At this moment I am sitting here feeling very happy, and extremely grateful! My New Year’s Resolution did not include food this year. Instead I decided to write down what I am grateful for, what happened in my week to make me happy. Today, I am getting excited for the big changes to come for Cafe Terra, and feeling grateful for a good friends help in these changes! I am feeling grateful for having the most amazing husband, and sweet snuggly furry kids. AND I am feeling happy about apples…..apples make me VERY happy!!!
There have been several posts where I have shared my apple love. My apple love is strong since I grew up only a few miles from an apple farm owned by my family! Here are a couple apple love posts – Apple Craisin Bread Pudding, Homemade Apple Pie, Grilled Apple Dutch Baby, Homemade Apple Pie Cocktail.
The cake is extremely moist. A piece is really perfect rolled in cinnamon and sugar…..almost better then any cinnamon sugar doughtnut! I made the original apple cake recipe from Southern Living when I was working as a Pastry Chef here in Charlotte. Today the recipe is adapted, and boozified (I believe I just invented that word!)
- ½ cup apple cider
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup Frangelico (hazelnut liquor)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp Divine Dessert (or cinnamon)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2½ lbs (4 large) apples, diced
- Powdered sugar (Optional)
- Cinnamon (Optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.
- In large bowl, mix together cider, sugar, eggs, Frangelico, and vanilla.
- In medium bowl, mix together flour, Divine Dessert, baking soda, and salt.
- Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, add in the diced apples.
- Pour batter in greased pan. Bake for about 45 minutes, depending on oven. Let cool.
- Optional: You can mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1-2 Tbsp cinnamon. The measurements are not exact, mix to your liking. Then roll a piece of cake in the powdered sugar mixture.
Now this cake can have the cinnamon sugar doughnut feel, or it can feel bare and loving every minute of it! The cake is a hearty cake full of delicious flavors from the start of the bite, all the way to the end.
When I was in Michigan a few weeks ago, the night before I was to head home to Charlotte. I called my Uncle, and asked if I could have some of their delicious cider for the trip home. He stopped by and brought us cider, cider slushies, dried apples, apples from farm, and my Aunt’s homemade cider jam! You probably can guess how happy I was! I have plans for the cider jam in the near future! I made a Tart Cherry Souffle with my Aunt’s tart cherry jam….OH MY YUM!
Come on over and join in the fun apple party!!!
Love the message on each one of their cider containers! Cheers!