A Day of Apple Picking and Mini Apple Loaf Cakes

Is there anything more Fall than apple picking?  I have been living in New England for seventeen years and I never went apple picking until I had kids.  I think simplest things become so much more special when you look at them through children's eyes.  The girls and I went apple picking with dear friends over the weekend and what a special day it was.

It was one of those perfect day when the sun was shinning so beautifully.  We walk through field of wild flowers and apples.

The girls and I had such an amazingly fun day and we came home with more apples than we know what to do with.  Today while the girls were at school, I baked yummy mini apple loaf cakes.  Baking is like therapy for me.  I know some people like to bake with their children and you see pictures of them all smiling and life is so wonderful but that is not the case with us.  Usually there are tears and arguing and somebody is in time out.  I am not the kind of baker who can just make up recipes either.  I do however love looking at amazing food blogs.  I decided to use Mini French Apple Cakes recipe from Hungry Rabbit.  If you love desserts, you will love his blog.

The cake itself is already sweet but since we got dessert monsters in this house, I made Vanilla Caramel Glaze to go over it.  They were out of this world sweet and delicious!

We even made little flags for them.  Bella asked what we were celebrating and I just said, "I don't know.  Life?"

This apple cake is definitely worth celebrating.

Recipe for Vanilla Caramel Glaze

-1/4 cup of unsalted butter
-1/3 cup of brown sugar
-1 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar
-2 tbsp of milk
-1 tbsp of vanilla extract

Melt butter in the sauce pan over medium high heat.  Once the butter is melted, put brown sugar in and stir continuously.  Once the mixture boils, remove from the heat and add the milk.  Stir vigorously until the milk is completely mixed in.  Then add vanilla extract and confectioners' sugar until you get the right consistency.  

Recipe for Mini Apple Cakes from Hungry Rabbit

Mini French Apple Cake

yield: Six 3-inch cakes or one 9-inch cake

2 pounds (about 4) Granny Smith apples , peeled, cored, cut into 8 wedges, and sliced 1/8 inch thick crosswise
4 tablespoon dark rum
1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup (5 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup (7 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3 large eggs. room temperature
10 tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter
3/4  cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350℉. Spray six 3-inch round cake pan (3-inch high) with cooking spray, line bottoms with parchment, grease parchment. Place prepared pan on rimmed baking sheet, set aside.
2. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the butter until it turns golden brown, about 5-8 minutes; remove from heat and let cool slightly.
3. Place apple slices into microwave-safe pie plate, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave until apples are pliable and slightly translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Toss apple slices with 1 tablespoon of dark rum and lemon juice and let cool for 15 minutes.
4. Whisk 1 cup flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt together in bowl. Whisk eggs, brown butter, milk, remaining 3 tablespoon of rum and vanilla together in second bowl until smooth. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until just combined. Using spatula, gently fold in cooled apples. Divide batter evenly between prepared pan; using offset spatula, spread batter evenly. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar evenly over cakes.
5. Bake until center of cake is set, toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, and top is golden brown, about 45-50 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack; let cool for 15 minutes. Run paring knife around sides of pan and invert cake from pan and cool on wire rack completely, about 1 hour.
Serve with a dollop of sweetened créme fraīche, vanilla ice cream or simply w a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. Cakes can e refrigerate in airtight containers for 3 days; bring it to room temperature or warm cake in 350℉ oven for 10-15 minutes before serving.


  1. Looks like fun with the girls Victoria. Your girls are so adorable. This recipe sounds so yummy.
    Thanks for sharing your fun day and the great recipe.

  2. What beautiful photos of your beautiful day! I'm sure your apple cake was amazing!
    Jennelise xo

  3. Gorgeous photos, Victoria. And the cake made with a touch of rum in the batter sound delicious. xoox Su

    1. Thank you, Su. Originally I was going to make the glaze with brandy and then decided that might just be too much booze. lol

  4. Victoria,
    Viewing your charming photo captures of your apple picking day with friends and your adorable daughters felt like being with you. I smiled at the recipe to see the dark rum added in and I will certainly make these over the weekend. I even have paper mini loaf pans, I start stocking up on them for the Holidays to give baked goods as additional gifts. Your flag banner made my heart smile, yes Victoria the perfect reason to make a fun banner in celebration of love and life.

  5. What a perfect day! Victoria, your girls are so adorable. It's fun to see them enjoying being out in nature and then returning to cook up those delicious cakes. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Love the pics of your fun day...gosh, your girls are so beautiful!

    Have to Pin these recipes! Thank you!

    Jane x

  7. Your apple cakes look delicious! I used to have the hugest sweet tooth but it mysteriously disappeared in my late 30's. My husband, on the other hand, could eat sugar all day long! These would be right up his alley:)

    Love the pics of your girlies apple picking! They're so darling!!! There was a big orchard in California that I went on a field trip to with my middle son, it was so much fun but we never ended up going there again. I remember it well because he'd broken both his arms but he was such a trooper, picking and peeling apples with 2 casts on lol.

    Have a wonderful weekend with those little angels of yours:)

    1. Oh Victoria, I could eat sweet all day every day. It is so bad but so good.

  8. Apples and Angels...perfect combination!

    1. This is the sweetest comment I have ever read ... Yes indeed ..."Apples and Angels"

  9. It was so nostalgic to see your daughter carrying apples in the skirt of her dress. I grew up in the 50s and we wore dresses even for everyday and those skirts came in handy. As usual, love your post and your photos and the recipes sound delish!

    1. Thank you, Teddee. The cakes were delicious and we still have so much more apples left.

  10. Wonderful photos! The recipe sound so delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

  11. What a fun day-I love going apple picking with my daughter and her friends too. Cooking is therapy for me too and if I wasn't painting furniture in my spare time I think I would have a food blog too. However I do not like to follow recipes and usually make things up to cook from my head so posting about it would not be fun for me since I do not measure! Happy Saturday!

  12. Love your apple day here, the girls look like they enjoyed picking them to then see the out come of there labor... rum yum! I do have to make this, and now you have me wanting to find a farm I can pick from, or jump a neighbors fence to steal some of theirs.

    Apple anything is always a good thing.

    See you soon dear,


  13. I always love your photos, and the recipes sound AMAZING! My mind just went skipping back to picking apple with my great-grandmother. I was in the tree, and she was catching apples in her apron. Sweet memories ~ and goodies!

    1. Lin, I hope you are feeling well. I do think about you often and am sending lots of love. Don't you love memories like this? I have quiet a few with climbing the mango trees.