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Friday, September 7, 2012

Applesauce or Pear Sauce Spice Cake Recipe- Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free

First of all I wanted to apologize for the infrequency of posting this past week. We've had an action packed week filled with lots of celebrations with family and friends, and I was busy preparing for all of them, cooking up a storm, which kept me pretty busy and off the computer. With all my preparations, I managed to injure my back, again, making sitting in front of the computer a pretty painful endeavor. But now I'm back. I've got a host of delicious recipes for you this weekend, and then I'll be back with even more great posts next week.

I bought a whole bunch of fruit very cheaply from the farmers' market the other day, and I was really excited by my score. The thing is, though, there was a reason that the fruit were so cheap-they didn't have many days left to them before they'd start rotting. Realizing that I had to use up those fruit quick, especially the pears that were with one foot out the door, I made pear sauce by blending up the pears, and decided to use them to make a cake. This cake can also be made with applesauce, either homemade or store bought. I tried making this with peach sauce and it worked ok, but it was best with pear sauce and apple sauce. This cake is made without refined sugar, is really full of nutrition (via the molasses), and just plain old tastes delicious. The texture is terrific, even though it is vegan and oil free.
I think this cake is best with a glaze over it, but it's also ok without.
I've included both gluten free and regular versions.
If you prefer a less spicy spice cake, feel free to adjust the spices.

Applesauce Spice Cake- Gluten Free Vegan

Ingredients:
2 cups apple sauce or pear sauce
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup jaggery, sucanat, brown sugar, or white sugar
1 cup brown/white rice flour ,1 cup potato/corn/tapioca starch, and 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
OR 2.5 cups whole wheat or regular flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:
1. Combine the wet ingredients.

2. Combine the dry ingredients.

3. Combine the wet and the dry ingredients.

4. Mix well, then pour into a greased or lined 9x13 pan.

5. Bake at 350 until a knife poked into the center comes out solid, approximately 30-45 minutes.

Enjoy!

What do you usually do with fruit that are going to spoil?
Do you like spice cake? 

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