Apple Bourbon Quinoa Cake

Quinoa is a great way to reinvent your classic cake recipe. It gives the cake a super-moist texture and compliments savory tastes like the below apple-bourbon flavors. This recipe is a healthier alternative to other apple cakes but still packs the same great taste. 

Apple Bourbon Quinoa Cake Recipe


½ cup butter
½ cup Liokareas Rosemary-Infused Olive Oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
½ cup quinoa
¼ cup bourbon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
¼ cup half and half
2 cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp cardamon
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 or 3 Golden Delicious apples, cored and sliced


  1. Place quinoa and bourbon in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Set aside.
  2. Grease a 9×12 baking pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  4. Cream butter, oil and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and mix well.
  5. Add quinoa and bourbon mixture while still warm, along with extracts and half and half. Mix.
  6. Add dry ingredients and mix only until combined.
  7. Place batter in baking pan and arrange apple slices on top. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.
  8. Before serving while still warm, feel free to brush on a little bourbon on top and sprinkle a little sugar. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe and Styling by Keith Recker / Photography by Dave Bryce


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