Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake

Inspired by a Bulgarian dessert, this Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake features Sumac, a tangy Middle Eastern spice alongside crunchy apples and subtle cinnamon for a  sweet baked treat that you most definitely will not want to share.

Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake - Inspired by a Bulgarian dessert, sumac and apple are the PERFECT pair in this sweet baked treat. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Good morning guys, how was your weekend? Adelaide had the good fortune of a lovely three day weekend, which was spectacularly good timing for us to get the house sorted.

I think we’ve moved around 75% of our stuff now, and just being able to spend the last few nights at home, waking up in our own bed, was an absolute treat.

I know that sounds a bit silly. But you guys know how long we’ve been waiting for this! 😛

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This morning we woke up feeling super refreshed and ready to take up that old morning ritual of hitting the streets with our pup Bonnie.

Yep. It feels so goooood to be back.

Ooooh wait wait wait. I don’t think we’ve introduced Bonnie! Here’s a quick pic of our little scruffy cuddle monster:

Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake - Our Wanderpup, Bonnie, the little scruffy Cavoodle. | wandercooks.com

How on earth did we go a whole year without THAT FACE in our lives!?

Anyway, now there are just a few things waiting to get their butts over to our house. Next on the hit list? TV Unit and PlayStation collection.

Although how in the world they weren’t FIRST on the list I’ll never know.

(I’m lookin’ at you Sarah. >_> <_< )

Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake - Inspired by a Bulgarian dessert, sumac and apple are the PERFECT pair in this sweet baked treat. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

A few days ago we thought it’d be a cool idea to invite a couple of awesome friends over for breakfast. We had ambitious plans to whip up a batch of homemade pancakes and try out our new idea for a Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake.

As they were arriving though, we kinda remembered a small yet relevant fact. You know that bold statement we made on Saturday about having a fully functional kitchen?

Yeah well, that might have been a teensy bit of a white lie.

You see in all the excitement of moving we kinda forgot that we don’t have a gas connection until Wednesday…

Eeep?

Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake - Inspired by a Bulgarian dessert, sumac and apple are the PERFECT pair in this sweet baked treat. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Cue the mini portable gas burner. It may be tiny, it may be cheap, but it was enough. Pancakes saved!

We set up the little burner that could outside on the porch because safety-first, and so the whole group ended up moving outside as well to bask in the pancake ambiance.

Even the neighbours were enjoying parfum de pancake from the sounds of it. 😛

Once the pancakes were golden and fluffy we had a very sophisticated breakfast (or should I say brunch?) sitting outside on plastic outdoor chairs at a decadent cardboard table.

Ohhh yehs darrrrling. It was an eeeelegant breakfast party. Sniff.

Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake - Inspired by a Bulgarian dessert, sumac and apple are the PERFECT pair in this sweet baked treat. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake

Meanwhile the Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake was rising to crispy golden perfection in our actually-functioning electric oven.

Made from a sweet vanilla base, crunchy apples, subtle cinnamon and tart sumac, it’s one of Sarah’s favourite cakes to whip up for a tasty dessert, and my favourite when smothered in a dollop of cream. 😀

Oddly enough we first stumbled across sumac in Bulgaria, where we learned from our couchsurfing host Boris (you know, the one that taught us this Easy White Bean Salad) that sumac + apple is most definitely a pairing that you need in your life.

Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake - Inspired by a Bulgarian dessert, sumac and apple are the PERFECT pair in this sweet baked treat. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Made from the flowers of a wild Middle Eastern berry bush, you can easily sprinkle this tangy spice over fresh apple slices for a deliciously healthy snack and eat to your heart’s content. (Keen to find out how else it can be used? Check out Serious Eats’ guide on how to use sumac here.)

But we think this pairing is EVEN BETTER when whipped up into a deliciously soft and fluffy cake.

There’s just one problem. For all those uncooked cake batter addicts out there (raise your hands, I know you’re there), this one is going to be extremely hard to avoid taste-testing.

Sorry-not-sorry?

Resist though, and you’ll be rewarded when that spicy apple crunch melts into soft, sweet vanilla heaven.

Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake - Inspired by a Bulgarian dessert, sumac and apple are the PERFECT pair in this sweet baked treat. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Have you cooked with Sumac before? What’s your favourite way use it? Join the conversation on our Facebook page – see you there!

