Saturday, January 29, 2011

I Bake Apple Cake

I think we all know I'm best suited with an apron in hand(or rather around my waist) and hovered deep in chopping over my well used cutting board.

I do like to bake, but I find it quite intimidating. I'm not sure if it's releasing all control to my oven to make sure my baking beauties are done properly or if it's the fact that most baking recipes require exact measurements. 

I don't like to measure.

My creations are usually a little of this and a pinch of that and watching it all unfold before my eyes......not my ovens.

I received a recipe from my friend Jennifer(whom I've only known for 2 months but feels like 10 years) through e-mail that won huge praise when presented to her co workers. One coworker being my husband who couldn't stop talking about this dessert. She was so kind to share this recipe with me and I'm delighted to share it with you.  This Cake Rocks!

Brace yourself.......

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

The process

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

Combine and set aside:
3 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt

Beat together in a large mixing bowl:
1 c. oil (I changed this and used 1/2 c. canola oil and 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce)
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. orange juice
2 T. vanilla

Incorporate dry ingredients; beat together until batter is smooth.
Peel, core, and slice:
4 medium or 3 large Granny Smith apples(I only used two Granny smith and cut them in 1 inch pieces)
Toss w/ 1 T. lemon juice + 1 T. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a Bundt cake pan. Dust with cinnamon (you know, instead of flouring it).

Put 1/3 of the prepared batter in the bottom of the pan. Layer 1/2 the apples. Put another 1/3 of the batter, followed by the rest of the apples and the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 350 for 60- 75 minutes. Let cake cool *completely* before attempting to remove it from the pan.

Frost with:
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. milk
(Bring these 3 ingredients to a full rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.)
Remove from heat and add 2 c. powdered sugar + 1 t. vanilla. Beat with electric mixer or hand blender until smooth. Use frosting immediately on the cake, it sets up quickly! 

Note: This is simply, how should I say this, to die for!

Thanks Jennifer!!!


  1. Oh lawdy. That looks out of this world!!
    Here's a little something for ya. There is NO obligation to repost :) Brandie

  2. I am wishing I had apples in the fridge now! Fantastic looking cake, and awesome photos as well!!

  3. That turned out so pretty. Caramel just Goes with apples in any form.

  4. I am totally drooling over your photos! Amazingggg! And I am the same way, I don't like to measure..I have really hard time putting recipe with how much I actually put salt or oil or butter in the dish LOL!

  5. Wow! The first picture looks absolutely amazing. I love how the cake is just smothered in caramel.

  6. This is like a caramel apple! I just love your recipes. I made your butternut squash and black bean chili today and it is AMAZING! I will be posting about it next Sunday. Have a wonderful week!

  7. Ooo, that caramel glaze looks AMAZING! Great job with the cake. I don't really like measuring either but I find that I need it more often than not. Hopefully someday I'll be good enough not to.

  8. Wow this looks amazing! My mouth is literally watering. Yum!

  9. Oh my gosh, that caramel is beyond words. The cake looks absolutely tempting. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link this up.

  10. Well for someone who's uncomfortable baking, you did an amazing job!

  11. You're absolutely right, this cake looks amazing!! Love the layers of caramel glaze over the top! I'd love this with a hot cup of coffee or tea right this very moment :)

  12. Thanks for all the great comments you guys!

    And thanks to Jennifer again for friendship and awesome recipes:)

  13. How beautiful! I seriously love love love apple cakes, great job!

  14. Looks amazing!! I love apples baked into things!

  15. This cake look so delicious. Love your substitution of 1/2 the amount of oil with applesauce. I would definitely bake this cake. Yummy...