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Crabapple Whisky Cake


Recently I was thinking of baking with some of my store of applesauce, when it occurred to me I should also use some of my crabapple sauce for a change. Quite by chance I came across a recipe which did exactly that, thereby saving me a lot of time and effort by not having to create my own.

I had been picking crabapples even after the frost, so I was relieved to learn someone else does it, and it really is OK. They don’t look that great on the tree, but for cooking purposes it is quite safe to do so. So if you have some of these shrivelled little fruits to pick, here is a perfect way to use them.


I followed the recipe which you can find here Β Β (as well as some interesting facts about crabapples), using the cinnamon and nutmeg instead of spice berries, regular walnuts instead of black walnuts, and the whisky which I thought made it suitable for a Robbie Burns dinner this weekend, but it is delicious enough you can forego the liquor all together if you wish.

The crabapples give the cake more fruit flavour than regular apples would, and the spices and nuts add even more to the rich flavours.


I baked it in a large bundt pan which took about 75 minutes to bake, longer than the recipe calls for, but times will vary depending on the shape of your pan.


If using a pan like this, it is important to grease it very well to make removing the cake easy.


It would be delicious served with whipped or clotted cream, but we chose to have it neat.


Now that I know just how good crabapple sauce is in making, I might just have to work on more recipes, but I doubt I could beat this one. Easy to make, delicious, keeps well, it is a keeper.


Linked to Angie at Fiesta Friday, Sonal at Simply Vegetarian and Petra at Food Eat Love.

Author: Hilda

I am a backyard forager who likes to share recipes using the wild edibles of our area.

30 thoughts on “Crabapple Whisky Cake

  1. Your crab apple cake looks delicious Hilda, I tried your link but it just took me to google. I’m always on the lookout for recipes with crab apples so I’ll come back later. Thanks for sharing, happy FF πŸ™‚


  2. Th aka for bringing it to FF Hilda!!
    I am always in awe of your skills when I see you using some unsusp ingredients with ease!! Absolutely fantastic. That cake looks fabulous!!


  3. Looks delicious, Hilda! πŸ˜€


  4. That looks and sounds delicious!


  5. You’re right–we both had apple bundt cakes on our minds! Yours looks delicious!


  6. This looks like a perfect cake for an afternoon tea. πŸ˜€ Happy FF, Hilda. πŸ™‚

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  7. The cake looks amazing but I have never hear of crabapple, how do they taste?


  8. Such a wildly unique idea! I’ve never had (or even heard of!) crabapple cake, but it sounds delightful.


  9. Nice to know you can still use these dried up fruits hanging on the trees. Waste not, want not. Oh, Hilda, when will you be able to co-host? Is next week too soon? I have you penciled in somehow but can’t remember ever asking for your confirmation, LOL! Mila will be the other co-host. Please let me know. XOXO


  10. Oh my, this looks fabulous Hilda…. yummm


  11. wow.. awesome πŸ™‚ I cant find the recipe link though..


  12. Crab apples are delicious and even better in this cake! It looksso moist and perfect for a Burns night evening! πŸ™‚


  13. Great job with the crabapple-whiskey combo! Sounds (and looks) wonderful. πŸ™‚


  14. I actually had no idea that you could bake with (or even eat) crabapples! This is such a unique cake, and it looks delicious!

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