Sunday, September 23, 2012

210. Apple Harvest Cake for #SundaySupper

This is a recipe that I found on one of my favorite blogs, Roost: A Simple Life.  I love this blog because they capture such moving images of food.

They use lighting that is both moody and soulful.  When I see the pictures on their blog I think of a simple life.  I think of a life gone by.

They use a lot of vintage props and maybe this is a reason that I feel a bit nostalgic when I absorb the thoughts and images they post.

The recipes are  simple.  They use basic ingredients and create wholesome food.  Food that can easily be purchased from a farmers market or picked from your garden in the back yard.

When I saw that this cake used almond flour ( I used almond meal) I was pleased.  Many times I have to convert the recipes.  It was wonderful to find something I liked and hit the print key.  DONE.

I made two adjustments to the basic recipe. I used almond meal instead of almond flour. I used light olive oil instead of Ghee. Almond flour is usually 3X more expensive than meal and I find it works great for me in my recipes.   I purchase my almond meal at Trader's Joe for just under $4.00 a bag.

I made a frosting that consisted of mascarpone cheese.  I wanted to try something different.  I had some apple sauce, this added to the theme and smoothed the frosting just enough for me to frost the top of the cake.

I hope you enjoy my version of Apple Harvest Cake.

Recipe:  Apple Harvest Cake

3 cups of almond meal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of grated carrot
1 cup of grated zucchini
1 cup of unpeeled, chopped (1/4 in) apple, I used a combination of red/green

1/4 cup of light olive oil
1/4 cup of honey
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, combine almond meal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, carrots, zucchini and apple.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, honey, vanilla and eggs.  Mix well.

Add the wet ingredients to the almond mixture.

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of your 9 inch cake pan.  This will allow the cake to come out of the pan much easier.

Spray the sides of the cake pan with Pam.

Add you mixture to the cake pan and bake.

Bake for 45 minutes.  Remove and cool for 10 minutes in pan.  Remove cake to wire rack to cool completely.

Frost the cake with Applesauce Brown Sugar Frosting (recipe below).

Recipe:  Applesauce Brown Sugar Frosting

This is enough frosting for one layer on top of the above cake.  You will need to double this recipe if you make two layers of the Apple Harvest Cake.

1 (8oz) container of mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons  apple sauce

In a medium bowl whip together brown sugar and mascarpone cheese.

Add vanilla.  Blend.

Fold in apple sauce.

Frost cake.


  1. I am a big fan of mood setting food photography. That's why I love your blog! The cake looks scrumptious. Love the almond flower on the slice :) Have a fabulous Sunday, Sherron!

    1. Thank you Anna for your kind words. My Sunday is going well. I also wish you an enjoyable afternoon.

  2. This looks awesome! You could easily turn this into carrot cake.

    1. You read my mind. I have been thinking of other types of things to add. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  3. What a gorgeous cake! I love your use of almond meal and mascarpone in the frosting!

    1. Thank your Laura. I get tired of using cream cheese all the time and sometimes butter is just too much. I like the texture and mildness of using the mascarpone cheese for the frosting.

  4. That came out so beautiful. And the ingredients are sort of healthy so we can eat more of this, right? :)

  5. I was just burning my apple scented Yankee Candle, and after reading your post and seeing those delicious pictures, am really craving a piece of Apple Harvest Cake! Looks like I'll be baking this weekend...;-)

  6. Gorgeous cake! I haven't seen almond meal at TJ's yet, but I am headed there this week, so will definitely be on the lookout, as it would be nice to find as less expensive almond flour alternative. Can't wait to try this!

    1. Thank you! You can always make your own almond meal with the use of a blender or food processor. Almonds sold at Whole Foods are very inexpensive you buy their 365 brand. Good luck with the cake and let me know how it turns out for you.


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