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My name is Kristi.

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My Very First Vegan Recipe Fail

I recently tried making a yummy looking applesauce cake that I found on Pinterest. I was very excited about how delicious and simple it looked - It required only three ingredients!

That. Damn. Applesauce. Cake. 

I still can't figure out where I went wrong! The recipe was simple: A box of white cake mix, one cup of water, and one cup of unsweetened applesauce. Toss it all in a bowl, mix it up, and bake! Voila! I followed the directions. I baked it for just the right amount of time. Somehow, it still came out of the oven looking and feeling like a limp, soggy, sponge.

I figured that it was probably just one of those things that would taste better than it looked, so I let it cool for a while. I went back later to taste test it, and...it tasted like rubber. Although it smelled wonderful, I could not get past that disgusting and slightly jiggly texture. 

Now, I'm not one to give up easily, so rather than walk away defeated, I stuck it out. I decided to change my outlook. Clearly this cake did not want to be just another cake, and I just needed to figure something else out. 

It was then that I thought that the cake might make a nice roll-up! So I slathered on some tasty chocolate frosting, and rolled it up into a nice little loaf. Then I added more frosting. I took a step back, and what did I see? 

Well, let me just say that you should be happy that I didn't take any photos. This little so-called "cake" of mine no longer resembled a limp sponge. Now, it resembled a soggy, rotting log.

"What is the deal with this thing?! Maybe if I sprinkle a little cinnamon on top..."

Nope. That didn't work.

"Okay, what if I slice it. Maybe that will make it look better and then I can focus on the flavor and texture..."


At that point, it was clear that I was fighting a losing battle. With frosting all over my hands, my face, and in my hair, I did what any sensible young woman would do...

I stuck some aluminum foil over the supposed "cake" and threw it in the fridge to be dealt with later. Then I poured myself a glass of sparkling cider and started working on dinner.

Applesauce Cake: 1 Kristi: 0

So tell me: Have you ever tried this sort of recipe? Did it work out differently for you? Please share your thoughts and experiences! Maybe you can help me figure out what I did wrong...

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