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Honey Apple Cardamom Mini Bundt Cakes

Honey Apple Cakes

5 Star, Small Cakes | 8th September 2015 | By

Some say Autumn starts here in the Northern Hemisphere on 1 September, some say the 22nd. Either way the apple season has started and to me that means one of my favourite times of year with morning mists, clear warm days and cold nights – if we’re lucky. The first few apples have been gathered from my mother’s garden and apple cakes were calling.

On one of those perfect autumnal days, last weekend, we visited friends and sat outside at lunchtime in shorts and t-shirts eating a veritable feast and indulging in these little honey apple cardamom cakes. Our friends are Italian and I wanted to give a nod to their country in this bake. It was time to break open the honey I received from Ufuud last year. I’d been saving it for a special occasion. It was powerful stuff with a strong Mediterranean fragrance about it. I only used a small amount, but it not only gave a delightful stickiness to the cakes, but a deeply flavourful aromatic quality. The Cornish apples offered a tart piquant note and the cardamom added a hint of mystery. These cakes have made it to the top of my must-make-again list and I suspect this might happen very soon.

I’ve long admired Dom’s mini bundt cakes and have been on the look out for some moulds. It’s taken a while, but I am now the proud owner of one six bundt mould via Wayfair. This bake was its first outing and I was delighted with the results. I had planned on icing the cakes, but they looked so pretty when they came out of the mould and were in any case sticky from the honey, they really didn’t need it. As I only had six bundt spaces, I used six small muffin cases for the rest.

Lantivet Bay

Lantivet Bay – #CapturingCornwall

After the feast we strolled down the lane, meandered down a leafy footpath to the beach where I swam as a child; the sea was calm and blue and the coast looked magnificent. Things became a little more strenuous after that as we clambered our way up and down the inclines of the Cornish coast path. There were occasional stops to admire the scenery or identify a plant or insect. It was glorious.

Honey Apple Cardamom Mini Bundt Cakes
Yields 12
Delightful little apple cakes lightly spiced with cardamom and full of autumnal flavour. The honey gives an aromatic stickiness to the light sponge.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
17 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
17 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 120g unsalted butter
  2. 100g golden caster sugar
  3. 30g strong flavoured runny honey (1 scant tbsp)
  4. 3 cardamom pods
  5. 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  6. 60g wholemeal flour
  7. 55g plain flour
  8. 1 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/8 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  10. 50g ground almonds
  11. 200g cooking apple (1 large or 2 small) - peeled, cored and chopped small
  12. 1 tbsp yoghurt
Instructions
  1. Remove the seeds from the cardamom and grind as finely as possible using a pestle and morter.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and honey along with the cardamom until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  4. Sieve in the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated.
  5. Stir in the apple and yoghurt.
  6. Spoon into 12 mini bundt moulds or cupcake cases.
  7. Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are well risen, golden and firm to the touch.
  8. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Inheritance Recipes BadgeApples in season are very much part of my cultural heritage. My mother has always had apple trees, so harvesting, eating and cooking with them at this time of year is just what you do in our family. We don’t have a specific recipe, anything goes. These tasty little cakes are my nod to Inheritance Recipes and apples this year and they would make a delightful addition to any child’s lunch box. The challenge is hosted by Margot over at Coffee and Vanilla and Solange from Pebble Soup.

Treat Petite LogoThese also go to Treat Petite which has no theme this month and is celebrating it’s 2nd birthday – how time flies. It’s hosted alternately by CakeyBoi and Kat over at The Baking Explorer.

 

Apple Season LogoI am linking these to Lisa’s Apple Season link-up over at United Cakedom.

 

 

 

No Waste Challenge LogoAs these were made with windfall apples, which needed to be used quickly, I am also linking to the No Waste Food Challenge which is hosted this month by Foodie Quine on behalf of Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

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      Choclette
      8th September 2015

      Ooh yes Helen, good point. I now know that apples play a key role in Rosh Hashanah. Does honey too?

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    Diana
    8th September 2015

    These apple cakes are adorable! I need to find mini bundt moulds to make similar ones!!

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      Choclette
      8th September 2015

      If you can find some Diana, I’d strongly recommend it. For very little effort, they make cakes and puddings look quite stunning. Wish I’d bought two now šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      8th September 2015

      Thanks Elizabeth, they were every bit as good as I hoped they might be AND they tasted good too šŸ˜‰

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    manu
    8th September 2015

    First of all these mini bundt cake look delicious; I’ve the same moulds…thanks for sharing; I’ll give them a go. I love the pic of the path; it looks like the landscapes I saw in Pembrokeshire last August…Love them!

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      Choclette
      8th September 2015

      I love the moulds Manu, but it took me so long to find them. The cakes are delicious and you have access to good honey too. The Pembrokeshire coast reminded me of our South Cornish coast when I was there – both are lovely.

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    Henk Kooiman
    8th September 2015

    They look beautiful as well as delicious as well as perfect ! Did you use a silicone mould for these ?
    The mould seems like a good investment for me too ….

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      Choclette
      8th September 2015

      Haha, thank you Henk. Yes the mould was a silicone one. Not cheap, but well worth it.

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      Choclette
      8th September 2015

      Thanks Cathy. Do please give them a go. They look good, but they taste wonderful too.

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    Nadia's Healthy Kitchen
    8th September 2015

    They sound delicious and look so cute šŸ˜€ I bet homegrown apples taste so much better than the ones you get at the supermarket!

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      Choclette
      9th September 2015

      Thanks Nadia, that is so very true. These apples are a Cornish variety that are somewhere between an eater and a cooker, which makes them quite versatile. However, my mother also has the best apples I’ve ever eaten – sadly the birds, squirrels and wasps think so too.

