Apple crumble cake recipe

Apple crumble cake

And a talk about setting boundaries

Apple crumble cake serving


For the Apple cake

  • 1+1/2 Val Venosta Red Delicious Apple
  • 200g all purpose flour
  • 100g coconut flour
  • 250g milk
  • 125g unsalted butter, diced
  • 120g granulated sugar
  • 16g baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried lavender flowers
  • 4 medium eggs
  • a pinch of salt

For the crumble topping

  • 60g all purpose flour
  • 40g diced cold butter
  • 30g brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt


Making the coconut crumble

  • → Place all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • → Quickly rub them between your fingers until sandy.
  • → Cover and cool in the refrigerator.

Making the cake batter

  • → Put the milk and the butter in a small saucepan with the lavender flowers. Heat the pan over low heat until the butter melts down. Let the mixture cool down and filter.
  • → Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • → Separate the egg whites from the yolks. In a medium bowl whisk the egg whites until they resemble a fluffy cloud.
  • → In a separate bowl mix yolks, sugar, salt and coconut flour. Add the milk-and-butter mixture, flour and baking powder. Beat until foamy, then gently fold in the egg whites.
  • → Pour the cake batter into a buttered baking pan (24-cm diameter).

Assembling the apple crumble cake

  • → Half and thinly slice the apples, then place them over the cake batter.
  • → Sprinkle the crumble over the apples and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

Creative talk

First, I make the batter. A foamy mix of eggs, sugar, coconut flour, butter, milk and lavender flowers.

Then, I choose the baking tray. Round or squared.

Whatever its shape, the cake will fit a boundary: an enclosed space that helps getting to the final result.

I often ask myself about the power of a boundary in daily life: a solid limit that helps defining in/out, work/private, affecting what I do and protecting my space and my time.

I first experienced the sense of living without boundaries during the pandemic and that feeling has stuck to the present time. So, when does my job time finish and my private life begin? What time should I start answering phone calls and what time should I stop writing emails?

Creative work doesn’t have an on-off button you can easily press – and this is the most beautiful and most dangerous side of this job.

It took me some time to figure it out. Setting boundaries starts from the little things I can control. The place I work from, the density of my weekly schedule, my phone set to flight-mode during lunch time, eunoia-breaks with my team and the time for my rituals and personal growth. In my opinion, they all play an essential role to protect my energy from burnout.

Some days it gets tricky, some days it feels easier – it’s a process. But everytime I reconnect to my priorities and align myself to what I really need, I feel empowered and recharged.

And whether these boundaries are round or squared, they will accomplish the goal: being in control of my work-life balance.


— Ambra


If you, too, are struggling to set boundaries, take a break: get inspired by the following readings while the apple crumble cake is in the oven!

→ Sanok, J. (April 14, 2022). A guide to setting better boundaries. Harvard Business Review. Read it here.

→ October, 2020). Further reading print n°2 “Boundaries”. Jakarta, Each Other Company.

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