13 November 2013

Fresh and Vintage

An abundance of apples!

That's what happens after a morning of apple picking. Aside from eating them for breakfast and adding them to oatmeal, salads and sandwiches, I like to use them for baking.

I made this satisfying Apple Snacking Spice Cake from the Flour cookbook.

If you'd like to make it, here is the recipe:

Apple Snacking  Spice Cake {from Flour Bakery in Boston}
Makes one 10-inch round cake

1 cup (140 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (90 grams) cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks/170 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
4 cups (450 grams) peeled, cored, and chopped apples (about 2 to 3)
1/2 cup (80 grams) raisins
1 cup (100 grams) pecan halves, toasted and chopped
Confectioner's sugar for dusting 


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10-inch round cake pan.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. (Or, sift together into a medium bowl if using a handheld mixer). Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the granulated sugar and butter to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed for about one minute, or until the butter is fully incorporated into the dry ingredients. Stop the mixer several times to scrape the paddle and the sides of the bowl to make sure all of the butter is mixed in. Add the eggs and mix on low speed for 10 to 15 seconds, or until fully incorporated. Then, turn the mixer to medium-high speed and beat for about 1 minute, or until the batter is light and fluffy.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold in the apples, raisins, and pecans. The batter will be very stiff and thick. It will look like too many apples and not enough batter, but that's okay. Scrape all of the batter into the prepared pan, then spread it evenly to fill the pan.
  • Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the cake feels firm when you press it in the middle and the top is dark golden brown. Let the cake cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  • Invert the cake onto a serving plate, lifting away the pan, and then invert the cake again so it is right-side up. Slice and plate, then dust with confectioner's sugar.
  • The cake can be stored in a airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or, it can be well wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to 2 weeks; thaw at room temperature for serving. 

I used a biscuit cutter to form this mini round cake, dusted it with confectioner's sugar, and garnished it with a cinnamon stick. Doesn't it look like a dessert from a patisserie? 

I also served it on a vintage plate {a gift from a cousin} and a thrifted fork. TADA!


  1. We picked our apples the past weekend.
    I always leave for too late but they'd started falling from tree and I had to pick it.
    It was a simply magnificent harvest and I have plenty to bake, eat, whatever.
    I appreciate your recipe.
    Thank you,

  2. Hi Teresa! Nice to see you today. Apple picking is one of the joys of the season! Take care. :)


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