I dug into my family recipe box to share this dessert with you – my Grandma’s Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze. This cake is tender, studded with loads of apples and walnuts and it is topped with the most glorious crinkly cinnamon glaze! Thanks for supporting Shaken Together and allowing me to share recipes with you though sponsored partnerships with trusted brands like McCormick®.
Most of my food memories center around my grandma. Summer was just not Summer without her strawberry shortcake. And many days, I sat on the same stool that my mom sat on a kid eating her cucumber salad out of avocado green bowls. Her chicken salad? Is legendary. Waldo burgers. Brats & Sauerkraut. Hawaiian Rice Pudding. This list goes on and on. Needless to say, she is my foodie inspiration!
Grandma’s Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze
This is one of the few ‘from scratch’ cakes here at Shaken Together. If I don’t default to a box mix, then you know that this is a treasured, tried and true recipe. Just like I know any recipe written in grandma’s sloping script is going to be delicious, I know that McCormick spices are going to deliver on quality and flavor in my kitchen. Those iconic red lids have been in our family’s pantries for as long as I can remember. For this classic family holiday recipe, both the batter and the glaze get that warm comforting taste of cinnamon thanks to McCormick Ground Cinnamon.
Can’t you almost smell it?! The spicy fragrance of cinnamon, the sound of my grandma cutting apples and plunking them into a bowl from the blade of her paring knife, the feel of a nubby rag rug under my feet in her kitchen … those are the memories that come to mind when I bake something that I know came from her home.
I mean, just look at this apple and walnut studded batter … you can see the rich brown flecks of cinnamon and loads and loads of fruit and nuts. This has holiday baking written allllll over it!
This cake bakes up all golden brown with nooks and crannies for the cinnamon crackle glaze to settle into …
You heard that right. This cake does not get all dolled up with a thick frosting. Nope. There is a simple cook and pour cinnamon glaze that gets poured right over the warm cake. Oh, this is my favorite part!
Once cooled, that glaze is going to crackle the second your fork hits it …
If you can wait for it to cool, that is. That’s probably my least favorite part
Trust me when I say that one piece of Grandma’s Apple Cake will not be enough. And vanilla (or even butter pecan) ice cream is highly recommended!
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