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Apple Crumb Cake with Powdered Sugar Glaze

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I wanted to make a cake that was reminiscent of those little grocery store coffee cakes from my childhood. This vegan Apple Crumb Cake with Powdered Sugar Glaze did not disappoint. To meet my expectations, I doubled the streusel topping and if that wasn’t enough, added a simple powdered sugar glaze. Is your mouth watering yet? 🙂

Drizzling glaze over apple crumb cake

Let’s start with the streusel topping…

Combine brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon and salt.

Bowl full of crumb topping ingredients

Add melted vegan margarine and stir well.

Adding melted butter to topping ingredients

Lastly, add the flour using a fork to combine. It should look all crumbly like this. Set aside while we prepare the rest of the cake.

Apple crumb topping

Now, let’s make the cake…

In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the softened vegan margarine and sugar. Beat until well combined.

Creaming together butter and sugar in a stainless mixing bowl

Add the vegan sour cream, applesauce and vanilla. It may look a little curdled, but I promise you. This situation is temporary!

Curdled mixing paddle

In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and add to the mixing bowl.

Whisking together the dry ingredients in a glass bowl

The result is the most beautiful, light and fluffy cake batter. Using an offset spatula, spread evenly into an 8″ x 8″ pan that you have prepared with cooking spray. But wait…there’s more! 🙂

Spreading batter into a glass baking dish

The apple layer is next…

Add the diced apples and cinnamon to a small mixing bowl and toss until all of the apples are coated.

Tossing together the apples and cinnamon

Place them on top of the uncooked cake batter and give them a light press into the batter.

Adding the apple layer

Now, take your reserved crumble topping and spread evenly over top. Give it a good press into the apple layer.

Add the crumble topping

Bake until golden. Cool for at least 20 minutes before adding the glaze.

Baked Apple Crumb Cake with Powdered Sugar Glaze

Just look at this. You have a cake layer, an apple cinnamon layer and finally the crumb topping. Three layers of goodness!

Close up of the unfrosted Apple Crumb Cake with Powdered Sugar Glaze

Optional powdered sugar glaze…

But my mom requested a powdered sugar glaze and it was a good choice. Really delicious and simple to make.

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Apple Crumb Cake with Powdered Sugar Glaze

Apple Crumb Cake with Powdered Sugar Glaze
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Keyword apple, cake, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Living Vegan Staff



  • 1/2 c Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 c Sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 c Vegan Margarine melted
  • 1-1/4 c All Purpose Flour


  • 1-1/4 c All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 6 tbsp Vegan Margarine softened
  • 1/4 c PLUS 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 6 tbsp Applesauce
  • 1/2 c Vegan Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3/4 c Peeled and Diced Apples
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1 c Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Non-Dairy Milk more or less, to desired consistency


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare an 8" x 8" baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • To make the crumb topping, whisk brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt together.  Add the melted butter using a fork to incorporate, then add the flour. Mix and crumble with a fork. Set aside.
  • For the cake, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar together on high speed.
  • Add the applesauce, vegan sour cream, and vanilla. Beat on medium-high speed until combined.
  • On low speed, just mix in the dry ingredients until incorporated. Do not over mix. Spread the batter evenly into prepared baking pan.
  • Toss the chopped apples and cinnamon together in a small bowl until well coated.  
  • Top the batter layer evenly with cinnamon apples. Lightly press into the batter. 
  • Top the apple layer evenly with crumb topping. Again, lightly press into the apple layer so that after baking, everything sticks. 
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Every oven is different, so keep an eye on it.
  • Cool at least 20 minutes (or more) before applying the glaze.
  • Whisk the powdered sugar and almond milk together until smooth. If it's too thick, add more almond milk. Too thin? Add more powdered sugar.


If you can't find vegan sour cream, a thick vegan Greek Yogurt would be the substitute.