homemade vegan caramel sauce. Repeat until the cake is stacked, then, crumb coat and chill until firm. Once chilled, give the cake a final coat of frosting. Pipe a swirl of frosting around the top edge border of the cake.
Colour left over frosting with food gels (apple, green and brown) for the apples. Transfer into piping bags and pipe onto the sides and top of the cake.
Slice and enjoy!
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