Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Today I have a real treat for you, my Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars. Packed with freshly grated apple and toasted walnuts these cake bars are full of flavour. A simple cinnamon drizzle adds just the right amount of sweetness, while the sugar nibs add extra crunch. This simple traybake is a treat on the tongue and the senses.

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Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

I adore Autumn. While gales and rain lash down, there are also the bright, golden sunshine filled days. Because of the variations in the weather, some days are perfect for gardening, having a tidy up, and picking fruit and windfalls. Yet when the weather rages I find comfort in the kitchen, baking delicious cakes that make the whole house smell warm and inviting. I am even more content when I can include produce from my own garden, such as the apples used in both the cake bars and photographs.

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Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Our Apple Trees

Due to the very hot summer we have had this year I wasn’t sure how well our two apple trees would fare. Because of the heat this years apples are sweeter than usual. While both our trees produce eating apples, one usually small, red and sweet, the other red and green, sharper in flavour. Similar to a Granny Smith apple’s flavour. As a result of the summer weather both varieties have a more intense apple flavour and are delicious to eat straight from the tree.

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Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Since we have plenty of windfalls from the recent storms I have used them in the recipe. If you have access to windfall apples make the most of nature’s opportunity. Either use them to make these cake bars or perhaps my Apple Pie? Finally, a quick note, if you like puddings, then I should mention that this cake is delicious served with hot custard!

Recipe: Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars make 16

300g/10.5oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

300g/10.5oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

1/2tsp Sea Salt

4 Large Free Range Eggs

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

375g/13oz Plain White Flour

4tsp Ground Cinnamon

1tsp Ground Ginger

3tsp Baking Powder

200g/7oz Chopped Walnuts

350g/12oz Grated Apple (peeled and cored)

For the cinnamon drizzle

225g/8oz Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)

3tsp Ground Cinnamon

2-3 tbsp Cold Water

Optional – Pearl or Nibbed Sugar – I use Dansukker Parlsocker available from Amazon

Method: Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan, 375F, gas mark 5.

For this recipe you will need a 22.5cm x 30cm x 5cm (9” x 12” x 2”) tin lined with baking parchment.

Making and baking the cake:

  • First of all add the butter, soft, light brown sugar and salt to a large bowl. Due to the quantity of ingredients I found a wide bowl easier to use.
  • Beat the sugar and butter together until creamy with no visible lumps.
  • Add the 4 eggs, 75g/3oz of flour and the spices to the bowl. Whisk everything together until fully combined.
  • Sieve the remaining flour and baking powder into the bowl and added the chopped walnuts.
  • Because some apples turn brown quickly once cut or grated I add them last.
  • Finally fold all of the ingredients together until they are just combined.
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Making the cake batter.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared tin and ensure the batter is even and the top is smooth.
  • Place the cake tin into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden in colour and firm (with only a little give) to touch in the centre.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and leave to cool completely in the tin.
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Filling the tin and baking the cake.

Portioning and decorating the cake bars:

  • Add the icing sugar and cinnamon to a large jug. Using a balloon whisk, stir the two powders to combine and break up any lumps.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of cold tap water into the jug and stir using the whisk. Add more water as needed until a thick, not runny consistency is achieved.
  • Decant the cinnamon icing into a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle. Alternatively use a plastic sandwich bag and just prior to decorating cut a very small hole in one corner, this also applies to disposable piping bags.
  • To prepare the cake for decorating first of all cut across the width of the cake, dividing it in half. Now cut from top to bottom in the middle of the cake creating 4 quarters. Cut each quarter into 4 bars from top to bottom.
  • While you can decorate the cake as a whole, I like to see the drizzle of icing on each cake bar.
  • Separate the bars and place on to a cooling rack over a baking tray, to catch any drips.
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Preparing the cake bars for decorating
  • Using gentle, steady pressure pipe diagonally across each cake bar. Continue piping until each bar is iced.
  • Sprinkle some sugar nibs over each bar while the icing is still wet.
  • Place to one side to allow the icing to set.
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Decorating the Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Finally take a photo of your creation! Because your house will smell amazing and these cake bars will not last long.

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Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Store the bars in an airtight container. They will keep for 5 days. Refrigerate during warmer weather.

The cake can be made a day in advance and decorated the following day.

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Maple Drizzled Apple Blueberry Loaf Cake

Autumn Apple Almond Cake

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Autumn Apple Almond Cake a gluten free bake

Traybakes are made for sharing:

With Bonfire Night, November 5th not far away these cake bars are perfect for sharing. Whether you are going to an organised event, holding a bonfire party in your back garden, or simply watching from your window, everything about these cake bars will elicit oohs and aahs! Because they are so yummy, they deserve to be made and enjoyed all year round.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Autumn Apple Almond Cake

Today I am super, super pleased to share another gluten free recipe with you. My incredibly delicious Autumn Apple Almond Cake. Because if you cannot have gluten in your diet that shouldn’t mean abstaining from cake. What would Marie Antoinette have thought about that? Also this cake can be made using regular, plain white flour. It tastes scrumptious either way.

Autumn Apple Almond Cake crunchy topping that hides the moistest cake ever. www.feastingisfun.com
Autumn Apple Almond Cake

Free organic fruit

I made this Autumn Apple Almond Cake was made for a friend who is gluten intolerant. Since I had some gluten free flour in the cupboard and plenty of apples I decided to create a cake for her. Our two apple trees in the garden are laden with delicious green and red fruits.  While we are happily munching our way through them as a family, they are also great for baking with.

