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Spiced Toffee Apple Bonfire Cakes

Toffee Apple Cakes

Small Cakes | 3rd November 2014 | By

When I was sent the bar of Divine spiced toffee apple chocolate that I reviewed on Day Four of Chocolate Week, delicious as it was, I knew I had to make something with it – something suitable for bonfire night on 5th November.

As it happened, I made them for a presentation I was giving at the end of a course I’ve recently been attending. If you want to keep an audience sweet, you can always try distracting (read bribing) them with cake. That’s my philosophy and it seemed to work.

I had apples from my mother’s trees, salted caramel leftover from the salted caramel cake and a lovely bar of Divine chocolate – it was time to get creative. Toffee apple chocolate chip cakes with a pool of apple sauce in the middle with salted caramel dripping down the sides was my vision. You can see what I did from the recipe below.

 

The cakes were sticky, soft and chewy all at the same time with lots of different appley and toffee flavours bursting out of them. They were both sweet and slightly tart and the salted caramel set them off nicely.

Sticky as these cakes were, I’m not at all sure they’d be suitable for eating around the bonfire, not with gloves on and scarves flying about. However, theyd be perfect to welcome you in from the cold afterwards or to set you up before going out.

Spiced Toffee Apple Bonfire Cakes
Yields 12
Little chocolate chip cakes, filled with spiced apple sauce, then drizzled with salted caramel. This makes a lot more sauce than is needed for the recipe, but it's very nice atop a bowl of steaming porridge at this time of year.
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 kg cooking apples
  2. 100g (or to taste) light muscovado sugar
  3. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. a capful of rum
  5. 275g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
  6. 2 level teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  8. 1 heaped tsp mesquite powder (optional)
  9. 100g cardamom sugar (golden caster sugar)
  10. 2 duck eggs (large hens eggs)
  11. 75g butter – melted
  12. 140ml milk
  13. 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  14. 80g Divine spiced toffee apple milk chocolate – chopped
  15. 12 tsp salted caramel
Instructions
  1. Peel, core and chop the apples. Place in a pan with a dash of water, the rum, sugar (add more if you prefer it sweeter) and cinnamon. Simmer gently until the apples are soft. Make sure they don’t catch on the bottom of the pan, but don’t add too much extra water as the sauce needs to be thick. Purée with a stick blender and set aside.
  2. Pour the vinegar into the milk, stir and leave to curdle. This is a quick way of making cheat’s buttermilk.
  3. Sieve the dry ingredients, including the caster sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
  4. Break in the eggs, add the melted butter and stir gently from the middle outwards adding the milk gradually as you go until everything is just mixed. Gently stir in 60g of the chocolate.
  5. Place a tbsp of batter at the bottom of twelve muffin cases. Drop in a heaped tsp of apple sauce and cover with the remaining batter. Take a cocktail stick and swirl the batter and sauce around a little.
  6. Bake at 180℃ for 23 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and firm to the touch. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Drizzle the salted caramel over the tops whilst still warm, then scatter over the remaining chocolate.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/

Bonfire Night is the theme for this month’s Tea Time Treats with Janie over at The Hedge Combers and Karen at Lavender and Lovage. These cakes fit right in.

 

No Waste Challenge LogoWith salted caramel languishing in the fridge and in need of using up, I am joining in with this month’s No Waste Food Challenge which is being hosted by Manjiri of A Slice of Me, but normally lives over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

With Bonfire Night being all about light, these cakes fit in nicely to Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. So I am entering these into Dish it OutDiwali Bash over at Cooks Joy.

These also goes to Love Cake over at JibberJabberUK where the theme is In with a Bang this month.

And these go off to Lucy for #CookBlogShare over at Supergolden Bakes.

 

Comments

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    Angie Schneider
    3rd November 2014

    Chewy, moist and sticky…that sounds just as good as pudding. These apple muffins look glorious!

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    Gem
    3rd November 2014

    mmmmmm these sound gorgeous, please send some in the post 😉

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    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    3rd November 2014

    Yes please! My order is on its way! These look amazingly good….. that little pool of caramel…… and such an inviting list of ingredients….. Very dangerous recipe (in the nicest possible way).

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    Lucy Corry - The Kitchenmaid
    4th November 2014

    Stop, stop, I can’t keep up! I have just been reading your tiffin post (again), distractedly stuffing my face with our equivalent of rich tea biscuits and dark chocolate because I felt a) inspired but b) too greedy to wait to make it!

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    Kevin Chambers-Paston
    4th November 2014

    Wow, these sound delicious! I love cakes with apple, love salted caramel and love chocolate… Seems I NEED to give these a go!

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    belleau kitchen
    5th November 2014

    these are gorgeous!… LOVE the kick of spice and the toffee apple flavour. Practically perfect little buns x

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    Johanna GGG
    5th November 2014

    I love the sound of your cupcakes but my problem is I don’t know if I could give up that bar of chocolate to cupcakes – sounds like a great flavour

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    The Ordinary Cook
    6th November 2014

    Salted caramel should ALWAYS be languishing in the fridge. That way you know you have got life right. x

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    Alida
    9th November 2014

    Mmmm.. toffee and apple, I like that. I could have it at any time of the day. Great way to use apples too.

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    Lucy Parissi
    10th November 2014

    You had me at toffee… and then chocolate… and then apple. Yum. These sound perfect cold weather snacks with some tea (or better yet, spiced cider!)
    thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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    Jibber JabberUK
    28th November 2014

    I need some of these now to warm me up! I love the chunks of chocolate on top. These look like a real lick-your-fingers-afterwards sort of muffin. Thanks for linking up.

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    Jane Sarchet
    1st December 2014

    Spiced toffee apple chocolate? YES PLEASE! Love what you turned that bar into too, good job 🙂
    Janie x

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