Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apple Fritter Cake

Apple Fritter Cake

Fresh Apple Cake

This apple fritter cake is so melt in your mouth delicious!  I wanted to restart my posts, (it has been a few months since I last posted...i.e. house remodel etc.) with a super wonderful treat.  This has it all!  If you ever crave an apple fritter but don't have time to take a whole day to make them, try this cake!  It is much easier and has the same cinnamony (I know, I know that isn't a word!), chunks of apples goodness you get in a fritter. 

This recipe seems to have a long list of ingredients but it really does work up pretty fast.  If you have a hand chopper like this one here , it really makes it easier to get your apple pieces small without a lot of work. 

I found this recipe on Cookies and Cups and loved it!  I only made a few changes to fit my style of cooking and taste so here it is!

First you start by making the filling.  Get out a medium size sauce pan and put in: 
  • 2 cups chopped Apples, (Granny Smith have a stronger flavor that works well in this)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
 Heat this on medium until the apples soften.  The other ingredients will "melt" into a liquid and bubble.  I had to add as much as 2 Tablespoons more water to keep the liquid from getting too thick before my apples softened.  It should just look thickened  but not gummy.  This takes 3 or 4 minutes.  Stir constantly.  Set this aside to cool.

Now make your cake:

Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare your 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.
Add this in your mixer:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened but not melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
Beat until fluffy.  Then mix in:
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs            
 Now in another bowl mix your dry ingredients,
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
and measure out 
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt (I used Sour Cream)
 Now starting with the dry ingredients, alternate mixing the dry and wet into the bowl until it is just combined.

Spread 1/2 of this batter in the bottom of your pan. 
apple cake
Now evenly drop teaspoons of your apple mixture over the top of the batter.

Mix together:
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
and sprinkle 2/3 of this over the top of the apple mixture.


Drop the remaining batter over the top of the pan in tablespoonfuls. 

Now it will be easy to spread it together to cover the top of the cake.  Sprinkle this batter with the remaining brown sugar mixture.


If you are using a glass pan as I did you will want to bake this at 325 degrees for 25 minutes and then check the center with a toothpick that comes out mostly clean.  Add more time if needed.  When it is done, remove from oven and poke with a butter knife every couple of inches to allow glaze into the cake.

While cake is baking mix glaze in a small bowl:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
 Wisk together until smooth and pour over hot cake.



Let cake cool about 20 minutes.  
Now cut a piece of amazing apple heaven! 
If you love this like I do, please comment and let me know! 
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Maple Cake with Maple Cream Icing!

Maple Cake with Maple Icing
     Hey all you Maple Lovers out there, here is one sweet cake for you!  My son who is away at college asked for a Maple Cake for his birthday.  He sent me a couple of recipes he liked and we used the best parts of both of them to come up with this moist delicious cake!  

     I was so pleased with the flavor and texture.  It was as light as a mix but completely homemade.  It was uncomplicated and dripping with maple and butter flavor.  I loved that the recipe we choose for the cake part had cinnamon and nutmeg for added flavor too.

 

Maple Cake


2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup butter, softened 
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Maple syrup  (I used grade A dark amber)
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon imitation maple flavoring
1 cup buttermilk (I used 1/4 cup powdered buttermilk plus 1 cup water) 

     Sift first 6 ingredients into a bowl.  Cream butter and sugar until light yellow and creamy.  Add maple syrup and beat until combined.  Add eggs one at a time and beat well each time.  Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately until blended.  Add imitation maple flavoring. 

      Divide batter into 3 prepared 8 inch round pans evenly.  (I weighed mine).  Use this pan release for best results.  Your cakes will come out easily! I used Wilton Bake Strips here around my pans to help them come out with flat tops so you don't have to cut the tops off.  

      Bake 25 min. in a preheated 325 oven.  Cake is done when lightly touched in the center and it springs back.

     Cool for 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


Maple Cream Icing


8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Grade A Maple Syrup
1/2 teaspoon imitation Maple Flavoring

Whip cream cheese and butter until combined.  Add powdered sugar one cup at a time on slow speed.  Add flavorings and beat about one minute one medium speed.  Ice top of first layer and then add the next layer.  Repeat.  Ice the sides of the cake and garnish with chocolate sprinkles or curls.  
 


Here is my son enjoying his cake!  (He is so handsome!)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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