Marta's Vegan Orange Cake (Recipe by Marta Caputo. Photo by Luciana Schrader /

A dear Brazilian friend, Marta Caputo, gave me the original recipe for this cake. It is super moist and light. It is perfect with a cup of tea or Brazilian coffee.


  • 1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of sunflower oil or coconut oil
  • 1 cup of orange juice divided in two parts
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of applesauce to substitute for eggs
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix apple sauce, sugar, oil, half a cup of orange juice and orange zest in a blender, food processor or cake beaters.
  3. Transfer the mix to a bowl and add the flour and baking powder.
  4. Place dough in a floured Bundt cake mold.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until fork comes clean from the center. Let it cool for 10 minutes and transfer cake to a serving platter.
  6. Mix half a cup of orange juice with the raw sugar.
  7. Prick holes all over the cake top with a fork. Drizzle the orange-sugar mix over the top of the cake.
  8. Dust the cake with the powdered sugar.

Luciana Schrader adapted the recipe for her blog,

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