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Low-fat Apple Coffee Cake #BrunchWeek

Low-Fat Apple Coffee Cake This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Welcome to the fifth annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. It is day#5 for me, and I have loved every minute of this #BrunchWeek giveaway and recipe sharing! Have you pinned all the things?! I have stocked my #Breakfast & Brunch board up to the gills! Well, not to worry if you haven’t since today is the most important anyway! I saved the best for last… as it should be.

Here is my new favorite coffee cake. Zero guilt. Zero. In just a few simple steps, you have a great coffee cake that is a must at any brunch buffet or table.Low-Fat Apple Coffee Cake

You have to have dessert and cake with coffee is just so…brunchy!This is SO good and I can ‘t wait to make this again and again! Sure to impress, this succulent cake is all apples and light cake topped with a crackly, brown sugar crumb.Low-Fat Apple Coffee Cake (1)

YUM! Yes, thank you, I will have a slice…again! Inspired by my (afilliate link) Better Homes and Garden cookbook (my tried and true!), this is sure to be a new favorite of yours too.

Here’s the recipe:

Low-fat Apple Coffee Cake

What a treat! A low-fat indulgence to enjoy with tea or coffee and so guilt-free you don't have to wait for a special occasion to make this- it is great any old time!


    The Cake
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups peeled apples, finely chopped (about 2 large))
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (I used the carton kind)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • The Topping
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. butter-substitute (Smart Balance or Earth's Balance)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. Spray a 9X9 inch pan with non-stick spray (or you can use a 9-inch round cake pan).
  2. Preheat the oven to 350*
  3. In a small bowl, mix the dry cake ingredients: 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set this aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add the egg whites (beat if regular eggs and not carton-whites). Add the apples and the sugar, 1/2 cup nuts, and applesauce. Stir to combine. Scoop this into the prepared pan and smooth to an even layer (mixture will be chunky and thick).
  5. Make the topping
  6. In a bowl, add the topping ingredients and mix until crumbs form.
  7. Sprinkle this over the top of the batter.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350*
  9. Cake is done, when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan. You can serve from the pan or remove and cut into servings. Serve with your favorite whipped cream or as is with coffee.


Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, p123. I added more apples and lowered the sugar.

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I want to thank Rainier Fruits for sending their delicious Lady Alice (amazing for eating too!) apples and Dixie Crystals for sending enough sugar to keep me baking lovely recipes like this for the rest of the year! I love these #BrunchWeek sponsors and hope you check out the giveaway they are offering below.

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Take a look at what the #BrunchWeek Bloggers are creating today!

BrunchWeek Beverages:
Blackberry Mint Bellinis from Sweet Beginnings
Cardamom Rose Cocktail from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Lemon & Blueberry Mocktail from Girl Abroad
Mango Pina Colada from The Spiffy Cookie
Sparkling Mojito Lime Rickies from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Cheesy Asparagus Bacon Quiche from The Nifty Foodie
Creamed Asparagus Omelet from Wholistic Woman
Eggs in Hell from kimchi MOM
Asparagus and Cheddar Frittata from My Catholic Kitchen
Spring Veggie Quiche from A Day in the Life on the Farm

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:
Apple Cheddar Cream Cheese Danish from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Cinnamon Bread from It Bakes Me Happy
Gluten Free Apple Waffles from Gluten Free Crumbley
Banana Bread Buttermilk Pancakes from Love and Confections
Blackberry Cream Cheese Sweet Rolls from Pink Cake Plate
Brown Sugar Poptarts from Big Bear’s Wife
Creme Brulee French Toast from The Barbee Housewife
Cherry Almond Coffee Cake from The Chef Next Door
Cheddar Dinner Rolls from Family Around the Table
Cinnamon Apple Danish from Nik Snacks
Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Bread from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake from Books n’ Cooks

Mocha Eclairs from The Redhead Baker

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Country Ham Biscuits with Peach Mustard from Palatable Pastime
Ham, Apple and Cheddar Melts from Cookaholic Wife
Ham, Egg, and Asparagus Breakfast Pizza Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Shaved Asparagus, Herb Cream Cheese, and Smoked Salmon Pizza from Sarcastic Cooking
Yumbo Sliders from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Rhubarb Crunch from Cooking with Carlee

Biscuit Bar with Flavored Sugars from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Low-Fat Apple Coffee Cake from Hardly A Goddess

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Polish Black Cake with Whipped Mocha Frosting #SundaySupper

polish black cakeMy mom gave me this recipe. I just thought I should put that right out there. That way, you will know how truly good this is. My mom is a GREAT cook. She is also a fussy cook. Always follows a recipe to the letter. Always buys the best ingredients. Stretches herself and makes complicated, hard to make, interesting dishes.

