Cinnamon Caramel Bundt Cake is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and just 8 ingredients! Made in 1 bowl and topped with cinnamon caramel glaze!
Ahhhh, cake! It’s one of my favorite things to create. Borderline, obsession. This cake and glaze….I could not stop running back to the kitchen for more bites. Cinnamon is my #1 favorite flavor and this entire cake is loaded with it!
I love creating cakes that everybody can enjoy. And since I create cakes that are all vegan, mostly gluten-free and oil-free, most everybody can! To top if off, they are 8 ingredients only!
My husband declared this cake a huge win. This is coming from a guy who hates to eat cake. He wanted seconds. It’s just heaven in a bite.
HOW TO MAKE A VEGAN BUNDT CAKE
Can you believe it? Only 8 ingredients for this entire cake, including the glaze! Not only is this cake easy, but it’s vegan, gluten-free AND oil-free! You’ll need the following for this amazing Vegan Gluten-free Cinnamon Caramel Bundt Cake:
- Full-fat canned coconut milk
- Ground flaxseed
- Brown rice flour
- Potato starch
- Tapioca starch
- Ground cinnamon
- Baking powder
- Light brown sugar
For this post, I’m excited to say I was asked by Sprouts again to create a very special dessert for their special Thanksgiving event, Sprouts Virtual Friendsgiving! It’s a large event to get us all ready for the holidays.
There is just 11 bloggers and they asked me specifically to be the one to bring the vegan dessert to the table! Of course, I was thrilled. I love dessert and I wanted to create a holiday-worthy cake and hopefully, I’ve done that. This event supports the Thanksgiving sale with Hain Celestial Products. They are the American Food Company for numerous brands, including Arrowhead Mills, Simply Organic, Sunspire, Alba, Dream, etc. For this event, I was sent some amazing products from them.
Y’all know I’m a huge fan of tapioca starch in my baked goods, so of course I knew I would use this item, too.
They sent me a whole box of products, but since I knew I wanted a cinnamon cake, I was so happy to see the cinnamon in the box. I buy Simply Organic spices all the time, they are so fresh and fragrant.
THE PERFECT VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE BUNDT CAKE
I have to say, this Cinnamon Caramel Bundt Cake is dynamite in all areas. It is really rich in cinnamon flavor and gets an amazing depth of sweetness and flavor by using light brown sugar. I tried it with just regular coconut sugar and sorry, folks, it doesn’t cut it, as coconut sugar is a very dry sugar and this cake, being oil-free, nut-free and fruit-free, it needs moisture. It was too dry with plain coconut sugar. Using full-fat coconut milk, a good dose of flaxseed and light brown sugar did the job, amazingly. The brown sugar has molasses in it, which contributes hugely to the moist and amazing flavor. I make my own homemade brown sugar blend from coconut sugar too, if you prefer to not use regular brown sugar.
I tried really hard to create this holiday cake nut-free. Nearly killed me, but I did it, lol. I like to use almond flour a lot, but finally nailed this recipe without it! Hope all you nut-free peeps appreciate it. There was no getting around the no-coconut in addition to nut-free though. I needed a good amount of fat so it wouldn’t be dry as a hockey puck. Good thing though, is there is NO coconut flavor. It is completely masked by everything else going on in the cake.
Do you want to know how to ensure you have a good quality cinnamon? Taste a bit on your finger…it should taste very warm and sweet and fresh. Cheap or old cinnamon doesn’t have any sweetness and doesn’t taste very good.
Can we just talk about this Sticky Cinnamon Caramel Glaze for a bit? HEAVEN. It is what completes the cake. The cake is good on it’s own, but it’s a very simple cake and the glaze is what always completes a bundt cake like this. It just doesn’t have the same effect without it.
Also, as beautiful as this bundt pan is, I have to admit, I wasn’t a real fan of how it baked up in it, versus a more dome-shaped bundt pan. It just doesn’t cook really even, especially when dealing with vegan and gluten-free. So, I’d recommend a more rounded dome bundt pan.
Hope you all love this Vegan Gluten-free and Oil-free Cinnamon Caramel Bundt Cake!
Guess what friends?? I tested THREE versions for you all, so there is something for everybody! See the options below on the recipe!
Thank you to Sprouts for sponsoring this post!
