We’ve been exploring veganism over the past few weeks, mainly focusing on eating vegan at meal-times together. I’m giving it a little more time before sharing anything substantial with the inter web, but I wanted to spread the love about a DELICIOUS sweet recipe I’ve discovered that I think you’re gonna love (well, if your response to my vegan peanut butter balls is anything to go by.)
We had a friend coming over and knowing about our little vegan venture he had expressed eh, a lack of enthusiasm, about what we might serve. So I was REALLY keen to make something yummy. That and the fact that it was the first day of Autumn led me to…
SPICED APPLE CAKE
Ok! Here we go babes. In one bowl, combine all your dry ingredients:
1&1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (change to gluten-free if you’re gf!)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp bicarb of soda
2-3 tsps ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
In another bowl, mix together your liquids:
1/2 cup rapeseed oil
1/4 cup hot water
2 tsps pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp white vinegar
Combine the two mixtures into a thick batter. Don’t over-do it.
Thinly slice 3 apples. You pick the variety! Then, the fun begins…the goal here is that you will, once baked, flip your cake over. So the ‘bottom’ of your tin is where you need to focus your energy.
Lightly grease-proof your round cake tin with oil. Then line it with grease-proof paper. And then, lightly oil that again (promise there’s a reason for this!). Line the bottom of your pan with a pretty pattern of apples. Be creative here! Throw the rest of the apples into your batter and pour it into the pan. The mix may seem thick but the moisture from the apples will be released as the cake bakes – which also will help beat the heaviness of some vegan cake recipes!
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until your pick comes out clean at 175 celsius. (Funny story: our oven JUST. STOPPED. WORKING. when I was mid-bake as Paul Hollywood would say! The cake was still totally gooey but, given my self-imposed pressure to convert our friend to veganism, I persisted with the microwave and it actually worked! Hooray modern life!)
When your cake is cooled, detach the edges with a knife, flip over onto your cake stand and sprinkle it with icing sugar. Voila! (This picture is really bad because after the oven disaster it was getting dark and our friend was arriving and I just placed my iPhone vaguely above the cake and SNAP! When you make the cake, send me nicer photos!)