Monday, January 28, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake

I have been wanting to publish some new recipes, but the weather here has been anything, but pretty. The days have been switching between 70 to the 40's, raining off and on, and the last few days have been extremely foggy which is not a good thing when needing natural light for photos. My mom actually bought me a inexpensive indoor lighting set, but I need to put stronger bulbs in and I haven't really put the time into experimenting with it lately. 
The fog makes everything look a little creepy.
  Last week my spring class started, but it wasn't until Thursday that I could actually do some work since the online site was having problems and both students and teachers were locked out for several hours. I've been spending most of my time printing and going over specific instructions for each class, compiling all of my due dates into my Iphone calender, and working on a few simple first assignments. Work has been going much better thankfully and I can also start taking my laptop to work on school during my lunch break or it I finish work projects early. Since the new system is up and running, I have been organizing and scanning customer information for my mom along with helping some other coworkers organize their paperwork and help with projects.
cinnamon sugar apple cake collage -no recipe yet
I used my Canon 430EX II Speedlite. 
  •  Besides school I have started a new pinterest board dedicated to show animals in shelters who need to find their forever home. I have been really had it in my heart for the last few months to go to the local shelters/pounds, photograph some of the animals who need good homes, and post their information online whether through pinterest or a new blog to maybe help find a good home for them instead and possibly save them from being put to sleep. 
  • I've recently tried KIND bars which have been a great so I can have a healthy treat on the go or at work besides skipping meals. My favorite flavor so far is the Almond coconut bar though I have 6 other flavors I bought that I need to try. 
  •  I posted a pic on instagram of these adorable hedgehog measuring cups I saw at Anthropology the other day and I may buy them next time I go. A few readers said they weren't completely accurate on the measurements, but I would just use them as a decoration in my room or to hold jewelry in my bathroom.  
Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake 2
  In all of the chaos of adding 4 class schedules into my icloud calender, I got my dates mixed up and thought I was suppose to bring breakfast for Church this past Sunday instead of the 3rd so I had bought a bottle of buttermilk from the store. I decided that since I had the buttermilk on hand and 12 small apples that I would try this recipe instead of the buttermilk muffins I was planning to try. Plus,the apple cinnamon combo is an overall favorite in this house. This recipe is DELICIOUS! The cake is moist from the buttermilk, loaded with tender apple pieces, and has a crunchy sugar topping. The only thing I would change is to reduce the sugar in the topping since it ended up being a little too sweet for me.
Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake
 One of the best things about making this cake is that your kitchen will be filled with the heavenly aroma of cinnamon sugar caramelizing while the cake is in the oven! 

    Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake
Adapted: Pinch of Yum
yields: 1- 9x13 pan

  • I used half dark and half light brown sugar since I ran out of the light.
  • I subbed in unsweetened applesauce for the oil.
  • I used 2 small gala apples. I kept the peel on, used a apple corer to cut them into 8 pieces before chopping them up into small, but not tiny chunks. 
  • You could use white whole wheat flour instead of the all purpose to make it a little healthier. 
  • If you don't have buttermilk, you can fill up a 1 cup measure with 1 tbsp white vinegar or fresh lemon juice, pour the milk until it fills the measuring cup, and let it sit for 5 minutes before using. 

1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup applesauce or oil
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk 
 1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chopped apples

Topping:  *The topping ended up being too sweet for my taste so next time I'll just try 1/4 cup sugar instead
1 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar*
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 325 F and grease a 9x13 baking pan. 
2. In a large bowl, stir the brown sugar, oil, egg, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla until smooth. 
3. Sift in the flour and stir until no streaks remain before folding in the apples. 
4. In a small bowl, combine everything for the topping until you have a nice crumbly mixture. 
5. Pour the batter into the pan before evenly sprinkling the topping on.
6. Bake for 45 minutes. 

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1 comment:

  1. That cake looks beautiful! very moist and crumbly and I bet the place smelt delicious.