Pull out your apples and vanilla extract, it’s time to start the fall baking!

Usually this time of year starts the pumpkin craze and things start quickly speeding towards the ‘dangerously close to the holidays’ territory. For me, I like to take a beat and enjoy the idea of baking without sweating my butt off (hi summer heat!) and enjoying all the cozy flavors like cinnamon, spice, apples and, occasionally, pumpkin. I won’t include holiday baking in here, but mainly focusing on the nice in-between season of baking that involves just baking to bake and enjoying the late summer/early fall bounty that is popping up everywhere. Ok, spatulas ready? Let’s do it!

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Chocolate Doughnuts with Ginger Spice and Chocolate Glaze– Let’s start with donuts! Ginger just makes me think of fall and all those spiced flavors, so candied ginger just takes things one step further. Chocolate is a clear winner in all dessert situations, obviously.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Maple Pecan and Dark Chocolate Vegan Cinnamon Rolls- Homemade cinnamon rolls are way easier than you think and maple just brings this into fall baking territory. Swap out pecans for another nut if you want to, but I think this is the culmination of decadent and perfect brunch fare for a fall meal.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Caramel Apple Crisp Ice Cream– Ice cream doesn’t seem like a logical pick for cooler months, but really, I’ll eat ice cream any dang time. Adding in crispy crunch and a swirl of caramel sauce takes using up apples to another level. Put this on top of some actual apple pie for a totally weird pie-on-pie situation!

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Vegan Apple Pie Biscuits– These came from the genius mind of Joy The Baker, so I can’t take credit for these beauties. I took these to a food blogger potluck last fall and watched them disappear before we could even get out the ice cream for topping.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Caramel Apple Crisp with Streusel Topping– Another apple crisp! The topping to filling ratio is perfect on this one, since I like to always have maximum crunchy topping in a fruit crisp, so warm this up, top with vanilla ice cream and call it done.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Apple Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting– Β The frosting is what really makes this cake, along with the fact that this was one of my co-workers favorites to date and is pretty easy to bring together in an afternoon. Double up to make a pretty layer cake or keep it the same and try not to eat all the cream cheese like frosting before finishing the cake.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Pepita and Pecan Pie Pumpkin Bread– Finally, some pumpkin! I mashed together two favorites, pecan pie and pumpkin for the ultimate fall bread. This loaf was gone in less than a week and is perfect toasted and with a smear of vegan butter before inhaling.