This month of September blackberries and apples are in season in my area. Apple trees and blackberry bushes are overflowing with fruit, so it occurred to me why not try a new recipe and take advantage of them?
I will start by saying that this cake is yummy, apart from being much healthier than other sweets. This recipe uses a small amount of sugar, and instead, what sweetens this cake is a delicious applesauce and honey (and much healthier and lighter!).
You can make it as a cake, or make individual muffins. Children love them! They also freeze very well, cutting the cake into slices and wrapping the pieces individually. You can put the muffins directly in a freezer bag. To defrost, leave at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes.
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 apples, peeled and diced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 small apple flavored yogurt or natural yogurt
1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk (animal or vegetable milk, whichever kind you prefer)
1 cup of fresh blackberries
A little bit of butter for greasing the mold
To sprinkle on top:
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
The first thing we will do if we are going to make muffins will be to place the paper cases in the muffin molds or tray. If we are going to do it in a cake mold, we grease the mold with a little bit of butter. We will also preheat the oven to 220ºC.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, ground cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cut apples. Mix until combined.
In another bowl we mix the brown sugar, apple sauce, eggs, honey, yogurt, vanilla extract and milk. We whisk it together until the mixture is smooth.
We pour the liquid mixture, into the dry mixture. Stir a little with a spoon until combined. Do not overmix.
On the other hand we will mix the sugar and cinnamon to sprinkle on top.
Fill the muffin cases halfway and add a few blackberries inside each one. Sprinkle a little of the sugar and cinnamon mixture on the top of each one. Put in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
If we have opted for the cake shape, we put the blackberries in the dough and just a little bit with a spoon, just so that they are integrated (otherwise we will break the blackberries). We pour the dough into the mold and sprinkle a little of the sugar and cinnamon mixture on top. Place in the oven for about 20-25 minutes (it may vary depending on the mold) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
I hope you like it! You can make variations of this recipe using other fruits. If you try a new recipe, tell me about it in the comments! I love learning new recipes. 🙂