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Better Than Starbucks Vegan Gingerbread Loaf Cake slices

Better Than Starbucks Vegan Gingerbread Loaf Cake (Oil Free, Low Sugar)

  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This soft and moist vegan gingerbread loaf cake is full of sweet holiday flavor and tastes just like the Starbucks version but with 1/3 of the sugar, gluten free, dairy free, and oil free!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted (swap in gluten-free 1:1 baking flour for GF)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce or dairy free yogurt, room temperature

Maple Cashew Cream Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9″ loaf tin with olive or coconut oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients to a large bowl, and mix the wet ingredients with a hand mixer or whisk. Then add in the dry ingredients, and gently mix until there are no streaks of dry ingredients left using a silicone spatula.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin, and place into the oven.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow the loaf to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then transfer the bread to a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.
  7. Serve as is or prepare the cashew cream frosting.
  8. Vegan cream cheese frosting: use a hand mixer to cream together the vegan cream cheese, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. Smear onto the loaf before slicing.


Gluten free: I recommend using King Arthur Measure for Measure


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 147
  • Sugar: 16.8 g
  • Sodium: 131.8 mg
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: gingerbread loaf cake, vegan gingerbread loaf, healthy gingerbread loaf