Cinnamon Apple Cake

Our American Apple Cake recipe is completely dairy-free. The walnuts in this cinnamon apple cake recipe are also optional if you prefer a nut-free option. This cake is lovely on its own but can also be topped with Cream Cheese Frosting. Use any firm, tart apple.

Cinnamon Apple Cake Made with Vegetable Oil

Our cinnamon apple cake recipe is made with vegetable oil instead of butter. Not only dairy-free but vegetable oil is a great time saver!






American Cinnamon Apple Cake

Our dairy-free, Apple Cake is perfect for an autumn dessert or afternoon tea. The sweet, sharp cake is perfect for warm autumn days and chilly nights.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert & Bakery
Cuisine American
Servings 20 squares



  • 300 grams sugar , caster or granulated
  • 2 large eggs
  • 250 ml vegetable oil
  • 375 grams plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 400 grams apples , Granny Smith or other firm, tart variety
  • 100 grams walnuts , finely chopped


  • Apple Peeler / Corer


  • In the stand mixer, beat the eggs and oil until foaming.
  • Add sugar, flour, cinnamon, bicarb, vanilla extract and salt.
  • Fold in diced apples and walnuts (if using)
  • Pour into prepared 9 x 13 inch (20 x 30 cm) cake tin.
  • Bake at 180C (fan) for 30 to 40 minutes - until skewer comes out clean.
  • Eat as is or let cake cool and cover with Cream Cheese Frosting.