Apple cake recipe and how to have fun baking it with children

This past week, I baked apple cakes with my parent child classes.  It was fun!  We will serve the cakes, along with the cakes baked by all of the early childhood classes, at our Harvest Festival tomorrow.  I adapted the recipe from the “Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book”  I like it because it is simple, and has no eggs or dairy, so the children can taste the batter with no worries.

Here’s the recipe:


2 1/2 to 3 cups of chopped apples

1 cup water

3 Tablespoons coconut(or other) oil

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons maple syrup

1-1.2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1-1/2 cups white flour

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. chop the apples

3. sift together flours, baking soda and salt

4.  Mix together maple syrup, spices, oil and water.

5.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until smooth

6.  Add the apples and stir again.

7.  Generously grease a 10×13″ cake pan.  You could also use 2 loaf pans.

8.  Bake for about half an hour or until done.  If you use loaf pans, it will take longer.

When I prepare this recipe with my families–there are up to 8 children, age one to four,  in each class–I measure out all of the ingredients ahead of time and have them in separate bowls.  I slice the apples and give everyone who wants to help an apple slice on a cutting board with a butter knife.  While they chop (and eat–I used 4 apples per cake to get enough for the recipe) I let some of the children help to pour the ingredients into the sifter and sift and to do the stirring and greasing of the pan.  This way everyone can help and I don’t have to worry about getting a whole can of baking soda in the cake.  If I was doing it with just one or two children, I would let them help me to measure everything.

I also made one of the cakes using Trader Joe’s gluten free flour mix instead of the two flours.  I haven’t tasted it yet, but it looks like it came out just fine.

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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