Category: Cakes, Biscuits & Goodies.

Apple & Cinnamon Cake: vegan, gluten free & delicious

20131216-212645.jpg
This cake has to be one of my all-time favourites. Apart from the sugar (which can be left out if you’re a sugar-free person), it is as close to a healthy cake as possible.

When we moved in to our house two years ago, we found a very decrepit old apple tree. It has become so bent that it needs a prop to keep it upright.

I managed to prune it a little, so that the branches don’t cross too much – somehow it has undone last year’s rather wimpy pruning and so I need to do that again quite soon. However, I was delighted with the crop of apples we had this year, after a summer with a little more sun than 2012.

20131216-213008.jpg
the recipe

Ingredients

6 medium apples (peeled, chopped, cored)
1 1/2 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
3 cups of flour (I use Dove gluten free)
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup light oil (corn, sunflower, etc)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon to taste
Pinch of salt
optional
1 cup raisins, chopped nuts

1. Preheat oven to 180/350
2. Place chopped apples in pot with sugar, simmer til sugar begins to melt, do not boil though! Remove from heat.
3. While apple & sugar cooking, mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
4. Add the oil, vanilla extract, to the sugar and apples and blend well.
5. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing well. The mixture will be lumpy and thick but don’t panic.
6. Spread evenly into a cake tin (I use a springform one), lined with baking parchment and lightly oiled. Those oil sprays are very handy.
7. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Keep in the tin until it is cooled.
8. If desired, sprinkle with icing sugar.

Now, I mess with this recipe a lot. I use gluten free flour, I only use half a cup of sugar and sometimes top it up with a few chopped dates. As I’m allergic to nuts, I can’t add walnuts but raisins would more than make up for removing all the sugar, I think.

Go forth and bake! Just don’t blame me when you can’t stop eating it.

Cup. Mug. Cake. Bake.

I’ve been eating clean for months now: coffee is a totally different food group but no sugar, flour or baked goods have passed my lips since April. I’ve not missed it, to be honest: the freedom from cravings has been awesome.

Until this last week. Four months later and the hormones/pmt kicked in. Something sweet *had* to happen.

I found some great looking recipes – pumpkin pie, chocolate cake & blueberry scones (all sugar, flour & milk free) were tried but none worked. Not for me. I’m seriously sensitive to all kinds of sweetener like xylitol, erythritol etc and can’t find unadulterated stevia.

Finally, I came across this: chocolate cake in a mug – even though I’d not had banana for a while, I wanted to try.

Yaaaaaaaaaaassss!

I completely failed to take a photo because I’ve eaten it all. Slowly. It’s not sweet to most people but it certainly hit that spot. It’s also not so amazing I will have to make it every day.