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What’s more reliably comforting than a tea cake? Here you have a fluffy, spongey cake base, with crunchy, crumbly cinnamon goodness on top, and a touch of icing to boot. This modest beauty is guaranteed to be a hit with the whole fam — or your luckiest pals 😋

You will need

Serves 10

Vanilla cake

  • 1 ½ cups (190g) plain flour
  • ¾ cup (150g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup (190g) dairy-free milk
  • ½ cup (125g) neutral oil, of choice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon crumble

  • ¾ cup (95g) plain flour
  • ½ cup (95g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (55g) vegan butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • ¾ cup (75g) icing sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons dairy-free milk

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15 mins to prep

50 mins to bake

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 180°C (convection) or 160°C (fan-forced). Line the bottom and sides of a 20 cm round cake tin.

Step 2

Add all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt) to a large mixing bowl. Mix until there are no lumps.

Step 3

Add the wet ingredients (milk, oil, vinegar and vanilla) and mix until just combined, then pour the batter into your cake tin.

Step 4

Add all the cinnamon crumble ingredients to a medium bowl. Mix with a fork until just combined. The mixture should have large crumbles with some sandy bits. Don’t overmix otherwise it will turn into a paste.

Step 5

Sprinkle the crumble on top of your cake, then bake for 50 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out mostly clean (there will be bits of crumble so just make sure there is no wet cake batter).

Step 6

Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 30 minutes then cool on a wire rack.

Step 7

To make the icing, add all ingredients to a medium bowl. The icing should have a thick drizzle consistency. When the cake cools, drizzle on the cake.

Step 8

Enjoy the cake warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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