Vegan Molasses Spice Cake with Lemon Frosting

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This recipe was happily and easily VEGANIZED from the original printed in the Oct/Nov 09 issue of Mother Earth News. It turned out beautifully and it makes for a great snack, dessert and breakfast! AND It’s actually quite healthy- there is NO oil in this recipe and I replaced the All Purpose Flour with Whole Wheat Pastry Flour so it has fiber as well.  All around a great, EASY and quick dessert to make that will please even the most discerning of palates.   Enjoy!

Makes enough for one 9″ square cake pan.  However, after making this I think they would make the most delicious cupcakes!

INGREDIENTS
2 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup soymilk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease and flour a 9″ square cake pan
3. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and spices.  Set aside
4. Whisk together molasses, agave, vinegar, applesauce and milk
5. Fold in dry ingredients until completely combined
6. Pour into cake pan
7. Bake for 25-30 mins, check to see if toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean
8. Allow to cool completely before icing the cake with lemon frosting (See below).  I wouldn’t put too much frosting on (this is coming from a frosting addict) as it is VERY flavorful and you really don’t need much to get the flavors to mesh perfectly

LEMON FROSTING
1/4 cup earth balance (softened)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbs lemon juice

1.  Cream butter
2.  Add powdered sugar alternating with the lemon juice
3.  Beat until spreadable
4.  Make sure you taste it before you set aside- you may want to add more powdered sugar if the icing is too thin OR if it is too tart.  OR you may want to add more lemon juice if you feel it is too thick.  You really can’t go wrong with icing!

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2 responses to “Vegan Molasses Spice Cake with Lemon Frosting

  1. This cake looks yummy… and easy! I can’t wait to try it :)

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