I just saw on Facebook that a local apple orchard has some varieties that are ready for picking. Apple season is here! That means having pounds of apples in our house at all times. And since we can’t possibly eat them all before they go bad, that also means lots of baked goods that incorporate apples. One recipe that I will turn to to use up our overabundance is this apple cake with maple frosting.
This cake is filled with chopped apples and warm hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. A combination that makes the house smell amazing, by they way! Yogurt and applesauce are used in the cake to keep it tender and moist, and whole wheat flour adds a boost of whole grains. Because it’s reasonably healthy, this apple cake would make a great breakfast or snack if you leave off the frosting.
Of course, there would be no judgement if you didn’t leave the frosting off! The maple frosting is just sweet enough to add flavor without being overpowering. Maple and apple is starting to become a new favorite combination. Don’t be surprised if you see more of it in the upcoming months!
- ¼ C butter, softened
- ⅓ C honey or sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ C non-fat plain yogurt
- ½ C unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract.
- 1 C whole wheat flour
- ½ C white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 C finely chopped apples
- ½ C butter, softened
- 2½ -3 C confectioner's sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp maple extract
- 1 tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray an 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a stand mixer, or with an electric mixer, beat together butter and honey (or sugar) until creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add in yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla extract and beat until thoroughly combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until combined. Stir in apples.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
- While cake is cooling, prepare frosting. Beat together butter and 2½ cups confectioner's sugar. Add in extracts and milk. Beat until smooth. If more confectioner's sugar is needed, add 2 tablespoons at a time up to another ½ cup. Spread over cooled cake.
- Cut into pieces and serve.