Apple Crunch Cupcakes

In honor of Pi Day and because I’m going to be out of town for a few days and didn’t want 8 organic Gala apples to go to waste, I decided to make some apple pie.

Then, when Bret informed me that he really only likes apple pie “with ice cream” I decided to make another apple dessert instead. I searched online and kept coming back to “Apple Cake”. I didn’t have all of the ingredients (eggs, oil), so I decided to make my own recipe, and it turned out uh-mazing. Here it is:

Ingredients:

  • Cake Ingredients
    • 4 apples, peeled & sliced
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1/2 cup of melted butter (I used this incredible vegan option)
    • 3 tablespoons of apple sauce*
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • pinch of salt
  • Topping Ingredients**
    • 1/4 cup walnuts Walnuts
    • 2 tablespoons cinnamon Cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  2. Peel, core & slice apples (Thank goodness for this handy gadget)
  3. Blend sugar, melted butter, and apple sauce into a large mixing bowl
  4. Stir flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into same bowl
  5. Add apple slices and stir it all up until they are well-coated
  6. Spoon delicious apple mixture into cupcake pan
  7. Chop walnuts until fine
  8. Blend walnuts with cinnamon and sugar to create delicious topping
  9. Spoon topping on top of cupcakes
  10. Bake for 20 minutes

*I’m not really sure how much apple sauce I used

**I just layered walnuts, cinnamon and sugar. I’m not really sure how much

***I don’t even know how long they were in the oven. Wait until they smell good and the tops round up to look like cupcakes

Clearly, I did not document this process well – I didn’t know how well they would turn out. But they are DELICIOUS:

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The topping is crunch and the outside layer of the cake is a little crisp, and then the inside is gooey and apple-y and cake-y. Just perfect, and too good not to share.

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Enjoy!

Cake Decorating 1.1

I love baking.

I love the whole sensory process:

  • lining up matchy matchy mixing bowls on the counter
  • mixing dry ingredients with oil or eggs or applesauce to make dough or batter
  • the squish of topping cookie dough morsels with M&Ms and sprinkling cinnamon sugar
  • the hum of the hand mixer turning clay into batter
  • the ability to determine when a cake is perfectly baked based on the aroma in the kitchen
  • peeling warm cookies from a pan and plopping them on a cooling rack Continue reading

Ice Cream Cake

Three years ago, I was wandering through some Harrisonburg, Virginia apartment halls with my grad school friends. We were knocking on doors and asking if we could please borrow a lighter so that we could light the candles on a birthday cake we’d made for my friend and classmate, Bret. Even though Bret INSISTED that we did not need to light candles or sing him Happy Birthday, I’m so glad we did, because that friend and classmate is now my husband.

This weekend, we celebrated Bret’s 29th birthday! It was also the weekend before classes start so we spent Friday night at a “Welcome Back” party catching up by a camp fire eating brownies and drinking sangria. On Saturday, we stuffed our plates at a potlock (there were so many veggie options!) and mingled with faculty and new students. The best part of this birthday weekend, though, in my opinion, was surprising Bret with an Ice Cream Cake. I want to share the process I used because it turned out…uh-mazing! Continue reading