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Italian Vegan Apple Cake


Italian Vegan Apple Cake

It can’t be already the beginning of March and I find myself still catching up with things like this Italian Vegan Apple Cake. This is a cake that I have had on my mind to share here since the beginning of winter. It is a cake that is baked very often.



This apple cake brings comfort and joy each time it is baked. It is so simple to put together and it is a vegan riff on a one of the first cakes my mother-in-law Teresa taught me when we first met. I ended up doing a vegan version back when my neighbors were vegan and I thought it would be fine to experiment in baking. I read every book that was out there on being vegan and vegan food and tried out so many things! I think I even was vegan for almost a year! That’s a long time when you’re in a big Italian family. I swear I thought my Italian family was the biggest one on the planet until I met my husband’s family. And you know when you are in an Italian family, there is always cheese being brought home from so and so to try. Or, hey! Aldo made this capicolla or this lardo (that’s pure lard) and it’s so good you have to try it! So my attempt at being vegan for a whole year was a noble attempt with some blips along the way. But I did learn during that time that I already was vegan most of the year, I just learned some new baking recipes that eliminated eggs and dairy, and they were all so good!
Italian Vegan Apple Cake


So back to Teresa-she really is quite a baker and she is famous in the family for her cakes, especially her apple cake. It’s kind of a staple when you visit her. You get to try her apple cake or any other cake made with her various homemade jams (jams made with berries that they grew or other fruit that some friends grew and shared with them. That’s life in Italy).


Italian Vegan Apple Cake

Italian Vegan Apple Cake

Some notes on this recipe:
I did make this recipe and changed just a few things. I reduced the sugar and the oil. The apples made the cake so very sweet (at least for our taste). And as for the eggs, you could easily make your own flax eggs: For each egg, combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed (measure after grinding) with 3 tablespoons of water. Stir well, and place in the fridge to set for 15 minutes. I always have whole or ground flax seeds around, so it’s easy to put together. The cake is lovely baked in a 9-inch round cake pan or a tube pan. Just take care when you remove the cake from the pan. Be sure to let it cool very well or you will burn your fingers as I have rushing to get it ready for that first slice for my taste testers.



Italian Vegan Apple Cake

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40-50 minutes

Ingredients (6-8 servings)
  • 2 lbs Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and, and cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 flax eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • juice and rind of lemon
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-inch baking pan with baking spray. Place the apple chunks in a large bowl.

Add the lemon rind, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger and stir together. * I used a spoonful of Teresa’s ground Calabrese lemons from her limoncello production. It’s a magical little jar of ground lemons rinds soaked in vodka.

Sauté’ the apples in a skillet on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes. The apples will start to get tender. The spices and sugar will melt around the apples and it will be hard not to eat that mixture right out of the pan! Set the pan aside and let it cool for a few minutes while you prep the other ingredients.

In a small bowl, add the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar. Mix together and let sit while you prep the other ingredients. In another large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and sea salt.
Add the flax eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla to the coconut milk/apple cider mixture and stir together until all combined.

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients a little at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix well after you add each portion of the dry ingredients.

Pour half of the batter into your prepared tube pan. Spread 1/2 of the apple chunks evenly around the batter. Spread on top of the apples the rest of the cake batter and then spread on top of the batter the rest of the apple chunks.

Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Depending on the oven, I always check the cake after 30 minutes and lower the heat to 325 for the remainder of the baking time (that's because of my oven).

When the cake cools, carefully invert it onto your serving plate. Serve warm with powdered sugar sprinkled on top or a scoop of your favorite ice-cream.

10 comments

  1. Wow, your apple cake is so beautiful, and very tasty looking!

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  2. Thank you very much!:)

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  3. I can not believe this is vegan! This is one stunning cake!

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  4. This is fantastic! 4 Flax eggs must add so much to the nutrition too. This is getting made this week!!!

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  5. This looks and sounds soooo good, I don't think I'd even notice that it's vegan!

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  6. What a wonderful cake! This is exactly the kind of dessert my family likes. My mom in law reduces the sugar in all of her desserts and my kids often think a lot of desserts are too sweet because of that. Not a bad thing, in my opinion! I would love to try this!

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  7. So rustic, so delicious and comforting!!! The perfect apple cake. Love the fact that it is vegan :-(

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  8. This cake looks awesome!! Can't believe it's vegan. Yum!!

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  9. Beautiful recipe, I can't wait to try it out. How long do you cook it for? Does it cook faster in a tube pan??

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  10. I noticed in the tube pan it bakes a little quicker (maybe about 5 mins), so it takes almost an hour in either pan. I always lower the heat 1/2 through the baking time to 325F (just because of how my oven bakes...every oven is different):) Enjoy!

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