Dark Chocolate Crabapple Cake

 

 

Crabapple season is here!  My friend, Jennifer McGovern, stalks the wild apple trees in her Anchorage neighborhood and turns the sour fruit into a moist and tangy chocolate cake.  If you’re not a chocolate fan, try this Triple-Ginger Crabapple Cake instead.

“Once every year, I get together with a friend and make large batches of crabapple cakes.  She chops while I mix up the batter.  We make 6 to 8 cakes, freeze them in quarters, and then savor them all winter long.  We always make chocolate crabapple cakes.  This recipe has been adapted from the “Alaska Wild Berry Guide and Cookbook.”  The original recipe calls for regular cocoa powder but I prefer a darker chocolate so I can get my chocolate fix.  To freeze, cut cake into desired serving size, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 6 months. I” –Jennifer McGovern

Dark Chocolate Crabapple Cake

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings  |  Total time: 1 hour 30 min
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Dark chocolate and red crabapples make a beautiful cake.  Try to use dark cocoa if you can for deeper flavor.


ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped crabapples

 

directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. 
  2. Cream together, using an electric or hand mixer, butter and sugar in a large bowl.  Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.  Beat in water carefully as it may spill over.  
  3. Whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, and spices.  Add slowly to butter-sugar mixture and blend well.  Add vanillla. Fold in chocolate chips and crabapples and stir to combine.
  4. Spoon into well greased and floured bundt pan.  Bake one hour or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; some melted chocolate might stick to tester.

Date Published: September 29, 2014
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  1. October 10, 2014 2:17 pm by marcia freed Reply

    Your personal story is so compelling and so well expressed. It adds a lot to yourMOUTHFUL OF STARS. I read your entire cookbook and suggest you look at the Indian author,, Julie Sahni and her recipe for tomato ginger chutney. It has fewer ingredients than yours but it is very good although it does not make a lot once it is cooked down. I think you would like it . I am looking forward to trying your curry leaf syrup and cocktail. The curry leaves has been my biggest cooking discovery this year. I love the perfume.

    • October 22, 2014 6:35 pm by kim Reply

      Thanks for your kind words. And for pointing me to author Julie Sahni; I will check out her chutney recipe among others. I hope you like the curry leaf syrup and cocktail. I love the fragrant hit the leaves offer to so many dishes. I recently made Suvir Saran’s shrimp and sweet corn curry, which makes such great use of curry leaf.

  2. August 6, 2016 5:47 pm by kathie Reply

    Do you peel the apples, even if they’re only about an inch wide??

    • August 7, 2016 10:08 am by kim Reply

      Hi Kathie,

      Jen, who developed this recipe, never peels her crabapples. There’s a photo of her cutting them up. I hope you like the cake!

  3. August 12, 2016 2:43 pm by Teapotlids Reply

    I like the sound of this but have a similar question to the previous one: are the crab apples just chopped or are they peeled & cored beforehand?

    • August 15, 2016 12:01 pm by kim Reply

      No need to peel the apples, but it’s best to remove the core. Thanks.

  4. August 22, 2016 11:24 am by Thel Reply

    Hi Kim. I made it last night and it’s awesome! I like that it’s not too sweet and the tiny little tangy crab apples are lovely. It’s a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

    • August 22, 2016 5:56 pm by kim Reply

      Hi. That’s good news. Where did you get crabapples? I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!! Thanks for letting us know.

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