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Spiced Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

This vegan spiced apple cinnamon roll cake is a fusion of my two favorite things: spiced apples and cinnamon rolls. If you're looking for an ooey-gooey cake filled with soft spiced apples bathed in brown sugar and butter, you'll love this recipe. Your family will never guess that this insanely delicious cinnamon roll cake is gluten, soy, egg, and dairy-free! It's the perfect Christmas morning cake.  
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 8 servings
Calories 236 kcal


Spiced Apple Filling

  • 3 Apples washed, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar Packed
  • 2 Tbsp Plant-Based Butter MELT or Earth Balance
  • 2 Tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg (or allspice)
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Cardamom
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Cake Base

  • 3 Cup Gluten-Free Flour
  • 1 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk Or other non-dairy milk
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal Equivalent to 2 flax eggs
  • 6 Tbsp Water
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Plant-Based Butter melted

Cinnamon Topping

  • 1 Cup Plant-Based Butter
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar Packed
  • 2 Tbsp Gluten-Free Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon

Cake Icing

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 5 Tbsp Coconut Milk Or other non-dairy Milk
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350° and prep 8.25 x 11 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Spiced Apple Filling

  • In a medium-sized pan combine apples, butter, and brown sugar. Cook over medium-low heat until butter and sugar are melted. Then add cornstarch, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg,(or allspice) and vanilla. Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer for 3 minutes, constantly stirring. Remove from heat and allow apples to cool for 10 minutes. Set aside.

Cake Base

  • In a large bowl add dry ingredients, flaxseed meal, vanilla, water, and melted butter. Mix well. cake base batter will be thick and sticky. Set aside.

Cake Topping

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add in flour and cinnamon until well mixed. Set aside.

Cake Icing

  • Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir until smooth. Set aside.

Spiced Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake Assembly

  • Pour cake batter into the base of your baking dish.
  • Swirl half of the cinnamon cake topping over cake base batter with the back of a spoon or a knife. This will ensure that the cake topping is mixed throughout the base of the cake.
  • Pour cooked apples over the cinnamon roll cake topping.
  • Top with remaining cinnamon roll cake topping and swirl once more with the back of a spoon or a knife. Make sure to get some of the cinnamon topping around the edge of the cake.
  • Bake cake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and top warm cake with cake icing.


  • Once the cake is removed from the oven and prior to pouring the icing over the cake, create a few holes with a toothpick to ensure the icing seeps into the cake. 
  • Check the cake doneness of your cake by inserting a toothpick into the base of the cake. Bake for 5-7 more minutes should cake note be done. 
  • leftovers can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Your apple fritter cinnamon roll cake is best if reheated in the oven at 300 degrees for 7 minutes.
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