My mother loves baking. When I was young every Saturday used to be a ‘Cake Day’. Nowadays, my mom always says she is on the diet but even that doesn’t stop her to eat cakes – like a cake has no calories 😉 Especially a good one. Does apple pie count as a good cake? The answer is simple! YES
I love her apple cake with foam. The orginal foam is made with egg whites but it didn’t stop me to create a vegan version of it. Everything is possible! My friend has challenged me and promised that she will try to veganise her baking a bit if I manage to bake THAT cake. I cound’t say ‘no’ to her.
I tried to improve my mother’s recipe couple of times. The very last time was the best. So here is the recipe:
Base and crumble:
200g white flour
100g of vegan butter or margarine
1 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of bking powder
1 tsp of cold water
300g of apple puree
pinch of cinnamon
50g of aquafaba (chickpea water)
20g icing sugar
1/2 tsp of cream of tartar
1.Sift the flour into a bowl, add the vegan butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in other ingredients and mix to a firm dough. Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 180’C and take your dough from the fridge. Take 2/3 of your dough and spread it evenly with your fingers in the 9inch tin. Prick the base all over with a fork, as this will release any trapped air, which is what causes the centre to rise up.
3. Take another tin and grate the remaining dough to make crumbles. Put into the oven. After 10 minutes take your crumbles out and keep on the side. Keep your base in the oven for 10 more minutes.
4. Take your base out and cool down your oven to 100’C. Meanwhile pour aquafaba water to a bowl and start beating. Stir in a 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar and start adding icing sugar slowly. Beat till you have stiff peaks (usually takes about 10-15 minutes).
Take your base and pour the apple puree mixed with cinnamon. Spread the aquafaba mixture on the top of your cake, put in the preheated oven and bake for about 1- 1,5 hour. Turn off the oven but leave your cake inside to cool down for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. After remaining time take your cake out and put your crumbles on the top. Enjoy!
- Make sure that your aquafaba mixture (meringue mixture) is good enough – if your peaks are stiff the foam layer in your cake will be visible 🙂
- Make sure that you keep your cake in the oven till it cools down. Otherwise your aquafaba mixture will disappear if you sprinkle your crumbles straight after baking.