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Homemade Apple Snack Cake

Homemade Apple Snack Cake

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It is a dreary day today.  Grey skies.  A damp chill in the air, the kind that grabs you by the hand even though you are trying to get away.  A good day to wear woolly sweaters and socks.  A good day for hot mugs of black tea.  A day when few words are needed, just a smile to remind each other, that you are there.  A good day to bake this homemade apple snack cake.


A day that reminded me to slow down and take it easy.  Work would be there tomorrow;  but, today may not be.  So I baked something sweet.  And roasted squash for something savory.  Mainly to warm the house but also to nourish our souls.  I have been holding onto a bottle of Morris Kitchen boiled apple cider for a day such as this.  Ideas are swirling around my head about how to use it.  Cocktails, glazes for meaty dishes and of course, in baked goods.

Do you remember snack cakes?  If you are a child of the 70s, you do.  I liked how you could mix everything in the baking pan.  No mess to leave in the kitchen sink.  And a piece of snacking cake in less than an hour.  My favorites were ginger and apple.  Warm, spicy and comforting.  Really it was an easy snack to mix up, right after school and before homework started.  Or for snacking on while chatting up girlfriends on the phone.  It was nice.

While cinnamon and spiced apples ran around the house, I tackled the new lens and camera, that has been sitting patiently waiting for me.  We played a little and it was fun.  Then I realized that there would be a bit of a learning curve.  That is okay as there is time.  Today we are not in a hurry.  Today we are just enjoying the apple snack cake and each other.

Other Snack Cakes Worth Baking:

Mango Snack Cake – Pinch of Yum

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake – Land o Lakes Butter

Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake  – Rachael Ray

Pumpkin Oat Snack Cake – Willow Bird Baking



Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Homemade Apple Snack Cake

Apple Snack Cake


  • 1 2/3 ap flour
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small granny smith apple, peeled, seeded and grated
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Morris Kitchen Boiled Apple Cider (or regular cider if you don't have syrup)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted melted butter, slightly cooled


    Heat oven to 350. Using an ungreased 8" pan, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda with a whisk.

    Stir in remaining ingredients until blended, using a fork.

    Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

    Let cool for 10 minutes.




You can cut the squares as large as you like for this snack cake, creating more or less servings. It is great served with our Bourbon Hard Sauce as well.

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Wednesday 19th of December 2012

What a fun recipe. I like knowing that I'm not the only one that bakes to warm up the house!!

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

Friday 9th of November 2012

Thanks so much for the mention!

jackie @ marin mama cooks

Thursday 8th of November 2012

Me again! Where did you purchase that apple cider syrup?

Denise Woodward

Thursday 8th of November 2012

Hi Jackie, you can order the syrups directly thru Eat Boutique and ..... we are going to be giving away some. Soon.

jackie @ marin mama cooks

Thursday 8th of November 2012

Hey Denise. This looks like the perfect after school snack for the kids and late afternoon snack for me. I love that it's so simple to throw together. I have to say that I'm a child of the 70's and I don't remember snack cakes? I do remember Little Debbie snack cakes, but I don't think you were referring to those!

Enjoy the cozy day! Jackie

Megan Gordon

Thursday 8th of November 2012

Oh man, big fan of snack cakes! I like how they make me feel infinitely less guilty about eating cake for some reason. D, I've never heard of this syrup and it sounds really wonderful ... going to check out. EXCITED to see you in a few weeks. xx, m

Denise Woodward

Thursday 8th of November 2012

Megan, these syrups are to die for. LOVE them! Have been writing about them for about a year now. You can buy them over at Eat Boutique - as well.

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