PREPARATION: 15 minutes, COOKING: 30 minutes

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  • 1½ cups self raising flour (wholemeal or white)

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup applesauce*

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced into small pieces (should be ~ 1cup)

  • ¾ cup Natvia

  • Non-stick cooking spray


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C for fan forced).

  • 2.

    Grease and line cake tin with baking paper. Spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray as well.

  • 3.

    In a medium size bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, bicarb soda and salt.

  • 4.

    Break the lumps in bicarb soda if any and mix it well with the flour.

  • 5.

    In another bowl mix together the water, applesauce, oil, lemon juice and vanilla extract.

  • 6.

    Pour the wet ingredients over the dry mixture and stir until just moistened.

  • 7.

    Fold the apples and Natvia into the batter and pour it in the prepared pan.

  • 8.

    Bake it for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.


Applesauce*: see recipe for Easy Apple sauce.

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