Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dining In - Iced Apple Cake Squares

Iced Apple Cake Squares - Chloe's Kitchen

Veega Iced Apple Cake Squares

This is a rich, heavenly dessert that mimics an apple crumble or pie. The first time I made it I shared it with my boyfriend's family. We finished the whole pan in no time and no one could believe it was vegan. I also made it for an office bake-off because I thought it had winning potential. I am sad to say it didn't win, but it still got votes! Here's the kicker, I'm almost embarrassed to note this, but I feel I must warn you - it has one cup of oil, gulp, over a cup of sugar, eek, plus another cup of powdered sugar, yikes! Okay, so you can't call this healthy, even with the three apples it's hiding, but man it's good. I would add a few minutes to the cook time to dry up the middle, and of course feel free to reduce the oil right off the bat and experiment by using applesauce to substitute. You can find this recipe and others in Chloe's Kitchen (buy your copy here). 

2 cups flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 Braeburn or Gala apples, peeled and chopped
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons almond milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom of 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper and lightly grease. 

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, mix together oil, vanilla, and vinegar. 

Pour wet mixture into dry and stir until just combined. Fold in walnuts and chopped apples. It will seem like there is not enough batter to cover the apples (see photo), but don't worry they will soften up when cooked and the batter will distribute itself. 

Before Cooking Apple CakePress into pan and cook for 30-45 minutes, until top is browned, check middle to make sure it's set. 

To prepare icing, combine powdered sugar and almond milk in a medium bowl. Drizzle icing over warm cake. Serve cooled to room temperature or warm. 


  1. I make this with 1/4 c oil and 1 cup applesauce. i also use 1/4 cup maple sugar and 1/4 cup agave (mixed with the wet ingredients) and skip the icing. It is still delicious!! You can also sub 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour.

    1. Thanks for the tips on substituting ingredients, jenkious! I will definitely have to try this to make it healthier :)

  2. I made this according to the recipe and after an hour has passed it is still not close to being set. The cookbook calls for 20-25 min baking time. I have no idea what went wrong, but beware!

    1. Thanks for the comment! Sorry to hear it's not turning out well. That has happened to me, too, with the middle being mushy. It's definitely a moist cake, but to help it set faster I reduced the oil and added a bit more flour the last time I made it. It's still delicious either way :) Good luck!

  3. Thanks. I'll try that. Of course, it didn't stop us from enjoying it. I will also substitute apple sauce for some of the oil.


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