Apple and Almond Cakes with Almond Brittle

  • Cooking and Prep: 1 h
  • Serves: 12
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When choosing apples for this cake, I like to mix Granny Smith with Gala or Fuji. The cakes can be made either in mini-version (I baked them in brioche-style silicone cups, but muffin cups work fine), or as one round cake. Substitute brown sugar with white sugar if you don’t use brown sugar on Pesach, and omit the thyme and zest if you don’t use peels.


Ingredients (14)

Main ingredients


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Bake the Cakes

1 large cake or 12 mini cakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a muffin pan or one large cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a saucepan, combine apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and two tablespoons water. Cook over medium-low heat until apples are very soft. The apples should break down and be almost sauce-like. Let cool.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine cooked apple mixture, eggs, ground almonds, sugar, cinnamon, fresh thyme, and lemon zest (if using). Mix to combine. 

  4. Add mixture to muffin cups and sprinkle sliced almonds on top. Bake 15–20 minutes for small cakes, or 35–45 minutes for one large cake.

Prepare the Brittle

  1. Combine sugar, water, and lemon juice in a saucepan and mix to combine. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and cook until mixture is amber colored. DO NOT stir pan, simply swirl pan occasionally.

  2. Pour mixture onto a prepared pan. Drop slivered almonds into mixture and let cool until hardened like glass.

  3. Break into shards and serve with cake.


Plate these cakes with additional toasted sliced almonds and a small sprig of thyme.

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