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Amazing Apple Crumb Cakes with Cardamom and Ginger

Amazing Apple Crumb Cakes with Cardamom and Ginger

Apple season is here – and these cakes are divine! Enjoy for dessert, a snack or for the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah

A delicious cake with a bit of honey, these cakes are layered with sliced apples and a crumb topping

The perfect fall dessert – I’m serving with Coconut Whipped Cream


Simple to make in one cup capacity jumbo muffin tins. Can also make in a 8″ round pan.

Also see: 18 Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes!

Amazing Apple Crumb Cakes with Cardamom and Ginger


Crumble Topping:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (I used organic)

3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (can use light brown sugar)

1  ½ teaspoons crystalized ginger*, minced

1 small pinch of sea salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

10 thin slices of apples with skin on – to be added under the Crumb Topping

Apple Cake:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (I used organic)

½ cup pure cane sugar (I used organic)

¼ cup raw honey

1 large egg (I used pasture raised)

¾ cup applesauce (see my recipe) Use unsweetened or lightly sweetened

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon pure vanilla

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon cardamom ~ do not leave this out!

1  ¼ all-purpose flour (I used King Arthurs)

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoons baking powder

Coconut Whipped Cream:

4 tablespoons coconut cream – from the thick, top of the can. (Refrigerate the can overnight, scoop out the cream.)

2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar

½ teaspoon pure vanilla



Make the Crumb Topping:
Place softened butter, sugar, ginger, sea salt and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl.
Use a rubber spatula to combine all. Add the flour and mix in. Set aside.
* I love crystalized ginger here, although you can use 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated fresh ginger too.)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Have ready a jumbo muffin tin – 1 cup capacity. Recipe makes 5.
Butter and dust with flour if you tin is not stick-proof.


Make the Cake Batter:
Do by hand, as I do, or use a stand mixer.
To a large bowl add the butter, sugar and honey. Mix well until light and fluffy with a wire whisk.
Add the egg, applesauce, sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom – Whisk in until well combined. Add the flour, baking soda and baking powder – mix gently with a rubber spatula into just combined.


Divide the batter onto 5 jumbo muffin cup openings.
Top each with 2 slices of the apples.
Add crumb topping in medium-large pieces evenly to each cake and press down just a bit.


Bake until fully risen and cooked through – 25 minutes. Do not overcook.
Cool cakes, and remove from their tins.
Add a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar if desired.


Store the cakes in a container with a tight seal. Because of the apples on top, refrigerate the cakes after 2 days.
These freeze very well too ~ I freeze part of the batch to enjoy another day. Reheat covered in foil in a moderate oven or microwave on low power until just defrosted.


Serve with Coconut Whipped Cream.


Coconut Whipped Cream:
Add all ingredients to a small bowl. Mix until thickened with a wire whisk.
Refrigerate until ready to serve; will thicken slightly when refrigerated.

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