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Apples to Apples Cake

This apple cake is so moist, even if you hate the word moist, you will be using it to describe this cake.

('Me and Mac' circa 1989 vs now)

Apple picking since the 80's and loving every minute of it. We found Adam's Apple Orchard here in Colorado and we're so glad we did ! I even got to ride a tractor, yes the little girl in me was ecstatic.


Apple Cake

4 oz butter

1 cup apple butter (recipe link here!)

2 ea eggs

1 t vanilla

1/2 c sugar

2 c flour

1 1/2 t baking soda

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t salt


  1. Grease and line loaf pan with a sheet of parchment paper (note: the only reason I used a parchment paper was for the looks, it also adds as an extra protection to keep the cake moist when you wrap it for leftovers)

  2. Pre heat oven to 350*

  3. Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl with a whisk until batter comes together

  4. Pour into pan and bake 20 minutes or until done


Baking Times and Oven Temperatures


Just like people, ovens are all different.”

Did you ever make a dish and it came out totally wrong, or the timing was all off according to the recipe? This is because all ovens are not made equal! They are all different, and depending on how long you have had your oven or the years of baking and cooking it has gone through, the calibration of the temperature could be very far off.


Just like you know your body better than anyone, you should know your oven. To see how much your oven may be off or on go ahead and take your ovens temperature. Take a new oven thermometer, place in your oven at a set temp, and leave for at least an hour. Open the oven slightly and see what temp the display is on the thermometer. While I am not an electrician, I have calibrated an oven or two in my time, it is easy, but it does require some research on your part. After doing the above steps, simply look up the make and model of your oven and read 'how to calibrate'.


If that is too much, just take the temperature of the oven as explained above and recalculate each bake, i.e. if your recipe calls for 350* and you know your oven at 350* reads 325* then adjust the oven to preheat at 375*. This process is easy, and a cheap fix to getting those perfect bakes !


Because the ovens are often so different, the times I use for a recipe may not be exact, so our rule of thumb in the kitchen is to say, "check it after 15". I always check everything after 15! It just must be ingrained in myself now.


Variations

I call this cake a simple bowl cake, everything in at once, mix, pour, bake; it's that easy. Same with the Pumpkin Spice Cake, this cake can be made a variety of ways; loaf, layer, muffin, cupcake. It just depends on what pan you want to use.


I tend to not like a lot of filler in my cake, but you can also add nuts, raisins, orange zest, I would mix the cake and fold any fillers in at the end. For this recipe don't exceed 2 cups of fillers.


My recommendations :

-1/2 cup fresh apples chopped

-1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

-1/2 cup golden raisins



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Meli Alexander

Chef and Creator

Meli is a professionally ​trained chef in fine dining high end resorts.  She has worked for 15 plus years through all aspects of hospitality, always pushing for perfection.  With a strong sense of creativity and passion for style, her knowledge for all things culinary is vast.  She has met people from all over the world, cooked along side some great chefs, and traveled to the best restaurants, she is here to share her stories, recipes, and more with you, in hopes that you will do the same.

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