We took a short break from our local farm delivery. So groceries are picked up from whole foods or a few months. It is difficult to tell what is in season when you shop at a grocery store. Sure some fruits and veggies look fresher and more abundant, but you can find pretty much everything all the time. Apples are one such thing. Hubbs picked up some mangoes and apples the other day. Mangoes got eaten as soon as they were ripe(they still were not as good as the ones I have grown up eating:) I miss mangoes..), but the Apples were sitting there waiting for their turn. So I decided to use them up before some other organisms decided to :).
Spiced Apple Cake or Apple Spice Cake. This quick cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It is just the right mild sweet, has a load of spices that hit you with each bite and is easy to whip up. With whole grain Spelt flour, the cake can be eaten as it of topped with icing, caramel or whipped coconut cream.
It is finally getting sunny in the Northwest and warm.. oh so nicely warm. I gave an ultimatum to hubbs to take time off his crazy work hours(most days I see him at 8 pm). There is only so many weeks of beautiful sunny and warm weather. Then it will get too hot and then it will get rainy again.. I think we should declare summer vacation in the Northwest for everyone. :)
I can never make pretty cakes with pretty frosting or icing. a- I am just not patient enough and good at the whole frosting/piping/icing process and b- no one in the house likes sweet frosting so even when I do make some, the cake or cupcake will be eaten just because it needs to be. Have you noticed the dearth of cupcakes on the blog:).
Yes, a very sweet chocolate frosting will be discarded too.
What are some of your favorite fruit cakes/quick breads?
More Cakes, Quick Breads, brownies here.
Mix flaxmeal in water and let sit for a few minutes. Add the spices, sugar, oil, coconut milk and combine.
Add dry ingredients and mix to combine into a batter.
Toss finely chopped Apples in Maple syrup, then add to batter and fold.
Drop batter into parchment lined cake pan.
Bake until done.
Drizzle with salted caramel or use any other favorite frosting/icing.
Spiced Apple Cake
Allergen Information: Dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, yeast-free, nut-free, corn-free
Makes 1 8 inch round pan.
2 Tablespoons flaxmeal
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup ground raw sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vinegar(I used apple cider vinegar)
1 cup Spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
a generous pinch of nutmeg
a generous pinch of cardamom powder(optional)
1 Large Ripe apple chopped small(1/4 - 1/2 inch)
2 Tablespoons Maple syrup
1/2 cup ground raw sugar
1 Tablespoons Maple syrup
2 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon dark molasses
1/2 cup Coconut cream
Sea salt to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon. Use a 1/4 for less salty.)
Variations: Add chopped up walnuts/pecans, some crystallized ginger.
In a bowl, add warm water and flaxmeal. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes.
Add sugar, oil, coconut milk and whisk until sugar is well combined.
Add vinegar and mix.
In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients - spelt, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices.
Add the dry to the wet and mix until well combined into a smooth batter.
In a bowl, add chopped apples and maple syrup. Mix well to coat.
Drop the apples into the batter. Fold to distribute well.
Drop batter into parchment lined or well greased 8 inch cake pan.
Bake in pre-heated 365 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick from the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
Drizzle some salted caramel, or a dollop of whipped coconut cream or use cream cheese frosting.
In a medium pan, mix the sugar, maple, molasses and water and mix on medium high heat.
Stir occasionally till the mixture comes to bubbling boil.
Add coconut cream slowly and mix well.
Add sea salt, mix and take off heat as the mixtures comes to a boil.
(For Coconut cream, refrigerate a can a full-fat coconut milk for a few hours, then open the can and scoop out the thick cream on top)
Or use this recipe for larger batch and store.
This cake is being shared at Ricki's wellness weekend, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.
I found this Info-graphic on Peta about what happens to Elephants in Circuses, especially Ringling Brothers. This also happens to all the other animals in the Circus. They are all uprooted from their natural surroundings, beaten, abused, starved to train and kept locked up almost all their life. It breaks my heart whenever I see a story about an elephant suffering in the name of entertainment.
Same is applicable to any animals or fish in any performance business/theme parks etc.