3 Layer Upside Down Apple Pecan Breakfast Cake


Good morning!

I spent the entire weekend working on my Challenge #8 post for Project Food Blog. I’m happy to have most of the baking and shooting done as tiring as this weekend was. I also have about 50% of my draft post written up. I was hoping to finish the entire thing this weekend, but that was wishful thinking…I always underestimate how much time my ideas will take!

It is a gloom and doom weather day here in my neck of the woods. I woke up to dark skies and rain and it doesn’t look like it is leaving any time soon. I was feeling pretty ‘blah’ this morning (thank you PMS and gloomy weather!) and I knew if I started the day off on the right foot with a workout it would make all the difference.

After a lot of debate and trying to talk myself out of it, I finally got on the treadmill and had a mood-boosting 4 mile interval workout.

I did 1/4 mile intervals switching between 7.0 mph and 2% incline and 6.0 mph and 4% incline. I pause my workout after each mile for a quick, mini break and water replenishment. Breaking up the workout into 1/4 mile intervals and 1 mile spurts makes it so much more manageable! I say to myself, ‘Just 1/4 mile to go’ and ‘only 1 mile left’ instead of ‘I have 4 miles to run in a row’.

Huge mental difference even though the physical distance is the same. Of course, I felt great afterwards.

For breakfast, I didn’t feel like pancakes, VOO, cereal, a Green Monster, or hot oatmeal.

Nope, I was thinking about making a breakfast cake.

I made this 3-layer apple pecan breakfast cake that was a breeze to throw together and adds a fun twist to common hot breakfasts. The best part about this recipe is that you will have leftovers all week to enjoy to make for really quick breakfasts on the go. This cake would also make a fun afternoon snack!


Gather up the dry ingredients…


and the wet…


And let’s make magic.

Peel and chop 2 granny smith apples (or other baking apple).


In a small casserole dish, add 1 tbsp of maple syrup.


Add a layer of apples and pecans on the bottom of the dish. Use just less than half of each.


In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients (whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, kosher salt, cinnamon) . In a small bowl mix the wet ingredients (maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce, and Earth Balance/butter).

Add wet to dry and mix well.


Add a layer (about half) of the batter on top of the apple and pecans.


Now add on another layer of apples and pecans reserving about 2-3 tbsp of each.


Now add on the rest of the cake batter.


And finally the last of the apples and pecans. Garnish with cinnamon.


Bake for 55 minutes at 350F.


Allow to cool for 15 minutes.


Now run a knife along the sides of the cake and flip onto a cake stand or plate.

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Carefully tap the bottom of the dish and slowly lift up.



A few of the apples stuck to the bottom of the dish, but you could probably prevent this by using a circle of parchment paper on the bottom of the casserole dish before you add your ingredients.


The result was a chunky, delightful breakfast cake.


I really wasn’t sure how this breakfast cake was going to turn out, but I was quite pleasantly surprised!

It has a hint of maple and cinnamon and a comforting and gooey apple pecan crunch. It is lined with earthy and wholesome cake layers that are a bit undercooked in the middle, but add to the cake’s appeal.


I give it two breakfast thumbs up. :) Oh and by the way, it also is incredible with Banana Soft Serve…


Have a great one!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 22, 2010

Cake for breakfast is always a good thing. Especially on a Monday!


mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 22, 2010

I must make that ASAP.


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 22, 2010

I hate how time slips away and you can never get as much done as you think. That happens to me on a daily basis.


Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 22, 2010

One could argue this is sort of a nutritious breakfast.
Also, I am slightly wishing I hadn’t talked myself out of running at lunch today. I definitely need the rest today, but I also know I would have a lot more energy right now had I done as you did and run anyway.


OSGMOM November 22, 2010

Oh, I’m definitely making this for breakfast! You never cease to amaze me with your creative ideas :)


Amanda (Eating Up) November 22, 2010

Your recipes are always delicious and beautiful! Even your green monsters pictures look like model shots!


Melissa November 22, 2010

Yum! This looks devine! I can’t wait to try it… I made your Holiday Soup for the Soul and pumpkin pie banana chunk oatmeal cookies over the weekend and they were both fabulous!


hippierunner November 22, 2010

Doesn’t get better than breakfast cake!


