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Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

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I found this recipe for Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake in a holiday magazine, Food Network I think? and thought…this would be awesome veganized! The taste and texture were amazing. I did make a few adjustments to my recipe as I wished that topping was a bit more coarse and crumbly.  So now it will be when you make it 🙂

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

Like most cakes, this one begins by creaming together butter (vegan margarine) and sugar until fluffy.  To this mixture, add the molasses, vanilla and instead of eggs, we’re using unsweetened applesauce.  Will two flax “eggs” work here? Yes, but I really prefer applesauce in baking as the egg replacer.

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

I like to whisk together all of my dry ingredients and then add to the creamed butter mixture just until combined.

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

You’ll alternate adding the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture with the vegan sour cream.  I haven’t tested this with cashew cream, but you could certainly give it a try.  The vegan version of sour cream is so incredibly close to the original, it’s worth finding.

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

In a separate bowl, whisk together topping ingredients.

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

Using two knives, your hands or preferably a pastry blender, cut in the cold vegan margarine until coarse and crumbly. This is where I edited the original recipe.  In my opinion, the dry out-proportioned the margarine and I didn’t get those big crumbs all over the top, just where the clumps of margarine were present.

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

The batter goes into a buttered (using vegan margarine) springform pan and is topped with the crumble mixture.

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

I served with a hot cup of tea and a scoop of almondmilk vanilla ice cream topped with my homemade gingerbread spice!

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

Just look at that texture!  It was SO good.

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

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 Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake
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Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake

Gingerbread Spice Coffee Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author aimee



  • 10 tbsp Vegan Margarine softened
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 1/2 c Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 tsp Molasses
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 c Flour
  • 2 tsp Gingerbread Spice see recipe below
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 c Vegan Sour Cream Substitute


  • 3/4 c Flour
  • 2/3 c Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Gingerbread Spice see recipe below
  • pinch Salt
  • 5 tbsp Vegan Margarine COLD and cut into cubes

HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD SPICE (makes about 5 Tablespoons)

  • 2 tbsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper finely ground
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves


  1. Beat 10 tbsp vegan margarine and 1 cup granulated sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. 

  2. Beat in applesauce and 2 teaspoons each molasses and vanilla. 

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 cups flour with 2 teaspoons gingerbread spice, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt; beat into the butter mixture in batches, alternating with 1 cup vegan sour cream alternative.

  4.  Pour into a buttered (with vegan margarine) 9-inch springform pan. 

  5. Mix 3/4 cup flour with 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon gingerbread spice and a pinch of salt; work in 5 tablespoons cubed cold butter. Sprinkle over the batter. 
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool.

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  1. Hi!
    It’s autumn here in East TN and I just had to make this cake. First and foremost I was so excited to make your gingerbread spice recipe! I now have my own little spice jar full of this beautiful blend!!!
    Now, I must admit, I’m more of a cook than a baker and I am a VEGAN baking novice but this recipe was very easy and the cake turned out beautifully. This is a definite staple in my house! Thanks again!