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Honey Apple Cardamom Mini Bundt Cakes and a Cornish Cliff Top Walk

Honey Apple Cardamom Mini Bundt Cakes

These delightful little apple cakes are lightly spiced with cardamom and full of autumnal flavour. They’re made with Mediterranean honey, which gives them an aromatic stickiness to the light sponge. If you only make one apple bake this autumn, make it these 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 honey apple cardamom mini bundt cakes were calling.

Mediterranean Fragrance

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 mini bundt 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.

Mini Bundt Cakes

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.

Cornish Coast Path

Lantivet Bay

Lantivet Bay – #CapturingCornwall

After the feast we strolled down the lane then we 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 – The Recipe

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Honey Apple Cardamom Mini Bundt Cakes

Delightful little apple cakes lightly spiced with cardamom and full of autumnal flavour. The honey gives an aromatic stickiness to the light sponge.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: almonds, apples, autumn, cakes, cardamom
Servings: 12 cakes
Author: Choclette

Ingredients

  • 120 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 30 g strong flavoured runny honey 1 scant tbsp
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 large eggs I used duck eggs
  • 60 g wholemeal flour
  • 55 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 200 g cooking apple 1 large or 2 small - peeled, cored and chopped small
  • 1 tbsp yoghurt

Instructions

  • 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.

Link-ups

Apples 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.

They 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. I’m linking these honey apple cardamom mini bundt cakes to Lisa’s Apple Season link-up over at United Cakedom. The apples for these cakes needed to be used quickly as they were windfalls. I’m thus 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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67 Comments

  1. Helen @ family-friends-food.com

    8th September 2015 at 11:04 am

    These look fab! I’m going to pin them to my Rosh Hashanah boards on Pinterest – apples & honey cakes are perfect for Jewish New Year 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th September 2015 at 5:58 pm

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

      Reply
  2. Diana

    8th September 2015 at 11:09 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th September 2015 at 6:00 pm

      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 😉

      Reply
  3. Elizabeth

    8th September 2015 at 11:12 am

    These are utterly adorable! Perfect little bites 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th September 2015 at 6:01 pm

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

      Reply
  4. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    8th September 2015 at 1:21 pm

    These look delicious. Are there any left?

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th September 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Haha Jo, who are you kidding?

      Reply
  5. manu

    8th September 2015 at 2:04 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th September 2015 at 6:03 pm

      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.

      Reply
  6. Henk Kooiman

    8th September 2015 at 3:38 pm

    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 ….

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th September 2015 at 6:04 pm

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

      Reply
  7. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    8th September 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Aw, they’re so cute – I must give them a go!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th September 2015 at 6:05 pm

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

      Reply
  8. Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    8th September 2015 at 10:43 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th September 2015 at 8:33 am

      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.

      Reply
  9. Emily @amummytoo

    8th September 2015 at 11:14 pm

    These look gorgeous. Honey, cardamom and apple sounds like a divine combination.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th September 2015 at 8:34 am

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

      Reply
  10. Chris @ SimpleFood365

    9th September 2015 at 12:23 am

    Those look and sounds so delicious. That is nearly a perfect mix of ingredients.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th September 2015 at 8:35 am

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

      Reply
  11. Sandi (@sandigtweets)

    9th September 2015 at 12:35 am

    Honey, apple and cardamom? Those are my favorites. Can’t wait to give this a try.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th September 2015 at 8:36 am

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

      Reply
  12. Preethi'scuisine

    9th September 2015 at 12:45 am

    I am in love with these Bundt cakes!! They look gorgeous!!Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th September 2015 at 8:36 am

      Thank you Preethi, they are super cute aren’t they?

      Reply
  13. Molly Kumar

    9th September 2015 at 7:37 am

    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.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th September 2015 at 8:37 am

      I’m with you there Molly – bring on the comfort food 😉

      Reply
  14. Emma

    9th September 2015 at 10:11 am

    Well aren’t these just he cutest things you ever did see 😀 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.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th September 2015 at 9:10 pm

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

      Reply
  15. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    9th September 2015 at 10:45 pm

    What beautiful bundts Choclette. They look absolutely perfect and need no decoration! Honey, apple and cardamom sounds divine….

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th September 2015 at 9:46 am

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

      Reply
  16. Heather

    10th September 2015 at 3:27 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th September 2015 at 9:47 am

      Thank you Heather, they really are worth a try.

      Reply
  17. Camilla

    10th September 2015 at 8:46 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th September 2015 at 9:49 am

      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.

      Reply
  18. Dom

    10th September 2015 at 9:55 am

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th September 2015 at 10:58 am

      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!

      Reply
  19. jenna @ butter loves company

    10th September 2015 at 4:59 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th September 2015 at 10:50 am

      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.

      Reply
  20. shobha

    11th September 2015 at 4:45 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th September 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Shobha. I am a big fan of cardamom.

      Reply
  21. Marissa @ OMG FOOD

    11th September 2015 at 4:54 pm

    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. 🙂 Great recipe!

    Reply
  22. Whitney

    11th September 2015 at 5:59 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th September 2015 at 5:43 pm

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

      Reply
  23. Madiha Nawaz

    11th September 2015 at 9:17 pm

    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! 😀
    Beautiful post as always!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th September 2015 at 5:40 pm

      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 😉

      Reply
  24. Emily Leary

    11th September 2015 at 9:19 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th September 2015 at 5:40 pm

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

      Reply
  25. Jacqueline Meldrum

    11th September 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I have an overwhelming urge to coat one of those in warm custard and dive in.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th September 2015 at 5:35 pm

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

      Reply
  26. Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade

    12th September 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Honey and cardamon sounds delicious! Perfect dessert for Autumn afternoon with hot cup of chocolate! 😉

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th September 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Haha Syliva, how very naughty! How very comforting too 🙂

      Reply
  27. Heidi Roberts

    12th September 2015 at 10:50 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th September 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Haha Heidi, they didn’t hang around here very long either 🙂

      Reply
  28. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    13th September 2015 at 10:26 am

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th September 2015 at 4:38 pm

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

      Reply
  29. Barb

    13th September 2015 at 12:28 pm

    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.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th September 2015 at 4:36 pm

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

      Reply
  30. Stuart Vettese

    20th September 2015 at 5:35 pm

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th September 2015 at 9:35 pm

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

      Reply
  31. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    27th September 2015 at 6:45 pm

    What a great treat, than you for entering it to our challenge! 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      27th September 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Margot, wish I had one in the house now!

      Reply
  32. Claire @foodiequine

    2nd October 2015 at 3:34 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd October 2015 at 8:23 pm

      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.

      Reply
  33. Lisa

    25th October 2015 at 8:34 pm

    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!!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:49 pm

      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.

      Reply
  34. Chris @thinlyspread

    8th September 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Such delicious flavours and so very autumnal! Perfect. I too must hunt down mini bundt tins – they look so cute!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th September 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Chris. I need to dust them off and get using them again and the apples too 🙂

      Reply

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