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Vegan Chocolate Apple Upside Down Cake

This deliciously rich cake will have your friends asking, "Are you sure this is vegan?"

Vegan Apple Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Photo: Clara Moore

You only just make out the chunks of apple amidst the dark chocolate cake and chocolate chips.

This recipe comes from one of my talented vegan bakers, Molly Brady. Your friends will say, with wide eyes, “This is vegan? Are you sure!?!”

The apples balance the wonderfully rich chocolate and the brown sugar creates a delicious candy-like crust on this cake.

This recipe can be made with pears or peaches, too.

Vegan Chocolate Apple Upside Down Cake

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3-4 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons vegan margarine

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 cups soy milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Use a tablespoon of the margarine to grease a 9×13 pan. Layer apples on the bottom of the pan, and add walnuts and brown sugar on top of apples. Dollop remaining margarine on top of the brown sugar.
  2. Combine soy milk and vinegar in a bowl. Set aside and allow to curdle for a few minutes. Add the sugar, oil, and extract to soy milk mixture. Beat until foamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. In two batches, stir in the wet ingredients, and then add chocolate chips. Mix just until no large lumps remain.
  4. Pour into pan and bake about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Clara Moore

Clara Moore is a chef from St. Louis finding her way in Seattle, one plate of food at a time. She lives in a cedar cabin in the woods and cooks at home a lot more now than ever before.

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