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« on: October 14, 2008 07:45:55 PM »

Does anyone have any recipes for vegan cookies, cakes, pies, etc. that don't use margarine?  I haven't been happy with the results I've gotten, even using Earth Balance.  Anything with apples is a total bonus -- I picked about 25 lbs of them this weekend Smiley  Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2008 12:37:32 PM »

For cakes, I often use a recipe with oil. I use sunflower oil, but I think it doesn't matter which one. You end up with an almost dough, but that's okay. Unfortunately, my recipe is not vegan, but I think you could try a normal vegan cupcake recipe, use oil instead of margarine, pour all the dough into your cake mold, throw lots of apple slices on it, add some sugar and optionally walnuts (if you roast them in caramelized sugar first, people will kill to get a piece of your cake Smiley ).
The apples will sink in a bit while baking, but that's okay. I think the caramel/walnut version is called Bohemian Apple Pie. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008 03:16:34 PM »

Oooh that sounds lovely!  And I've even got walnuts in my freezer Smiley  Would you mind posting your cake recipe?  I'm actually really good at substituting for eggs -- it's the butter/margarine that have been giving me fits.
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2008 03:12:22 PM »

I find a good quality olive oil lends a buttery taste to cookies!
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2008 03:30:07 PM »

This is a basic cake recipe from a book that can be varied a lot. I make it often.

4 eggs
250g sugar
200ml orange juice
200ml oil
300g flour
baking soda

You can make a foamy basis from eggs and sugar before adding the rest, but it also works if you just put everything in a bowl and stir Smiley

The orange juice can be substituted by any other liquid you choose, like coffee. You also can add all kinds of ingredients, like nuts, chocolate powder, spices (cinnamon, for example), and you can put fruits on it or in it. I make cupcakes with this recipe too.

Please tell me, how would you substitute the eggs in this recipe? I sometimes have visitors with allergy issues. Usually, they will have fruit salad, but I'd like to have a cake recipe for them.
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2008 04:13:42 PM »

Thanks for posting the recipe!  Unfortunately, egg substitutes work best in recipes where there are only 1 or 2 eggs -- otherwise it just changes the flavor and/or the texture too much.  The two substitutes that I use most often are flaxseed (take 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds, grind in a blender or spice grinder, then mix with 3 tablespoons of water until it's gooey) and fruit (3 tablespoons of applesauce or ripe bananas, plus about 1/4 tsp baking powder).  Flaxseeds taste kind of like a cross between nuts and whole wheat -- they're good in cookies and gingerbread and other things that aren't too delicate.  And fruit goes well in anything that will already taste like fruit Smiley  Sorry that I couldn't be much help.
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2008 02:51:08 AM »

I love flaxseed! Never thought that it's gooeyness resembles egg white, but I'd like to give it a try in cookies.
Thanks for the egg substitution tips. I already had a suspicion that for this cake it might be difficult to substitute them, but I can use the substitutes on other recipes.
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