Spiced Cake with Coconut

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My friend Stacy recommended this recipe to me.  I modified it very slightly and it was quite enjoyable!  I wouldn’t say it’s healthy….  it’s got plenty of refined sugar in it.  But, if you are going to make something sweet for a special occasion brunch, this is probably healthier than alternatives!!


  • 1 cup chai tea made strong with 2 tea bags (make sure after squeezing out tea bags that you actually have 1 cup, adding a bit more water if you need to)
  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger, or more to taste – next time, I’m doing 1/2 tsp!
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease an 8 x 8 glass baking pan.

Combine dry ingredients and stir well.  Add remaining ingredients, except for about 1/8 cup of coconut.  Stir well.  Pour into prepared glass pan.  Sprinkle evenly (or in a design!) with the remaining coconut.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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