Saturday, March 3, 2012

Apples, Cakes and Gooey-ness

Hello again!

Many posts all in a row.  Apologies.  But anyway--thought I'd share an award-winning cake (literally--it won me a cute, smiley-face "Mr Messy" oven mit) that's fun for all occasions and sooo low-stress and easy-peasy. Make sure to cook it long enough that it's solid in the center, or you'll have unintended dough goo. It's still tasty and salmonella-free, but it may not be what you were looking for. Make sure to test this one with a long toothpick or knife.

This cake would be: The Apple Crumble Cake, adapted from

The Cake:

1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C soymilk
   + 1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 C applesauce
1/3 C melted Earth Balance / canola oil combination (I use 2 Tbsp EB, 3 Tbsp oil)

3-4 medium apples (med-small work, too!)

The Crumble:

2 Tbsp Earth Balance
3/4 C light brown sugar
1/2 C + flour
1 tsp cinnamon

Peel, core and cut apples into bite-sized pieces.

Preheat oven to 180 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).  Grease and flour cake-pan (preferably spring-form... this cake is gooey!).  Mix all cake ingredients (except apples) together until there are no lumps; do not over-mix.  Pour batter into the pan.

Assemble the crumble mixture: melt the Earth Balance / vegan butter or margarine over low heat in a pan; once melted, remove from heat.  Add remaining ingredients and use fork or fingers to mix well until both thick and crumbly.

Arrange apple pieces on top of cake batter.  Sprinkle crumble mixture over top.  Bake 40-60 minutes (check with knife or toothpick to make sure centre is not gooey--unless you want it a little under-cooked!).

Voila!  Beautiful--and tasty!  :)

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