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VEGAN SPICE CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

A moist, savory spice cake with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice, with a vegan cream cheese frosting. It's great for dessert or brunch.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword dairy-free, spice cake, vegan cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 426.98 kcal
Author Linda Meyer

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour SEE NOTE
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 10 tbsp vegan butter room temperature SEE NOTE
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar Organic or Beet Sugar is vegan.
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce with 3 teaspoons of baking powder mixed well this is the egg replacer
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp dark molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese We use Kite Hill's vegan cream cheese.
  • 8 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar sifted to avoid lumpy frosting.
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and butter and flour a 10-inch square baking dish.

  2. Stir the 1 tbsp lemon juice into the 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk and let sit.

  3. In a large bowl whisk the 2 1/2 cups cake flour (use all-purpose gluten-free flour if necessary), 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp cloves, and whisk until completely combined. .

  4. Beat the 10 tbsp butter and 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar with a whisk or paddle attachment on a high setting until it's creamy and fluffy. Add the 1/2 cup apple sauce and baking powder mixture and beat on a high setting until it's light and fluffy. Scrape the sides with a spatula if necessary. Add the 1 tsp vanilla and the 1 tsp molasses and beat until combined. Add one third of the flour mixture and blend until combined. Add one third of the milk and blend until combined. Continue alternating the flour and milk until it’s just combined.

  5. Use a spatula to finish mixing the batter and scrape the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

  6. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  7. For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  8. In a large mixing bowl beat 8 oz vegan cream cheese, 8 tbsp vegan butter, 1 cup confectioner's sugar on a high speed until light and fluffy. Keep refrigerated until ready to spread on the cake.

  9. Refrigerate the cake in a sealed container.

Recipe Notes

NUTRITION DISCLAIMER

A serving size for us is about a 3-inch square slice. 

Cake flour creates the most tender texture, but you can use all-purpose as well. 

  • When butter is at room temperature it creates air bubbles, which makes a great texture when the bread is baked.

 

  • If the butter is cold, the fat won’t make those air bubbles. If the butter is too warm, the air bubbles will collapse.

 

  • Don’t be tempted to bring the butter to room temperature in the microwave. The butter will be too warm in spots, and too cold in other areas.

 

  • Alternate the dry ingredients and the milk, don’t pour all of the liquid in at once.

 

  •  Adding too much liquid to the creamed butter and sugar will result in the butter becoming saturated and your cake will be heavy and dense because the batter will separate and the liquid will stay on top.

 

  • The flour will ultimately absorb the liquid; however, the cake will be heavy.

 

  • Use a spatula to finish mixing.  A spatula will help prevent the batter from being over worked as it’s not as heavy as a spoon.
Nutrition Facts
VEGAN SPICE CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 426.98 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.95g31%
Saturated Fat 5.45g34%
Sodium 398.88mg17%
Potassium 103.42mg3%
Carbohydrates 59.52g20%
Fiber 2.27g9%
Sugar 38.17g42%
Protein 4.61g9%
Vitamin A 801.99IU16%
Vitamin C 0.59mg1%
Calcium 87.79mg9%
Iron 0.66mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.