Thursday, October 21, 2010

This cake tastes like fall

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 3:22 PM

What does fall taste like? It tastes like apples and spice, and everything nice. Which is exactly what this Double Apple Bundt Cake is.

This recipe comes from my Baking: From My Home to Yours book by Dorie Greenspan. It's called "double" apple because it calls for both fresh grated apples and apple butter.

Each slice of cake is moist and dense, studded with raisins and chopped pecans. Though it contains no carrots, a few people commented that it tastes similar to carrot cake.

The cake is easy to make, but like all bundt cakes, it takes 50 minutes or so to bake. You have the option to glaze the finished cake with a simple confectioner's sugar and lemon juice glaze, but I thought the cake was plenty sweet by itself. It beautify it though, I just dusted it with just a tad of confectioner's sugar.

Serve it for breakfast or dessert. Or both. It makes for a good snack too.

I made a few edits to the recipe: I used whole wheat flour for half of the flour content. I also used cranberry apple butter instead of regular apple butter because that's all Trader Joe's had. The cranberry flavor wasn't noticeable. It turned the batter a bit pink, but the color was gone after baking. You can find the original recipe below (as well as nutrition facts).

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Double Apple Bundt Cake

From Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking: From my home to yours”

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ¼ sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 ½ cups sugar

1 cup store-bought apple butter

2 eggs

2 medium apples, peeled, cored and grated

1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

½ cup plump, moist raisins (dark or golden)

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)

For the Icing (optional)

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

About 2 tablespoons fresh orange or lemon juice

Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9- to 10- inch (12 cup) Bundt pan. If your pan is not nonstick, dust the interior of the pan with flour, then tap out the excess. (If you’ve got a silicone Bundt pan, there’s no need to butter or flour it.) Don’t place the pan on a baking sheet – you want the oven’s heat to circulate through the Bundt’s inner tube.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed, scarping the bowl as needed, for 3 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth, thick and pale. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each addition; you’ll have a light, fluffy batter. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the apple butter – don’t worry if it curdles the batter. Still on low, add the grated apples and mix to completely blend. Add the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear into the batter. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the nuts and raisins. Turn the batter into the Bundt pan and smooth the top of the batter with the rubber spatula.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a think knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes before unmolding and cooling the cake to room temperature. If possible, once the cake is completely cool, wrap well in plastic and let it stand overnight at room temperature to ripen the flavors.

If you’re not going to ice the cake, you can dust it with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

To make the optional icing:  Put the sugar in a small bowl and stir in a squirt or two of either orange or lemon juice. Keep adding the juice a little at a time until you have an icing that falls easily from the tip of a spoon. Drizzle the icing over the top of the cake letting it slide down the curves of the cake in whatever pattern it makes. Let the cake stand until the icing dries, a matter of minutes, before slicing.

Nutritional Info (calculated using the recipe calculator at sparkpeople.com)

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 418.3

Total Fat: 17.9 g

Cholesterol: 61.3 mg

Sodium: 97.7 mg

Total Carbs: 62.8 g

Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g

Protein: 4.6 g

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