So when she happens upon a great recipe and tells me, “You have to make this recipe, it is SO easy.” Seriously. You told me Beef Bourguignon was easy. By the way…It isn’t. I can’t even spell it.

But in this case…In this cake-case, she wasn’t lying. This recipe IS so easy. For what you get at the end, it seems like it should be really involved. I got, “mmmmmmms” and “ooooooooooos” and “Mom this frosting is SO good.” Well, then. I guess this one’s a keeper.

Actually my mom gave me the cake recipe, but the recipe for the frosting is mine. So is the adding coffee to this cake instead of hot water like it originally called for. Coffee anything is my #1 favorite thing usually, and especially when it’s paired up with my 2nd favorite thing, chocolate. So I had to take it there: to Mocha. YUM.

A homemade cake from scratch is like pure LOVE. It takes just a little longer than opening a boxed version to whip this lovely up. Seriously. You must make this. And the frosting. Well, you don’t have to make it. The cake is super tender and chocolately without the frosting already. Just dust with some powdered sugar and call it dessert. IF you are feeling fancy, serve it like my mom does, with homemade hot fudge drizzled over and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. But for me, cake needs  a topping, or it’s just breakfast: AKA a muffin. So I add the frosting every time.

Here is the play by play:

Butter and sugar a cake pan:

polish black cake

See that? that is a nicely buttered and sugared cake pan!

I make the frosting right away so it has time to cool. Just heat some milk then pour it over the chocolate chips and add in some coffee crystals. To those of you that are fancy…Go buy some instant coffee. Some of us, coffee-desperadoes, always have coffee on hand for emergencies. We NEVER want to run out. Anyhoo…Once the chocolate gets melty, stir it up until it’s nice and smooth, and then cool until firm. Then whip until creamy. Done.

whipped mocha frosting

whipped mocha frosting

While you wait for the frosting to firm up, you make the cake:

Mix the dry:dry ingreddients for polish black cake

With the wet:polish black cake

And mix:polish black cake

Pour it into your buttered pan, and bake for about 1/2 an hour. Cool and then frost… and enjoy!

polish black cake

It happens that fast.

Here’s the recipe:

Polish Black Cake with Whipped Mocha Frosting #SundaySupper

For an easy to make scratch cake, this Polish Black Cake is delicious all on it's own. But to make it truly special, I add my Whipped Mocha Frosting. Over the top YUM!


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups hot coffee, or (2 heaping tsp.decaf crystals dissolved in hot water)
  • For the Whipped Mocha Frosting
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. coffee crystals (I used decaf)


    To make the cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350*
  2. Butter and sugar a 9X13 metal pan.
  3. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together to combine completely. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl mix the wet: oil, vanilla, eggs, coffee. Whisk until combined.
  5. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  6. Add this to the buttered pan.
  7. Bake for 25-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center, comes out clean.
  8. Remove to a rack to cool.
  9. To make the frosting:
  10. Measure out 1 cup (8oz) of chocolate chips. Put them in a heat-safe bowl.
  11. Heat the heavy cream on the stove until boiling. Turn off the heat and stir in the 2 Tbsp. granulated coffee powder. Pour this over the chips. Let sit a minute to soften them up. Stir until the melted chips and cream is smooth.*(see note)
  12. Let the mixture sit in the bowl, covered at room temperature for 4 hours or you can keep it in the refrigerator until it’s firm. Once it’s firm, you can beat it for 2 minutes with a hand-mixer or in a stand mixer, until fluffy, and then spread this on your cake once it's cooled. YUM.


*For the frosting, you can just pour the melted chocolate and cream mixture over the cake at this point. It firms up to make a delicious glaze. I use it this way for frosting on brownies.Or you can let it firm up and then whip as the recipe suggests.

