It’s the taste of Autumn, laced with spiced apples and topped with crunchy Apple Dust Sugar. Autumn Almond Apple Cake is moist, dense and addictive, especially when paired with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream. Tangy apples, cinnamon and a touch of almond makes this cake an extra special addition to any Fall menu! I love it for breakfast too!
The Autumn Almond Apple Cake’s batter has just the perfect amount of sweetness that really lets the apple flavors shine. It’s got some extra richness supplied by the addition of a bit of cream cheese too. A little goes a long way!
Make sure to put this recipe on your Fall dessert baking list! I bet your family will ask for it every year during apple season.
And since it’s such a fabulous Fall dessert, it’s perfect for giving as a holiday gift to your favorite hostess and friends. That’s why I’ve created an adorable apple themed printable recipe card for you to attach to your gift!
I’ve been eating a variation of this cake since I was a child growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Looking around the web for some history, it turns out it originates in my neck-of-the-woods, in the Northeastern states. No, there is no apparent reason for the name, it just simply is what it is. Jewish Apple Cake. So much for our history lesson!
As I do every year when apple season signals the arrival of Fall, I pulled out my Mom’s recipe. It’s handwritten on a 3″ x 5″ index card, with smudged ink, some orange juice stains and even a few drops of oil.
But, it’s in my Mom’s handwriting, so I won’t be replacing it any time soon.
One word of caution here, while this is a super simple recipe, it takes an entire “hour and a half” to bake. Yes, you read it right. That’s a long time to bake a cake, so plan accordingly. My roast chicken never did get in the oven the day I baked this cake! I started too late in the day!
If you’re a devotee of The Lifestyle Diva, you know I can’t leave well enough alone! Gilding the lily is one of my favorite things to do, both in the kitchen and in my home’s decor. I just can’t control my impulses!
Over the years I’ve made numerous variations of the simple and delicious original recipe. Once I even replaced the apples with pears and cranberries with spectacular results!
I had written “add a bit of cream cheese” on the card years ago, and it’s now a regular ingredient. Despite the original recipe having a lovely texture, I like my fruity cakes a bit denser. Hence, adding the cream cheese. It also lends a nice “tang” to the apple cake’s batter.
I’m also a big fan of echoing flavor profiles in a recipe. That’s why I’ve added some almond extract to the batter, to reinforce the flavor of the sliced almonds on top.
This year’s version has a little extra “something” happening too! I’ve topped the Autumn Almond Apple Cake with sliced almonds and my “Apple Dust Sugar”! (I’ve even added “apple dust” to the fruit and cinnamon mixture for an extra “oomph” of apple intensity!)
You’ll find the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
Here’s the secret ingredient that takes this cake “over the top”!
If you want to add a ton of apple essence to a sweet recipe, then Apple Dust Sugar delivers it with some to spare! And, if you want to add some of that apple flavor to a savory dish, like a lovely pork loin, just add Apple Dust to your sauce!
Once you’ve made the Apple Dust, you can use it as is, or add some sugar to make it a lovely sweet and fruity dessert topping. I like to make my Apple Dust Sugar with large-crystal sparkling sugar for lots of crunch too.
It’s just a matter of drying a big pile of thinly sliced apples in your oven or dehydrator and pulverizing them into oblivion!
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I’ll tell you how to get the custom-printable HANG TAGS a little later in this article.
And don’t forget to download my special gift to you! I’ve made a fabulous Autumn Almond Apple Cake printable recipe card for all my readers to use.
There’s two different sizes of recipe cards for your convenience.
Just think, you can give the AUTUMN ALMOND APPLE CAKE, and include the recipe card and a bottle of your homemade topping too!
Now that’s what I call a fabulous Fall gift combination!
Just punch a hole in the top corner and thread a ribbon or twine through to attach to your cake. Since there’s two sizes, there’s one to give and one to keep in your recipe file!
Now, how about packaging up some of your Apple Dust Sugar and Apple Dust for gifts this holiday season? It makes a fabulous “little something” that you can give to your office pals and the girls in your book club!
My custom-designed hang tags make gifting your Apple Dust Sugar or Apple Dust this holiday season a snap!
I’ve created four different sizes of three apple hang tag designs. That means you can customize your Hang Tags to the size of your containers!
Just download and print the FREE PDF, and you’re in business.
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