Tomorrow night, when Downton Abbey comes on, I, along with half the United States, will be parked in front of my TV watching it. The difference is, that I will be doing so with a
outrageously huge slab small piece of this cake and a cup of tea. Mrs. Patmore would be proud of this one and Lord Crawley, for all of his snobbishness, would love it. Mary would however, turn her nose up at it’s simplicity because…well, because she’s Mary.
Of course, I will have to make another one of these cakes to be able to enjoy that
outrageously huge slab, erhmmm, dainty little slice because this one is about gone already.
And, yes, I just used the words “worlds best”. Would I use those words if I didn’t mean it? You all know that I like simple desserts; I’ve made more things like this than I have fancy ones. This is one of those desserts that you look at and think, “ehhh, it looks pretty boring.” Then you give it a taste. And you’re blown away. This cake is wonderful for all its simplicity. I had it fresh from the oven and it was great…room temp and it was great, room temp with the sauce and it was great and then chilled and it was great. Get the feeling I like this one? :-p
I used a mix of tart and sweet apples in this cake. I like to mix it up when I am using apples in a dessert like this. Also, feel free to cut down on the amount of spice a bit if you’d prefer. I like things to be fairly heavily spiced, but I know not everyone shares my quirks. This is beyond easy to throw together. The most time consuming part is chopping the apples. After that, wham bam, thank you apples and it’s mixed. The sauce doesn’t take but a few minutes too and it’s so worth it. It just puts this cake over the top. Add a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if you’re trying to totally put this into the category of decadent.
You know the drill… 🙂
Mrs. Cupcake…who is going to get the last slice of cake before the kids do
Worlds Best Apple Spice Cake With Creamy Vanilla Butter Sauce
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups peeled, chopped apples
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted in a 350 oven until lightly browned
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
- Creamy Sauce-
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch square pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar. Beat until thick, creamy looking and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat just until combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and spices. Add to the butter mixture and beat until well blended, scraping bowl once to get all the mixture in there.
- Pour in the apples, cranberries or raisins and walnuts and stir well to combine. Make sure the apples are well coated. This will look “apple heavy”, but trust me, it works out.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 for about 40 to 45 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a rack for about ten minutes. Serve warm with the sauce. or cool with the sauce…or warm or cool with no sauce 😛
- Creamy Vanilla Sauce-
- In a small pot, combine the butter, cream and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Simmer for about ten minutes, until it has started to thicken somewhat. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
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