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Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake
 
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This Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake features Sumac, a tangy Middle Eastern spice, crunchy apples and subtle cinnamon for a sweet baked treat.
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 granny smith apple, finely diced
  • 250 g brown sugar
  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 ml full cream milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon sugar
  • 3 tbsp sumac
  • 1½ cups self raising flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius. Grease a medium rectangular baking dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Add ⅔ cup sugar and the butter to a large bowl. Blend until creamy with an electric mixer.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Continue to blend until well combined.
  4. Add flour gradually while blending. Once flour has been incorporated, add the milk and combine until mixture reaches a smooth texture.
  5. Pour half of the cake mixture into baking dish. Top with half of the diced apple, cinnamon sugar, brown sugar and sumac.
  6. Cover with remaining cake mixture and top again with remaining apple, cinnamon sugar, brown sugar and sumac.
  7. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes (depending on your oven) until a skewer pressed into the cake comes out clean and the top is golden brown.

 

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20 Comments

  1. Hi! This recipe sounds great and I’d love to make it, but a quick question. The recipe says to preheat to 170 degrees. Is that correct? That seems super super low, so I wanted to check in.

    Thanks!

    • Wandercooks

      06/02/2017 at 9:51 am

      Hey JP, thanks for stopping by! Yep it’s 170 degrees celsius, which if you’re used to working in fahrenheit would be 338 degrees. Hope that helps and you enjoy the cake! Let us know how you go. 🙂

      • Ha! I obviously should have thought of that. So silly. Thanks so much for getting back to me!

        • Wandercooks

          06/02/2017 at 12:33 pm

          No problem that’s totally fine! 😀 I’ve updated the recipe to include that info now. We usually specify celsius but obviously missed this one so thanks for letting us know!

  2. Oh Yum!
    I wish I was having a slice of this with my morning cup of tea 🙂
    Looks so good
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

    • Wandercooks

      17/03/2016 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Julie! We can definitely say from personal experience that this cake goes amazingly with a good cup of tea. Haha 😉

  3. Love the look of this cake. The sumac is a great spice to work with.

    • Wandercooks

      17/03/2016 at 10:20 am

      Thanks Peter, we’re looking forward to more sweet and savoury experiments with sumac too!

  4. Oh wow this looks incredible!! I have only had sumac with meat dishes but I will have to try this one!! Thanks

    • Wandercooks

      16/03/2016 at 11:36 am

      Thanks Sam, sumac IS awesome with meat dishes but equally fun to try with sweets too. Bonus 😀

  5. I love the apple and cinnamon combination! This cake looks so delicious! Awww, look at Bonnie, how cute! 🙂

    • Wandercooks

      16/03/2016 at 11:38 am

      Haha we love her so much. Right now she’s snoozing in her bed while we’re working. It’s a tough job trying to stay on task and not keep running over for puppy cuddles! Haha 😀

  6. I just saw a recipe using Sumac for the very first time this week ( with shrimp ), and now another! I feel like it’s a sign that I MUST try Sumac soon, and what better way than with the delicious and familiar flavor of apple.

    • Wandercooks

      16/03/2016 at 10:02 am

      Oh wow, sumac would go amazingly with shrimp, it’s almost guaranteed to go well with anything you’d normally add lemon to! If you try it, let us know how you go!

  7. This sounds absolutely delicious. I love a good cake to have a slice of in the afternoon, and this one sounds perfect! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Wandercooks

      16/03/2016 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Lindy, this one should go perfectly with a nice cuppa in the afternoon! 🙂

  8. The flavor combo in this sounds ridiculously amazing!! I MUST try it asap! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Wandercooks

      16/03/2016 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Sarah, it’s definitely a nice addition to spice up those apple and cinnamon flavours. Hope you enjoy!

  9. Sumac! 😀 I’m looking forward to finally cracking out this spice mix again! I think dust has gathered on top of it…

    • Wandercooks

      16/03/2016 at 9:34 am

      Martin, dust!? Tsk tsk. Haha. 😛 Definitely crack out that sumac again, if not for this cake then for fish, chicken, fruit, hummus, bread, corn… We had no idea before this that sumac is SO so versatile!

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