Apple picking and cake baking

ivy picking apples

kids helping Marlow pick apples

picking apples for apple cake

fruit in basket

Ivy holding basket of apples

chopping apples

chopped apples in cinnamon and sugar

making apple cake

apple cake

We arrived to my family’s beach house on Bainbridge Island last week on a rainy, stormy Friday. From inside, we could see the apple trees behind the house were laden with fruit. So while the rain came down, we sat inside and schemed up things we could bake with all those apples. We decided on apple cake, so I naturally turned to Smitten Kitchen for a recipe knowing Deb would have a good one.

As soon as the rain stopped, we ventured outside with our baskets to pick apples.  We spent the next couple hours on a cake-baking mission with the kids doing most of the work themselves. They picked and washed apples, peeled and chopped, mixed the batter and then we popped the cake in the oven.  Soon, the house smelled so delicious — with the aroma of cinnamon and apples — and we waited eagerly to enjoy cake on a rainy afternoon. The cake was as delicious as it smelled – so moist with chunks of apples within the cake. The recipe makes such a generous portion, we were able to enjoy apple cake for the entire weekend (it only got better with each passing day).

I thought you’d enjoy the recipe. We’ll definitely make this again – soon, I’m sure!

Courtney x


Comments (11)

Esther in Amsterdam
September 6, 2016

Yum! And such pretty photos! I wish I could swing by for a piece of cake. xxxxx

Esther in Amsterdam
September 6, 2016

PS our apples are not ripe yet!

September 6, 2016

Yum! I’ve been planning to make some apple butter this autumn, but I will definitely add this cake to my list as well! xx

Kate Prinsloo
September 6, 2016

It must be so wonderful to be at home with your Mom Courtney. There is nothing better than picking the product yourself and making something amazing with your kids. That apple cake recipe is one of my very favorites. I tried it here in Switzerland and it was a bit of a flop. I think I need to figure out the right flour to buy here. Have fun at home! xx

Annie from Brimful
September 6, 2016

Ooo, I’m going to try a gluten free version when apple picking season comes next month! Smitten Kitchen’s Apple Slab Pie is also amazing and pretty easy to make. It’s a fave here, especially with my little pie crust lovers! 😉

September 6, 2016

How do you manage to do every single thing so beautifully!! You make all activities seem effortless and gorgeous. We don’t have an apple tree but we will definitely be going to our local orchard!

September 6, 2016

We make that recipe every year on Rosh Hashanah (fast approaching)! It is our family tradition to go apple picking before the holiday and then make applesauce and cake.

September 6, 2016

Looks perfect for the coming automn week-end, thank you for the idea!

September 8, 2016

Love this recipe! I made this a few months ago and thought you could also add a drizzle of caramel sauce for a night-time dessert (though completely unnecessary). I turned the extra batter into muffins. Have you checked out these lovely food blogs? A few of my favs: Half-baked Harvest, Oh Lady Cakes, Orangette. Happy Baking! Love Babyccino! From a Canadian living in New Haven :0

September 11, 2016

Rainy days and cake are charming and even more so with a family with many children.

September 15, 2016

I loved fruit picking at PYO farms and making jams when I was small. So glad children still love this.

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