Apple Groaning Cake

| 11/14/2014 8:14:00 AM

Malorie DavisGroaning cake is an ancient cake that carries folklore along with it. As tale and tradition would have it, the cake is meant to be prepared and consumed after the birth of a child. Some people even believe the scent of the cake baking in the oven helps labor symptoms or that cracking the eggs while in labor will make it go faster. Other than that, I don't know too much about it so I won't pretend that I do. Judging by the name, I'd say it has something to do with easing pains or being a source of comfort and I can vouch for that.

October is prime apple season here in Southern California. It's a tradition of mine and my mother's to drive up to the nearest mountain town during apple harvest and visit the many orchards and store-fronts. This year, we got to take my daughter for the first time, which made it extra-special. We always indulge in the cider donuts and taste the many different ciders and apples. Then, we take a couple bags of our favorite pick of the day for baking and enjoying at home. I've been using those apples for many things the past few weeks and this groaning cake was my favorite.

picking apples 

I found a recipe for groaning cake in a cookbook I flipped through while antique shopping. The book smelled and looked 100 years old or more. The recipes and housekeeping tips were just as old-timey. The recipe in the book listed orange juice, and I soon found out that it's traditional. I decided to change things up a bit and used apple cider as the liquid, and I also made the cake gluten-free. I think you'll find this recipe a delight, especially enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea. Whether you've just given birth or not.

Apple Groaning Cake 

Photo: Rachael Bratene,