Vegan & Gluten Free Cream Cheese Frosted Spice Cake

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Imagine all of your favorite fall spices in one delicious cake paired with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Now imagine that the cake is vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, and sugar free friendly. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? Well, it just so happens that this frosted spice cake is exactly what you have been imagining! It’s super flavorful, very moist, and extremely easy to make.

Help, I don’t want this much cake!

This recipe makes a two layer 8-inch round cake. If you want to keep it simple and bake a one layer cake, simply cut the cake and frosting recipes in half. Follow the instructions as described, but add your cake batter to only one 8-inch cake pan (as opposed to splitting the cake batter between two cake pans). Once the cake is cooled, simply ice your one layer cake and enjoy!

frosted spice cake whole cake photo

What ingredients will I need to make this frosted spice cake?

This spice cake requires several simple ingredients. If you want to make the recipe sugar free, see sugar free recipe notes below. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • oat flour
  • coconut sugar (or monk fruit)
  • baking powder & baking soda
  • sea salt
  • spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, & ginger)
  • pure vanilla extract
  • olive or coconut oil
  • flax or regular eggs
  • dairy free milk
  • unsweetened applesauce (or pumpkin purée)
  • dairy free cream cheese
 frosted spice cake close up

How do I make this cake sugar free?

I used coconut sugar in this recipe, but you could use monk fruit instead if you want to keep the recipe sugar free. Monk fruit is a 1-1 substitute for coconut sugar. Use monk fruit in both the cake and the frosting to keep it sugar free.

What if I don’t have applesauce?

If you don’t have unsweetened applesauce (or don’t prefer it), feel free to substitute it for pumpkin purée. I haven’t tried this yet, but it should work.

Where do I find dairy free cream cheese?

I like to use Kite Hill dairy free cream cheese. I use the plain version.

Ready to try this? Here’s the recipe!

Vegan & Gluten Free Cream Cheese Frosted Spice Cake

Serves: 8 Prep Time: Cook Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 review )

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 3 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 4 flax eggs or regular eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup  olive oil (or coconut oil, melted)
  • 1/2 cup dairy free milk 
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup dairy free cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBS coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 TBS dairy free milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper (or simply spray them well with cooking spray and lightly dust with oat flour).
  2. Well the oven is preheating, whisk together all of your cake ingredients in a large dish until the batter is smooth and there are no lumps.
  3. Divide your cake batter between your prepared cake pans and bake at 350° for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  4. After baking, remove your cakes from the oven and let them cool completely.
  5. While your cakes cool, whisk together your frosting ingredients in a small dish until smooth and creamy (you may need to let your cream cheese sit out a bit to soften depending on the kind you use).
  6. Once your cakes have fully cooled, remove them from the pans. Set one of the cakes on a cake plate/stand.
  7. Frost the first cake layer generously with frosting and then add with second cake layer on top. Frost the second cake layer with the remaining icing.
  8. After frosting, slice your cake and serve.

Notes

*Store cake in the fridge for up to 5 days.

 

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