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Captain’s Apple Spice Cake


Michelle Dutro, Crew, Wilderness Discoverer

We have been lucky to have excellent pastry chef Laura Pessolano on board with us and she has decided to share one of her delicious recipes with us. Today, we bring you a taste of the Wilderness Discoverer – our Captain Keith’s favorite dessert!


Apple Spice Cake

Captain’s Apple Spice Cake

(Serves 8 small soufflé molds)


2 ½ Cups flour

2 ½ Teaspoons baking powder

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

½ Teaspoon cloves

1 Teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch of salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

3 Cups finely diced apples (gala or honey crisp are best)

1/3 Cups walnuts

¾ Cups butter

1 ½ Cups brown sugar

1 Teaspoon vanilla

½ Cup buttermilk

½ Cup apple sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, gnger, salt, and baking soda and sift together once.
  3. Finely dice your apples and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and add brown sugar. Mix together until the mixture is light in consistency.
  5. Add 1/3 of your flour mixture and ½ of your buttermilk to your butter and brown sugar mixture. Mix for 30 seconds. Repeat this method until all flour mixture and buttermilk is used. End with the final third of your flower mixture.
  6. Add applesauce and finely diced apples. Gently stir with a spatula until evenly mixed.
  7. Butter soufflé molds. Dole a 2 oz scoop of the mixture into each mold.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  9. Serve warm with caramel sauce, walnuts, ice cream and a mint garnish.

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