Cinnamon Sugar Coated Maple Apple Cakes – I think I’m in love!

I saw this recipe in a Donna Hay cookbook a while ago and thought to myself, that looks good I should make that – I really wish I hadn’t waited so long to make this as I think it is hands down one of the best recipes I’ve ever made.

It’s super easy i.e. throw it all in a mixing bowl and stir, and it is so so tasty! They almost remind me of a cinnamon doughnut, but the apple in the cake just keeps it so light and moist. They’re so delicious it’s hard to stop at 3 let alone 1! Trust me, you MUST try this recipe as soon as you can.

cinnamon sugar maple apple cakes

Cinnamon Sugar Coated Maple Apple Cakes
Recipe by Donna Hay – go to the original here

Ingredients:
- 2 1/2 cups self raising flour, sifted
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 250g butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 4 eggs
- 6 red apples, peeled and grated
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon, extra
- 1 cup caster sugar

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Put the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, eggs and grated apple and mix to combine. Spoon into well greased bundt tins and cook for 20mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer. To make the cinnamon sugar mix the extra cinnamon and caster sugar in a bowl and set aside. When the cakes are cooked, turn them out immediately and coat in the cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.

cinnamon sugar maple apple cakes

cinnamon sugar maple apple cakes

The original recipe says to spoon into 12 x 1 cup capacity bundt tins, however I had a mini bundt tray which worked just as well, probably cuter! That meant that rather than 12 cakes I actually got about 28 mini bundt cakes, about the size of doughnuts.

Now the original recipe says to spoon into 12 x 1 cup capacity bundt tins, however I had a mini bundt tray which worked just as well, probably cuter! That meant that rather than 12 cakes I actually got about 28 mini bundt cakes.

Now the original recipe says to spoon into 12 x 1 cup capacity bundt tins, however I had a mini bundt tray which worked just as well, probably cuter! That meant that rather than 12 cakes I actually got about 28 mini bundt cakes.

Now, I also have to do some blog housekeeping today…
I was recently nominated by a couple of fellow bloggers for the Liebster award. What is a Liebster award you ask? Well I asked exactly the same question, so after a little bit of googling I uncovered that its not actually a real award (sigh) and is actually a little bit like chain mail, you know answer these ten questions, nominate ten other blogs, and pass it on etc.

Interesting fact about me, I don’t participate in chain mail, I never have. That means by my calculation I probably have about 473 years of bad luck by now. However in saying that, the Liebster award seems to be chain mail that comes from a very lovely intention. Its designed for people with less than 200 followers, to let all their followers know about each others blogs, aww community. So although I will be a rule breaker and not answer all the questions I’m supposed to, I will take a little time now to respond to a some of it.

Now the original recipe says to spoon into 12 x 1 cup capacity bundt tins, however I had a mini bundt tray which worked just as well, probably cuter! That meant that rather than 12 cakes I actually got about 28 mini bundt cakes.

Firstly, I have to thank the lovely Granelli Di Zucchero and The Quiet Baker for nominating me, thank you.

Secondly, I’m supposed to answer ten questions from each, but answering 20 questions right now seems like a lot of homework so here’s just a couple…

Q from Granelli Di Zucchero: Do you prefer to prepare salty or sweet dishes?
One of my favourite flavours is salted caramel so I guess that means that I like both, together!

Q from Granelli Di Zucchero: Who is your favourite chef (or pastry chef)?
I’ll stick with pastry chef because clearly I like sweet dishes, they make up 95% of my blog after all. I would say there are two that stand out to me. First Adriano Zumbo, his stuff is so imaginative and inventive. Second would be Nadine Ingram from Flour & Stone in Sydney, really one of my favourite places, her food is just so delicious!

Q from The Quiet Baker: What do you enjoy most about blogging?
An excuse to cook and eat! When I used to get a craving for say a chocolate cake, I’d think to myself ‘I can’t validate making a cake just for me’ but these days I say to myself ‘well I need to make something for the blog so I’ll make it anyway’! haha

Q from The Quiet Baker: Who do you strive to be? Why?
Myself. First, foremost and always. If you’re trying to be something you’re not then you’ve lost your way.

Thirdly, you’re meant to list 11 facts about yourself. 11 is a lot, so here’s 3:
1: I love music. And if I’m cooking, chances are its blaring, and I’m dancing in the kitchen.
2: I’m not a morning person, in fact if you try to talk to me before 10am you’ll probably just get some sort of grunt.
3: As much as I love food, I also really love wine. The process of making it, the variables that make the subtle differences between each bottle, the soil, the vines, how it changes year after year in the bottle, its amazes me. I would love to own a vineyard in my later years in life, could you think of a better place to be?

Now the original recipe says to spoon into 12 x 1 cup capacity bundt tins, however I had a mini bundt tray which worked just as well, probably cuter! That meant that rather than 12 cakes I actually got about 28 mini bundt cakes.

Lastly, you’re meant to nominate 11 other blogs. As I said before I don’t like chain mail, so rather than pass this on I will just list a few blogs that I think are great and you should check out.

- foodisthebestshitever (could there be a better blog name?)
- Omfg. so good
- What Jessica Baked Next
- A taste of Wintergreen
- Beyond Frosting
- Blame it on the Brioche (another great blog name + music inspired baking, gotta love that)
- Cate’s Kitchen Adventures
- SweetLab
- Under the Blue Gum Tree

Now the original recipe says to spoon into 12 x 1 cup capacity bundt tins, however I had a mini bundt tray which worked just as well, probably cuter! That meant that rather than 12 cakes I actually got about 28 mini bundt cakes.

Now go on, go and make some Cinnamon Sugar Coated Maple Apple Cakes and…

Enjoy! x

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