 

Autumn Apple Almond Cake, low afternoon sun enhances this beautiful golden cake. www.feastingisfun.com
Autumn Apple Almond Cake.

The apple trees were already established when we bought our house, along with a plum, pear and cherry tree. I feel very blessed to have a mini orchard at the back of our garden. Both apples trees produce red/green fruits. One tree I saw a Spartan variety, with slightly smaller and sweeter apples which shine when polished with a tea towel. Absolutely the perfect size for little people’s hands. Yet the other tastes very much like a Granny Smith, is larger in size and predominantly red in colour. While we haven’t any idea of its name, it does produce delicious apples!

A very few of our beautiful apples.
A very few of our beautiful apples.

We generally eat and give away the perfect fruits, however, we have so many windfall apples this year I decided to start putting them to good use!

Getting the recipe right

My first try resulted in an EPIC FAILURE. I attempted to make my Sticky Pecan Sultana Buns but adjusted the recipe to incorporate fresh, grated, apple. While delicious, most of the buns stuck to the pan and once I’d managed to prise them out, the majority promptly fell apart. For that reason I will not be making those again!

I knew next time I baked with the apples I wanted to grate them. Grating the peeled fruit ensures that the apples cook into the cake batter. As a result, this Autumn Apple Almond Cake is incredibly moist, primarily due to the grated apple and helped by adding ground almonds to the mix.

Autumn Apple Almond Cake beautifully moist, with a soft, tender crumb. www.feastingisfun.com
Autumn Apple Almond Cake

Recipe: Autumn Apple Almond Cake serves 8-10

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

1/4tsp Salt

4 Large Eggs

2tsp Cinnamon

150g/5oz Ground Almonds

150g/5oz Gluten Free Flour – I used Dove’s Farm

alternatively you can use the same quantity if regular wheat, White Plain Flour

2tbsp Demerara Sugar

50g/2oz Flaked Almonds

350g/12oz Grated Apple – approx 4 large/5-6 medium apples once peeled and cored

Note : Any apple except Bramleys (cooking apples) can be used for this recipe. I used half sweet and half tart apples.

Method : Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

Grease a 25cm/10″ cake tin and line the base with baking parchment – I used a springform cake tin.

Making the cake

First of all, place the butter and sugar into a large bowl

Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Add the salt, vanilla extract and 2 eggs. Whisk until incorporated.

Next add half of the dry ingredients – flour, ground almonds, baking powder and cinnamon. Whisk until just incorporated.

Repeat the last 2 steps.

Your batter is now ready for the grated Apple.
Your batter is now ready for the grated apple.

I made the cake batter before preparing the apples. Since the apples I used turn brown within a few minutes of grating.

Peel and grate the apples using a box grater. Add the grated apples and any juice to the cake batter.

Add the grated Apple.
Add the grated apple.
Fold the grated apple into the batter.
Fold the grated apple into the batter.
Place the batter into the cake, smooth the surface and sprinkle over the Demerara Sugar.
Place the batter into the cake tin, smooth the surface and sprinkle over the Demerara Sugar.
For an extra crunchy topping, cover the cake batter with flaked almonds.
For an extra crunchy topping, cover the cake batter with flaked almonds.

Baking the cake

Place the cake into the middle of the oven and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

If, as I found, the cake is browning too quickly, cover the top with foil or baking parchment after 50-60 minutes. Continue baking for a total of 1 hour 15 minutes – 1 hour 30 minutes.

Due to the apple content, inserting a skewer to test if the cake is baked could give a false result.

The cake is baked when it is firm to touch in the centre.

As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and leave to cool completely in the tin.

 

Once the cake is baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the tin.
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Once the cake is completely cooled, carefully remove from the tin and serve.

Autumn Apple Almond Cake serve yourself a delicious slice! www.feastingisfun.com
Autumn Apple Almond Cake serve yourself a delicious slice! www.feastingisfun.com

 

This beautiful cake is delicous eaten as is, however, to make a dessert you could easily slice this cake when slightly warm and serve with  homemade custard – see my recipe here,  cream, or even a scoop of ice cream!

Should you have any cake left it can be stored in an airtight container for 3 days. Also refrigerate during warmer weather.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Autumn Almond Apple Cake you may also like these:

Where the recipes state that the can be made gluten free, I have successfully substituted Doves Farm GF flour instead of wheat flour.

Maple Syrup Frosted Apple Cupcakes 

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Maple Syrup Frosted Apple Cupcakes – can be made gluten free

Amazing Apple Pie

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Amazing Apple Pie

Maple Drizzled Apple Blueberry Loaf Cake

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Maple Drizzled Apple Blueberry Loaf Cake

Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars 

FF Autumn Apple Almond Cake
Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Creating recipes that more people can enjoy is an important part of why I started this blog. I firmly believe that all food tastes better when shared. Therefore making recipes that can be shared by more people makes sense. As a food allergy sufferer myself, I understand, albeit in a limited way, how food intolerances can affect people. Especially when eating in a group, or at larger social occasions. Food is essential for our survival and health, so creating an environment where everyone can relax and have fun is important to me.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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