Make your home smell like Christmas with this flavorful vegan speculaas cake with candied oranges and caramel sauce.
I’m so excited to share this recipe today. I made it together with my dear friend Vita from Little Kitchen Vibes !!!
Vita and I have met at one of my workshops and we’ve been friends since then, sharing our love of food and photography. She’s been helping me with some of my projects and so I figured why not make a personal project together. And we came up with this delicious vegan speculaas cake that literally smells like Christmas.
If I had my smell completely back from Covid, it would be even more Christmasy, but even with that, it’s just incredible. So I invite you to try the recipe, even if you’re not vegan. The cake is absolutely soft and moist and most of all have that nice crumb a good cake should have.
If you’ve been here reading my posts before, you know how much I love simple recipes. Even though it seems like a lot of ingredients the process is in fact super simple and straightforward. Like with every other butter cake, you whip butter and sugar together, then mix apples, oat milk and coconut milk in a blender and mix it in the butter together with the rest of the ingredients.
Caramel is just as simple. Simply combine everything in a bowl and you’re good to go. This caramel, though!!! Best vegan caramel I’ve ever tried. It’s super sweet just like caramel should be (right?) and had a very deep rich flavor. So good!
Vegan Speculaas Cake with Candied Oranges and Caramel Sauce
Vegan Speculaas Cake
- 100 g vegan butter
- 120 g brown sugar
- 450 g all-purpose flour
- 1 pack baking powder (4g)
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground corriander
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- ⅓ tsp ground cloves
- ⅓ tsp ground nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 250 g candied orange peel
- 250 g apples
- 200 ml oat milk
- 200 ml full-fat coconut milk (from a can, cream and water combined)
- 2 TBSP whole almond butter
- 1 tsp gingerbread spice mix (or 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/6 tsp ginger, pinch coriander, pinch allspice, pinch cardamom, pinch cloves, pinch nutmeg)
- 4 TBSP agave syrup
- ½ TBSP coconut milk (or more if the caramel is too thick)
- 200 ml vegan whipping cream (coconut is the best)
Vegan Speculaas Cake
Add vegan butter and sugar to a large bowl and whip it with an electric mixer until you get a fluffy and even cream.
To another large bowl, add all the dry ingredients – flour, salt, and spices. Mix well with a whisk.
Cut apples into pieces and blend them along with oat milk and coconut milk.
Now combine all the ingredients into an even batter. Fold in candied oranges.
Bake in a buttered long rectangular baking pan (usually used for bread loaves) and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 45 minutes.
Once your cake is baked well, let it cool down completely.
While your cake is baking, make caramel sauce. Add all the ingredients for caramel sauce to a blender and blend well or add them to a bowl and mix with an electric mixer.
Finishing the cake
Whip your whipping cream in a tall bowl until it's firm and holds its shape.
Before you serve it, spread whipped cream on top and pour some caramel sauce over it. You can decorate it with fresh oranges, too.