SPICED APPLE CAKE ( vegan) & Cooking classes: behind the scenes

This is an amazing cake. I’ve prepared it for one of my student, she is vegan and I wanted to show everyone that cooking vegan doesn’t mean less flavorful than any other food.

This recipe comes from Vegan Society web site, I added some little changes that  worked beautifully.

Just a note: I am not Vegan. But if some of my students has a special requirement, I always do my best to accommodate her/him. No question asked 🙂


  • 500gr cooking apples (or any apple you have), peeled and sliced
  • 115g organic vegetable oil
  • 115g raw coconut sugar (or raw vane sugar)
  • 115g sultanas
  • 75g candied peel
  • 2 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbs boiling water
  • 120g wholemeal flour
  • 130 self raising flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground allspice

What you do. First: Switch on your oven before anything else. 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes.

  1. Cook the apples, sugar, spices and sultanas in the minimum of water. When they are soft, mash with a fork .
  2. Set aside the apples to cool.
  3. Once the apples are room temperature, add oil.
  4. Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add it to the fruit/oil mixture.
  5. Add the flours sifted together  and mix in.
  6. Pour it into a very well greased cake tin, sprinkle a generous handful of demerara sugar on the top (for a beautiful and crunchy top)
  7. Bake at 350ºF/180ºC/Gas Mark 4 for 45 mins to an hour.

And now some narratives.

What makes my classes special?

This is a  “Behind the Scenes” of one of my cooking classes so you can discover what makes my classes special, for me at least.


Usually classes are in the morning – doors open at 10.30 and the class starts around 10.45.

This will give everyone time to come, have a nice cup of Italian espresso (or tea), have a chat, get to know each other and wait for everyone to arrive.

But that is just the end of my preparations.

This is what happens before:

06.00:              I wake up (without the need of the alarm!).  I LOVE running classes, it’s like having special guests arriving soon. just can’t stay in bed!


06.30:              I finish my first strong coffee reading the news, preparing a second one while planning the class


07.30:              Pizza dough ready for proofing and Carrot and Ginger Soup simmering

08.30:              Baking time – pudding of the day.  Today vegan apple cake 😁


09.30:              Kitchen set up – cleaning the kitchen, all tools and ingredients ready for my students including table set for three course Italian lunch.


10.00:              Coffee pot ready with freshly brewed coffee, kettle ready for tea. Last check to my clothing and hair… nothing fancy , something that says ”You are Welcome”.


10.30:              Doorbell rings and the show begins …


Today I had Pizza and Gelato class. A fantastic group, the laughs and smiles lit my house with a special light.

I really do appreciate every student who walks through the door and thank you all for sharing your time with me. Keep in touch for new classes coming up.



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