Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Cake varieties for vegan diets

  • Print

READERS often write in with requests for recipes for special diets. Kathleen Teillet, who has family friends who are vegans, has suggested that Recipe Swappers might be interested in seeing some vegan options. With no animal products -- that means no eggs or dairy -- baking can be a challenge. It does take a little ingenuity: Kathleen mentioned a "sour cream" coffee cake that used pumpkin puree for moistness, for example. Helen Pitura sent in a recipe for a vegan version of date loaf, while Anita Miller offered a recipe for a vegan apple cake. She made it for a friend's daughter who has egg and dairy allergies.

In recipe requests this week, Arlene Elendiuk loves the florentines at the Piazza di Nardi but would like to make them at home. I also got a wonderful letter from Leona K. that lamented the modern proliferation of weird baking pan sizes. (With baking, even a small shift in pan size can change your results, and it can be hard to tinker with if you're not familiar with the recipe.) She described the frustration of wanting to make a recipe and then finding that it calls for mini-muffin pans or an odd-sized loaf or an 8-inch tart pan. In the spirit of that letter, how about a call out for some favourite recipes for a good old-fashioned standard loaf pan? (That's 9x5in, or 22x12.5cm.)

If you can help with a recipe request, have your own request, or a favourite recipe you'd like to share, send an email to, fax it to 697-7412, or write to Recipe Swap, c/o Alison Gillmor, Winnipeg Free Press, 1355 Mountain Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2X 3B6. Please include your first and last name, address and telephone number.


Vegan apple cake

900 ml (4 cups) apples (about 4 medium-sized), peeled and sliced thin

250 ml (1 cup) white sugar

500 ml (2 cups) all-purpose flour

5 ml (1 tsp) cinnamon

2 ml (1/2 tsp) nutmeg

7 ml (1 1/2 tsp) baking soda

125 ml (1/2 cup) oil (canola or sunflower is good)

5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla

150 ml (2/3 cup) chopped nuts or 250 ml (1 cup) raisins

Preheat oven to 160C (325F). Spray a 22x33cm (9x13 in) baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine apples and sugar and let stand 20 minutes. In a small bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda. Add oil, vanilla and nuts or raisins and stir to combine. (Mixture will be thick.) Add to apple mixture, mix to combine and spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until browned and set in the middle. Cool on a rack and cut into squares.


Tester's notes: As with many vegan cake batters, this one doesn't look or handle like conventional cake batter. Not to worry, though: The baked results are very nice, with a mellow flavour and a good texture: the cake is moist but cuts well. I used nuts for some crunchy contrast.


Vegan apple cake

Enlarge Image

Vegan apple cake (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

Vegan date and nut bread

310 ml (1 1/4 cups) boiling water

500 ml (2 cups) chopped dates

45 ml (3 tbsp) vegan margarine

175 ml (3/4 cup) brown sugar

1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt

175 ml (3/4 cup) chopped nuts

500 ml (2 cups) all-purpose flour

2 ml (1/2 tsp) baking soda

2 ml (1/2 tsp) cinnamon

Preheat oven to 190C (375F). Grease a 22x12.5cm (9x5in) loaf pan. Place chopped dates in a large bowl, cover with boiling water and stir in margarine. Let cool to lukewarm, about 10 minutes, and then stir in brown sugar, salt and nuts. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to the date mixture and blend well. Spoon into prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until centre is set. Cool completely on rack, remove from pan, wrap with foil and let stand 24 hours before slicing.


Tester's notes: This rich, caramel-sweet loaf is a bit like a fruitcake. Do wrap and let sit for a day, as this helps bind it together. I used a block of dates, well chopped, and walnut pieces for the nuts.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 15, 2012 D5


Updated on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM CST: formats text

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Stephen Harper announces increased support for Canadian child protection agencies

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in Mexican sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Monday afternoon-Monarch butterflys start their annual migration usually in late August with the first sign of frost- Standup photo– August 22, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local/Standup- BABY BISON. Fort Whyte Centre's newest mother gently nudges her 50 pound, female bull calf awake. Calf born yesterday. 25 now in herd. Four more calfs are expected over the next four weeks. It is the bison's second calf. June 7, 2002.

View More Gallery Photos


Are you concerned about the number of homicides so far this year?

View Results

Ads by Google