Now that the apple season is at its peak, I decided that it may be time for one of those authentic autumn desserts, one that fills the house with the irresistible scent of baked apples and spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. And a few days ago, I woke up inspired and ready to embrace the colours and the feelings the new season brings only to find out that it is way too early to wave summer goodbye. Yes, it was the hottest day of the year 😀 Sometimes I forget how temperamental the weather actually is. I love you Summer but I love Fall more.
What started as an apple tart, turned into apple squares and finally came out as a cake. Oh, my crazy messy thoughts. Were they visible they would appear as an inverse explosion, but, even though they spin in a way that appears without design or logic, they always dance their way back to one word: delicious!
I really wanted to save you the inconvenience of baking while it was 30+ degrees outside, so, I waited patiently and here’s the recipe now. It’s the perfect moody autumn weekend (winterish, I would even say) to stay home, sleep till late, cuddle under warm blankets, have breakfast in bed, read books, watch movies, drink hot tea and bake a cake. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?
If you bear with me a few more moments, you will actually get to the recipe and find out that there’s a special ingredient in my cake this time. I’ve teamed up with Baileys Irish Cream and was honoured to try their new flavour Pumpkin Spice, just on time to bring comfort and joy in the colourful Autumn season. Now, I don’t know what goes in your mind when you hear pumpkin and spices in one sentence, but I’ll just tell you that if you’re not with your sleeves rolled and with a whisk in your hand yet, this Baileys is already like a cake in a bottle as it is. But, if you feel a bit more adventurous and you actually like baking, I will let you in the world of secrets and tell you that the hint of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg makes it a great addition to basically any dessert.
The cake itself was really easy to make and vegan (if you skip the baileys and swap the honey for maple syrup for example). It turned out really delicious. Crispy on the outside and very soft almost fudge-like inside. Great combination of baked apples and spices and, honestly, the baileys just finished it off. Not to forget the subtle nutty taste from the oils and the crunchiness from the pecans and walnuts. Just notice what little amount of flour I used. Awesome, right?
Fresh seasonal apples ♥