brown sugar apple muffins and applesauce cake with cinnamon and nutmeg

Posted on 01/20/2013 by helen_bakes
I love apples. I really do. I'll eat anything with apples in it even if it contains other ingredients I usually avoid - apple strudel is a good example of this. I carefully scrape out the custard and then attack the rest of it like there's no tomorrow. This is why every time I come across a recipe for apple cake or apple muffins I think I've found the best. recipe. ever.

These apple muffins with brown sugar sprinkled over the top and gorgeous spices inside are honestly wow-good. The original poster's husband went wow at these, I went wow at these, and so did my colleagues. Do you need any more convincing? w o w.

Recipe as follows from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I halved the recipe below and got 9 muffins. Super easy recipe.

2 cups sugar (or use 1 1/2 cups for a less sweet muffin)
2 eggs
1 cup oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups peeled, cored, diced apples (around 3 apples)
brown sugar for topping (around 1/2 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper liners.
2. Cream together sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
3. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon.
4. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix until combined. The batter will be very thick.
5. Add the diced apples.
6. Fill paper liners almost to the top, about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
7. Bake at 350 degrees C for 20-24 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.

I can never restrain myself from filling up the muffin liners only 3/4 full - that's why I always end up with overflowing muffins and cupcakes. In this case, however, the bigger the muffin the better! The tops came out crunchy with the brown sugar and then gave way to ridiculously moist and cinnamony insides with the beautiful beautiful apple pieces. Everything was amazing. Everything was good. Officially the best apple muffin recipe ever. Photographs aren't very good though, because it's been raining like the apocalypse the entire week and therefore, no good sun to take photos by. Just imagine the softest muffin and the most amazing-smelling house while these are baking.

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Next apple recipe! This one isn't as mindblowing [yes, muffins can be mindblowing] as the earlier recipe, but I do think it has its merits. It's easy to put together and takes care of itself for an hour in the oven as you go do other things around the house. Mine didn't rise as much as the original poster's did, but nevertheless it wasn't dense. It had a nice chewy crust and tasted very applesaucy. I think it would benefit from the addition of apple slices or cubes for a real apple flavour blast. Good in the afternoon with a cup of hot, relaxing tea.

From Patent and the Pantry. Halved the original recipe, as usual. I didn't use the sugar glaze as I expected the cake to be sweet enough on its own.

3/4 cup (175 mL) margarine or butter, softened
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) sugar
3 eggs
2 3/4 cups (675 mL) sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
3/4 tsp (3 mL) baking soda
3/4 tsp (3 mL) nutmeg
3/4 tsp (3 mL) cinnamon
1 14 oz (398 mL) can sweetened applesauce

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
2. Cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs.
3. Sift together dry ingredients.
4. Add to creamed mixture, alternating with applesauce, beating after each addition.
5. If you like, stir in ¾ cup (175 mL) chopped walnuts before pouring batter into loaf pans.
6. Pour into two prepared (sprayed or rubbed with a bit of butter or margarine) 8-by 4-in. (20-by 10-cm) loaf pans. 7. Bake for 1 hour or until done. (Start checking at the 50-minute mark.) Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pans and putting on rack to cool completely.
8. Sugar glaze: Combine ½ cup (125 mL) sifted icing sugar with 1 tbsp. (15 mL) water. Pour over cake.

The photo I took of the cooling cake is truly horrible, so I apologise. Maybe I should invest in a lightbox.

