Serves One Sindha or Six People
This cake is known in the vegan underground scene as the “Big Apple Sensation Cake.” By that I mean: that’s what my mom calls it.
Q: Sindha, What is a “Sensation Cake”
A: A cake which is sensational
Q: What is a “Big Apple?”
A: It’s the nickname for New York City, where I live.
I am an avoidance baker. Whenever I have a really pressing deadline, something that I should absolutely devote my whole day to doing, I have been known to undertake a complicated baking project instead. I am also an avoidance sleeper. Oh, and an avoidance headstand-undertaker.
So, today, when I had a million things I should have been doing, I slept until 3pm, ate breakfast at 5pm, and then spent a while inventing a recipe. No headstands though.
But joke’s on me, I really don’t have that many ingredients in my new apartment. I couldn’t make my go-to elaborate recipe: raspberry filled chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate ganache and drizzled in raspberry sauce (yes, I’ll post that recipe someday).
After much scrounging I managed to gather enough flour, sugar, and apples to make an apple cake. It turned out to be sensational. It’s dense and moist, almost like a mix between flourless cake and lemon bars. My mom—Hi Mom! Love you!—came up with the title.
The cake is in fact so sensational that I couldn’t keep myself from eating a piece before taking pictures. Oops.
This one goes out to all the creative procrastinators.
- Five apples of your choice (I used McIntosh, my favorite!)
- 2 tbsp of apple cider, apple juice, or water
- 2.5 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of almond milk (soy would work fine too!)
- Juice of one lemon
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees, oil a round cake pan generously.
- Dice up three apples (go ahead and keep those peels).
- Pour apple cider/apple juice/water and diced apples into pot, and cook covered on a medium low temperature until a thick applesauce is formed. Stir occasionally.
- While the applesauce cooks, mix together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl except for the sugar.
- In a separate bowl, mix the almond milk and lemon juice. Leave it to sit for a few minutes so that the milk curdles a little. Then add the oil.
- Slice the two remaining apples for adding to the top of the cake for decoration.
- Take the applesauce off of the heat and stir in the sugar immediately so that the sugar melts. Leave it to cool for five minutes.
- Add the applesauce to the liquid mixture and stir. Then add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing until fully incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the oiled cake pan. Place the sliced apples on top in any pattern you desire.
- Bake for 50 minutes at 375 degrees. Then remove, cool, and singlehandedly eat the entire thing in two days.