5-Ingredient-Apple Cake with Elderflower Crumbles

This cake is such a classic – every time I bake it I am thinking to myself: why don’t I make this more often? It’s so bloody easy, sweet, juicy and gooey. Its boosts with flavur from the baked apples and seriously who doesn’t love a massive layer of crumbles? But I don’t think everyone is aware that this cake can be made vegan so easily with just 5 ingredients! To give this a little twist I am using my homemade elderflower syrup. But I encourage you to experiment with different syrups or even adding different spices to the crumbles. Why not try pumpkin spice crumbles or chai latte crumbles? This is a cake that you just whip up before your mum or friends come over for  a coffee. Even if you are not a master baker in most cases you will have all the ingredients in your pantry anyways. So 5 ingredients – easy peasy, right? Go and bake a wonderful vegan apple crumble cake for your workmates, lovely mum’s or spoil your boyfriend’s with a cake – no one will even ask if its vegan.

Base: (this is for an entire tray, please half the amounts for 28cm round cake tin):

  • 300g flour (any kind you like)
  • 10g baking powder
  • 2 cups coconut oil
  • 5 tblsp maple syrup or Agave syrup ( I used the agava brand – check out the products category for more info)
  • 6-7 small apples


  • 120g flour ( you could also use almond flour for a more nutty flavor)
  • 6 tblsp coconut oil
  • 3 tblsp Elderflower syrup

For the base mix the flour and the baking powder and add the coconut oil and the maple syrup. The dough should be soft and buttery. Take your baking tray and press the dough down with your knuckles firmly until you have a nice even base for your apples. Core and cut the apples in slices and placing the slices on the base pushing them slightly into the dough. Mix all ingredients for the crumbles. The name says it all – the consistency should be dry and crumbly. Bake the cake at 180 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, the crumbles should look golden brown when the cake is ready.