Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mini Jewish Apple Cakes ( GF )

honey cake muffins, Rosh Hashanah

If you love Jewish Apple Cake, you'll love these mini apple honey versions. It's a mixture of golden honey cake and a Jewish apple cake baked in muffin tins. These individualized little cakes ( not muffins)  make a pretty presentation. They have the look of a muffin with the taste of a light moist piece of cake. The chopped apple and cinnamon filling make them a special treat.

I love using coconut flour for baking because it is so creamy and silky. A bag of coconut flour goes a long way as most of my recipes call for a 1/2 cup or just 1 cup. I also use coconut crystals which are  low in glycemic index and low carb available at Trader Joe's or any health store.

Last year in honor of the Jewish New Year,  I made mini honey cakes that were absolutely easy to make and tasted divine. Made with coconut flour, they were light, moist, and creamy.

This year, I made these mini apple honey cakes with chopped apples, cinnamon, and my favorite spice, cardamom. You could add some chopped walnuts as well. I have to say that they are over the edge!

Jewish tradition dictates that we eat sweet foods on this holiday to welcome in a sweet New Year! It is customary to eat apples and honey, dates, pomegranates, figs and other fruits that are new to the season. Honey cake is one of the traditional treats!

This recipe incorporates honey, apples, cinnamon, and cardamom. A perfect Rosh Hashanah ( Jewish New Year) cake. Of course it's gluten free, dairy free, and grain free.

It serves as an outstanding breakfast cake with a cup of tea in the morning or a light after dinner dessert with some whipped cream or fresh fruit.

Mini apple cake for rosh hashana
Make 9 - batter can be doubled to make 18


6 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup of honey ( I use local raw honey. Beware of commercial honey in the supermarket here's why) 
1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup of coconut oil or olive oil
1/4 cup of almond milk or coconut milk
1/2 cup of coconut flour ( available at Health food stores- can't substitute in this recipe **)
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of aluminum free baking powder
Optional: 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom

1 apple ( of your choice) peeled and chopped
2 Tablespoons coconut crystals ( health food store)-
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400
Beat eggs and add all liquid ingredients and mix together.
In another bowl, mix and sift all the dry ingredients ( coconut flour, salt, baking powder) except the filling ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until all lumps are gone( you might need to use a fork and mash some lumps against the bowl- coconut flour gets lumpy and you will need to work out the lumps- it takes an extra 2 minutes but worth it)

Filling directions
Mix chopped apple, coconut crystals and cinnamon and set aside.

In  greased muffins tins, pour batter half. ( recipe will make 9 muffins)
Add a 1/2 tsp of filling to each muffin and then cover with remainder of batter.
There will be 3 empty tins- fill 3/4 with water for even baking,
Bake for 10-15 minutes until muffins are golden on top and slightly brown around the edges.

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  1. I'm pinning this! I think my family and I will love these! Thanks!

    1. I hope your family does like them. They are one of our favorites and easy to make

  2. These look amazing! Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party!

    1. Im glad to share at your party. I get so many wonderful ideas

  3. oh these mini Jewish apple honey cakes look totally scrumptious! I will have to make some and celebrate with you!

    1. Please do, it's fun to celebrate no matter whose holiday it is. Hope you try them.

  4. I made an upside down apple cake for Rosh HaShana and I want to make these for Succos. Wishing you and yours a good and sweet year.

    1. I love making mini versions of cakes. They freeze well too.

  5. These sound delicious, Julee! I can't wait to try them with my kids. :) L'Shana Tova. ;)

    1. Thank you so much for the holiday wishes of course I wish the same to your and your family

  6. The combination of apples, cinnamon, and cardamom sound wonderful. I but the aroma is great too, Judee. And, of course, mini is always cute!

  7. Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated. Hope to see you again this week. Starts tonight at 8PM CST.

    Have a great week!!

  8. I always enjoy mini versions of classic cakes. I can enjoy them without guilt and they are cute too! Your Mini Jewish Apple Cakes look absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing them with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will tweet :-)

  9. These look fantastic! :) Thanks for sharing with us at #tastytuesdays two weeks ago; we're back after a week break & would love to have you come share your pins with us tomorrow!

  10. Lovely presentation too! Cheers

  11. I have to try these for Rosh Hashanah this year. One question - about the cardamom. Can I use cardamom essential oil? If so, how much do you recommend?

  12. Gail,
    I am not sure about the cardamom essential oil. I've only used ground cardamom. I don't know what the oil tastes like. sorry..


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