I planted 2 apple trees in my garden about 10 years ago that are thankfully producing a fair amount of apples. However, I could have made a few more fresh apple cakes this week if I didn’t have to share my apples with the birds, it’s kind of sad to reach for a beautiful red colored apple in the tree only to realize that the half you can’t see from the ground has been chewed off. I also found 2 strawberries hiding in the garden that for some reason the birds didn’t eat, maybe they felt bad and wanted to share with us(?) Anyway, I put the strawberries in a fruit smoothie that I made for breakfast this morning and made this fresh cocoa apple cake with my share of the apples. I’ve made many simple apple cakes over the years, I like the ones with good sized chunks of apples and coarsely chopped walnuts stirred into a thick batter. I also like adding a healthy dose of fragrant spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom to my apple cakes. For the first time I decided to take a traditional apple cake recipe and make it chocolatey by adding cocoa powder to the dry ingredients. It received rave review from one of my ‘littles’ who rolled his eyes back when he took a bite and said, ‘This is really good’! My husband also gave it the thumbs up, so I think this adapted fresh apple cake recipe is a keeper.
Adapted from All Cakes Considered by Melissa Gray.
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla bean paste
- 1 & 1/4 cups canola oil
- 1 & 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, I used King Arthurs all purpose baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice, I used Penzeys
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith Apples, I used slightly tart apples from my own apple tree
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Prepare a 9 x 13 baking pan with baking spray.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer on medium speed beat together the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and oil until smooth.
- In a separate medium bowl whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
- Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the flour mixture.
- Stop the mixer and remove the bowl, stir in the apples and walnuts with a wooden spoon.
- Turn the thick apple filled batter into the prepared pan, using your wooden spoon and a spatula to scrape the mixing bowl.
- Bake for 60-70 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan and a tooth pick inserted in the cake comes away with a few crumbs.
- Cool on a metal rack, the middle will sink slightly as it cools.
I’m linking my fresh cocoa apple cake to the Chocolate Party Page.