Streusel topped Apple & Ginger Caramel Spice Cake

“I live in my own little world, but its okay. They know me here.” ― Lauren Myracle

This spiced apple caramel cake is absurdly moist and superbly spicy. There is no treat more warming on a cold day than the combination of fresh apples with cinnamon and ginger under a heap of buttery golden (cheats) caramel…

Streusel topped Apple & Ginger Caramel Spice Cake

And although this cake doesn’t fear all of the *real* ingredients (it doesn’t escape the butter), it is in fact, relatively healthy. The addition of apple sauce in the cake batter means that the grease factor is cut by almost half, whilst the oat overload in the super-crunchy streusel speaks for itself. And also, just for today, we can pretend that brown sugar counts as a wholegrain. Yep. This cake has it all.

Vegetable oil is used inside since it makes everything a million times more moist, meaning that this cake will still taste fresh even after a whole week has passed by (although I challenge you to make it last that long…)

And oh, apologies to anyone who saw this deliciousness debut on IG over a month ago…Procrastination got the better of me. You can stop craving it now 😉 :

Streusel topped Apple & Ginger Caramel Spice Cake

For the Apple cake:

  • 1.5 C flour
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ C vegetable oil
  • ¼ C white sugar
  • ¾ C dark brown sugar
  • ½ C apple sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ C chopped walnuts

For the apples:

  • 2 medium-large apples, chopped/diced/grated
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon + Mixed spice

For the oat streusel:

  • 2 C oats
  • ¼ C flour
  • 5 C brown sugar (You may want to stop at 1C and then add more if necessary)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ C cold + cubed salted butter.

Cheats caramel Sauce: (feel free to use your own recipe if you aren’t  a complete lazybones like me…)

  • 1 x can of carnation caramel
  • ¼ C butter, melted.
  1. Preheat oven to 180/350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking tray
  2. First, mix together all of the sugar + spiced needed for chopped apples, set aside.
  3. Cake: Mix together all dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl, mix the vegetable oil, sugars, eggs, apple sauce, salt, and vanilla. Combine the mixed wet ingredients with the mixed dry. Add the chopped apples.
  4. Now prepare the streusel: In a medium bowl, combine the 2C oats and 1/4C flour with 1.5 C brown sugar. Add the cinnamon. Cut in ½ C butter with a pastry blender (or you can use your hands) until the mixture is crumbly.
  5. Pour cake batter into the prepared tray, top with the streusel and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the filling is set. Leave to cool.
  6. For the caramel sauce: Mix the melted butter into the can of condensed caramel. When you want to serve, just warm it up and let it go all melty! It is super silky and dangerously addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

After a long week of procrastination, I finally managed to knock out a couple of essays and made the final touches to that yucky coursework (ugh) #hastalavistababy. I’ve also finally come to terms with my weird study pattern…There really isn’t much point in forcing yourself to work in a window of time where you are bound to be distracted, planning is key, and free time needs to be enjoyed outside of these windows without the guilt! Ever since I’ve just come to accept that I can’t concentrate on anything for more than 45 minutes at a time, stuff has magically seemed to have gotten done! Better yet, it feels both productive and lenient at the same time…

The first week of November was also dotted with a bunch of really cute photo-shoots that some friends and I couldn’t resist (coming soon!). I’ve also got lots of (mainly chocolate-chip cookie-themed) recipes coming soon too! Apparently cravings explode under stress. I’ve also been sitting in the dark for 3 days straight because the builders next door have erected scaffolding right outside my window = #notfab #crazycookielady.

Finally, please know that the OCD part of me is also cringing at having to post these cake bars up one whole month down the line….Some of you might have noticed that the photo quality of my last 3 posts or so has been slightly better than the rest. Basically, I got a new lens about a fortnight ago (I could gush forever about this 1.8/55mm) – but these caramel apple bars were taken with the bog-standard 18-55mm I had been using prior to this special delivery. I really can’t deal with this kind of inconsistency, but these cake bars are too good to abandon! So forgive me, please. Just know that only your taste buds will be able to do this spiced caramel apple cake justice! Aside from being utterly divine and is the perfect way to both end fall, and start winter…Surely you must be convinced by now?

Streusel topped Apple & Ginger Caramel Spice Cake

It’s so hard to believe that Halloween is over and November is well under way – it’s 6 Mondays until Christmas I believe?! Woah. Like SLOW DOWN 2014 – I still have pumpkin recipes pending!

On that note, have a great week everyone! What are you looking most forward to this month?! Tell me below!

