Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Cider Pudding Cake

My kids and I drove out to an apple orchard last week to meet up with some friends. There's just something about picking apples off of a tree and freshly pressed cider from an apple orchard that just say Fall to me. And this pudding cake from Mel's Kitchen Cafe? It looks, tastes, and smells like Fall. Not to mention that it will make your house smell oh-so-good.

I love the mix of textures you get when you bite into this cake. First you have the sweet buttery crunchy streusel topping. Then you've got the moist cake. Next up is soft, caramelized apples. Finish it off with a cinnamon spice pudding and you've got yourself a winner.

It's recommended that you eat it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you really can't go wrong doing this. But I actually kind of enjoyed it cold for breakfast. Either way, you will not be sorry.

Apple Cider Pudding Cake
from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
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1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 large egg
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chopped Granny Smith apples

Boiling Mixture:
1 cup apple cider (apple juice can be substituted if apple cider can't be found)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cold butter

Butter an 8x8 inch square baking dish. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, 1 cup brown sugar, milk, melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients until just combined. Gently fold in apples. Spread in prepared pan.

In a small saucepan, bring apple cider, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup brown sugar to a boil. Pour slowly and carefully over the batter. Bake for 35 minutes. Meanwhile, cut butter into streusel ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until butter is cut up and mixture is crumbly. After the cake has baked for 35 minutes, sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the cake and bake 8-10 minutes more (until a toothpick inserted into the top layer of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs).

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  1. wow, those look great!

  2. my mouth is watering at the thought of this, and the best thing? Other than the apple cider, it's pretty much a store-cupboard basics recipe. I can't WAIT to give it a try!

  3. What a sweet idea.lovely recipe..Yummy...I love it :)) I found ya over at craftomaniac linky party and had to stop in. I'm Marilyn via ..Officially following ya with smiles..Great blog..Hope you can stop in and visit sometime..Ty :))

  4. This looks like the perfect Fall dessert-can't wait to try it. Found you at Chef in Training link party.

  5. Holy cow that looks beautiful! And I bet it tastes even better. :)

  6. That looks so good. Mouth watering.

  7. I could feel my mouth starting to water looking at this! I love it and I am super glad to have you share it this week.

  8. This looks fantastic! Love the idea of enjoying it for breakfast.

  9. This sounds wonderful! Will be trying soon!

  10. Stopping over from Crazy Sweet Tuesday and this recipe looks amazing! I love how creamy the cake looks, and that crunchy topping...mmMMmM! Great recipe!

  11. This looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

    New follower :)


  12. Thank you for the recipe it looks fabulous and totally yummy! Hugs, FABBY

  13. I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. Thanks, Peggy.

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  15. Pure yumminess and I haven't even tasted it ...YET!

  16. That looks absolutely mouth watering! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  17. yummy, thanks for sharing at Bacon Time

  18. Hi Kristin, thanks for sharing the recipe for the apple cider pudding cake. With a dollop of ice cream you have a dessert fit for a king!! I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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  20. this looks amazing!! I want to eat some first time visiting :)

  21. Hi I just found your lovely blog,that looks really nice and moist.

  22. Look delicious! I love this dish. healthoop

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