Simple Vegan Coffee Cake
With a moist vanilla cake, a deliciously sweet cinnamon streusel topping, and a glaze to top it all, our Simple Vegan Coffee Cake is the perfect cake for afternoon tea or coffee!
Coffee cake is one of the absolute best desserts because I feel like I can eat it at any point of the day! Cake for breakfast with my morning cup of coffee? Yes, please!!! The cinnamon baked into the streusel topping is so warming and make for the ultimate cozy feeling while sipping on a coffee.
I am obsessed with the crunch of streusel mixed with the fluffy bites of cake. However, when I was young there were a lot of flavors and textures that bothered me (aka. I was an extremely picky eater growing up). So, as a kid I was not a fan of coffee cake and would only eat the cake part! Which is completely mind blowing to me now since streusel is so sweet and delicious!
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There was a time last year where almost my whole family wasn't working due to Covid closures. This was a really hard time for us and many people in the world. However, one highlight was getting to spend a lot more time with my family throughout the week. Normally, we all get busy with work and living our day-to-day lives, but with our free time it was so nice to get to have lunches and spend days together that we wouldn't normally have had.
We would all meet at either our mom's or older sister, Emily's house for lunch. Taylor would almost always bring a dessert for us to have in the afternoon. We would munch on different sweet treats while watching a movie or sitting around the kitchen table chatting. Often, Tay would bake this coffee cake or our Dirty Chai Coffee Cake since our mom has always loved coffee cakes. Since then, I know I will never have coffee cake without thinking of these special times, where we made incredibly happy memories during a tough time.
Simple Vegan Coffee Cake
Yield: 1 cake
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: approximately 40 minutes
Author: Kitchen Potatoes
· ½ tsp cinnamon
· ¼ tsp salt
· ½ cup flour
· ½ cup brown sugar
· ¼ cup vegan butter, melted
· 1 cup vegan milk + 1 tbsp vinegar
· ¾ cup vegetable oil (or any other neutral tasting oil)
· 2 tsp vanilla
· ¾ cup granulated sugar
· 2 cups flour
· 2 tsp baking powder
· ½ tsp baking soda
· ¼ tsp salt
· 1 cup powdered sugar
· 1 ½ tbsp vegan milk
Preheat oven to 350°F. If using a round 9-inch cake pan, cut out a piece of parchment paper the same size as the bottom of the pan and place this round piece of parchment in your pan. If using a square 9-inch cake pan, line cake pan with parchment as usual. Lightly spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
In a medium bowl, make streusel topping by combining all streusel topping ingredients except for the vegan butter. Whisk together until combined. Add melted butter, whisk thoroughly, and set aside.
To make the cake batter, pour vegan milk and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring to allow the milk to curdle, creating a sour milk.
In a large bowl, combine sour milk along with all other wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk together.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, whisking together until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, spread evenly, and sprinkle the streusel topping on top of the cake, covering the cake completely with streusel.
Bake in preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes or until a tester toothpick can be removed from the center of the cake clean.
Once baked, place cake (while still in its pan) on a cooling rack and allow to cool for approximately 20 minutes. Gently remove the cake from the pan without flipping the cake over and allow to cool further on the cooling rack. *
Once the cake has cooled completely, prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and vegan milk in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly until all clumps are smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk, half a tablespoon at a time. If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar, ¼ cup at a time. Once the glaze is your desired consistency, drizzle over cake. Allow glaze to set for approximately 10 minutes, then cut and serve!
* Because of the cake's streusel topping, you will be unable to flip the cake onto a cooling rack as you might be able to do with other recipes. Instead, I take a butter knife and slide it around the outside of the cake to loosen any of the streusel topping that has stuck to the sides of the cake pan and then gently remove the cake. This is easier if you have an extra set of hands to help you.