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Spiced Toffee Apple Bonfire Cakes

Spiced Toffee Apple Bonfire Cakes

Autumn, Small Cakes | 3rd November 2014 | By

Little chocolate chip cakes, filled with spiced apple sauce, then drizzled with salted caramel. What’s not to love? These spiced toffee apple bonfire cakes are perfect for munching around the fire on cold autumn nights. 

On Day Four of Chocolate Week I reviewed a bar of Divine spiced toffee apple chocolate that I’d been sent. Delicious as it was eaten straight from the packet, I knew I had to make something with it. And that something needed to be suitable for bonfire night on 5th November.

Divine's Spiced Toffee Apple Milk Chocolate Bar

As it happened, I made these gorgeous little apple cakes 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.

Spiced Toffee Apple Bonfire Cakes

I had apples from my mother’s trees, salted caramel leftover from this 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 and salted caramel dripping down the sides was my vision. You can see how I made them from the recipe below.

The spiced toffee apple bonfire 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. The recipe makes a lot more sauce than you’ll need for these toffee apple cakes. But a spoonful is very nice atop a bowl of steaming porridge at this time of year. Enjoy.

Spiced Toffee Apple Bonfire Cakes

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, they’d be perfect to welcome you in from the cold afterwards or to set you up before going out.

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Spiced Toffee Apple Bonfire Cakes – The Recipe

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Spiced Toffee Apple Bonfire Cakes

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.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: apples, Bonfire Night, cakes, milk chocolate, salted caramel
Servings: 12 small cakes
Author: Choclette


  • 1 kg cooking apples
  • 100 g or to taste light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a capful of rum
  • 275 g flour half wholemeal, half white
  • 2 level teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 heaped tsp mesquite powder optional
  • 100 g cardamom sugar golden caster sugar
  • 2 duck eggs large hens eggs
  • 75 g butter – melted
  • 140 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 80 g Divine spiced toffee apple milk chocolate – chopped
  • 12 tsp salted caramel


  • 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.
  • Pour the vinegar into the milk, stir and leave to curdle. This is a quick way of making cheat’s buttermilk.
  • Sieve the dry ingredients, including the caster sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drizzle the salted caramel over the tops whilst still warm, then scatter over the remaining chocolate.


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 spiced toffee apple bonfire cakes fit right in.

My salted caramel is languishing in the fridge and needs  using up. So I’m joining in with this month’s No Waste Food Challenge which is being hosted by Manjiri of A Slice of Me. Normally however, it 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.


  1. Jessica Taylor

    3rd November 2014 at 11:19 am

    These look absolutely delicious! Definitely going to try them out.

    • Choclette Blogger

      4th November 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Would love to know how you get on if you do try this Jessica.

  2. Angie Schneider

    3rd November 2014 at 11:34 am

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

  3. Gem

    3rd November 2014 at 12:02 pm

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

  4. All That I'm Eating

    3rd November 2014 at 8:13 pm

    These sound SO good! Perfect for bonfire night (and lunchboxes too!).

    • Choclette Blogger

      4th November 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Might be a bit sticky for lunch boxes, but worth a go 😉

  5. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    3rd November 2014 at 8:52 pm

    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).

    • Choclette Blogger

      4th November 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Well it’s always good to have something up your sleeve for a bonfire festive occasion Kate 🙂

  6. Lucy Corry - The Kitchenmaid

    4th November 2014 at 8:05 am

    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!

    • Choclette Blogger

      4th November 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Haha, your version sounds a lot healthier than mine Lucy.

  7. Pat

    4th November 2014 at 9:04 am

    Yummy!! im going to try it.

  8. Kevin Chambers-Paston

    4th November 2014 at 2:02 pm

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

  9. Sylvia F.

    4th November 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Wow what a lovely little cakes! Wish my oven wasn’t broken 🙁

    • Choclette Blogger

      4th November 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Oh no Sylvia, what a huge pain. I hope you get it fixed soon.

  10. KC the Kitchen Chopper

    4th November 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I’m all in with caramel. Please bake these for me! Drooling over the pooling! 🙂

    • Choclette Blogger

      5th November 2014 at 8:31 am

      Thank you KC, drooling over the pooling was the very effect I wanted to achieve 🙂

  11. Debi Wayland

    5th November 2014 at 1:04 am

    These sounds really yummy! And so pretty!

  12. Jennifer Ferris

    5th November 2014 at 1:52 am

    These look divine!!!

  13. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    5th November 2014 at 8:33 am

    Divine bonfire cakes with divine chocolate. Love the idea.

    • Choclette Blogger

      5th November 2014 at 8:34 am

      And hopefully there will be a divine bonfire and firework display tonight Bintu 🙂

  14. belleau kitchen

    5th November 2014 at 9:08 am

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

  15. Jacqueline Meldrum

    5th November 2014 at 11:29 am

    What a fabulous idea and they look amazing. Pass one this way!

  16. Johanna GGG

    5th November 2014 at 12:26 pm

    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

    • Choclette Blogger

      5th November 2014 at 4:54 pm

      It was a tough one Johanna. I did get to eat 20g of it and it was very good.

  17. Sandra Shaffer

    5th November 2014 at 7:15 pm

    What a decadent treat! I would fight the wind and scarfs for these any day 🙂

  18. The Ordinary Cook

    6th November 2014 at 9:45 am

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

    • Choclette Blogger

      6th November 2014 at 3:45 pm

      I hope you’re not trying to say, it shouldn’t be topping any cakes or puds Kath!

    • The Ordinary Cook

      7th November 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Good heavens no! It should always be present, whether in the fridge, on a cake or on my spoon! x

    • Choclette Blogger

      10th November 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Ah, what a relief! I think I’m inclined to agree with you.

  19. Alida

    9th November 2014 at 10:46 pm

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

    • Choclette Blogger

      10th November 2014 at 12:13 pm

      You’re right Alida, these would be good at any time of day and any time of year too 😉

  20. Lucy Parissi

    10th November 2014 at 9:00 pm

    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

    • Choclette Blogger

      22nd November 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Lucy. It’s got to be the spiced cider – sounds wonderful.

  21. Jibber JabberUK

    28th November 2014 at 11:00 am

    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.

  22. Jane Sarchet

    1st December 2014 at 7:01 am

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


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