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Easy Pumpkin Cake (Vegan)

  • Author: Heart of a Baker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert


One bowl, easy pumpkin cake that is vegan and takes just 30 minutes to come together!


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch or potato starch
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon spelt flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a loaf pan with olive oil and set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and flaxseed meal. Whisk until smooth.
  3. To the same bowl, add the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch, and spelt flour. Whisk until no lumps remain. 
  4. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading the batter evenly. 
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the middle of the cake springs back lightly with touched or a toothpick inserted in the middle, comes out clean. 
  6. Allow the cake to cool before cutting and serving, topping with cinnamon or whipped coconut cream. 


  • Whole wheat flour can be used in place of spelt flour
  • If you prefer canola oil over olive oil, that will work just fine in this recipe too!