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Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Maple Apple Cake

“Look Dad, I made you this cake.. you'll get to gobble it up tonight, after dinner... if you eat all your greens!”

Recipes | July 22, 2013
Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Maple Apple Cake

Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Maple Apple Cake

Wishing my Dad a very Happy 60th Birthday today! 

Look Dad, I made you this cake.. you’ll get to gobble it up tonight, after dinner… if you eat all your greens 😉

I made it with the very popular variety of apples that people are going gaga over, Jazz Apples.

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A few weeks ago I was invited to a Jazz Apples masterclass at RAW Materials with past MasterChef contestant, and my instagram buddy; Alana Lowes. Meeting Alana was like meeting and old friend. We had been gawking over each other’s instagram feeds for a while now, so it was nice to not only be able to cook with her, but also to ask and answer questions we never asked over social media…. like why am I always at the Grosvenor Hotel 😉

When I say cook together… well Alana did all the cooking… all I did was brush a few sheets of filo pastry with some ghee. That was enough effort for a weeknight after having to cross town after work!

We had some amazing food that showcased Jazz Apples, including sticky, smokey, spicy pork ribs with Jazz Apple slaw; and the scrumptious dessert of a rhubarb and apple filo scrunch that was spiked nicely with ginger. All recipes are available on the Jazz Apple website: 

I failed to bring my camera on the night, so to see photos of what we ate, head over to Thanh’s blog.

Jazz Apples retain their shape well when baking (provided you don’t grate them, like I did for this recipe), and they have a great crunch and sweetness for just general eating. They are probably one of my favourite varieties of apples, along with Fuji apples.

They are available from supermarkets, and all good fruit shops. For more info on Jazz Apples head to:

This recipe says to make 12 mini bundts and cover them liberally in cinnamon sugar. I decided to make the one big bundt and just sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar instead. Any recipe that calls for melted butter rather than softened butter is a winner in my book, as I’m never organised enough to have butter out of the fridge before I want to start baking, and if I do soften it in the microwave I more prone to melting it anyway! 

I haven’t tasted it yet, but will taste it tonight with the birthday boy :) 

Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Maple Apple Cake
Recipe adapted from Donna Hay

2 1/2 cups (375g) self-raising flour, sifted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
250g butter, melted
1 cup (175g) brown sugar
1/2 cup (175g) maple syrup
4 eggs
6 Jazz Apples, peeled and grated
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, extra
1/2 cup caster sugar

1. Preheat oven to 180C (355F). Place the flour and cinnamon in a bowl and mix to combine. Add the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, eggs and apple and mix well to combine.

2. Spoon into a 12 cup capacity Bundt tin. Bake for 40 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Turn out immediately.

3. Place the extra cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and mix to combine. Sprinkle over the top of the cake and cool.

Iron Chef Shellie attended the Jazz Apples Masterclass thanks to Media Moguls.

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23 comments on “Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Maple Apple Cake
  1. Erin@TheFoodMentalist - July 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I’m so going to make an apple cider version of this. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing x

  2. Cara @ Gourmet Chick - July 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

    So true about the butter. I always read that bit of the recipe and go “ah the butter is rock hard in the fridge – great”. Cake looks delicious.

  3. Michelle @ The Bakeanista - July 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Ahhhh love Jazz apples! My absolute favourite now. I’ve recommended them to my friends and colleagues who are also converts now hehehe. Next I need to try baking with them, I always use just Granny Smiths in my apple-baking.

    And haha, I do the same with butter! I leave them in the oven for a “bit” when pre-heating and end up more melted than softened. 😛

  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme - July 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Happy Birthday to your papa! Love this cake. It looks beautiful but sounds even better. Really digging the cake tin you’ve used 😉

  5. GourmetGetaways - July 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Oh this looks so delectable!!
    I love cinnamon and maple syrup… yum, I so much want to eat this right now :)
    … Lol! I have the same knife as you :)

  6. Helen (Grab Your Fork) - July 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Love your bundt tin! And hope your dad had the most wonderful of birthdays. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away I think I’d have two slices of this, just to make sure. Heh.

  7. Thanh - July 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I must use that tin again. It looks so good. I remember how well my apple cake turned out last time. Mmmmm now I want cake. Drats to this fasting thing haha.

  8. Ling - July 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I love Jazz apples. But I can see a pic of the whole cake please as it looks beautiful! Well the 1/4 that I can see.

  9. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - July 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve only met Alana once but I was suitably impressed :)

    That’s a gorgeous cake and perfect for a 60th birthday party. Do we get photos of him eating the whole thing??

  10. The Grumpy Old Man - July 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Very nice cake indeed. From thebirthday boy! Thanks Michele or should I say Iron Chef Shellie?

  11. Keren - July 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I was wondering on the weekend how Jazz apples would cook up … now I know it’s safe to try them in some muffins :) Love the look of this cake too, yet another good reason for me to add a bundt tin to my collection!

  12. msihua (@msihua) - July 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I’m also a great fan of melted vs soften butter.. such a hassle.. I pop mine into the oven and its melted 😛

  13. Lizzy (Good Things) - July 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Happy 60th to your dad…. beautiful cake! Love it.

  14. Sarah - July 24, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Beautiful cake! I love that cake mould, and well done for getting it out so neatly! Happy Birthday to your Dad :)

  15. Libby - July 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I like dem apples!

  16. cquek - July 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    oh boy I am hungry , your dad must be very proud of you.

  17. Sara @bellyrumbles - July 25, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Stunning. Really such a pretty cake, and I love apple and cinnamon, awesome.

  18. Daisy@Nevertoosweet - July 25, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Happy Birthday toy our Dad!!! What a gorgeous cake!!! It seriously looks like a huge rose how did you do that?!

    Am addicted to Jazz apples Ricky and I bought 2 kgs the day after the event hahah oops need to blog about that soon! :)

    Ps. I’m still waiting for the day someone bakes me a cake…hint hint hint haha

  19. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed - July 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Happy birthday to your dad!! What a beautiful cake, I love the style. Mad for apples in cake, too :)
    Heidi xo

  20. Adrian (Food Rehab) - July 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    #maplecraze all the way!! Love the tin!

  21. KC - August 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve never really tried Jazz apples (by themselves or in cooking) but this recipe definitely looks like one worth cooking up.

  22. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice - August 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Ok, I’m late to this party, but happy birthday to your dad! I’m super close with my dad, too, and if we lived closeby I’d definitely bake him a cake. I’m sure he loved it!

    I’m wild for apples in cake, so I’ll be bookmarking this one :)


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