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Have a good week :)
reseda_3067 20th-Jan-2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
NOTHING horrible about that pic! I wanted a slice right away. Nom. The muffins look mighty tempting too. :)
amaelamin_ 20th-Jan-2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
the muffins, omg the muffins. i need everybody to just stop what they're doing and make them now. so good! and heh thanks for saying that about the photo but i really should learn how to take good food photos :)

Edited at 2013-01-20 02:28 pm (UTC)
reseda_3067 20th-Jan-2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Me too. Just look at my user pic! Hahaha. I took that a couple of days ago after I made that chocolate cake. Not pretty. But the cake was awesome! lol!
amaelamin_ 21st-Jan-2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
we belong to the 'just close your eyes and eat it' school of bakers ;)
reseda_3067 21st-Jan-2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
For sure. Hahaha.
superbadgirl 20th-Jan-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Damn, I wish I'd bought apples instead of minneolas at the grocery store this week.

amaelamin_ 21st-Jan-2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
what are minneolas?? i've never heard of them!
superbadgirl 23rd-Jan-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
tangelo - cross between a tangerine and grapefruit or pomelo. Also, delicious.
amaelamin_ 25th-Jan-2013 02:45 am (UTC)
whoa i need to get my hands on one of those.
sinkwriter 20th-Jan-2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Now I want one of those muffins. You've sold me on them! :D
amaelamin_ 21st-Jan-2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
good! my job here is done.
desertdreams67 20th-Jan-2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Want to do this!!
amaelamin_ 21st-Jan-2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
please do!
doubletake 22nd-Jan-2013 02:56 am (UTC)
Made the muffins, using the lower amount of sugar and swapping half of the oil for unsweetened applesauce. I also used barely 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar for the topping. I got 22 muffins, but they didn't rise hardly at all so no monster mushroom caps for me.

I liked the flavor and the bounty of apple bits (and they were plenty sweet for my taste), but the texture of my muffins was exceedingly heavy and dense. I'll probably make them again, but try upping the wet content with buttermilk or yogurt to make the SUPER DUPER THICK HOLY CANNOLI BATMAN YOU WERE NOT KIDDING dough a little easier to manage (I think I may have overdeveloped the gluten while trying to incorporate all of the dry patches/apple bits, which can interfere with rising) and add a bit more leavening.

(Note: overdeveloping the gluten would have been harder to do if I had used all oil--gluten needs water to form.)

Texture issues did not stop me from consuming 4 of these today...may have something to do with the fact that I am pregnant and /constantly/ craving fruit.
amaelamin_ 22nd-Jan-2013 08:11 am (UTC)
if you ate four it's a good thing you lessened the oil and sugar! but really though, the muffins don't really need a higher wet content if you use a healthy vegetable oil because it really does help to make the muffin super light and fluffy. my batter was thick but not unmanageable and even though i think i mixed it pretty thoroughly it didn't become thick and dense. i hope you try them the original way! and congratulations on your baby :)
sapphie_lp 24th-Jan-2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Looks so good!
amaelamin_ 25th-Jan-2013 02:44 am (UTC)
tastes great too! the muffins, at least :)))
roseofjuly 10th-Feb-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Cinnamon apple muffins are like my favorite thing in the goddamn world, so this recipe looks delicious!
amaelamin_ 10th-Feb-2013 02:30 am (UTC)
please do try it! it's so good i swear. ^^
roseofjuly 10th-Feb-2013 04:37 am (UTC)
I have everything at home except the apples, so it will get tried at some point!
andweewoo 4th-Oct-2013 12:44 am (UTC)
thanks for the recipe! I went with the 1 1/2c sugar and added 1/4c skim milk because I had such a dense batter. On top I made an oatmeal and brownsugar mix with a little bit of butter. Yummy! Next time I think I will try with a bit less oil and some applesauce!

So good! I got 24 out of that recipe... and six are gone already! They only just came out of the oven ten minutes ago!
amaelamin_ 10th-Oct-2013 03:16 am (UTC)
you're welcome! oh yes, applesauce would be great in this as a substitute for oil. they really are amazing, aren't they? i'm glad you enjoyed them!
rachelpage 22nd-Apr-2015 05:31 am (UTC)
That looks totally yummilicious!Making it soon!
amaelamin_fic 23rd-Apr-2015 12:31 am (UTC)
you're so sweet for commenting ever so often even though i've stopped updating. i hope you really do enjoy some of these things :) take care and have a good day.
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