One of the best things about living where we live is that everything grows here. Everything. Exhibit A: my garden. That means that everyone grows things in their backyard, and therefore we are constantly gifted with fresh produce. Just in the last couple weeks we received apples, pears, Asian pears, peaches, pluots, eggplants and pomegranates… all from different friends’ and family’s yards!
I was a little surprised by the apples. I think of apple picking as a brisk October day in New England activity. Even though the kids here are back to school this week, it’s certainly not fall yet. In fact, the 10-day forecast shows several days in the triple digits. I guess since summer never ends here, the apples come early!
There were more apples than we could eat, so I decided to do a little baking. I miss New England falls, so the smell of baking apples and cinnamon took me to a happy nostalgic place.
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup unrefined coconut oil
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup coconut palm sugar (or use additional brown sugar)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2½ cups flour
- 2½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 4 cups diced apples
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray.
- Beat eggs & oil until creamy. Add sugars and vanilla and beat until mixed thoroughly.
- In a bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt and soda. Slowly add to oil mixture and beat until combined.
- Fold in apples.
- Spread into pan and bake 45 minutes.
This cake was so moist, sweet, cinnamon-y. Amazing. It was good with vanilla ice cream on top, but honestly, it was just as good if not even better without. It had so much flavor and was so moist it didn’t really need the ice cream. This was a serious winner and something I’ll definitely be making again this fall!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Wow that is so fun that you get to grow apples! I go apple picking in the fall, so that will hit for me next month, but unfortunately there are no apple trees where I live. This cake looks amazing, Jess! I love the chunks of apples in here. So perfect for the upcoming season!
Kathi @ Laughingspatula.com says
I love anything with apple and the fact it’s cake only makes it better! Doesn’t this count as a fruit serving 🙂
Kelly @ Trial and Eater says
I would LOVE to live somewhere where a everything grows! My dream property has a fruit tree of every kind and a huge garden with a bunch of veggies. I’m so jealous that you already have a bunch of apples!
This looks great! Cinnamon and apples complement eather other so well! And how awesome it must be to have such a constant stream of fresh produce!
Emily @ Life on Food says
Fall is right around the corner and I am pretty excited.
Kathy Savopolos says
Hey Jess, you need to take a trip to Gopher Glen for apples. It’s on the way to Pismo, great day trip, and wonderful apple choices!
Awesome!! I’ll definitely have to check it out! I miss apple picking in New England!
Your post is making me so in the mood for the brisk fall weather! I don’t know if I’ve ever been apple picking before, but I want to go right now! Love this apple cake and can’t wait until Fall 🙂
This looks so deep fill! And perfect for fall of course, (yay!) 🙂
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I’m obsessed with apples right now! This cake looks so moist and delicious. I don’t think anything goes better with vanilla ice cream than an apple dessert!
Jessica @ Sweet Menu says
Oh I looooove apple cake and all things cinnamon! This cake has my name written all over it 🙂