Monday, November 05, 2007


Apple Spice Bundt Cake

When I meet a new person that I instantly feel I could pick a flawless gift for, I know I have found someone I can really call a friend.

It's a formula that has always worked for me. Especially since I heart giving presents...

Honestly! I could buy gifts in my (beauty) sleep for Ms McGee and the (former) Queen of the Valley. Simple. (If we still hung out. Which we don't. Pout.) And The Ombudsman? Heck, I have a list 20 items long and growing. Ms. Va-Voom? I send her random packages on a regularly scheduled basis. Can't help myself really. And if you happen to love The Original Peach too, I believe she has a wish list somewhere on her blog...but I never have to refer to it...

What makes my nearest and dearest so easy to gift, is simple. They all have taste, style and interests that are well-rounded, fascinating and/or fab. All the makings of a genius of a person and a delight of a friend. Nothing beige about my peeps.

Which brings me to The Hostess (and her one true love, The Host). I knew she was a sparkling-bright soul before I went to their house, but when I laid eyes on that setting, lemme tell ya...I could not help but sigh with delight. That girl, she has style for days. The best style imaginable. And The Host? Builds furniture! Simply inspiring. Clever, crafty, musical, cool, spirited people. And easy as pie to give gifts to. Don't you just want to, too?

It would be a bit random of me (though not entirely out of character, I assure you) to start shopping for people I just got to know so, she is such a fab hostess, I figured I could start with a fab hostess gift. I whipped up this autumnal decadence without a second thought, and knew she would love it. And she did. And it was good and it was spectacular.

Dark, spicy, moist and delicious, what more could you ask for on a brisk fall day?

So try it, and enjoy!

2 cups white flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch of salt
1/2 pound of softened butter (that is 2 sticks)
1 1/2 (1.5) cups white sugar
1/2 (.5) cup packed dark brown sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup brandy
1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon warm water
4 apples (I used 2 Granny Smith and 2 Fuji), chopped into large chunks*
1 cup rough chopped pecans

* I peeled two of the apples, and left skins on the other two

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Prepare a 10-inch fluted tube pan by either buttering or using cooking spray, then dust the pan with white sugar.

Stir together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.

In a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Then go on and beat in the sugar. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add the Brandy, baking soda and water. Stir in the flour and then the apples and pecans just until incorporated.

Get all that tasty batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a cake tester/thin knife comes out clean when inserted.

Let the cake cool completely before devouring. Serve with cinnamon whipped cream.


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Fresh apples float on water since 25% of their volume is air

This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine magazine (Credit where credit is due!) I may be clever, but I sure as heck can't think up cake recipes! (That work anyway! LOL)

North Americans eat an average of 18lbs of apples a year

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Lovley post!!Woow the cake sounds yummy yummy.Thanks a lot buddy for sharing information.
keep up the work.
These are the things that make life worth living! Clever girl--you'll receive abundant goodies parading around town with carefully packed cake holders. Cheers to you!
Beautiful photo and the cake sounds great.
This is a wonderful cake! Looks so moist! I will be making this for a work meeting Tuesday....thanks!
Chris - Let me know how it turns out! I think youre going to love it...

Kevin - I AM a clever girl! Thank you for noticing!

LiZ - I am leaving that there, but in the future, please dont spam my site. Thanks!
Hey girl, do you mean a half POUND of butter or a 1/2 cup? About to make it so I guess I'll find out :) !
PSD - 2 sticks, which is a half pound! (mmmm. low-fat. LOL.)

Oh my gosh! We did! Yum!! I may just be making these for Christmas gifts this year.

PS I figured out that two sticks = 1/2 lb. after looking at the box ;) !
any way you can substitute canned apple slices or apple pie filling for the whole apples? anything to NOT have to core, peel and slice apples. just wondering!
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