BY Recipes: Warm Apple Cake
I’ve learned a few things on this long, but incredibly short journey that I’ve been on. The greatest of which is to take time to honor the season I’m in, right now, in this moment. Sure that sounds easy, but is it really? It’s not. It takes conscious effort. Especially if your journey is like mine and consistently replicates feelings of exhaustion, being over-stretched, stress and any other listing of negatives you can think of. However, the best thing about a journey is that there are always blessings spattered throughout the trip, just oozing positivity to keep us moving. When God gives us seasons he wants us to hold on tight and soak them up because this season is not only filled to the brim with purpose, but also working to prepare us for the next. Who’s ready for snow?!?! *insert audible groan here*
My journey recently took my two, sized eight, feet apple picking. With some creative boyfriend coercion, a two-hour drive –which involved a “scenic” route through the not so nice part of Baltimore- and some major humidity sweating, I found myself in the midst of the most beautiful apple orchard I have ever seen. I not only walked away from that experience in awe of God’s literal season this Fall, but feeling renewed, energized and ecstatic that I’d overcome the obstacles it took to get to THAT place in time. Well and with 15 pounds of apples in my possession I had no idea what to do with.
Romans 12:11 (MSG)
“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”
So how on earth do we stay in these moments? Well gorgeous, I hate to burst your bubble, but we can’t. BUT the good news is we can use one moment to fuel ourselves into the next! In honor of the season we are all in, I’m priming you with some kindling, a tasty way to keep your flame alight this season. It won’t make you skinny but it will fuel you into moments you’ve yet to enjoy. Pair with coffee or cider and you may even create a moment of heaven right here on earth. So go on, get you some apples, and find a moment of happiness because that is what God wants for you, right now, in this season.
Dustin’s Warm Apple Cake
What do you need?
For the Cake –
2-3 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (should have about 2 1/3 cups worth)
1 box of yellow cake mix
½ cup butter or margarine
¼ cup whipping/table cream
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup chopped pecans
1 ¼ cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs (I use large)
¼ apple pie spice (sure you can buy this, or just make your own with cinnamon, nutmeg, and other fall inspired spices)
So think fall themed pineapple upside down cake here, we are constructing from bottom up.
- Heat oven to 350. In a 1-quart heavy saucepan, cook butter, whipping cream, and brown sugar over low heat, stirring occasionally, just until the butter is melted.
- Pour mixture into a 13×9-inch pan. (Think ahead here, this cake has to turn out of the pan so if you are like me and don’t have long rectangular serving dish no worries, separate into two pans like I did.) top with your chopped pecans and apple slices. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat your cake mix, water, oil, eggs and apple pie spice with an electric mixture on low speed until moistened, then on medium speed for two minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally. Spoon fluffy batter on top of your apples in pan(s) and spread across the whole shebang.
- Bake for 41-47 minutes until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pan(s) for 10 minutes. Loosen edges of cake(s) and place heatproof serving platter upside down on pan; flip-ola the both, and let cake(s) sit for about a minute so caramel will drizzled down over cake(s).Remove pans.
5. You’re done! Unless you think you need to go the extra step. If so, take 2/3 cups pre-made white frosting and mix with ½ cup whipped topping (cool-whip works here). Dollop that fluffy mixture on top of your cake slice and drizzle with some good ole fashioned caramel topping (buy some – I mean you already made the cakes practically from scratch here)
Enjoy lovelies! This is an excellent “get better gift” or pot-luck bring-along, you know we all have them coming up this season. If you’re keeping this all to yourself, store extras in the fridge covered and then nuke in the microwave for 30 seconds at leftover time.