Cinnamon Caramel Bundt Cake (Vegan & Gluten-Free)
- 2 1/4 cups (540g) full-fat canned well shaken coconut milk, warmed (“lite” coconut or other milks won’t work, see directions)
- 3 Tablespoons (22g) ground flaxseed
- 1 ½ cups (200g) brown rice flour
- ½ cup (80g) potato starch
- ¼ cup (32g) Arrowhead Mills tapioca starch
- 1 ½ Tbsp (8g) Simply Organic ground cinnamon
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. fine sea salt
- 1 cup (200g) lightly packed light brown sugar or my homemade coconut brown sugar (this sugar is crucial for moisture, plain coconut or white sugars do not work!)
Optional: Pecans for garnish (these give a lovely crunch contrast to the cake!)
Sticky Cinnamon Caramel Glaze
- 3/4 cup (150g) light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (try using mostly the cream and less water)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. fine sea salt
Spelt Flour Version
- Sub the brown rice flour, potato starch and tapioca with 2 1/4 cups (304 g) whole grain spelt flour
- Decrease the milk by 1/4 cup, you'll need only 2 cups milk
All-purpose Flour Version
- Sub the brown rice flour, potato starch and tapioca with just 2 cups (304 g) regular gluten all-purpose flour
- Decrease the milk by 1/4 cup, you'll need only 2 cups milk
- I use this scale.
- This recipe has been tested multiple times. It took me many trials to get the firm bundt cake texture I was after. Since there are no nuts, oil or fruit in this cake, the majority of the moisture comes from the coconut, which is why the full-fat is absolutely necessary. It leaves NO coconut taste whatsoever. If you sub any ingredients, I cannot vouch for the results.
- As always, use a scale for accuracy. Otherwise, scoop up the flours with your measuring cup and level off. With starches, you need to pat down so there are no gaps and level off. Different measurements can yield really different results. Regarding the GF version, I recommend making this cake early in the day or several hours before serving. It is quite moist and will continue to "cook" a bit for the next several hours. Just cover it well. It tastes best several hours after it has been baked. Wait to make the glaze until a few minutes before serving. However, the spelt and all-purpose versions are fine once they are cooled. This cake is meant to be accompanied with the glaze, so don't omit. I highly recommend the pecans, they give a wonderful crunch!
- Preheat an oven to 325°F and spray a 9 cup (9 inch) bundt pan well with nonstick spray. Note: I tested with 8 inch and it did not work well.
- If your full-fat canned coconut milk is hard, you'll need to empty the contents into a bowl so that it is well mixed before measuring. It is important you don’t get all water. Once smooth, add the 2 ¼ cups milk to a large measuring cup and warm for 30 seconds in the microwave. Add the flaxseed and whisk well and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, cinnamon, baking powder and salt (or spelt or all-purpose versions). Whisk well to ensure there are no lumps and it is well mixed. Add the brown sugar and whisk again, breaking up lumps.
- Whisk the flax/milk mixture once again and pour the liquid into the dry ingredients. Whisk gently to get all the flour wet. Then beat it on low for just about 30 seconds, just until smooth and all the flour is incorporated. Make sure all the flour from the bottom is mixed. It will be fairly thick, but smooth. If using the spelt or all-purpose version, be careful not to overmix, just until smooth. It helps to use a spoon for the bottom on those versions, so you don't overmix it.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes for the gluten-free and 35-40 for the spelt and all-purpose versions and a toothpick comes out completely clean. If making these as cupcakes, the GF version makes 16 and takes 20-25 minutes until the toothpick is completely clean. Check at 20 minutes for a clean toothpick. For the spelt/all-purpose versions, it will make 16. Do not be tempted to remove the cake early, as bundt cakes are tricky and need time to cook the interiors and are very moist cakes. Cooking time may vary depending on your climate.
- Leave the cake in the pan for 1 hour to cool. For cupcakes, leave to cool in pan 15 minutes, remove and cool 10 more minutes on a rack. They are even better the next day. Do not be tempted to flip the cake over early. This is a GF cake and it needs longer to cool IN the pan, so it won’t fall apart while still warm. After cooled, flip over carefully onto a cooling rack to cool completely, another 30 minutes at least. Transfer to a plate/stand.
- While the cake is cooling, make the cinnamon caramel glaze. Add all the ingredients to a small pot and whisk well. Turn the heat to medium and once it starts to bubble all over, reduce the heat to medium-low, closer to low. Cook for 5 minutes until it has thickened up some, but not too much. It will bubble the whole time, so watch it closely, whisking a couple of times during, so it doesn’t boil over. Remove from the heat to cool just a couple of minutes. It will thicken a bit as it cools. Drizzle the warm sauce over the cake (saving a bit for drizzling on each slice) and garnish with pecans, if desired! The glaze will get thicker/stickier as it cools on the cake. Keep cake stored at room temperature in a sealed cake dome to keep it moist.