“The fireworks always fade too soon” ~ Passenger, Month of Sundays

Tash xox

 

  • http://www.ciaochowbambina.com Annie+@+ciaochowbambina

    These look supremely scrumptious!! So moist and tender…Okay – the thing I’m looking most forward to??? I would sayyyy, preparing Thanksgiving dinner in our daughters’ kitchen this year. The five of us together in the North End for the holiday. A new adventure… Can’t wait!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      That sounds amazing! A new adventure indeed, I bet there will be so much food and wonderful family feeling in the air :)

  • http://www.inspirationkitchen.com Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    ooooo, I am loving this ooey, gooeyness of this! It looks delish, and I love using applesauce in dishes!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Applesauce is such a hack 😉 Thanks Kristi!

  • http://cookinglsl.com Mira

    This cake looks delicious! Apple sauce is great for cakes and I agree brown sugar is a grain :) Beautiful pictures, Tash!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Hahaha woop brown sugar = one of your 5 a day – glad that’s confirmed then! Thanks Mira, it was really yummy :) Have a good week!

  • http://www.pumpkinnspice.com Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    This spice cake looks amazing, Tash! I’ve never combined apples and ginger together before, so I’m loving this flavor combination! And that caramel is so mouthwatering! Love this!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      For real?! Of all people I thought you would have tehe. It is truly amazing! It kinda reminded me of toffee apples/sticky toffee pudding. Hard to explain, but it was truly fab! x

  • http://messagesonanapkin.blogspot.com/ Marlen

    Welp, goodbye strict diet, you’ve found your match. Anything with cinnamon and ginger and I’m 100% in

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Diet?! There will be no need for that here. This cake is healthy (kinda) with all of it’s apples and oats! 😉

  • http://bakeeatrepeat.ca Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I love apple cake, especially when it’s made healthier! This one looks delicious!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Stacey! Yes definitely! It’s really filling too, so it feels seriously indulgent :)

  • http://www.waterloowithlove.com/ Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love

    Is it bad that I’m REALLY looking forward to Christmas? All the mall decorations and christmas marketing got to me. They win. haha!
    Love this cake — it’s like every single awesome fall flavour just cooked up into this amazing spice cake :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      How can it be bad to look forward to Christmas?! It’s exciting how close it is :) Don’t you just love that feeling when you go shopping but all of the Christmas lights + trees are up everywhere (and possibly tinsel) and the evening gets dark so quickly?! It really sets the scene! Thanks Nicole :)

  • http://hintofjoes.com Kathleen @ Hint of Joe’s

    Looks gorgeous – the perfect fall cake.

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Kathleen :) Definitely perfect, even though ‘fall’ is on it’s way out now :(

  • http://www.runninginaskirt.com Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Oh my! Your cake is gorgeous! I love that it embraces real ingredients to make it rich, but still cuts some of the fat with apple sauce.

  • http://simplysouthernstacie.org Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Oh my gosh. That first picture with the caramel sauce being drizzled on is award worthy!

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      You are too sweet Stacie haha! The taste was amazing! Highly recommended 😉 Thank you <3

  • http://www.savorthebaking.com Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    I agree with this statement: “There is no treat more warming on a cold day than the combination of fresh apples with cinnamon and ginger…” I’m a caramel addict so that sauce looks so good to me.

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Hehe I totally second that for a second time! This sauce satisfies beyond the caramel addiction, and it’s so simple too <3 You literally just need a microwave 😉

  • http://www.tworaspberries.com Michele @ Two Raspberries

    😉 I love the quote at the top! I tell myself that I live in my own lil fairytale land all the time! and this streusel looks AMAZING! just ooey and gooey and topped with caramel, I mean it can’t get much better!

  • http://www.sweetestmenu.com Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Oh golly! What a gorgeous cake and that dripping caramel sauce – wow!!!

  • http://lifemadesweeter.com Kelly – Life Made Sweeter

    Wow, this cake looks incredible! I love the apple ginger combination :) Oh my, that caramel sauce and streusel look simply mouthwatering!

  • http://www.cearaskitchen.com Ceara @ Ceara’s Kitchen

    I cannot wait to try this cake – it looks amazing!!! I love how ooey-gooey and moist it looks! And that crumble! Yumm!!! Pinned :)

  • http://suzysocialworkermeetsbettycrocker.blogspot.com/ marci Johnson

    These look delicious!! I may have to try these out as a share on my blog. :)

  • http://Bakebellissima.com Lisa @Bakebellissima.com

    This cake must be divine!!

  • http://www.jasmincharlotte.com Jasmin Charlotte

    Oh my these look amazing!! I need to make ASAP! x

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