Anniversary almond apple cake

Apple Cake

Today is our 5th wedding anniversary.

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5 years! I don’t even feel old enough to be married 5 years. I can distinctly remember getting married and thinking “on our 5 year anniversary I will be 29, I can’t even fathom what life will be like then, we’ll be so old!”

There have been great trips,


great memories,


and even a special addition.


In some ways 5 years seems like eternity when I think of all the changes since 2006 and in others, it seems like yesterday when I moved to Florida in our first house together.


Ulysses is pretty much the easiest person in the world when it comes to food. He eats anything and everything I make without complaint. I know he doesn’t necessarily look forward to every meal and I’m sure he sometimes wishes his mom would just come over and make his favorite Greek dish of tiropita or pastitsio but, he’s been stuck with me instead.

There are few desserts Ulysses gets excited about. He just doesn’t have a huge sweet tooth (I can’t even begin to understand this!). Every fall however, apple season comes around and I end up making a simple go-to almond apple cake recipe which someone sneaks into the kitchen and picks at straight out of the oven.

Apple Cake

So on our anniversary today, this cake is for that someone. One of the few sweet treats he seems to enjoy.

Call it an early fall treat,

Apple cake

a way to make up for all the tofu, tempeh, and crazy dishes that have made their way to the dinner table over the years,

Apple Cake

or, just a way to say “I love you and can’t wait for the next 5.”


Almond Apple Cake

Yield: 8 large pieces

  • 3 apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup AP unbleached flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • extra sugar & cinnamon on the side


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan. Combine flours and baking powder in a large bowl. Combine melted butter, sugar, applesauce, eggs, and extracts in a small bowl. Pour wet ingredients into dry then add milk. Mix to combine. Pour half the batter into pan and spread evenly. Place half the sliced apples on top of batter in an even pattern. Pour remaining batter on top of apple layer and smooth evenly. Top with remaining apple slices and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake in oven for approximately 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

What’s your favorite fall dessert?

Is your significant other a picky eater?

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  1. 1

    awww happy 5 years! WoW! We’re approaching our 2 year on 10/10!! It seems like 5 years already haha This apple cake looks delish! Your hubby is super lucky!

  2. 2

    Mike’s not a picky eater (thank goodness, since I can’t cook), either. He does have a crazy sweet tooth, so we’re pretty much enablers for each other. I really don’t understand people that don’t like sweets.

    Happy 5 year anniversary! I love the pics! I’ve never seen your wedding pictures before.

  3. 3

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the pics. Your wedding pics are gorgeous!

    My fav fall dessert is apple pie. I use my great grandmother’s recipe, and it’s always a hit.

  4. 4

    That cake is gorgeous!!! You take really wonderful photographs.

    Congratulations on 5 years — that is amazing!

    I am lucky too — Jason eats anything I make. He may not like it, but he eats it without complaints :)

  5. 5

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! I can’t believe it was 5 years ago…we’re so old!! Here’s to many more fantastic years :) MISS YOU!

  6. 6

    This looks divine! I am definitely going to make it.

    I love anything apple. We’re obsessed with apple pie around this time of year. We make it pretty much once a week.

  7. 7

    Happy Anniversary!! Gorgeous photos. That cake looks sooo good. I’m am all over it.

  8. 8

    I am making this tonight! Fall desserts are just the best.

  9. 9

    Happy anniversary, Gina! You were a stunning bride :)

    And that cake looks incredible!

  10. 10

    HAPPY HAPPY Anniversary – and welcome to the 5 year club!! (It’s crazy, isn’t it?!?)

  11. 11

    Aww you guys are a sweet couple. And you don’t LOOK old now, must have been that fountain of youth you found! :) Congrats on 5 great years!

    The cake looks delicious and that’s a really beautiful dish it’s in, as well!

  12. 12

    Happy five years! That’s awesome :D

    I honestly think that whole “I can’t imagine being *blank* old!” every day of my life. The next thing I know, I’m that age! Oh life, it’s a vicious cycle.

    Will isn’t too badly of a picky eater. Actually, I take that back– he IS picky, but he’s willing to eat things to make me happy. Then again, we’ve only been dating for 7 months… haha ;)

  13. 13

    Your veil was so gorgeous! Congrats on 5 years! My husband would love the apple cake. He has a HUGE sweet tooth. And he’s crazy for apple desserts! I should definitely try it!

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      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Thanks! I loved my veil, wish I had kept it on longer in retrospect! Hope your hubby likes it if you try the cake.

  14. 15

    The veil is still upstairs if you want to be reunited with it! Hope you enjoy a wonderful dinner out tonight. You had my heart beating faster for 1 sec. with the “new addition ” phrase. Please don’t do that again! ;o
    Love you two xox Barbara, mom, and mommie-in-law

  15. 16

    This has been my favorite blog post! So sweet & I loved the stroll down memory lane. Happy 5 years!

  16. 17

    you guys are a beautiful couple, congrats!!! and your dog is ridiculously cute!!

    thanks for the recipe, that looks seriously delicious. yummo!

    Fave fall dessert, hands down, PUMPKIN PIE!

    my significant other isnt a super picky eater, thankfully. We both have pretty similar tastes in food, although I think i’m a bit more varied then him. :)

  17. 18

    Happy anniversary!! I hope you have a great day together :)

  18. 19

    Awww happy 5th anniversary!! :) You look so stunning on your wedding day missy! Such a fab veil!! Hope you guys have a great day celebrating and eating that yummy looking cake! :)

  19. 20

    Happy 5 Year Anniversary! That day seems so long ago!!
    Your cake looks DELISH, although I’m not sure my husband would eat it. He doesn’t even really like regular apple pie (who doesn’t like PIE?!); well, at least he says he doesn’t. I think it’s just because the first time he ever tried pie was a few years ago, and he’s not really into trying new foods. He doesn’t like change. So needless to say, my husband is a picky eater…which makes cooking for both of us extremely difficult…and frustrating at times! Oh well, I still love him. :-)

  20. 21

    What a sweet post! Love it!

    The cake looks amazing and totally something my husband would love. I also make him eat my healthy concoctions so I like to ‘reward’ him every once in a while for his patience.

    I just got married in April and can’t wait to celebrate 5 years. Congratulations on yours!

  21. 22

    Happy belated 5 years!!!!! I can’t believe that it’s been 5 years either – I distinctly remember meeting you for the first time at an interview and finding out that you just got engaged. That was yesterday, right?

  22. 23
    Tameka Burke says:

    We’re obsessed with apple pie around this time of year. I use my great grandmother’s recipe, and it’s always a hit.

  23. 24

    I love love love your photos…Iwish I can use my camera like you do.
    your Almonds apple cake looks delicious. It in my to do list. Meriem


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