Grain Free Apple Ginger Cake

Grain Free Apple Ginger Cake

Nothing is better than caramel with apples. I was inspired to make a bake this weekend that combines that and gives the cake a bit of a delicious spice as well. Grain Free Apple Ginger Cake. Delicious combination, combined with coconut whipped cream and vegan caramel sauce.

I was inspired by our friends at Sweet Laurel, but wanted to make it a bit of my own. Not only does the recipe contain unsweet apples, I took it a step further and added one delicious apple cut-up into small bite size pieces.

The recipe base is coconut oil, maple syrup and almond flour, adding the applesauce, apples and spices makes for quick and easy grain-free dessert.

I then made the caramel sauce with the base of dates, coconut oil, and almond butter. Delicious and a healthy alternative caramel, if you’re looking to curb your refined sugar in-take.

Below is the complete recipes for all three components, cake, filling and topping! Enjoy the bake!

Grain Free Apple Ginger Cake

Using two 6″ pan, use coconut oil and parchment paper to line the bottom. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3 tbs coconut oil melted

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

2 large eggs at room temperature

1 tbs vanilla extract (I used my homemade version with white tequila and 2 vanilla beans that has been in a dark cupboard for over 8-weeks now)

2 cups almond flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt

1 large gala apple, peeled and cored, cut into 1/2 or smaller pieces

In large bowl, using a whisk combine the coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla extract. Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, spices and baking soda. Use a whisk to combine throughly. Slowly pour dry ingredients into the large bowl and whisk until a batter forms. Add your diced apples.

Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for about 40 minutes.

Let sit in pans for a few minutes before carefully turning out cakes onto a cooling rack and let cool completely before proceeding to next steps.

While the cakes bake, you can make your caramel.

Caramel – Double Sweet Laurel’s Recipe

Makes 1 cup

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

4 tbs coconut oil

4 fresh dates, pitted

2 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of pink Himalayan salt

In a blend combine all ingredients and grind/chop speed before moving to high-speed and let blend to thoroughly combined and giving the appearance of caramel.

Remove with a spatula and place in a bowl. Place the bowl in the refrigerator until ready for use.

Coconut Whipped Cream – Sweet Laurel’s Recipe

2 – 13.5 oz cans of full fat coconut milk refrigerated overnight

2 tbs pure maple syrup

1 tbs vanilla extract

Remove the solid coconut cream and place in mixing bowl from both cans. Beat the coconut on high speed with whisk attachment until it thickens and soft peaks form.

With a spatula, add your maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Place in refrigerator to let stiffen before placing between both cooled cakes.

Before I began, be sure to place your cakes in the fridge to be sure all your ingredients are ready to be iced.

Super easy and so moist! I topped with a gentle sprinkle of sea salt granular for a salty caramel taste. Enjoy the delicious results.

Trace

 

Caramel Month

I’m back from Holiday and had a fantastic time exploring London, venturing on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship up the North Sea to Hamburg, Germany up to Oslo, Norway and back down to Brugge, Belgium!

What a fantastic time we had to reconnect and recharge the good ole’ batteries.

I’ve missed blogging and writing about some of my favorite bakes and some of my new bakes. I’ve had request for some traditional bakes, so I’m going to offer a balance between alternative bakes and traditional bakes!

We’re easing into fall and I thought it would be a great way to highlight some great new bakes, explore my “go to” caramel recipe and uncover new ways to make caramel!

While walking the shops, mostly chocolate and waffle shops, of Belgium, I remembered how much I love turtles, they were awesome in Belgium by the way!! So I thought what a great first start to Caramel month is to make a turtle cookie covered in homemade caramel sauce!

These cookies are a chocolate chip base, and I used pecans and smothered these bad boys with delicious old-fashioned granny’s caramel!

This cookie is perfect for making a basic cookie elegant and would be fantastic to bring to a casual dinner party to share.

The recipe for the cookie is similar to my classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Add your pecans and then top with pecans before baking. Once the cookies have cooled, you can then drizzle your cooled caramel and place in the fridge or freezer to help set the caramel. Simple and a yummy turtle cookie!

Enjoy the bake!

Turtle Cookie Base

3/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup shortening

1 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour sifted

12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine the butter and shortening and beat until just smooth and add your brown sugar.

In a separate bowl combine your dry ingredients.

Add 2 eggs and vanilla, beat until thoroughly combined.

Add your dry ingredients slowly beating until just combine and then hand mix in your chocolate chips and 1 cup of chopped pecans. Reserve 1/2 cup for topping your cookies.

Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

Granny’s Caramel Sauce

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup grass-fed butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 tbs light corn syrup

1 tsp of vanilla

In a medium saucepan combine, cream, butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Over medium-high heat stirring constantly until a bubbling bowl. Then turn down your heat to medium and stir continuously for 3 minutes (I set a timer). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and stir for about 1 minute to throughly combine in vanilla into the hot mixture.

Let cool for 15-20 minutes. I then place in the fridge to get a bit harder before drizzling over my cooled cookies!

There you have it! Turtle cookies!

Enjoy and let me know how your cookies turn out!

Trace