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      Choclette
      9th September 2015

      Thanks Emily. I sort of knew these flavours would work well together and they really did.

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      Choclette
      9th September 2015

      Thanks Chris. You have me curious now. What do you reckon would make the mix perfect?

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      Choclette
      9th September 2015

      Thanks Sandi. This really is a lovely combination of ingredients.

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    Molly Kumar
    9th September 2015

    The cakes look delicious and love the flavor of cardamom with apple. Autumn is just so much special because of all the pies, cakes, roasts n so on.

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      Choclette
      9th September 2015

      I’m with you there Molly – bring on the comfort food šŸ˜‰

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    Emma
    9th September 2015

    Well aren’t these just he cutest things you ever did see šŸ˜€ I need to invest in a mini bundt tin (not that I even have a big one for that matter!)

    I’ve not tried the combination of cardamom or apple before so I’ll have to give this a go. Clearly I’ve been missing out.

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      Choclette
      9th September 2015

      Oh you have been missing out Emma, apple and cardamom is lovely and you need a bundt tin – mini or otherwise šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      10th September 2015

      Thanks Kate, my thoughts exactly. Both the flavour and texture of these are perfect – she says modestly!

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    Heather
    10th September 2015

    Cardamom… brilliant!! This is such a wonderful recipe.. can’t wait to try it!!

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    Camilla
    10th September 2015

    Wow these cakes look gorgeous, love the flavour combination and now want mini bundt tins.

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      Choclette
      10th September 2015

      Yes, I’ve been wanting those moulds ever since I saw Dom’s cakes – it’s such an easy way to get great looking little cakes.

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    Dom
    10th September 2015

    Such a beautiful post. You’ve been in some glorious coastal places recently. I love Autumn and these little beauties are such a compliment to the start of the season. Gorgeous! Thanks for the mention honey x

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      Choclette
      10th September 2015

      Haha Dom, honey is the right word for sure. We had a wet August, so it’s been great to be able to get out. We did a coastal walk two days on the trot, the first ones for two months – honestly!

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    jenna @ butter loves company
    10th September 2015

    These are so stinkin’ cute!!! I have been using cardamom a lot lately. It’s such a nice warming spice. I don’t have mini bundt pans but will have to try this as a large bundt or muffins!

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      Choclette
      11th September 2015

      Yes Jenna, I made the other six in muffin moulds and they worked fine, just didn’t look as cute. It’s a delicious recipe though and I’ll be making it again for sure.

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    shobha
    11th September 2015

    Mini bundt cakes look so good.. must be flavourful too with the addition of cardamom.

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    Marissa @ OMG FOOD
    11th September 2015

    It’s cold today in Boston for the first time in a bit and these little cakes would be perfect for today’s weather! Cardamom has become a new favorite of mine. šŸ™‚ Great recipe!

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    Whitney
    11th September 2015

    These are so cute! They would make great gifts, too! I love the thought of cardamom and apple!

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      Choclette
      12th September 2015

      You’re right Whitney, these would make lovely gifts. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Madiha Nawaz
    11th September 2015

    These cakes look so pretty and delicious! I do make apple cake but never tried it with honey and cardamom although, I’m obsessed with this aromatic spice and not just add it to me chai daily but love eating it too esp. the seeds! šŸ˜€
    Beautiful post as always!
    Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      12th September 2015

      Cardamom is a wonderful spice and I use it a lot Madiha, but I think this might be the first time I’ve paired it with apple. I can confirm it works brilliantly šŸ˜‰

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    Emily Leary
    11th September 2015

    These look delicious. I love the combo of honey and apple and the addition of cardamom sounds wonderful

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      Choclette
      12th September 2015

      Thanks Emily, cardamom is a brilliant spice for baking. I use it a lot.

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      Choclette
      12th September 2015

      Go for it Jac. That would be fantastic straight out of the oven.

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    Heidi Roberts
    12th September 2015

    These wouldn’t hang around in my house for long – they look fantastic!

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      Choclette
      13th September 2015

      Haha Heidi, they didn’t hang around here very long either šŸ™‚

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    Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    13th September 2015

    Ooh yum! These sound so delicious with the inclusion of the cardamom, and the being baked in a mini bundt mould just makes them look so different and pretty.
    Angela x
    Only Crumbs Remain

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      Choclette
      13th September 2015

      Thanks Angela. The cardamom is a lovely addition and I’m thrilled with the bundt moulds. Looking forward to using them again.

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    Barb
    13th September 2015

    These look so lovely!! I can’t wait to make them – maybe while I’m still in Ghana; yet, definitely when I get back to the US.

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      Choclette
      13th September 2015

      Hope you’re having a wonderful time in Ghana. Do let me know how you get on if you do make these cakes.

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    Stuart Vettese
    20th September 2015

    Gorgeous Choclette – a lady in our cake club would go daft for these – she loves all things bundt! Thanks for taking part in Treat Petite x

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      Choclette
      20th September 2015

      Thanks Stuart. I like my large bundt too, but these mini ones are super cute.

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    Claire @foodiequine
    2nd October 2015

    These look just adorable! Thanks so much for linking them up to #NoWasteFoodChallenge
    The perfect use for windfall apples.

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      Choclette
      2nd October 2015

      Thanks Claire. I make so many apple bakes in the autumn, it can be a bit of a challenge to come up with something different.

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    Lisa
    25th October 2015

    I have needed an excuse to buy mini bundt pans and I think I found it! These look great! Thank you for sharing them in my apple linky!! Round up post will be coming soon!!!

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      Choclette
      26th October 2015

      Thanks Lisa. Large bundts or mini ones are just fab for making cakes look really special without having to do a great deal to them.

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