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Sep 23, 2019

Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Cakes

These little spiced pumpkin and apple mini bundt cakes with a cinnamon sugar icing are sweet, light, and moist, and they are topped with a dusting of amazing crushed pumpkin seed brittle. 

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Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Cakes

These little pumpkin bundt cakes are filled with grated apples, and are spiced with brown sugar and cinnamon. They are the epitome of fall dessert flavors.

These mini pumpkin and apple cakes are topped with crushed pumpkin seed brittle. After you make the brittle, you smash it to create a sweet dust of candied pumpkin seeds. The recipe for the brittle makes way more than you need for these little cakes, which means there will be plenty of the pumpkin brittle left to nibble on.

These pumpkin and apple cakes are the perfect treat for an afternoon tea or as part of a dessert buffet.

Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Mini Bundt Cakes

Pumpkin is not just for pumpkin pie. You can make cheesecakes, pudding, breads, and even savory dishes like enchiladas and savory and nutritious pumpkin with lamb.

You will love the combination of pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon in these cakes.

To make these cakes, you will need a mini bundt cake pan. These pans vary so much in size. Look for a pan where the cavities are about 3 inches wide. I eventually settled on this 12 cavity pan, which was just the right size.

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Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Cakes

Yield: 12 mini bundt cakes
These little spiced pumpkin and apple mini bundt cakes with a cinnamon sugar icing are sweet, light, and moist, and they are topped with a dusting of amazing crushed pumpkin seed brittle.


For the Cakes
  • 150 grams (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 50 grams (1/4 cup) light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 150 grams (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 small apples (lunch box sized), peeled and grated
  • 150 grams (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) pumpkin puree
For the Pumpkin Seed Brittle
  • 75 grams (5 tablespoons) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 75 grams (1/2 cup) raw pumpkin seeds
  • Pinch of salt 
For the icing
  • 175 grams (1 1/4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


How to cook Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Cakes

To Make the Cakes
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 12-cavity mini bundt cake pan with spray oil. 
  2. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. I used a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. 
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the eggs, a bit at a time while mixing on medium speed. 
  4. Sift in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the mixing bowl. Add the apples and pumpkin puree and mix on low until the batter is smooth. 
  5. Divide the batter among the cavities of the pan, filling them almost to the top but not quite. 
  6. Bake the cakes on the middle shelf of your oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 
  7. Let the cakes cool in the pan for about 2 minutes, and then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
To Make the Pumpkin Seed Brittle
  1. Set a piece of parchment paper on a plate. 
  2. Add the sugar to a non stick sauce pan and add the water. 
  3. Cook the sugar and water over low heat until the sugar melts. 
  4. Increase the heat to medium and cook until it boils without stirring. 
  5. Cook until the mixture turns caramel colored. Add the pumpkin seeds and cook for another 20 seconds. 
  6. Pour the mixture out onto the parchment paper and spread it out thinly with an offset spatula and let it cool. 
  7. When ready finish the cakes, smash some of the brittle in a plastic bag with a rolling pan. Save to sprinkle over the top of the iced cakes.
To Make the Icing and Finish the Cakes
  1. Mix the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice together in a small bowl with a spoon until smooth. 
  2. Pour the icing into a plastic bag and cut a hole in a corner. 
  3. Drizzle the icing over the cakes and finish with a sprinkle of the smashed pumpkin seed brittle. 
Tea cakes, pumpkin, apple
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This recipe was adapted from the amazing book Afternoon Tea at Home: Deliciously indulgent recipes for sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes and other fancies by Will Torrent. It's a gorgeous book with amazing recipes. When I saw it, I couldn't resist.

Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Mini Bundt Cakes for Tea

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  1. I love how you transitioned from apple week to pumpkin week with something that has both! These look absolutely delicious and perfect for fall.

  2. I love that you used the mini bundt cakes! The perfect size for a delicious treat.

  3. They look adorable, and I love the pumpkin seed brittle! I felt a bit weak about the pan, obviously... but THANKFULLY I do have some silicone options that might prevent me from a jump to amazon com. One never knows, though.... I could opt to go really wild.....

    1. Oh, go wild! You are totally tempting me with the silicone options.

  4. The pumpkin seed brittle was brilliant. I love the crunch. I love the little bundts, too.

  5. Utterly cuteness overload with these spiced pumpkin and apple cakes!

  6. These are perfect Fall treats! And I love that they are miniature - my favorite kind of dessert!

  7. I am loving the flavor combination in these little cakes! The pumpkin brittle on top is just genius!

  8. They look so cute and delicious! I love the combination of apple and pumpkin. Can't wait to try them!

    1. Kind of q transition from apple week to pumpkin week!

  9. I love the combination of the apples and the pumpkin! I can't wait to make these because the scream fall to me!

  10. Pumpkin and apples are such a great combo!

  11. These Bundtlettes are adorable!


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