Teresa’s Vegan Apple Cake–Apple Bloghop

by cakeduchess on October 1, 2011 · 40 comments


Photographing food has been more challenging than I imagined it would be. I feel I’ve made some progress this past year; especially considering the occasional obstacles I sometimes have to contend with. 

You know, it’s not easy “posing” a warm cake that just popped out of the oven. The temptation to just stick a fork in it and eat the whole thing is something fierce! It’s especially awful when you are trying to photograph said cake on an empty stomach. I take deep breaths and remind myself to just do the job. Take the photo. Quickly! 
The quicker I can get a decent shot, the quicker I can have that first bite. But you see, the problem isn’t actually holding myself back from attacking the cake. It’s my kids. And Luca has sneaky little hands. 
For example, just yesterday I took my gorgeous little apple cake outside to photograph on a cloudy day. He followed me with some of his cars on the pretense of playing outside in the fresh air. Me, “Luca, get away from the cake. Take a step back. I MEAN it!” Luca, “Ok mommy. I will just sit in the chair and watch you with my cars.”

He’s good. He’s really good! When I turn around to grab something for the photo, he’s already jumped up from the chair and messed with my cake.

I can’t blame him.

He grabbed a piece of apple from the slice and then told me to take pictures of his cars.
Flustered and totally distracted, I have to photograph him and his cars and suddenly the apple cake photos are just not as important any more.

I can’t say no to this little smile.
My mother-in-law Teresa’s apple cake is amazing! I used to make it often because we all love it. It’s FULL of butter and lots of eggs. I lightened it up by veganizing it. I am not sure Teresa would be thrilled with this version and certainly would ask me why I’m baking without butter. Luckily, she doesn’t read my blog.
A moist cake full of chunks of apples soaked in limoncello, cinnamon, and ginger…this cake is is a keeper!
October is #applelove month!

Please join in on the #applelove fun by linking up any apple recipe from the month of October 2011.  Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #applelove event. The twitter hashtag is #applelove :).
The True Lemon people were super kind and sent me samples of their fabulous, 100% natural products! If you are out of a lemon, it is so convenient to use their packets in place of a lemon. I used the packets in place of a lemon in this recipe and it was delicious!true-lemon-1

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Teresa’s Vegan Apple Cake
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
6 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer plus 8 tablespoons warm water (to equal 4 eggs)
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
juice and rind of lemon


Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a tube pan with baking spray. Place the apple chunks in a large bowl, Add the lemon rind, 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. In a small bowl, mix together the Ener-g egg replacer and the warm water.

Add the Ener-g egg replacer (or eggs), the 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 size of your tube pan and your oven, check the cake after 30 minutes.

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.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice October 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Ahhh, nothing like a good apple cake in the fall. And I love your little man in the photos (the cars are a nice prop :)


The Vanilla Bean Baker October 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm

That cake is gorgeous! I actually love the candid shots of Luca, our families are really the reason we love to bake and cook isn’t it ;)


Nisrine October 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Such a pretty cake. I’m loving all the apple goodness. Such a wonderful dessert for fall.


Christine's Pantry October 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm

This cake is beautiful. Love your photos.


Cher October 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm

It is hard to say no to the “little people” when it comes to food…
Stunning cake – love the vegan touch.


Junia October 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

whoohoo for vegan baking!!! i LOVE this cake recipe, since it doesn’t have butter or eggs! i want to try making this gluten free! :D welcome to the #applelove bloghop party as a hostess :). haha and i agree, photographing is NOT easy when you are hungry. i usually have my puppy lingering by…watching my food. haha. have a great day Lora.


Happy When Not Hungry October 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm

How beautiful! This is perfect for the fall. Yum!


Becky October 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

Your apple cake is gorgeous, amd I love the apples in the lemoncello:) Luca is so cute!


Reeni October 2, 2011 at 1:23 am

Your apple cake looks so incredibly scrumptious Lora! You’re getting so good at vegan baking. And your son is so cute – I don’t blame him one bit for sneaking a nibble! xoxo


Courtney October 2, 2011 at 1:26 am

Oh how I love apples and cake – perfect for this fall weather :)


Angie's Recipes October 2, 2011 at 4:29 am

What a beautiful apple cake! Perfect for the season.


Baker Street October 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

Lovely Lora! Cake looks gorgeous! Perfect for fall. If I could I would have come over right now for my share!


Beth Michelle October 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Your apple cake looks amazing and I cant blame Luca for trying to sneak a piece!


Vibey @ Yumbo McGillicutty October 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Vegan or no – that looks absolutely divine.


