Delicious dairy-free gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Cake studded with rich walnuts and topped with decadent cream cheese frosting! A lighter, healthier option for homemade dessert during the holidays. This easy-to-make, from-scratch cake is a family favorite and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Made with whole grains and REAL food ingredients!
Cake from SCRATCH
There’s nothing I love more during this time of year than baking of healthy, wholesome treats for my whole family to enjoy. It’s just so wonderful to share a homemade dessert with my loved ones and take pride in something I’ve created from scratch. Sometimes I go for new recipes and other times I stick to tried and true favorites.
My latest experiment in the kitchen was with an oldie-but-goodie recipe that I actually shared years and years ago on this very blog. It’s one of my all-time favorites and if I remember correctly it was a hit with the whole family as well. I recently remade it as a special treat for my parents’ 30th anniversary.
A special milestone calls for a special treat and there’s nothing better than CAKE FROM SCRATCH. No boxed mixes in sight around here!
This Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake is a real winner. It’s pretty simple to make too, which means it’s perfect for those baking a cake from scratch for the first time.
How to Make Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake
Once you get all the details on this seasonal sweet you’ll see why I chose it for my parents’ special day. Not only is it made with incredible, whole-food ingredients, but the taste is so rich and decadent that you’d never know it was GOOD (or well….BETTER!) for you than a traditional dessert.
The real food ingredients in this recipe truly make this cake what it is. The combination of rich walnuts, creamy pumpkin, and flavorful spices come together for the ultimate holiday dessert. Seasonal flavors are showcased in this unique twist on classic spice cake. Your whole family, whether they’re pumpkin lovers or not, will LOVE this cake. I know mine did! In fact, it may just overtake pumpkin pie as our new holiday go-to.
This cake is simply made by combining:
- gluten-free oat flour (you can also swap in all-purpose!)
- coconut sugar (you can swap in brown sugar if you want!)
- pumpkin puree
- egg whites or eggs
- pumpkin pie spice
- neutral oil
- blackstrap molasses
You combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, divide the batter evenly into two cake pans, and bake for 40 minutes. Super easy!
Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake
This decadent “healthy” cake is fully dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. It is incredibly flavorful and subtly spiced. The crunchy walnuts complement the soft dense cake texture perfectly.
Grab the recipe and get to baking!
Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 40 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
- Yield: 1 cake 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Diet: Gluten Free
2 cups gf oat flour or all-purpose flour
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1.5 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup coconut sugar
½ cup applesauce
½ cup neutral oil
3 egg whites or 2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
Preheat your oven to 350 and butter/flour 2 nine-inch cake pans. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda). Mix well. In another bowl, whisk together the applesauce, oil, egg whites, pumpkin, molasses, coconut sugar, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Fold in the walnuts and then pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the cake starts to pull away from the sides of the pans.
Let cool for at least an hour. Then invert on a plate and frost as desired!
Made with gluten-free oat flour and no refined sugars, this cake is a new holiday favorite you can feel good about indulging in. Who says tasty treats can’t be made slightly healthier and more wholesome? You certainly don’t have to sacrifice taste for nutrition in the case of this cake!
The addition of blackstrap molasses provides a nutritional boost as well! It’s super high in magnesium and iron, as well as being a great source of calcium, vitamin B6, and selenium. Talk about a superfood! Not to mention its great flavor. There’s nothing that quite compares to the mildly bitter, sweet taste of good ol’ molasses. It’s the perfect contrast to the lightness of coconut sugar!
I frosted my cake with delicious homemade dairy-free cream cheese frosting (this recipe! I used Kite Hill plain cream cheese…it’s the best vegan cream cheese imo), but feel free to use whatever frosting variety you’d like and decorate it in any way you find appealing. It’s super fun to get creative with different frosting and topping combinations!
Above all, have fun with this cake. Making a cake from scratch is no easy feat, so consider yourself accomplished if you’re successful at it! This homemade cake is a great one to start with since it’s very straightforward and easy to assemble! That, plus the taste and texture of it, make it a winner for this time of year and really anytime you want a wholesome, sweet in your home!
What’s your favorite seasonal dessert?
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