cinnamon apple glazed cake squares

by jenna on June 16, 2011

Hi Eat Live Run readers!

I’m Emily from Daily Garnish, and I am so excited to be sharing a recipe with you guys today.  I know Jenna has been doing some vegan baking of her own recently, so these delicious cake squares come in good timing!

Jenna and I proudly share the culinary school bond, and we both understand the terror of uniform checks and being timed while breaking down chickens.  While most of my recipes tend to be healthy, vegetarian main dishes, I still like to bust out the ole’ stand mixer from time to time.  I’m blaming it on pregnancy, but really – who doesn’t love to make baked goods?

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how these were going to turn out when they went into the oven.  The batter seemed thick and the apples perhaps cut a little bit too big.  But I said a little prayer, and twenty six anxious minutes later what emerged from the oven surprised even me.

The end result is moist, fluffy, and full of delicious apple cinnamon flavor.  Truly hard to believe these little squares are not only vegan, they are even relatively healthy.   My only regret was not having any vanilla ice cream in my freezer to scoop on top.  Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Glazed Cake Squares

makes 12-16 squares

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½ cup Earth Balance (or butter)

¾ cup organic cane sugar

½ cup unsweetened apple sauce

2 tbsp ground flax (+6 tbsp water)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp kosher salt

¾ tsp ground cinnamon

2 medium apples, finely diced

½ cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the Earth Balance and sugar together until creamy.

In a separate bowl, combine 2 tbsp ground flax with 6 tbsp water to create a “flax egg” – mixture will thicken and become egg-like in consistency.

Add applesauce, flax egg, and vanilla to mixer and beat to combine.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and kosher salt, and then slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture on low speed.

Once the mixture is combined, gently fold in diced apples.  Spread batter into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish.

Bake 25-28 minutes at 350 degrees, or until top is golden brown.

While cake is baking, whisk together powdered sugar and water to make the glaze.

Allow cake to cool at least 30 minutes, and then drizzle glaze over top to coat.

Slice into squares and serve!

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Monika @ powered by paprika June 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

Emily those look so good!!

What are the benefits of using earth balance as opposed to butter?


Emily Malone June 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

It’s just a vegan alternative for those who don’t eat animal products. Butter would work fine too!


Erin June 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

Mmm looks great! I haven’t done any vegan cooking myself, but this looks easy enough to accomplish.


Kara June 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

whoa… double take! two of my top three favorite blogs coming together?! love it!!!
these look so fluffy and sound delicious!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

These look delicious! Wonderful guest post:-)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

Oh wow, these look delicious!!! I love all things cinnamon and have been putting it on everything lately. And since there’s fruit.. I suppose that makes it healthy, right? 😉


Emily Malone June 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

Definitely. :)


Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

MMMMM I’m sure that the extra vanilla ice cream, though delicious, would be totally unnecessary. I love anything to do with apples and cinnamon, so this will definitely be a hit :)

Thanks Emily!


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

Those look so good!

They almost look like they have a brownie texture.


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

Ohh I just happen to have some vanilla ice cream in my freezer! These would be perfect!


R @ Learning As I Chop June 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

These sound so good! Something like grandma would make


Estela @ Weekly Bite June 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

Great recipe Emily :)


Ruth June 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

Oooh! These look amazing! :-)


Holly @ The Runny Egg June 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

These look delicious!


The Teenage Taste June 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

Mmmm…these look fabulous! Plus the fact that they are made with whole wheat flour and flax seed means I can eat them for breakfast, right?!?! 😉


Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles June 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

Wonderful! I’m such a fan of Emily’s blog – it’s so nice to see an overlap this morning. :)


Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out June 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

You make everything look so yummy! An vegan??!!


Michelle | Gold-Hearted Girl June 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

Wow, that looks incredible! I’ve made something similar. I love it for breakfast, a snack, and dessert!


Coco aka Opera Girl June 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

Ooh, these look great! I have been experimenting with gluten-free baking lately, and I think this recipe would take really well to flour substitutions — all that apple cinnamon flavor would certainly help to mask the different flavor of GF flours, and it’s not a recipe that depends on a huge rise or stay-together texture to be successful. I’ll try out something similar soon, I think!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers June 16, 2011 at 8:27 am

Although not officiallly vegan, I love baking and cooking vegan dishes. This looks absolutely delicious- I need to go get some apples!


lindsay June 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

awesome recipe! i love emily’s blog and all of her great recipes!! :) yummm this one looks delicious. I bet you could sub any fruit and it would still be good. Blueberries anyone? 😉


Cait's Plate June 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

Everyone is baking such yummy looking apple dishes – and Allie just showcased “Apple Crunch” loaf from GH! I think I gotta jump on this train QUICK.


Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

These look fantastic!! Just shows that vegan desserts can really be delicious!


Amy June 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

This looks incredible! …I’ve been wanting apples a lot lately, so this is perfect! Can’t wait to make it this coming weekend :)


Heidi @ Food Doodles June 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

Mmm, that looks so good! I love apples baked into things. So yummy 😀


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes June 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

Apple Desserts are my fav :) these look amazing and I cant wait to try them!! Walnuts would probs taste REALLY good in these!!


Brittany June 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

Two of my fav bloggers on one site. Awesome. Know what else is awesome? These squares are being made tonight and coming with my team on the Haines Jct, Yukon to Haines, AK bike relay this weekend :). Yeaaa.


Emily Malone June 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

That IS awesome! Have fun!


Gina (Yogattude) June 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

Where is Molly Moon when you need her?! These look delicious!


Emily Malone June 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

I KNOW, right? If there was ever a night for the ice cream truck, it was that one!


Katrina June 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

Nice to meet you! This cake-square looks so tasty. Yum!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

Emily, these look fantastic! How great would these be with ice cream?


Kath June 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

26 minutes – well planned Emily!!


Anne June 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

It’s nice to see you here !


Emily the Lady Pastor June 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

YUM! Great pictures and great recipe. :) Thanks.


Kerry @ halfhealthyhalfnuts June 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

Oh YUM! Since I am a non-chocolate eater, apple cinnamon rings my bell everytime! Cannot wait to try this!


Natalia - a side of simple June 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Well, I think this will fulfill my apple a day quote 😉


Cat @Breakfast to Bed June 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

for some reason this made me starving for blueberry crumb cake!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Vegan, easy, and in 26 minutes my prayers can be answered as well? Oh, brilliant, Emily!

You should be sitting on the couch letting people cook for YOU, you mama-to-be :)


Maria June 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

My kind of treat! Wish I had some right now for an afternoon snack!


Meghan @ StruggleMuffins June 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Emily, these look yumazing – appley desserts are always welcome in my book, thanks for sharing! :)


Nicole June 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

You had me at the name, these sound amazing!


Carey @ Positively Blonde June 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Those look great! Thanks for sharing Emily! They look they could be great for an on the go snack.


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather June 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Yum Emily these sound delicious. I love tons of apple flavor.


kristina@beancakes June 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm

this looks soooo good!!! anything with cinnamon apple in it, i LOVE!
xoxo~ kristina


Molly @ RDexposed June 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I can see myself eating this while in a hoodie and the leaves are changing-perfect fall dessert!


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) June 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about the phrase “cake squares” that instantly sounds delicious and adorable all at the same time.. Looks good, even though I’m not usually a fan of apple-flavored baked goods (besides pie, obvi).


kaila @ healthy helper! June 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

These look amazing! I love apple flavored deserts!


Maris (In Good Taste) June 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

They look delicious and I love the plate!


Aja June 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

These look so good. I’ve been looking for a new apple recipe.


amy walters, aDESIGNdock June 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Looks super yummy! I could go for a slice right about now 😉


Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm

YUM! I’ve always found vegan baking to be So good!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking June 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I love the apple cinnamon flavor! These bars look scrumptious. Recently, I’ve been trying some more vegan baking and I’m liking it! Definitely going to try these bars soon!


Cara June 17, 2011 at 2:29 am

Those look great! I can’t wait to try them! I’ve been interested in trying some vegan baking!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove June 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

This looks awesome! Apples & cinnamon are one of my favorite flavor combos!


Nathalie June 18, 2011 at 6:16 am

These look too delicious!!! Apple and cinnamon…can’t go wrong with that :-) Recipe printed… will make these asap! Thankyou!


Bridget@LifeLibertyandMe June 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Just made this for a belated Father’s Day dinner-LOVED IT!! I replaced the flaxseed with two eggs and it was totally fine. It’s alot more moist than I thought it would be-delicious!!!!


Pam June 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm

What a gorgeous cake, need to make this asap! Thanks for sharing :) Will check out your blog!


Kristen June 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

This is probably a stupid question, but should the apples be peeled?


Brittany October 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

So, JUST made this. Totally perfect for the season. Awesome. I served it with tea for a group project meeting (woo business school!). I didn’t know three people could tackle an entire sheet cake. I’m throwing this into rotation!


lapis legit December 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

Christmas cakes are one of the heaviest cakes that
can be served. One can try out with the particular flavors of the cake according to
the taste of a person. 50 a movie.


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