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One thing about being a vegetarian is that your cats aren’t interested in your food. Weekie also hadn’t been interested in cat food much recently either, although numerous veterinarians hadn’t been able to find out why. She had been slowly eating more and gaining weight back after the worst of the anorexia a couple of months ago, but she was still underweight. So, when I cut myself a piece of this cake I didn’t think twice about setting in on the arm of the sofa next to her while I sat down and picked up my laptop. Imagine my dismay to turn around and discover that she was chowing down on my cake! My dismay turned to happiness, though, as I realized that she must have been truly getting her appetite back.
This wasn’t at all what I intended to write about. Last Thursday, Weekie had a seizure that she was never recovered from. We had to put her to sleep that afternoon. Rest in peace, Weekie. We’re glad you picked us out. I hope you enjoyed the cake, my dear little girl.
The cornstarch ended up in this cake by mistake, so you probably don’t need it; I left it in the write-up just in case. Since this is made with whole wheat and oatmeal flour, this is pretty heavy and rustic for a cake. It’s more of a giant muffin, but the caramel sauce makes it dessert, I think.
2 cups whole-grain baking mix
3/4 cup sugar
1 -1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg*
1/8 teaspoon allspice*
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom*
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 20-ounce can sliced apples, undrained
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest or 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup soy milk
2 tablespoons canola oilPreheat oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, baking mix through corn starch, with a fork. Add remaining ingredients, apple slices through canola oil, and stir just enough to combine.
Pour batter into an oiled 9-inch round pan – a springform pan if you have one. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Drizzle slices with Brandy Caramel Sauce.
*If you don’t have one or more of these spices, you can replace them with more cinnamon.