This vegan blackberry coffee cake is packed with juicy blackberries and topped with a brown sugar streusel. It’s easy to make, perfect for breakfast or brunch!

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After making these tasty blackberry muffins, I wanted to try a slightly different twist and make a blackberry coffee cake. I love how this turned out. It’s perfectly sweet with plenty of juicy blackberries. It’s a great one to make for brunch, especially because it can often be hard to find tasty vegan brunch options. Pair this with a cup of coffee for an afternoon coffee break or enjoy it any time of the day! I had plenty of willing cake testers (thanks, neighbors!) and I loved how this one turned out. 

Another reason I love this cake is that you don’t need a food processor, electric mixer, or stand mixer to make it. All you need is a few mixing bowls and a spoon! This is a great recipe when you need something that is easy to make, but still feels a little bit fancy. The streusel topping is perfectly sweet and I love the texture of it on this cake. The plump blackberries are nice and juicy. This would make a great coffee cake for Mother’s Day or other holidays.

Ingredients & Substitutions:

  • Flour- When measuring all-purpose flour, spoon it into the measuring cup to ensure the flour isn’t packed into the cup.
  • Baking powder- Be sure your baking powder is fresh for the best results.
  • Cinnamon- A little ground cinnamon adds warmth to this cake.
  • Salt- A pinch of salt helps balance out the sweetness in the flavors.
  • Oil- You can use any neutral oil like avocado oil, vegetable oil, or even melted coconut oil.
  • Milk- I used almond milk but oat milk, dairy milk, or cashew milk can be used.
  • Brown sugar- I used light brown sugar but coconut sugar can be used.
  • Applesauce- A little applesauce adds moisture without the need for additional oil or butter.
  • Vanilla- A splash of vanilla extract enhances the sweetness.
  • Blackberries- Be sure to use fresh blackberries. I recommend cutting them in half if they’re large.

How to Make Vegan Coffee Cake