Not that this cake will explode on you..but it is DY-NO-MITE!! My ladies at work all said it smelled like gingerbread and coziness, so maybe this is more of a winter-appropriate dessert…or you could be a rebel and eat it all year round! It’s a super simple and quick cake to mix up. And it goes well with tea (or coffee, if that’s how you roll). I bet a cup of hot chocolate would also pair nicely! You can dust the cake with powdered sugar, or a simple glaze is also fun for bundts… I adapted this recipe from the Food and Wine magazine December 2007 issue – which I guess explains why it is winter-appropriate.
2 TBSP ground flaxseed + 6 TBSP warm water
2.5 C All-purpose or Oat flour
1.5 C turbinado sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 C unsweetened applesauce
1/2 C veg oil
1 stick Earth Balance vegan butter, melted
1/2 bag vegan chocolate chips
confectioner’s sugar for dusting
1. Add ground flaxseed to warm water; set aside. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 12-C Bundt pan with canola oil using a pastry brush. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, cloves, and pepper. Whisk in the applesauce, flax, oil, and melted butter. Fold in the chocolate chips.
2. Scrap batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hr and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.
3. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the cake cool for 10 minutes, then invert it onto the rack and let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Sift confectioner’s sugar over the cake (or glaze the cake), slice and serve.
Baking bundts are always fun because they can be served with a potted plant – you know, because they have a hole in the middle! Ah, hahaa. But don’t feel like you need to be restricted to cakes with holes in them..any cake pan will do, just adjust the baking time accordingly..
*If you want gluten-free, use a gluten-free flour such as buckwheat; or for a low-gluten use spelt or oat.