This month I haven’t done much baking. At least nothing new and out of the ordinary. Missing my blogging a little, and in anticipation birthday celebrations in our family, I decided to bake something related to autumn – my favorite season.
As visions of sugar plums apples danced through my head I scoured a couple of cookbooks and the internet looking for ideas. When I couldn’t settle on a recipe I decided to play the mad scientist.
Now, there is a warning attached to this recipe * Do not, I repeat – do not, bake this cake in a Bundt pan.* I did and seriously regretted it. With that said, I have wonderful things to say about this cake. It is a course, sweet, packed full of flavor, super moist cake. It truly depicts my idea of a delicious autumn dessert. A definite go-to recipe in the future. My only mistake, I opted for a Bundt pan instead of a rectangular cake pan. As the cake baked some of the sugar caramelized and caused it to stick (not burn) to the bottom of the pan – even after I had spayed it with a big dose of cooking spray. To avoid this problem in the future I will use a rectangular cake pan.
I opted to use Cortland apples for this recipe. I love the juicy, sweet, and slightly tart flavor the Cortland packs. It’s a great versatile baking apple.
Cortland Apple Cake
1/2 c. margarine, softened
2 c. sugar
2 eggs, room temp
2 c. flour
1/3 c. orange juice
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. grated Cortland apples
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl; add margarine, sugar, and eggs. Beat ingredients until fluffy. Add the remainder of ingredients; fold in the grated apples last. (How easy is that??)
Spray a 9×13 cake pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Lightly coat the parchment paper with cooking spray too. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Cool and serve plain, or with a dollop of homemade whipped cream.
What is your favorite autumn dessert? Is it made with apples? Pumpkins? Or, something else?