working it out: cinnamon apple snack cake

apple cinnamon snack cake | everybody likes sandwiches

I should be feeling on the crabby side of the morning spectrum. I was woken up extra early this morning and I was out of my milk for my morning coffee. Yet, because it was the deep, repeated bellow of fog horns that kept me from sleep, I’m feeling okay about things. And coffee-wise, I made do with almond milk. It worked out okay.

apple cinnamon snack cake | everybody likes sandwiches

It’s kind of like this snack cake. It’s a Martha recipe and she calls them brownies. These are not apple brownies. I repeat, THESE ARE NOT BROWNIES. It’s some damn fine marketing though – who wouldn’t want to eat apple brownies? The name sold me, but the texture is more light cake than deep, dense brownie. Also, wouldn’t a yellow batter make a blondie? No matter.

apple cinnamon snack cake | everybody likes sandwiches

But the name alone isn’t the issue. This cinnamon-heavy, sweet, apple snack cake was crumbly. It was a little disappointing….until I ate my first bite. After that, I couldn’t care less. It was my kind of apple cake – chock full of apple goodness, but also buttery and sweet enough. Also, the next day, after a sit in the fridge, the cake was fine. No crumbs, ma. It held up and tasted better with age.

apple cinnamon snack cake | everybody likes sandwiches

Also, as a total aside, I’ve been listening to the song Children’s Story by Slick Rick on the reg. The best part is when at the end of the track, he says “Crumbs!” which I totally dig (it’s at 3:46 if you wanna listen and you most definitely should). Also, the video on youtube skips the outro and the whole crumbs business, but it should be noted that his back up dancers are wearing turtlenecks. Ah, 1988, what different times you were!

apple cinnamon snack cake | everybody likes sandwiches

Since it’s January and you might be craving a little happiness, might I suggest you bake this apple snack cake. And just for fun, put on a little Slick Rick and slip on a turtleneck. It’ll all work itself out in the end.

apple cinnamon snack cake | everybody likes sandwiches

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16 comments to “working it out: cinnamon apple snack cake”

  1. 1
    Katrina @ WVS   January 23, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I could eat cake like this every day! SO delicious!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe   January 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    These are just the kind of cakes I love – kind of rustic and simple to make. I can’t imagine how a slice of this with a hot cup of coffee (regular milk or almond) wouldn’t make a January day better!

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    Rocky Mountain Woman   January 23, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    This is actually exactly what I need right now…

    yep…exactly

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    JoanneM   January 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Tell me you wrote this post for me ;) I’ve been feeling the doldrums lately. Can’t seem to get my game on…feels like the needle is stuck on the record…progress just isn’t happening…yadda yadda. Anywho, I really need to get myself back into the kitchen and start baking now that I have an abundance of time, just like the good old days. This apple brownie/blondie/snacking cake sounds really good. I have plenty of apples in the fridge and a new supply of cinnamon. No excuses. Hey, when are you heading on out for down yonder? I suspect it should be soon.

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    Joanne   January 24, 2014 at 3:57 am

    I’ve seen many a blondie/brownie recipe that was actually cake misnamed like that. It’s slightly frustrating. But often still yields delicious results. Case in point!

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    tracy   January 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I love the term snacking cake! Brownie??! Oh Martha! This looks delicious. And kudos to you on using almond milk for your coffee. I still can’t get into that jam.

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    kickpleat   January 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Katrina, me too. Man, wouldn’t that be a good world?

    Amanda, I’m in!

    Good to see we’re all in agreement, RMW!

    Man, I know those feelings all too well, Joanne. I haven’t been doing a whole lot of baking either. Even making lunch seems like a stretch. sigh. January, right?

    Joanne, yeah, what’s up with that. Don’t mix cake with brownie, such different beasts!

    Tracy, snack cake. Say that 5x over! Tracy, the almond milk was desperation. I lived to tell the tale. Not my first choice, but it’ll do.

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    cheri   January 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I love apple cake-brownies, snacking cakes whatever as long as there are apples, its all good!

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    Kathleen McFadden   January 28, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Easy and delicious. Love the abundance of sizeable apple pieces and the chewey texture that the cinnamon sugar creates. It seems necessary to use a good tasting apple since it’s the predominate feature. I used Johnathons.

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    Tiffany @ Triple Creme Decadence   January 30, 2014 at 6:26 am

    These are the kinda cakes that never get old. You can’t go wrong with apples and cinnamon! I’m def. trying this recipe. :)

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    Eileen   January 31, 2014 at 10:26 am

    looks delish! but did you not peel the apples? I am usually too lazy to take the 30 seconds to peel apples for cakes/pies/various baked goods, so if it isn’t necessary, even better!

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    kickpleat   February 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks Cheri!

    Kathleen, glad you enjoyed these. Yes, good apples are best :)

    Thanks Tiffany!

    Eileen, I never peel apples :) Lazy for the win!!

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    elizabeth   February 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Reminds me of my favorite simple apple cake, Marie-Hélène’s Apple Cake, http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/marie-helenes-apple-cake/. I love an apple cake that is packed with apples, I must make one soon.

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    Kelli Ann   March 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    What a wonderful cake, we made it this afternoon (& added 1grated apple along with the chunks, even better. Yes, it is crumbly. This is not a problem. The 14-y-old just polished off the last piece. Instead of cinnamon (all of the French people around me have a weird cinnamon phobia) I sprinkled the batter with lemon juice & sugar. I imagine it would also be wonderful with ground almonds replacing some of the flour. And yes, more often than not, i find Martha Stewart a little off-base. Apple brownies, honestly!!!

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    Robert F   October 10, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Light and tasty, the cake pieces held together for me just fine. The abundance of apples make it SEEM healthy. By the way, the nutmeg isn’t in the recipe.

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    kickpleat   October 10, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Thanks Robert for the catch, the nutmeg has been added :)

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