Honey Apple Cardamom Mini Bundt Cakes
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.
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.
- 120g unsalted butter
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 30g strong flavoured runny honey (1 scant tbsp)
- 3 cardamom pods
- 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
- 60g wholemeal flour
- 55g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 50g ground almonds
- 200g cooking apple (1 large or 2 small) - peeled, cored and chopped small
- 1 tbsp yoghurt
- Remove the seeds from the cardamom and grind as finely as possible using a pestle and morter.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and honey along with the cardamom until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs, one by one.
- Sieve in the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated.
- Stir in the apple and yoghurt.
- Spoon into 12 mini bundt moulds or cupcake cases.
- Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are well risen, golden and firm to the touch.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
I am linking these to Lisa’s Apple Season link-up over at United Cakedom.
As 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.
Other apple cakes you might like
- Apple & chocolate rock cakes – Tin and Thyme
- Apple muffins – Little Sunny Kitchen
- Blackberry, apple & speculaas muffins – Fab Food 4 All
- Blackberry & apple cupcakes – Tin and Thyme
- Spiced apple & raisin cupcakes (vegan) – Family Friends Food