Posts Tagged ‘apple cake’

Apple cake

May 15, 2014

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It’s been a while again! Life just sometimes gets hectic, doesn’t it? It’s been a really busy couple of weeks for me – running around to get a lot of errands done and having a lot of fun with friends. Jess came down from Sweden to celebrate her birthday with us in Belgium, which was amazing. My parents were on vacation so I was in charge of all the house work. And I’ve been intensely looking for a job – it’s slow going but I’m booking progress, little by little.

There has been time for baking, though. Just not a lot of time for editing pictures and making posts. I’m going to try to change that soon though. First I bring you these pictures of a simple pound apple cake I made for my aunt a couple of weeks ago. I just love a good apple cake, and those little fondant red and green apples really lifted the cake up, I think. It was for my cousin’s school bake sale and apparently the kids liked it too! Success!

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whole wheat apple cake

December 21, 2013

It’s been way too long again. I have a couple of sets of pictures that I took a while back. It’s just about finding the drive to edit and post them, yelp! Here’s some pictures of the Whole Wheat Honey Apple Cake I baked!

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Special apple cake

November 20, 2013

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When I was doing my internship in a local bakery I got to help make some cakes one day. Not just any cake, though, one of the best cakes I’ve ever had. This beauty was built up out of a Breton shortbread base, a pound cake body, and apples and almond flakes on top. Heaven. Apple cake is one of those things that’s beautiful either way, you can’t go wrong with a good apple cake to be honest. I had this friend who once told me (and I could tell she was rather embarrassed about it) that she could only really bake apple cake. And I remember thinking that if you can make a good apple cake you really don’t need to know much more to be able to entertain people and offer them something to snack on with their coffee or tea.

This was my first attempt at recreating this lovely cake from the bakery. While it wasn’t perfect it was really good and scored points with my family! Next time I’m going to make the Breton shortbread base a little thicker, I’m going to substitute half the flour in the pound cake recipe with almond powder, and I’m going to leave bigger chunks of apple in my chunky apple sauce.

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Beware of the strudel

September 20, 2013

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I’m going to be honest and say that before last week I had never even wondered about what filo dough actually is, and what it’s made off – or most importantly: how it’s made. Filo has always been one of those things that I, firstly, rarely use and secondly, always buy. My mom had a really big bunch of apples, though, and demanded (asked nicely, really, cause my mom is really nice) that I make something. Now usually I would’ve made an apple (pound) cake because not only are those the easiest, they are also by far the yummiest. Briefly my mind also went to that brown butter gooey apple cake I love. But then I thought: no, make something new. Something exciting!

So I came across this recipe for an apple-strudel type bake. Made with filo pastry. Home-made. To say I was in a little over my head would be putting it lightly. All I had was a written (albeit good!) instruction, and a work space that was kind of seriously lacking in size. But off I went, very bravely. It wasn’t a big success. I under-worked the dough because I didn’t realize how important it would be to really work it well, and then I got extremely tired (and frustrated!) of stretching it out, so some bits were still a bit too thick. All in all the result was edible, but under-baked and soggy. But that’s how life goes: sometimes you are left with a soggy bottom.

I have since seen how you make filo on a baking show on TV, and while I actually am quite curious to try again – and see if I can make it better this time – laziness usually takes over because that was seriously a lot of work for something that’s not even my favorite thing to eat. So no recipe, this time, because I really am not the best person to instruct you on how to make filo dough and strudels. But pictures, because at least those turned out okay!

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Mini gooey-brown-butter-cakes!

February 23, 2013

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I made this cake for the first time last December. While it tasted really really amazing, I forgot to take some at least semi-decent pictures so I’m afraid I wasn’t really able to sell the recipe. So let me try again. This is a gooey brown butter cake with apples. It’s made with brown butter and apples. And it’s gooey. It’s truly one of the best cakes I’ve ever had. And I hope these pictures do the recipe a little more justice!
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Find the recipe here; and I hope you like this gooey mess as much as I do!