Ella November 22, 2010

cake for breakfast?! i’m in.


Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher November 22, 2010

This looks amaze, Angela! Can you or have you done a post on time organization? You get so much done!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 22, 2010

This doesn’t even LOOK like breakfast! Well done!


Madeleine@ Stepping to the Brightside November 22, 2010

oh my stars! cake for breakfast- now we’re talkin’… beautiful AND delicious. i’m looking so forward to your upcoming project food blog post :)


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 22, 2010

I am always so impressed with your creativity. This looks so fabulous- and it’s GORGEOUS!!


Maria @ runningcupcake November 22, 2010

Yum- apple and cinnamon anything is good in my book :)


Lauren November 22, 2010

I just made your pumpkin spice whoopie pies…they are incredible, especially the frosting. I cannot stop nibbling on the frosting!


Cassie @ Back to Her Roots November 22, 2010

Your photos are some of the most beautiful food photos in the whole world. You should do a Food Photography 101 for us sometime. I’m assuming you use natural light; I’d love to see your set up!


Estela @ Weekly Bite November 22, 2010

Wow Angela, that looks delicious! I love all those big chunks of apples!


Steph@stephsbitebybite November 22, 2010

I seriously wish that I lived next door to you. My day is gloomy as well, and I know this cake would make all that gloomyness go away.


anonymous November 22, 2010

cake for breakfast? Oh yea! I’ll make this for Thanksgiving breakfast :)


Bronwyn Coyne November 22, 2010

That does look delicious. I really want pecans lately. they’re so good for baking. And just eating.


Julie November 22, 2010

this is like a healthy apple pie for breakfast mmmm, can’t wait to make it & nibble on it for snacks :)


Charlie November 22, 2010

This cake looks delicious! Love the big pieces of apple :).


Traci November 22, 2010

Cake…did somebody say cake? :) looks delish


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 22, 2010

Yummmm! This would have been a delicious way to start my morning… too bad your house isn’t conveniently on the way to my work! ;)


Alison (Fueling for Fitness) November 22, 2010

YUMMM!! I’ve been going through a breakfast rut lately – not really craving cereal, smoothies or hot/cold oatmeal. I am going to try to make time for this though! :D

Thank you!


Andrea November 22, 2010

Wow looks amazing! Can’t wait to try this.


Shanna November 22, 2010

I’m loving pecans lately and have been incorporating them into my breakfasts too.

Yesterday and today I had pecan spice cake with maple frosting..yummmm


Leia November 22, 2010

Ooh this looks absolutely delicious! Now I just need to figure out how to make homemade vegan butter and applesauce…!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 22, 2010

3 layers of pure deliciousness :)


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 22, 2010

Gosh, I wish my breakfasts looked like yours!!


Katryn@rampantcuisine November 22, 2010

Oh..my…goodness. Yet another reason to love breakfast. This looks fabulous and super versatile!


Gwen~healthymamma November 22, 2010

Holy Yummness! I think I will make this tomorow and It’s so pretty and rustic looking I think I see a new Christmas morning breakfast tradition in the making! thanks for sharing!


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 22, 2010

This looks so good — like a super delicious, healthy fruit cake :) (and it probably doesn’t weigh 500 lbs like other fruit cakes!)

I can’t wait to see your next Foodbuzz entry. I’m sure it is wonderful!


Ashley (Taste For Healthy) November 22, 2010

Mmmmmmm… I love it! :)


grocery goddess jen November 22, 2010

So creative for first thing Monday morning! I applaud you. And I’d like a piece, please.


Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 22, 2010

Yum! I’m all for delicious cake for breakfast.


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 22, 2010



Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! November 22, 2010

This cake looks so fabulous! I just did almost the same workout yesterday (the one that you wrote about last week) by alternating 1/4 mile of 6.0mph @ 2% with 7.0mph@ 2% for 3 miles (plus 1/2 mile warm-up and cooldown). It was such a great workout! Thank you so much for the inspiration. Happy Thanskgiving week!


Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace November 22, 2010

Hmmmm, now this looks scrumptilicious! Did I miss the “print recipe” push button on this one or was it not included? I’ve gotten it on all of your recipes but not this one.


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 22, 2010

whoops adding it in!


Camille November 22, 2010

I love this idea! You can never go wrong with cake for breakfast :)


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