This is a dangerous cake.
A very, very dangerous cake.
It looks all happy, and full of fruits and dreams. But no, please beware. Let me explain...
So, I stayed to work from home the other day, and thought to myself, "let's bake a cake!"... and bake I did. (Or we, if I'm still referring to myself as two people... weeeiiirrrd.)
It was pretty simple, nothing fancy... I think the cake came together in approximately 45 minutes from start to finish. I like that sort of baking.
But then it came out of the oven. And smelled like cinnamon and caramelized apples.
And then I made some tea.
And then. Well, abracadabra... half the cake was gone. Unclear how this happened, but I definitely know the why: it's SO DELICIOUS! It's like a cake version of apple pie, and I just downright love apple pie. (And we all know that I love cake...)
Plus, this little guy is vegan, and it's vegan awareness month! So hip hop hooray into your kitchens and let's celebrate!
Upside-Down Apple Cake - What you need:
- 2 large apples
- juice of half a lemon
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons (seperated) - I used a golden cane sugar here.
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla // or the seeds from 1 vanilla pod
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
Upside-Down Apple Cake - What you do:
Peel and core the apples. Cut them into thin slices, and then toss them in the lemon juice.
Grease a 9 inch cake pan with coconut oil (or margarine or butter), and then coat with flour. On the bottom of the pan, evenly sprinkle the reserved two tablespoons of sugar. Next, put down a layer of the apple that spirals around the bottom of the cake pan.
To make the cake:
Preheat your oven to 180 celsius (350F).
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon). Combine all of the wet ingredients in another large bowl (applesauce, water, vanilla, vinegar, and oil).
Combine the dry mixture into the wet mixture in three additions, stirring well after each time.
Pour the cake batter over the apples.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. The top should be golden brown and an inserted toothpick should come out clean.
Take a clean knife and go around the edge of the cake in the pan for easy flipping.
Flip out the cake onto a plate.
You can choose to let this cake cool, or you can eat it warm... I chose the warm option! (But, I can attest that it's great at room temperature, too!)
So, go forth and celebrate this month of vegan-ness! If you choose to eat meat, that's cool - I respect your choices, but perhaps you can try to hug a vegan! It'll make the world a better place.
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