Churros are on of my favorite street foods in San Diego. I can't spend the day in Balboa park without grabbing one near the Botanical gardens. I can't remember the last time I had one though, and am feeling their absence. Hopefully this Churro Cake can fill the churro-shaped void in my heart :) INGREDIENTS Churro Cake ⅔ cup lightly packed brown sugar or muscavado sugar ½ cup natural sweetener or your sugar of choice ½ cup light butter, room temperature (or sub with coconut oil) 2 tablespoons apple sauce 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups plain flour (all-purpose) 1½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch salt ⅔ cup unsweetened almond milk Cinnamon sugar Optional: ¼ cup melted chocolate OR Chocolate Sauce (See recipe below) INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 176C | 350F. Grease a square 8-8-inch baking tray with cooking oil spray, and wipe over with a paper towel. In a bowl, whisk brown sugar, sweetener/sugar, butter and apple sauce until. Add egg and vanilla and whisk again until light and creamy. In a smaller bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients. Pour the milk into the batter, and mix well. Do not over beat batter. Pour batter into prepared baking tray and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake until golden, about 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool completely before spreading with melted chocolate of choice, or a clean chocolate sauce. Chocolate Sauce: To make your own Chocolate Sauce, combine and mix the following 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons natural sweetener/sugar of choice 2 tablespoons warm water, or enough to mix into your desired consistency Enjoy!