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Vegan Armenian Perok Cake

This veganized Armenian perok cake, which looks like a pie and tastes like a buttery pound cake, with a sticky layer of jam, has won approval from everyone who's eaten it.
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Armenian
Servings: 8 big slices
Calories: 532kcal
Cost: $0.85

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup vegan butter or margarine 170 g; see Note 1
  • 1 cup brown or white sugar 200 g
  • 1 cup vegan yogurt 240 g; see Note 2
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 5 g
  • 3 cups all purpose flour 390 g
  • 2 tsp baking powder 8 g
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt or 3/4 tsp kosher salt 3 g
  • 1 cup apricot jam or any other jam 240 g; see "Choose Your Jam" section below

Instructions

  • Cream vegan butter and sugar together in a bowl using an electric mixer for about a minute or until smooth and pale in colour.
  • Add yogurt and vanilla extract and beat for half a minute.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix on low speed for another half minute or until just incorporated.
  • Reserve roughly 1 cup (250 g) of the batter. Spoon the rest of the batter into one 9- or 10-inch cake pan, or three mini loaf pans.
  • Gently smooth using the back of a spoon to create a fairly even surface, then spread the jam onto the batter.
  • For the reserved cup of batter, you can either drop it by the spoonful onto the jam if you're lazy, or shape into strips and lay them at least an inch apart in a lattice pattern. The batter is very soft so you won't be able to form perfect pie-like lattice strips, which is fine. Just roll roughly rope-like strands.
  • Bake at 350 °F for 45 minutes on the center rack (see Note 3).
  • Optional: brush a thin layer of jam on top of the dough parts of the cake to create a shiny "egg wash" finish.