Apple Cake. This was a bit of a vegan experiment which turned out to be a complete winner. Using in season Royal Gala Apples makes this Apple Cake so sweet and tasty. A vegan dessert that is sure to please! The cake is light and the apples sweet. This would make a fantastic winter dessert.
Apples are an incredible fruit. According to Helen Nichols at Well-Being Secrets, there are 34 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Apples, she has written a comprehensive article about them, here. Helen is a passionate health junkie and writes some very well researched science based articles on the benefits of particular fruits and vegetables in our diet.
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” Martin Luther
3 Apples – peeled and cut into slices (for the top of the cake)
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup non dairy spread (I used olive oil spread)
1/2 cup apple sauce (1 apple peeled and diced, simmer in 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice until soft)
2 tablespoons almond milk (you can use soy or rice milk also)
1 & 1/2 cups unbleached self raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
What do I do now?
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
Lightly grease a spring form pan (23cm)
Put your sliced apples into small pan with 2 tablespoons water and a dash of maple syrup. Simmer on low heat until just soft. Remove from heat and drain any liquid that is left over.
Mix the vegan spread with the sugar and beat until light and creamy. Add the apple sauce and the almond milk. Mix. Add the flour and baking powder last and stir until just combined (don’t over mix at this stage).
Spoon the batter evenly into your pan. Arrange the apple slices on top of the batter in a circle and sprinkle with the mixed sugar, cinnamon and ground ginger.
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until golden – a knife inserted into the cake should come out clean and the cake will be pulling away from the sides of the pan. Cool and then remove from the pan and enjoy!
Anything else I should know?
I used Royal Gala Apples for this cake – they were in season and I found them at the Farmer’s Market. You could use any other apple or a mix of red and green apples – it will just change the flavour a little – experiment and see what you like – all of them will be delicious!