My Third Blogiversary–Crumb Cake Muffins

 Wow.  I’ve been blogging for three years.  I can’t believe it. 

When I started “Apple a Day” three short (long?) years ago, it was something to do to fill my time.  I liked to cook and I liked to write, so it seemed a natural extension to write about my cooking.  I started with this post featuring Paula Den’s mac and cheese.  But, readers, this little blog has turned into so much more.  It’s now a place where I share with friends and family, where I meet new friends, and where I can share what’s happening in my life.  It really is my little corner of the blogosphere–a place where food and therapy meet.  And I need to thank all of you for hanging in there with me and stopping by every now and then to see what I’m cooking and what’s happening in my life.

I have some lofty aspirations for “Apple a Day” during its fourth year.  Once the wedding mayhem is over and I’m on my summer break, I’m planning to do a re-design and seriously work on my photography skills.  I’ve got a fantastic camera and I’ve never really put in the time to truly learn how to work it.  It’s time to change that.

For now, my faithful readers, I offer you these crumb cake muffins.  I was craving a sweet breakfast, but I didn’t want one breakfast to undo an entire week’s worth of conscientious eating.  By making a few simple adjustments, I ended up with a muffin just sweet enough to satisfy my craving.  What a perfect little blogiversary breakfast!

Crumb Cake Muffins

adapted from

printer-friendly recipe


For the topping:

1/2 c. rolled oats

1/4 c. packed light-brown sugar

2 TBSP finely chopped candied ginger

1 TBSP all-purpose flour

1 TBSP whole-wheat flour

2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted

For the muffins:

1 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. whole-wheat flour

1 TBSP sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. nonfat buttermilk

1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce

1/4 c. canola oil

2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

baking or cooking spray


1.  In a medium bowl, make the topping by combining oats, brown sugar, ginger, flours, and melted butter.  Stir until thoroughly combined. Set aside. 

2.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a twelve-cup muffin tin with cooking or baking spray and set aside. 

3.  To make the muffins, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and stir to combine. 

4.  Pour buttermilk, applesauce, and oil in a medium bowl, and whisk to combine. Stir into flour mixture until well combined. 

5.  Fold egg whites into the batter. 

6.  Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full.  (I used a standard-sized scoop.)  Sprinkle with a generous tablespoon of reserved topping,  pressing gently to adhere topping to cake.  

7.  Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pan one a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving.

one year ago: pumpkin-coconut bread with walnuts

two years ago: Julia Child’s roast chicken

three years ago (hooray!): The Lady’s cheesy mac

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  1. ann
    January 24, 2011 / 12:12 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I'm inspired by stories like yours. I am just starting this journey and sometimes I question it. Those crumb cake muffins look great. I love Martha's recipes.

  2. Anonymous
    January 24, 2011 / 12:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Apple a Day! I remember when you started 🙂

  3. Alex
    January 24, 2011 / 12:39 pm

    happy blogiversary!!! those muffins looks so goood!!!!

  4. Pretend Chef
    January 24, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    All I could think when I read that this is your 3rd Bloggerversary was about all of the delicious recipes you have made and tasted over that time span. Getting to try new things makes having a blog so much more exciting! Congratulations and I am so excited to keep an eye on what's cookin' this year!

  5. Courtney
    January 24, 2011 / 2:35 pm

    Happy third blogiversary, Kelsey! 🙂

  6. Ellie
    January 24, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Those muffins look scrumptious!

  7. Lindsay at Peace, Love and French Fries
    January 24, 2011 / 3:25 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!! Congrats on three great years!

  8. Amy (Sing For Your Supper)
    January 24, 2011 / 5:07 pm

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!! What a fantastic 3 years! 🙂 And to think, I've known you all 3 of them…*sniff*, good times! 😉

  9. Amy
    January 24, 2011 / 5:54 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!! 🙂

  10. All Things Yummy
    January 24, 2011 / 11:57 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I truly enjoy reading your blog. I'm so glad to have found it. Muffins looks delicious.

  11. Jen
    January 25, 2011 / 1:07 am

    Happy Blogiversary! These muffins look great.

  12. Lexie
    January 25, 2011 / 4:58 am

    It has truly been an honor and so much fun following you on your blog. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for all the amazing recipes and family memories. I love you!

  13. amanojaku
    January 25, 2011 / 2:24 pm

    Hellow!I love your site, It is a pleasure to visit.I have added your site to my site.Please link my site to your site.Thank you!

  14. Shilpa
    January 26, 2011 / 11:38 am

    Happy anniversary to you…Just stumbled onto your blog and thoroughly enjoyed the posts. I am going to try this crumb cake muffin – looks fab! I am setting out to find a place for myself in this 'great land of blogs' and hope can make it interesting too…

  15. Stephanie
    January 27, 2011 / 1:28 am

    Happy Blogiversary. And these muffins look DE-lish.

  16. Kelsey
    January 27, 2011 / 3:49 pm

    Thank you so much for all the sweet comments, everyone. I really appreciate them and look forward to sharing with you for years to come!

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