Vegan Coffee Cake with Cream

Feb 18, 2022all recipes, Christmas, dessert, winter

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When expecting visitors, we usually want to prepare something simple, yet delicious. Something to impress but that will not take too much of our time. Vegan coffee cake with cream is all you’re looking for.


A vegan cake for coffee lovers and others alike

If you’re a coffee lover you’ll absolutely love this cake. It pairs well with coffee, cocoa, or tea. It’s soft, it’s sweet, but also slightly bitter and super moist.

I got the idea when I was writing a short article about coffee for a client. I had to make a lovely coffee cake because coffee is certainly not just a drink. Tiramisu is the only coffee dessert people really know of so I thought to myself, ‘ha, why wouldn’t I create something more simple and still super delicious?’

A few weeks later, here we are, with a lovely coffee cake in front of us. I’m drooling already and again. It’s so simple and tasty I could make it every week although I’m creating new recipes practically daily.


close-up of a piece of vegan coffee cake


Caffeinated or not – Q&A

At its core, this cake is made with coffee – the real, strong, black coffee. There’s coffee in the batter and there’s coffee in the cream. It’s actually a dessert solely for adults, not for kids, if you look at it that way. But it doesn’t have to be like that.

I tried making a decaf version, too. I used decaf and I used chicory coffee substitute and they both worked super well. The point is in the bitterness that combines so well with the sweetness and the cream. It really is like a cup of coffee but on your plate. Gorgeous, if you ask me.

When it comes to the ingredients there’s really nothing complicated about it. We’ve covered the coffee part, now to other ingredients:

-> I use all-purpose flour, but I would say wholemeal is even better. It surely has more fibre and is better for your body. But if you want that fluffy texture and puffy looks, go with all-purpose.

-> You can either use vanilla essence or vanilla sugar. Or even vanilla pod! If you’re substituting vanilla sugar with essence, make sure you know your essence – the strength, the sweetness of it.

-> Almonds and almond essence are optional but in my opinion very important. The cake will be perfectly fine without that almond essence. But the harmony of tastes that vanilla + coffee + almonds create is amazing.

-> When it comes to whipping cream, coconut is my favourite. But soy is great too. I’m not a fan of rice whipping cream as it’s somehow empty in taste.


When making this vegan coffee cake with cream make sure to:

-> Combine the dry and the wet ingredients gently as to not destroy the fluffiness of the cake.

-> Use a bitter drink like coffee or a coffee substitute otherwise the taste will not be the same. Do not use raw cocoa as it has a different texture (it’s denser) and won’t work in this recipe the way we want it to.

-> Apply the whipped cream only after the cake has cooled down. It has to be cold otherwise it might melt the cream.


pieces of vegan coffee cake on plates on the table


Do you want more simple and delicious desserts? Why don’t you try vegan brownie scones or lemon poppy seed muffins? If you’re a pie fan you have to try my super creamy chocolate pie – it’s ridiculously simple and beyond delicious.

Are you recreating any of my recipes? Don’t forget to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @littlekitchenvibes


close-up of a piece of vegan coffee cake

Vegan Coffee Cake With Cream

If you're looking to impress but don't have much time, this vegan coffee cake is just what you're looking for. Simple, soft, moist, and delicious.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, european
Servings 8 pieces


  • 250 g flour all-purpose
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 70 g coconut oil melted
  • 50 g coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp almond essence
  • 200 ml black coffee
  • 50 ml oat milk or other plant milk
  • 200 ml whipping cream
  • 1-2 tsp instant coffee
  • 6 drops almond essence
  • slivered almonds or other topping


  • Mix flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar, and salt in a large bowl with a whisk.
  • Melt coconut oil. Pour it into a separate bowl and add coconut sugar and almond essence. Whisk well. Then add coffee and milk and whisk a bit more so that coconut sugar melts.
  • Make sure everything is prepared before you combine dry and wet ingredients. So heat up the oven to 180°C and prepare the cake tin. Either grease it or line it with parchment paper or both.
  • In the end, combine dry and wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake it for 30 minutes.
  • Once it's done, let it cool down completely.
  • Whip the whipping cream. While whipping, add 1-2 tsp of instant coffee and almond essence. Apply the cream to the top of the cold cake. Sprinkle with some almonds and serve with some hot drink.
Keyword coffee cake, coffee dessert, simple cake, simple vegan dessert, vegan cake, vegan coffee cake


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