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I am clearly obsessed. I love mocha and I love coffee. And I am not alone!The Sunday Supper Bloggers are honoring the great Java beverage, by offering up some awesome recipes that contain coffee in them (and not all are chocolate!) that I think you will love. Big thanks to Wendy Hammond from Wholistic Woman blog for hosting this week.  Check them out:






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Mary Berry’s Iced Lime Bars: Recipe & Book Review

Iced Lime BarsMary Berry. Love her. She is the star (one of them) of the Great British Bake Off, on PBS. And also she was on the US version (not as good in my opinion) of it, called the Great Holiday Baking Show. She is an accomplished baker and food writer, and on these shows, she is resident expert of all things baking…So of course, I wanted to review her latest book and give you a recipe to try!

Mary Berry's newest book

Now, this book is full of ideas for breakfast  goods, cakes and pastries, cookies and bars, and pies and tarts. She also includes British favorites (so fun!) and special occasion desserts. There is a great variety of easy to make recipes as well as some more involved recipes to challenge the intermediate baker. Her ingredients are very easy to find, and she is not fussy with what flavors she chooses. My only exception to this, is the self-rising flour. If any of you are Southern, you may have self-rising flour available, or if you are from the UK , like Mary Berry, you will definitely have it…But I didn’t have self-rising flour, being in the Northeast (maybe this is why) or rather my local stores didn’t have it…isn’t that aggravating? Anywhooo, it is relatively easy to substitute regular flour if you add in the leavener: According to this blog, I need:

 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt for every one cup of all purpose= 1 cup self rising 

So for this recipe where you need  1 3/4 cups of flour… and so if you are like me, and hate math, just whisk it all together measuring for 2 cups and then subtract out 1/4 of the flour mixture. Or you can just find self rising flour, which seems infinitely smarter! I save the little bit of flour mixed up for pancakes or some recipe where it won’t matter much about the extra leavening.

math worked out

I kid you not. This is not even funny. My 5th grader totally has me on this math thing!

Now that I have the flour all set, I can actually make these. I note in the recipe how the way the book is written she covers the techniques of baking in the start of the book, but in the recipes she keeps it simple. In this recipe, she just says “mix all the cake ingredients together.” In the techniques section, she has a nice pictorial showing how to cream the fat and sugar, then add the beaten eggs, and finally the sifted dry ingredients. If you don’t read that part first, your mixing technique will be off- so if you are a new baker, read the whole book, and if you are an experienced baker, you will get it anyway.

limes for iced lime bars

Mary Berry’s Lime Bars

These are delicious. I call them more of a tea-cake than a "bar" but I don't mess with Mary Berry. She is the Queen of Baking in many a person's opinion, so I will enjoy them however she sees fit...But of course with some tea!


    The Cake
  • 12 Tbsp. of softened butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour (or the mixture that I just told you about)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • grated zest of 2 limes (thoroughly washed first)
  • Icing
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • juice of 2 limes


Preheat your oven to 350*. Line a 9X13 pan with parchment, and spray parts not covered.

In her recipe, she just says to dump all the cake ingredients together until mixed, but in the beginning of the book she said to cream the butter and sugar then add the beaten eggs, and finally add the pre-whisked together dry ingredients... so I did the same. Mix for a full 2 minutes.

Pour this mixture into the pan, and bake for 30 minutes.{Her recipe states 35-40 minutes, but mine was getting very dark, so I pulled it at 30}.

Let it cool in the pan, until you can remove it safely to a rack, and peel off the parchment.

Cool completely as you make the icing: Whisk the confectioners sugar with the juice.

Pour the icing evenly over the cake and let sit, until it is set. Cut into squares and serve.


*You can zest some extra lime-zest into the icing or the top of the cake to make it pretty. **I made a couple of notes within this recipe, as I needed to make changes based on my own oven temperature.


I brought these little tea-cakes (ummm, bars) into work for our “Downton Abbey” Tea Party (Have I told you how much I love my job?!), and they were a hit. I think it is a relatively dry cake with a very subtle citrus flavor- If you love lime, you will like these for sure. Great with tea.Iced lime bars from Mary Berry

As far as the book, the pictures are beautiful and the content is very accessible to a beginner baker. If you have an affinity for anything British, it’s also fun, with the entire section devoted to “British Favorites.”

I have the iPad version, but my local bookstore had the paper version, which is a nice lightweight paperback sized book, that sits open, great pictures for almost every recipe, and a superb contents and index too- so recipes are really easy to find! If you would like to know more about Mary Berry, her website has lots of info and more great free recipes to check out!

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