The Let’s Not Kill Margaret Cake

I’m a doof sometimes. Yesterday I tried to cover both All Souls Day and giving Margaret Realy an appreciation gift all in one swell foop. First I spelled Margaret’s last name wrong (she’s just one “l” of a Margaret). Then I forgot that she lives gluten free and avoids the sugars (good girl). Basically it would’ve been like if somebody tried to make me a peanut butter pie. Way to go, me! So, take two: soy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, sugar-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free? No problem. Here goes…

The Let’s Not Kill Margaret Cake

1/2 c maseca (corn flour)
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
1/4 tsp stevia powder
1 T cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/4 c milk (if you need to go vegan, rice milk and the like should work fine)
1 T corn oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
2 T cocoa powder
1/2 tsp stevia powder
3/4 c + 2 T VERY hot water

In a 1 qt microwaveable casserole, combine all cake ingredients until smooth and spread in the bottom of said casserole. In a separate bowl, combine all icing ingredients EXCEPT hot water and spread on top of “cake” mixture in casserole. Pour hot water on top of all and microwave on high 6-8 minutes.

I’m taste testing this now and really hoping First Shift of Kids comes home from school soon, or they won’t have any to try for themselves. It’s not too sweet but VERY chocolatey, and not at all apple-y, which always surprises me when I use applesauce in sugar-free baking. I can see Let’s Not Kill Margaret Cake going well with stevia-sweetened whipped cream, sugar-free vanilla ice cream…

Darn. First Shift just got home. Time to share.


About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at .

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