This apple snack cake was an instant hit and incredibly popular with all who tried it. Easy to make, packed with chunks of apple and gently spiced, it'll be a new family favorite.
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When my older son was young, we needed to get out of the house pretty early every day. It wasn't so much that he was clamoring at the door, but he was obviously not content being in the confines of our house and needed more to keep him happy.
Luckily, I had a few friends in the same position, and particularly when the weather wasn't great, we'd often head to the Children's Museum.
Much as it is a great museum (and we still go now, just less often), one thing I have never understood is why it doesn't open until 10am. I know there are plenty of parents and caregivers of young kids who, even with travel time, could do with it being open a good hour or more earlier. Because for whatever reason, so many kids are early risers (why can't they inherit the early bird/night owl genes of their parents?!)
However thankfully, there's a great cafe nearby, Flour, which we still go to regularly for lunch when we're at the museum. We'd sometimes meet there first for coffee and a snack, and their apple snack cake was definitely a favorite. I've previously shared a sour cream apple cake which we all loved, but I decided it was about time to try a version of the snack cake.
I found the original, which this draws on (from owner Joanna Chang's book, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe, affiliate link) a little too sweet, so I've adapted to my taste including reducing the sugar a little. However it's still definitely sweet and has a wonderfully round spice flavor, without being too much. It's moist, light and not too crumbly.
How to make apple snack cake
This is a really easy cake to make, as you simply:
- Cream together the sugar and butter;
- Add the egg and mix.
- Separately mix the dry ingredients.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture.
- Stir through the diced apple and dates, then put in a lined pan and bake.
I've added a few chopped dates in here, as I love both the flavor and texture, but you could also use raisins as in the original. Many recipes also add in some nuts which you are welcome to do as well, I just knew my kids would be funny about them and I do really like it without.
I tried it both with and without frosting and I really have a hard time deciding which I prefer. I got a friend to try and she loved the frosting, so I'd definitely highly recommend it, but without is obviously a little more day-to-day (and less messy). It's up to you, and it's delicious either way.
This apple snack cake is a wonderfully easy and tasty cake perfect for any time of day. Enjoy it with coffee, as dessert, as part of brunch or any excuse. It's jam-packed with juicy apples and is sure to be a hit.
Like apple-y treats? So do I! Try these other tasty ideas:
- Apple bacon cornmeal scones
- Caramel apple magic bars
- Apple crepes
- Maple apple donuts
- Apple banana smoothie
- Plus get more inspiration in the fall recipes archives.
Apple snack cake
- 4 oz unsalted butter 115g, room temperature or at least cut in small pieces
- ¾ cup sugar 160g
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour 175g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ginger
- ⅛ tsp cloves or allspice
- 2 cup apples peeled and small dice, approx 1 ½ apples
- ¼ cup chopped dates 35g
For the frosting (optional)
- 1 ½ tbsp butter 22g
- 2 oz neufchatel cheese 55g, or cream cheese
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp coffee emulsion
- ½ cup confectioners sugar 55g icing sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Line a 9x9in (23x23cm) cake pan with parchment.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until well combined. Add the egg, egg white and vanilla and mix in well.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Add this to the butter mixture, mixing in about ⅓ at a time, and mix until combined.
- Add the diced apples and dates, mix them through then tip into the lined prepared pan. Smooth the top then bake for approximately 35 minutes until a medium brown color and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- You can enjoy the cake warm or cool, but if you want to add frosting it will need to be cooled first.
- If adding frosting, cream together the butter, cheese, maple syrup and coffee emulsion then gradually add in the sugar. Mix until smooth (if you want it glossy, you will need a mixer as opposed to doing by hand). Spread over the cake then cut and serve. It will keep approx 3-4 days at cool room temp in a sealed box.
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