Vegan Apple Ring Cake {ciambella di mele}

by cakeduchess on February 17, 2012 · 42 comments

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I was doing really well for a while. I was eating mostly veggies and healthy grains at lunch. I was avoiding chocolate desserts because I simply can’t resist them when they’re around. 

Then I baked one dessert with chocolate and then another. And then things sort of spiraled out of control with chocolate love all around my house. I threw away bags of candies the kids got at school. Every corner I turned there were more sweets.
I had to lighten up these last couple days. I’ve been broiling veggies like eggplants and cauliflower (yes, more cauliflower!). I made this fun salad for lunch yesterday and enjoyed every bite of it. It’s sort of a crazy salad with mango and tuna. I know! What an odd combo. But it worked. Really. And I’m not pregnant.
A healthy lunch = more cake, right? ;) lunch
It’s very easy to get lost on the beauty of Pinterest. I am usually mesmerized by the amazing travel photos and delectable food photos. Sometimes a cool quote will catch my eye.
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Repinned from quotes by Katherine Robbins
And this also made me smile.
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It was super duper simple. I had chick peas and gorgeously ripe tomatoes. Some mangos and a rockin’ vinaigrette. Throw some chopped parsley on top and grab a fork. Pull up a chair outside and breath in all the fresh air and pollen. The mango trees are all blooming and I am counting the days until our tree has some ready.

It’s officially spring here in South Florida.

I’ve been obsessed with my tube pans. I keep making different ciambelle (ring cakes) every week and am trying to share all the recipes here before I lose them. They’re written on scraps of paper stained with oil and flour scattered around my counters. This is one I’ve made several times in the last few weeks.

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This lovely apple cake is dairy-free and egg-free. If you adore apple desserts as much as I do, this is a recipe to try! Moist and full of flavor…the eggs aren’t even missed one bit.

Vegan Apple Ring Cake {ciambella di mele}

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsps baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil (or whatever oil you prefer)
1 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (this makes a buttermilk)
2 tablespoons rum (or Limoncello)
zest and juice of one lemon
2 large apples, peeled and cored. 1 apple sliced, 1 apple cut into small chunks
1-2 tbsp turbinado sugar

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 F.Spray a tube or Bundt pan with baking spray.
Separate the apple chunks from the slices. Squeeze the lemon juice onto the apple slices and the chunks; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours and the baking powder. Add the lemon zest to the flour and mix it together with your fingers to release the lemon flavor; set aside. In another large bowl whisk together the sugar, oil, milk, and rum. Stir in the flour a cup at a time until it is incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula after you add each cup and mix well. Fold in the apple chunks.

Pour the batter into your prepared ring pan. Place the apple slices around the top of the batter. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar on top of the apple slices.

Bake in the middle of the oven  for 35-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
hope your weekend is full of peace and happiness! xo Lora Pin It

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Julia February 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

You should be a math teacher. healthy lunch = more cake is spot on!

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Karriann February 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Your Vegan Apple Ring Cake wants me to have more cake because it’s healthy and delicious!

“Happy Cooking”

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Gloria February 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

this cake look amazing and delicious

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Steph February 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm

What a fabulous cake!! I LOVE the huge chunks of apples!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

First mistake of the day was coming here prior to eating even a crumb or having a cup of coffee. Why do you torture me so; I thought we were friends?

TwEat me over a slice please?

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Cake Duchess February 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

a slice is TwEating over now;)

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Maury Makas February 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I will sure try this one:)

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Angie's Recipes February 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

A really delicious looking and so much healthier apple cake. Eat one piece for me ;-)

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mr. pineapple man February 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Yum!! And yes, pinterest is very addicting!

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Paula February 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I’m not on Pinterest so thank you for that second quote from dearlittleauntie, I love it. Also loving the look of this cake. Have you ever baked this batter in cupcake tins?

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Cake Duchess February 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I haven’t but it is a great idea.:)

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Jennifer | Mother Thyme February 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

What a fantastic recipe! I love this healthier version. I also adore apple cake and look forward to trying this!

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Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 18, 2012 at 5:09 am

This looks simply amazing! I need to make this!!

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Ann February 18, 2012 at 5:43 am

This looks delicious and the quotes you selected were terrific! It is SO hard to be good – any time you are (or I am) I consider it a VICTORY!

