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Seriously Simple: Apple cakelets, a versatile fall treat

Diane Rossen Worthington, Tribune Content Agency on

When I developed this recipe, I wanted to serve these as little cakes (which is where the name comes from). You can call them muffins as well, but who doesn’t like a fun name for a familiar sweet?

I like these cakelets because they are individual servings ready to be stacked on a pretty platter, no slicing required. The tender-crumb cake is studded with moist apple nuggets and topped with a spiced golden crispy streusel.

The recipe couldn’t be simpler. The streusel incorporates pumpkin pie seasoning, so you don’t have to buy multiple spices. You can also cut the apple into a small dice if you like little apple pieces in your cake instead of slices. These spiced crumb cakelets will adapt to whatever menu you’re serving. Offer these for Sunday brunch along with scrambled eggs or vegetable omelets and a fresh fruit salad. These also make a tasty afternoon snack with a cup of English tea.

Apple Spiced Apple Crumb Cakelets

Makes 12 muffins

Nonstick baking spray or muffin liners


For the crumb topping:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar


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