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Award Winning Cocoa Apple Cake

What you need: 

1/2 cup applesauce
1 NRG egg replacer, prepared as directed
1 3/4 cup sugar (I start out using a bit less, and add more if needed)
1 cup vegan margarine
3/4 cup soymilk soured w/ 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cup flour
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional, adds a strong spice)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate bits
2 cups peeled, cored, chopped apples

What you do: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Prepare the NRG egg replacer, as directed and whisk well. Set aside. Sour the milk, by adding the vinegar and set aside.
Grease and flour a bundt pan or tube pan.
Sift together dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, soda, spices)
Whip well, until fluffy, vegan margarine and sugar. Add the applesauce, vanilla, NRG and soymilk.
Add dry ingredients to wet. Batter should be light and fluffy. Fold in chopped apples, chocolate bits, nuts (if desired).
Spoon evenly into pan. Bake for about 70 mins.
When cooled, add a topping, if desired. Melted chocolate drizzled over top. or Apple cider glaze...confectioner's sugar thinned out w/ apple cider and drizzled over top. - OR -plain ole powdered sugar dusted over top.

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

We really loved this cake's rich flavor and amazing texture! I used spelt flour and raw cane sugar, subbed the NRG egg-replacer for 2 Tbsp ground flax + 3 Tbsp water, doubled the cocoa, and added about 1/2 cup of ground hazelnuts. Prepared it a day in advance  and spread w/ ganache (based on some VCTOTW recipe) after cooling. It stayed moist and soft inside overnight. Highly recommended recipe, will definitely make this again. (I knew LA from VeggieBoards, and printed the recipe last year after she'd passed away, to bake it sometime in her remembrance...)

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the cake definitely stays amazing overnight.  I took the other one out of the freezer a couple days ago, and it is delicious, although not the best ever cake I had a month or so ago.  i think it is the apples that got a little weird in the freezer. it's still good enough that i will freeze it again in the future though.  so.. it froze relatively well for me but did lose a bit of its magic.

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Mine didn't look as pretty as those photos, but I think it was because I either took it out before it was thoroughly cooled or didn't grease the grooves of the bundt pan enough. I also used additional chocolate chips and the tend to melt to the pan. Nonetheless, I covered it with a little glaze to hide the ugly spots and took it into work where the people went wild. Don't let the "applesauce" in the title fool you...this is a rich cake!

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my husband took a bite of this and then said "this is the best cake ever". it is incredibly delicious. i just took it out of the oven, and it is fluffy yet rich.  I used 1.5 cups sugar, more like 3/4 cup choc chips, 1 cup white whole wheat flour and the rest white all purpose, did not peel the apples, no allspice, and used some mashed banana for the egg.  I hope it stays this wonderful overnight.  I just used two 9" round pans and it cooked very fast.  5 stars easily. 

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This cake is so good!  I echo HH in that it was really dense and moist.  I also let it sit out overnight and the texture was still great!  I don't have a bundt pan so I used a springform.  It's really the only cake pan I have.  It obviously worked fine since this cake was so good!  I sifted some powdered sugar on top.  My parents really enjoyed it as well. 

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I made this as a remembrance to LA.  I wasn't expecting it to be the best chocolate cake recipe EVAH!!! 

This cake was dense and moist.  I let it sit out overnight, so that might be why the outside was a tad drier.  I hope that's the way it generally turns out, because it would make travel and cutting that much easier.

I had a partially used bag of chocolate chips and I added the rest of the bag which was probably closer to one cup of chocolate chips, so maybe that's why it tasted chocolately.  I didn't taste the apples at all, they just added moisture.  I made the confectioners' sugar and apple cider drizzle for the top, but forgot to sift the sugar first, so it came out lumpy.  Because I can't taste that apples in the cake, the next time I'd melt chocolate chips with a little butter and drizzle that on top.

This is possibly the best cake I've ever eaten.  Ever.

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LA, i love that you note that it is a winner. because it REALLY IS!! yum!!

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