Foodiva October 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Teresa’s cake still looks really, really good, even without the butter. I love the warm spices in there, such a perfect dessert for fall. And that Luca of yours is so adorable, I’d forget about any cake too if he was anywhere around me!


EA-The Spicy RD October 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Mmmm….this cake sounds so yummy! Love the photo with the car in it, and your little taster looks pretty cute too! I took my apple crisp outside to take pictures, and got one photo with my dogs snout in it :-). #applelove desserts are hard to resist!


kita October 3, 2011 at 3:17 am

What an awesome adaptation – and you are lucky she doesn’t read this, lol! I always have to watch what I say – Handsomes sister, father AND uncle read mine! (No pressure!!!). This apple cake totally looks sneak a bite worthy – and really, its rather adorable of your little man to do just so!


knitstamatic October 3, 2011 at 3:25 am

What a sweet story Lora, your son is a little stinker, as we would say in my family. :-) The cake looks fabulous; nice and light and moist. Yum!


Jamie October 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

Adorable and I love the pics! Love them! Especially the one with Luca peeking in. And love this cake. Wowee! We love apple cakes and apple desserts so I just have to try this yummy one!


SMITH BITES October 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Lora, i just LOVE this . . . yes, Teresa’s cake is absolutely FABULOUS . . . but you are correct . . . one smile, one little car . . . one little hand . . . and suddenly the cake isn’t important anymore . . .


Champa October 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I can so relate to you with kids and food photography. My younger one takes the props and moves them and plays with them. But she is my helper too. The moment I start putting plate on the table, she gets me the tripod, bouncing foam boxes. But ‘are you done?’ can I eat it now? kills me sometimes. Very nice cake.


Mari October 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I can’t blame Luca either, this cake looks so delicious, it is irresistible. I wish I could taste it right this moment. Thanks for sharing the recipe.



Lizzy October 4, 2011 at 12:21 am

Your MIL has the BEST recipes. You can’t blame Luca for sneaking an apple (I do that, too)…he has such a sweet face :) I baked pumpkin muffins today, but I’ll link up as soon as I make something with apples~

Have a great week, Lora! xo


Richa October 4, 2011 at 3:04 am

wow.. very nicely baked cake! i have to worry about my small props with a dog in the house.. i mean imagine him eating up a chili or a small spoon:)

Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog


Salome October 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

It looks gorgeous and yummy, what a sweet bloghop this month! Besos


Emily Malloy October 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm



Elizabeth @Mango_Queen October 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Oh my this Apple Cake is so tempting! I love the topping! Gorgeous pics! Glad to bake along with you on this BlogHop!


Cookin' Canuck October 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

This apple bloghop is such a fun idea! And that cake – not that just screams “autumn”. I know what you mean about getting the perfect shot while the family is hungrily waiting for a bite – it’s definitely a challenge.


Bestfoodies October 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Love all the apple recipes. I am making Taffy Apple Salad today, tastes just like a caramel apple. I linked an apple cake to your site, but has the wrong link..its going to my homepage instead of the apple cake :( I don’t know how to redirect it…I am sorry


Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagel October 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Apple cakes are my favorite! I would gladly eat this entire cake for you. Love the idea of an apple bloghop, how fun! :)


Still Served Warm February 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

It really looks delicious…. or I should say mouthwatering!


mundo September 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I see 2 lbs of apples listed twice in this recipe. Is it 2 lbs or 4 lbs? Excited to try the recipe out! Thanks!


Cake Duchess September 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

Hi -it’s 2lbs and it’s now adjusted. Happy you’re trying this yummy vegan cake;)Thank you:)


Anonymous September 19, 2012 at 2:19 am

Making this tonight!! Looks amazing! :) Just one little question– the ingredients say baking powder, but the instructions say baking soda. Which one is it, really? lol Going with powder and hope it’s the one! :p


Cake Duchess September 20, 2012 at 12:21 am

Yes-it’s powder and I changed that:)happy baking!


Anonymous September 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Thank you! It was FABULOUS, by the way. Even my husband (who isn’t really into “apple” anything) said it was amazing. :)


montana1 September 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm

When you say coconut milk, are you talking about regular or light coconut milk in a can or something like So Delicious coconut milk?


Meredith February 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Just made this recipe for my friend’s birthday last night. It was a big hit! I cut the recipe in half and baked it in a pie pan which was the perfect size :) I also substituted silken tofu and baking powder (1/4 cup tofu plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder = 1 egg) for the eggs/egg replacer. This cake was really moist and fresh tasting. My boyfriend and I are getting ready to make another half batch to have at home!


cakeduchess February 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Oh, fantastic to hear! I love that you subbed silken tofu for the eggs. It is a delicious cake. I have to try your version:)Thank you, Meredith!


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