Monday, October 2, 2017

A Taste of Fall with Apple Snack Cake

Today, the morning chill made me think how nice it would be to have something warm and tasty to accompany my coffee. The apples in the fridge reminded me of my favorite apple breakfast and snack cake. This apple cake is so easy to pull together, I knew I would be able to have a warm piece within an hour.

Apple Breakfast and Snack Cake

Apple Breakfast and Snack Cake
Apple Breakfast and Snack Cake

This apple cake has been in my life very long time.  I had it for the first time when I was a fourth-grade student teacher.  My supervising teacher brought the cake in as a treat for the other fourth grade teachers.  I remember it took all of my self-control not to eat multiple pieces of the cake.  Instead, I asked for the recipe and made myself a whole one to eat!

Apple Breakfast and Snack Cake
No need to worry.  This apple cake has the added benefit of being relatively healthy as far as baked goods go. One serving (when you cut the cake into nine pieces) has less than 200 calories.  It is so chock-full of apples you won't mind serving it to your kids as a start to their day.

If you have any leftovers, wrap individual pieces in plastic wrap and freeze for a treat with your morning coffee another day or as an after-school snack for the little ones. As a cautionary note, this cake is super moist.  Make sure you bake it completely.  I especially love this cake the second day.

Apple Breakfast & Snack Cake

Print Recipe

Makes one 9x9 cake
Apple cake with huge chunks of apple throughout.
Apple Cake
Nine servings
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.  Place the apple chunks in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Sprinkle the spice mixture over the apples and toss to coat.

My Nut Grater and Nutmeg Grater
Nut Grinder and Nutmeg Grater

As an aside, I use this nut grinder to finely chop the walnuts for this cake.  I also love this nutmeg grater because it allows me to get freshly grated nutmeg anytime I need it.   As a bonus, I can store additional nutmegs in the grater.

Pour the egg and melted butter over the apple mixture and toss to coat.  Next, whisk together the flour and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the apples and stir to combine.  Add the chopped walnuts, if desired.  Spoon the mixture into your prepared pan.  This batter will be very thick.

Apple Cake Batter
This Apple Cake Batter is Very Thick

Bake the cake on the center rack of your oven for 45 minutes, or until it is browned and set.  Cool and serve.

Kitchen Essentials for this Recipe

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  1. Just an FYI...On the main recipe page you use a 9x9 pan, but on the print recipe page you call for an 8x8. I assume you really want the 9x9, but I'll wait to be sure before I go for it. It sounds wonderful! Best, Debby

    1. Thanks, Debby. You are right. I've fixed the printer friendly recipe. You can make this cake in an 8x8-inch pan, increasing the cooking time, but I like it better in the 9x9-inch pan.

  2. what kind of apples did you use?

    1. The kind of apple doesn't really matter for this cake. The pictures are of a cake I make with Granny Smith apples. I make this cake with whatever apples I have in the house at the time.


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