Apple Crumb Cakes | with Charmant Papery

November 18, 2015

Apple Crumb Cakes | with Charmant Papery by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

Are you ready to meet some of our friends? This week and next I will be sharing about two very special sets of them here with you, and I’m beyond stoked. For one, they are amazing. And two, it seems like perfect timing to do so leading up to Thanksgiving – because I’m more thankful for them than I can possibly express. Maggie and Joel Ross have been an inspiration to Scott and I since day one. When they first came over to our home to hang and chat just a year ago we were merely acquaintances. After they left that night I knew these “new” friends would soon be our “old” friends. Ones we would form many happy, life changing memories with over the years. It was one of those instant clicks where we wondered if we hadn’t been friends before. To say I adore these two humans would be an understatement. They are two of the most kind, hilarious, laid back, passionately creative, adventurous people with incredibly generous hearts. Now lets talk about what they do.

Maggie and Joel are wicked talented adventure photographers who also dabble in fashion, food, and anything interesting that catches their eye. No matter what they set their minds to, if they touch it – it turns to gold. They never place boundaries on their creativity, but pursue to push themselves and grow in every direction they can. So when Maggie wrote me to share that they were going to be starting their own paper company with Joel’s family – my immediate thought was “of course you are!” Much like every piece of work I see of Maggie and Joel’s, it’s unpredictable – and amazing. They travel back and forth between southern California (Scott and I’s previous home) and Denver (our current home) – and we are beside ourselves excited to have them here in CO for the next few weeks! Now let me finally tell you about their paper company – it’s called Charmant Papery, and I’m using some of their stellar recipe cards here in this post. You can see more of their gorgeous photography surrounding their work on their blog here, as well as peruse their current pieces here. I am so (!!!) excited for Charmant Papery and think you will be too if you pop over to give them a look. CURRENTLY SWOONING OVER: this garland; these tags; this travelers set; and this recipe box. (Big shout out to all of Joel’s family, who’s combined talents make these pieces so gosh darn beautiful.)

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THESE APPLE CAKES. Breakfast? Dessert? Mid afternoon snack? You can decide – they are healthy enough to pair with a cup of coffee in the morning, and rich enough for an evening treat (alongside a cold glass of almond milk, of course). They have a crumb topping like a coffee cake, a moist interior like a fluffy cupcake, and are in the shape of a muffin (a.k.a. breakfast cake). So I’m just going to forgo the labels and call them “cakes”. You can decide how they are used in your home, but just be sure to make them. Today. You can be enjoying these within 30 minutes if you stop reading now and get to baking! I’m crushing hardcore on this recipe, and only had to make it about six times before it reached post-worthy status. Fluffy, sweet (but not too sweet), little cakes that melt in your mouth. Little pieces of apple are dotted throughout, coated in cinnamon and begging for your oven right now. I hope you get to make and enjoy these littles as much as I did soon. Hap-hap-happy fall you wonderful people – xo.

Apple Crumb Cakes | with Charmant Papery by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

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This post was done in collaboration with Charmant Papery. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I think their products are genuinely beautiful. 

Makes 1 dozen little cakes.

1 1/2 cups light spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons refined coconut oil
1 cup of apple, small dice (about 1 medium Gala apple)

1/3 cup light spelt flour
a good pinch of salt
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 350F. Combine the dry ingredients for the cakes in a bowl and set aside. Combine all of the ingredients for the crumb topping in a small bowl and set aside. Add the applesauce, maple syrup, and refined coconut oil for the cakes in a small saucepan or butter warmer on the stove. Heat until the coconut oil is melted (on low) whisking to combine. Finely chop the apple (remove the core, leave the skin on) and add it to the dry ingredients for the cakes. Toss to coat the apple pieces, and then add the wet ingredients from the stove to the bowl. Fold to incorporate (the dough will foam up a bit from the baking powder and soda, do not over mix). Divide the batter between a lined 12 muffin tin (2 to 3 tablespoons per cake). Sprinkle 1 to 2 teaspoons of the crumb mixture on top of each cake. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes (mine were perfect at 16), the outer edges of the cake should be a light golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then pop out to fully cool on a wire rack. Enjoy fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee or glass of almond milk, or keep in an airtight container on the counter. Best if eaten within 5 days.


Apple Crumb Cakes | with Charmant Papery by Faring Well


  • Reply joan November 18, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I just browsed their site a bit. Added them to my favorites. Beautiful work! The recipe box! Love the side corner edges on it!
    I will be making your apple crumb cake this week!

    • Reply Faring Well November 20, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Aw yay I’m so glad you love them too Joan! And thank you about my apple crumb cakes – they are my newest favorite and hope they become yours too! <3

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan November 18, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Ohh those cards are so pretty! Much prettier than my stained notebook that I furiously scribble notes in while recipe developing :) Cheers to good friends!

    • Reply Faring Well November 20, 2015 at 8:36 am

      YES Cheers to good friends – and to you getting married!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full November 18, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I LOVE recipe cards! My grandma wrote all of her recipes down on these lovely (now) vintage cards, and they’re something that my mom and I treasure to this day. It’s funny how a piece of paper can hold so many memories and so much love <3

    • Reply Faring Well November 20, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Its so true! And I’m hoping to start the same tradition so my kids and grandkids can say the same <3

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine November 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

    How I love- both Charmant and these little cakes! I’m one that always enjoys being introduced to small little companies that use their own creative touches have their own distinct charm. Such talented friends you have. I have such admiration for those that pursue their passions and dreams. And I do indeed wish I could drop everything right now to make these cakes….