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Cake Duchess February 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

You’re right! A victory, indeed;)

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Lisa February 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

‘Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes’. I wish more people would follow that gem of wisdom. I have spent hours scrolling through Pinmarket (I think that’s what it’s called), so Pinterest scares me in a ‘time sucking’ way. However, I do need to join. I also love ‘Healthier eating = more cake’. If it means more of this apple ring, I better start stocking up on the greeens and quinoa!

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Cake Duchess February 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I do as well. It can take away time but is also very inspiring. I do a little here and there when I can:)

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Helene Dsouza February 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Apple cake is always a killer,.. I am wondering what it tastes like all vegan.

yes I agree pinterest is fun! XD

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Cake Duchess February 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

It tastes like a really good apple cake;)The apples folded in batter and the almond milk make it very moist. We liked it over here;)

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Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} February 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

healthy lunch = more cake is my kind of meal!
we try to get as much veggies as possible but in the same time, a sweet treat for breakfast or after dinner is becoming a habit :)
the apple cake sounds delish.

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Reem | Simply Reem February 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm

This cake looks fabulous!!!
What lovely quotes you picked, being good is not easy but atleast we can try our best, Right…

I have to agree Pinterest is very addictive and so much fun.

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MY INner Chick February 19, 2012 at 12:30 am

–The cake looks Delish.
I’d love a slice w/ some nice strong Starbucks right now.

MMMM

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Maureen February 19, 2012 at 1:36 am

Using this logic, if I don’t have any lunch at all, does that mean I can have two pieces of this cake?

I love the Dolly Parton quote and I can hear her saying it in my head.

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Cake Duchess February 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I can too and that’s why I love it:)she’s darling.

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Lyn @LovelyPantry February 19, 2012 at 6:37 am

Hi I’m Lyn and I have a Pinterest problem :-) This recipe looks delish. I like all the ingredients and I don’t think you can go wrong with apples! I can just imagine the flavour that the rum gives!

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Suzi February 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Your cake looks delicious, I didn’t realize that adding cider vinager would have that effect, makes sense though, Now, what is in that yummy salad? Have a great day.

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Neesha February 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Wow, that cake looks amazing. It’s hard to find vegan recipes that turn out light and fluffy. I can’t wait to try it.

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A Thought For Food February 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm

This is a wonderful looking cake! I’m always a fan of vegan apple cakes, because they remain so moist!

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Reeni February 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I love pinterest too! It makes me happy. And so does your apple cake! I saw you twEating slices to people – count me in too! xoxo

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Kiri W. February 20, 2012 at 2:07 am

Mmm, this looks very delicious! Baked apples always make me happy, so I would enjoy a slice of this a lot!

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Amalia February 20, 2012 at 5:48 am

Awesome recipe! I love that it’s vegan and of course, I love apples! Beautifully done :) Have a wonderful day!

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Kathy February 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

This cake looks so delicious…and so pretty baked in the tube pan. Loved the quote “Speak the truth even it your voice shakes”. So true!

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Junia February 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm

hahahah i am totally the same way. when there is chocolate around, i get weak. :) love the healthy broiled salads! i’ve been cooking my veggies lately too :). and the vegan apple cake looks fabulous!!

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Monet February 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I woke up thinking about you today…how thankful I am for your presence…how thankful I am for your courage. You and I have had a rough road lately, but you and your blog always brings a smile to my face and peace to my heart. This looks just delicious, Lora. I can’t wait to make it.

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Mari February 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I love tube pans too! The mango and tuna….I have to try it, it looks delicious. The apple ring I am so sure my hubby will love it.

Have a very sweet and pleasant week :)

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Steve @ the black peppercorn February 21, 2012 at 1:40 am

Oh wow – this cake looks delicious! love a cake with apple on it. YUM!

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Lory B. February 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Anch’io ho una gran voglia di primavera!!!! Ma qui è ancora lontana, abbiamo tanta neve!!!
Ottima la tua ciambella, la proverò!!!!
Un bacio!!!!!

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England Furniture February 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Thank you for sharing a vegan cake recipe. Your pictures look quite intriguing.

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Lizzy February 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Oh, I love apple cake…and yours looks so beautiful and delicious! I say skip dinner and just have a nice slab of cake…it’s full of fruit, right????

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Abiyogini April 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Baked it! Loved it!! Thank u!!

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D June 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Sublime. Used limoncello. Making it again this week but hubby wants me to add limoncello drizzle. Not too sweet either that you can have it for breakfast. You are truly the cake duchess!

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