The best Vegan Coffee Cake ever, and it’s SO easy to make! Perfect for holiday celebrations or weekend breakfasts.

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Along with my 1 Hour Vegan Cinnamon Rolls and Vegan French Toast Casserole, this Vegan Coffee Cake should be at the top of your list to make for holiday mornings!

It’s such an easy recipe with no fuss at all! It’s moist, fluffy and full of cinnamon streusel goodness.

How to make vegan coffee cake

The full recipe is at the bottom of the post, but let me show you how easy it is.

  1. Make the coffee cake batter, and pour half into a lightly greased cake pan. It doesn’t have to be exactly half, just estimate half.
  2. Make the streusel (it’s just combining cinnamon and brown sugar). Sprinkle half of it on the batter, then pour the rest of the cake batter on top. It won’t cover the streusel completely, and that’s okay.
  3. Sprinkle the rest of the streusel on top.
  4. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of melted vegan butter on top of the streusel, then bake for 40-45 minutes.

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That’s it! The vegan butter may still look wet, but it will get crunchy with the brown sugar/cinnamon in just a couple of minutes of cooling. Serve warm with a cup of coffee!

Special Tips & Substitutions

  • This recipe makes a lot (about 16 servings) so if you don’t want that much, cut the ingredients in half and make it in an 8 x 8 inch pan.
  • Oil free option: Replace the oil with applesauce in the cake, and leave out the vegan butter drizzle.
  • Whole grain: Use white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour.
  • Gluten free: Use a quality gluten free all purpose flour blend.

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Vegan Coffee Cake

The best Vegan Coffee Cake ever, and it’s SO easy to make! Perfect for holiday celebrations or weekend breakfasts.
4.95 from 38 votes

Ingredients

Coffee Cake

  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil, OR melted coconut or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Streusel

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

For drizzling on top

  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
  • Combine the non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar. Stir a little, then set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar with a large spoon until well combined.
  • To the bowl with the dry ingredients, pour in the milk/vinegar mixture, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Stir until combined. Pour half of the batter into the prepared cake pan.
  • Make the Cinnamon Streusel: In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together.
  • Sprinkle half of the cinnamon streusel over the batter in the pan, then pour the rest of the cake batter on top. Sprinkle with the rest of the streusel.
  • Drizzle with melted vegan butter.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. The vegan butter may still look wet in places, but it will harden as it cools and add a nice crunch to the cake.
  • Serve with a cup of coffee, if desired and enjoy!

Notes

  1. May substitute a different milk such as coconut, almond, cashew or oat milk.
  2. This recipe makes enough for a crowd, so feel free to cut the ingredients in half and make it in a 8 x 8 inch pan if you'd like. 
  3. Oil free: I don't think it tastes great with no oil at all, but if you must you could use all applesauce in place of the oil, and leave out the vegan butter drizzle on top.
  4. Gluten free: I haven't tried it, but I think a quality gluten free all purpose flour should work quite well. Simply subbing almond or coconut flour will not work.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 98mg, Potassium: 157mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 106IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 1mg

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