    • Reply Faring Well November 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Aw thanks so so much Emily! I’m so glad to have introduced you to Charmant, I just adore these people so much. Such admiration I have for them as well. Hope you get to make these little cakes sometime! Wish we could do a swap, a few of these for a few of your most recent cookies ;)

  • Reply Ingrid | Let's talk evergreen November 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    HI dear!! What a wonderful thing to have friends like them! I hope you guys had a great time together these past weeks. I really love their recipe cards. Too pretty, and really useful, I always write down stuff on loose pieces of paper (which get lost all the time haha). Your cakes sound very good! I love apples in baking. Always a hit. <3

    • Reply Faring Well November 21, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thanks so much Ingrid! They actually just got here and its been great seeing them :) – and I agree about the cards! Its been so nice writing down my tried and true recipes on them. They feel so much more “real” this way! Hope you have a lovely weekend friend <3

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout November 18, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Jessie! this is all so lovely and cozy <3 I am definitely going to make these muffins this weekend, how could I not when they look/sound so good! I am also loving those recipe cards and might just have to order a set for myself for christmas ;)

    • Reply Faring Well November 21, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Maya! Thank you :) you are so sweet. I hope you do get to pick up a set, AND enjoy these cakes this weekend! xo

  • Reply Chelsea | Whole Bite Blog November 18, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Those recipe cards are beautiful! I love the idea of writing and sharing recipe cards with friends and family. It’s such a nice personal touch and lends a lasting connection that just isn’t there when for forward someone a link, or scroll through Pinterest. Also, these little crumb cakes look SO delicious! Anything apple this time of year just makes me swoon!

    • Reply Faring Well November 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

      I totally agree! Just sent my mom one in the mail and it felt so special <3. And aw thank you about these cakes! They are definitely my favorite thing I've baked this fall :)

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist November 18, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I love these cards!! The recipe cards are so beautiful and would definitely be an upgrade from my scribbling pad (although I do love that pad dearly!). I love how many new and beautiful companies you introduce me to. And these little crumb cakes look A M A Z I N G!

    • Reply Faring Well November 21, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Yay thank you Kathryn! I know, my scribbling pad is near and dear to my heart, but it feels good to write the “for sure” perfected recipes on these cards. So special! Hope you have a lovely weekend girl <3

  • Reply Ellie November 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Yay they are vegan!!!!

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams November 19, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Such a beautiful post Jessie! I love that you’re able to collaborate with friends, and hearing your description of your first gathering with Maggie and Joel brings back such fond memories of first encounters with some life long friends. Your recent collaboration posts are making me wish I lived in the US, so I could have easy access to all these fabulous things! These muffins are adorable and that crumb topping – just perfect! xx

    • Reply Faring Well November 21, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Thank you so so much Shelley! I’m glad you are loving them too :). So sweet to have friends like these in our lives! Thank you for the recipe love <3 I adore you, have a great weekend friend! xo

  • Reply Jamee November 19, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Can’t wait to make these, they look lovely! Do you know if they would also work with oat flour or all-purpose? No spelt flour in the house right now. Thanks! :-)

    • Reply Faring Well November 19, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Aw yay! I would say a mixture of the two should work nicely – say 1 cup all purpose and 1/2 cup oat flour! Let me know how you like them :) hope you have a lovely night Jamee!

  • Reply Becca | Spices and Spatulas November 19, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    these little cakes are absolutely lovely! I have the day off tomorrow, and I can’t think of a better way to spend it than by making such an autumnal treat. Yum! xo

    • Reply Faring Well November 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Oh you are just the sweetest thank you Becca! I hope you got to enjoy some of these and just had the best day.

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens November 20, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Aw Jessie this post was so sweet to read! Maggie and Joel sound like wonderful people and I can’t wait to check out more of their work- those cards are gorgeous! As for these cakes… I always get a craving for a sweet treat around 3pm and I think these would do just the trick! xo

    • Reply Faring Well November 22, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you Genevieve! You’re the best :) and I totally agree, perfect little 3pm treat indeed!

  • Reply Renee November 20, 2015 at 11:10 am

    These sound absolutely amazing! Wishing I was there with you during recipe testing, and thus having eaten them already 6 times! MMM! And loooove Maggie and Joel’s work! So so gorgeous.

    • Reply Faring Well November 22, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      I wish you had been here too! Our freezer is full of leftovers we couldn’t finish – and that was even after sending an entire container full of them with Scott to work (!). So glad you are loving Maggie and Joel’s work too, they are just amazing (like YOU) xo

  • Reply Loran | Old World Living November 20, 2015 at 11:19 am

    These look so tasty! Perfect for a cold morning with a cup of coffee. Beautiful pictures too!

    • Reply Faring Well November 22, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Aw thank you Loran! You’re always too sweet. So good with a hot cuppa in the morning indeed <3

  • Reply Jodi November 21, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Perfect little cakes, perfect little moments with friends. Big hearts for this one little lady x

    • Reply Faring Well November 22, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Sheesh thank you Jodi. So so true, I cherish these moments. Hope you had a weekend filled with friends (and those stellar brownies of yours) xo

  • Reply Alison @FoodbyMars January 4, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Beautiful. I love spelt flour every once in a while, it doesn’t bother me since it’s low-gluten. The taste is great and these look gorgeous and deeelish!! Will have to give this a go! Happy New Year!

    • Reply Faring Well January 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Alison! I hope you get to make and enjoy them soon :) happy New Year to you as well!

  • Reply Erin March 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I have made these cakes twice now, and each time they bring me back to fall <3 I fee like I get so caught up in writing my own recipes, I forget to enjoy the wonderful creations of others. I am so happy I found time to make your little cakes! Thanks for a beautiful recipe Jessie xx

    • Reply Faring Well March 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Oh Erin this made me smile so big! I’m so glad you are loving these too. They are some of my faves! XO

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