It’s October, which in West Michigan, is synonymous with “apple season” — and what’s better than a from-scratch, WHOLE GRAIN apple cake with homemade cinnamon yogurt whipped cream?
Our family LOVES apples and we are fortunate to have several amazing orchards within a short drive from our house (one of which has a bakery with amazing donuts!)
We hit up these orchards several times every fall (we were just there last week for James’ school field trip) and we make lots and lots of foods with apples this time of year.
Many years ago, I shared our favorite Apple Cake recipe — but over the past 16-18 months of transitioning into eating lots and lots of whole grains, I’ve majorly updated that recipe to not only be 100% whole grain but to also have significantly less sugar!
It’s super delicious and could be served as a dessert or even on a brunch menu.
And it’s easy enough that the kids can help!
If you need a new apple recipe to try this Fall, give my 100% whole grain apple cake a try!
The oat + pecan topping really adds a nice crunch and the cinnamon yogurt whipped cream has just the right amount of “tang” to perfectly finish off this dish.
Seriously, I’m hungry now!
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 c. applesauce (or vegetable oil)
- 2/3 c. buttermilk (or milk)
- 2/3 c. honey (or brown sugar)
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 c. flour (I use 220 grams of freshly ground soft wheat or oats)
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/4 t. ground ginger
- 2 c. apples; peeled and diced
- -- FOR THE OAT TOPPING
- 1/4 c. oats
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. chopped pecans (or additional oats)
- 1/4 c. cold butter
- 1 T. flour
- dash of salt
- -- FOR THE YOGURT WHIPPED CREAM
- 1/2 c. plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 c. whipping cream
- 1 T. brown sugar
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9" round or rectangular pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine eggs, applesauce, buttermilk, honey/sugar, and vanilla
- Add in all dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ginger. Stir, just until combined.
- Add in diced apples and pour the mixture into prepared pan.
- To make the oat topping, mix oats, brown sugar, pecans, flour and salt in the same bowl you just mixed the cake batter in.
- Grate cold butter into oat mixture and combine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle topping over cake batter and bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until center is set.
- While cake is baking, combine yogurt, cream, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the same bowl. Whip until thick and fluffy. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Amount Per ServingCalories 294Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 47mgSodium 210mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 2gSugar 30gProtein 8g
NOTE: I use a cheese grater to grate cold butter into my topping. It requires less butter this way and it’s easier to quickly mix together.
I wait to make the yogurt whipped topping until shortly before I will serve the cake so it stays fluffy. If I do need to mix it up ahead of time, I simply add in a 1/2 t. corn starch and that does the trick.
Since I have access to really great apples year-round, this whole-grain apple cake has been my go-to dessert for the past 12-16 months… always getting rave reviews whenever I take it places or serve it to guests!
I’ve also made it in mini bread loaf pans and given it as gifts with other festive fall treats.
It stays “fresh-tasting” for several days (in my opinion) so you can definitely make it a day ahead if necessary. My only suggestion with this is that you leave it UNCOVERED so the topping doesn’t get soggy!
A Few More of My Apple Recipes:
- My previous Apple Cake Recipe (also super delicious!)
- Dutch Apple Pie (James has requested to help me bake this pie soon)
- Apple Crisp
- Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie
- Apple Butter
- Apple Zucchini Bread
- Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce
- Apple Bacon Pecan Salad
- Caramel Apple Dessert “Salad”
- Apple Berry Banana Smoothies
Is your mouth watering yet?
That ought to give you a few reasons to buy apples this week!!
What are your favorite apple recipes?
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