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Vegan Cinnamon Babka with Pecans

There are only few desserts I simply cannot resist – cinnamon babka is one of them. When I make cinnamon babka at home I just know I have to “get rid” of it and make it go away ASAP unless I want to find myself eating a whole babka alone.

This vegan cinnamon babka is so fragrant, soft, delicious and melts-in-your-mouth. It is the perfect cake for weekends and whenever you want to make something a little more sophisticated than regular cinnamon cake. This vegan cinnamon babka contains no eggs and is nondairy, so that really EVERYONE can enjoy it.

Vegan Cinnamon Babka with Pecans

Photo: Natalie Levin

Vegan Cinnamon Babka with Pecans

Two 18 cm round cake pans

For the dough:
500 grams all-purpose flour
10 grams active dried yeast
80 ml. vegetable oil
75 grams sugar
120 grams applesauce
120 ml. water
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For cinnamon and pecan filling:
75 grams coconut oil
200 grams dark brown sugar
1 heaping tablespoon ground cinnamon
100 grams chopped pecans

For the syrup:
100 grams sugar
125 ml. water


  1. Make the dough: in a bowl of a mixer with a dough hook put flour, yeast, oil, sugar, applesauce, water, salt and vanilla and knead for 10-12 minutes until the dough is smooth and flexible.
  2. Transfer the dough on a lightly floured work surface, knead 1-2 more minutes with your hands and form a ball shape.
  3. Place the ball of dough in a lightly floured bowl, cover and let rise at room temperature for about an hour or until the dough doubles in volume.
  4. Cinnamon and Pecan filling: melt the coconut oil and mix with sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes until you get spreadable texture.
  6. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
  7. On a floured surface, roll each part into a 4-5 mm thick rectangle and spread half of the filling.
  8. Sprinkle half of the pecans and roll tight.
  9. Cut to rolls and place spaced in a pan.
  10. Repeat with the second part of the dough and the remaining filling and pecans.
  11. Cover the cakes with a towel and let rise for 30-60 minutes or until they almost doubled their volume.
  12. Preheat oven to 170c degrees.
  13. Bake the cakes for 25-35 minutes or until they are golden and set.
  14. Syrup: in a small pot put sugar and water and heat to a boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes after boiling and remove from heat.
  15. Brush the cakes generously with syrup, cool slightly and serve at room temperature.


  • You can fill the cake with any other filling you like.
  • Instead of two small round cakes, you can one 28 cm round pan.
  • Instead of applesauce you can also use the same amount of mashed banana.
  • You can use any kind of nut you like instead of pecans.
  • It is important to brush the cakes with syrup generously after baking.
  • Cakes are at their best on the day of preparation, but if you want to keep them for a longer time it can be frozen for up to a month.
Vegan Cinnamon Babka with Pecans

Photo: Natalie Levin

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