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5 from 6 votes

Vegan Apple Cake, whole wheat

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Vaishali ยท Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes


  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (sub with half regular whole-wheat and half all-purpose if you can't find whole-wheat pastry flour)
  • 2 1/2 cups very finely chopped apples (about 1 1/2 medium apples. I used Granny Smith which is perfect in this recipe)
  • 1 cup sugar (if you want to cut down, substitute a quarter of the sugar with an equal amount of applesauce)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp flaxmeal + 6 tbsp warm water. Mix well.
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of mixed powdered spices-- I ground up some cinnamon , cloves and nutmeg in my coffee grinder.
  • 1 cup walnuts , toasted lightly and chopped


  • Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and powdered spices.
  • Beat together the oil, sugar and vanilla for about a minute to aerate.
  • Add the flaxmeal mixture, beat for a few more seconds to mix, and then add the flour mixture.
  • Stir with a spatula to get the ingredients well-mixed. The dough will be very stiff. Add the apples and the walnuts and mix well.
  • Pour the batter into an 8-inch oiled and floured square pan (or use a round cake pan if that's what you have). To make the cake easier to unmold, line the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and then oil and flour. I didn't, and trust me, unmolding this cake from the pan was a small battle.
  • Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack for at least 10 minutes. Unmold and continue cooling.