Scandinavian Apple Cake

Can you think of a better excuse for (multiple) desserts than a holiday brunch? I can’t. But after making (somewhat indulgent) mini mocha cheesecakes for Mother’s Day, I decided I should do something a little healthier too. So I made a Scandinavian Apple Cake. 

Scandinavian Apple Cake, Served

Scandinavian Apple Cake, Served

Even though apple season is over, I have a tub of frozen, sliced apples in my freezer. I like to eat local or regional as much as possible, so every fall I freeze lots of fruit to get through the winter.   I look for an organic apple sale (apples have been on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen, absolutely forever), then core and slice the apples, leaving the skin intact (which is healthier and less wasteful). When winter arrives, they are super quick and easy to use in pies and other recipes since most of the prep work is done.   Of course fresh apples would work fine too! 

Making Scandinavian Apple Cake

Making Scandinavian Apple Cake

The recipe is from the Edible Door (for Door County) magazine, part of the Edible Feast franchise, from a contributor whose Norwegian neighbor made the cake. I made just a couple of changes (besides leaving the peels on the apples). I increased the spices just a little, and I used half whole wheat flour instead of unbleached. It turned out seriously good and next time I may play with using all whole wheat flour or reducing the sugar and fat some. 

Scandinavian Apple Cake in Pan

Scandinavian Apple Cake in Pan

The original recipe author recommended serving this warm with ice cream. Since that was more work than I wanted to do on Mother’s Day (when I’d rather be sipping a Creasmsicle Martini than scooping ice cream), I topped each piece with a rosette of stabilized whipped cream (a little added gelatin) dusted in cinnamon sugar. This worked perfectly and I can testify that the stabilized whipped cream held up well since my husband and I finished off the leftovers for breakfast a couple days later. 

Whipped Cream Rosette

Whipped Cream Rosette

And I didn’t even feel guilty! 

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Scandinavian Apple Cake
Serves 18
Loaded with chopped apples and made with half whole wheat flour, this Scandinavian Apple Cake will let you feel indulged without the guilt.
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216 calories
27 g
39 g
11 g
3 g
5 g
74 g
145 g
14 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
74g
Servings
18
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216
Calories from Fat 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 39mg
13%
Sodium 145mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 27g
9%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 14g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
3%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 2 tsp vanilla
  3. 2/3 cup melted butter
  4. 2 eggs slightly beaten
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  8. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  9. 1 tsp ground allspice
  10. 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  11. 1 tsp baking powder
  12. 1 tsp baking soda
  13. 4 cups cored, coarsely chopped apples
  14. 1 cup chopped walnuts
  15. .
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, vanilla, butter, and eggs in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients, stirring just enough to combine. Fold in the chopped apples and walnuts. Spread the batter into a 9 x 13″ cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick is dry. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
Notes
  1. Can be served with ice cream or whipped cream. To do the rosettes pictured, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, whipped makes plenty.
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calories
216
fat
11g
protein
3g
carbs
27g
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