Thursday, October 22, 2009

Foodie Friday - Solving an apple problem

My husband recently went on an apple shopping spree. The price was right, and he's an excellent bargain shopper, but how in heaven's name could two people ever eat several pounds of apples before they turn to brown mush? I knew I had to bake something, but what??? We had just devoured an apple pie, and my other fall back recipes don't require hugh amounts of apples.

I started scanning the internet and stumbled upon a scrumptious looking Apple Upside Down Cake at Butter Yum. I was drooling all over the keyboard by the time I finished my emergency email to BY. How do I get the recipe for this fabulous cake??? I felt a tad stupid when I recieved Butter Yum's sweet reply. Turns out that I was so smitten by the gorgeous cake, that I didn't read the whole post and hadn't realized that it was a Heavenly Cake Baker's cake of the week, from a new book, Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum.

Well, I looked at the book on Amazon and I can tell you now, that as sure as God made those little green apples, I will own that volume in the very near future. In the meantime, however, I still needed to use the apples aging on my kitchen counter. I went back online for more recipe ideas, but couldn't get the upside down cake out of my mind. Sure, I found recipes, but there was something in each one that I didn't like or didn't have in the house. The only solution was to combine several recipes. I did, and this is the delicious result...
I don't think I could recreate this exact cake again. My apples were already a bit too soft. I was less than exact with my measurements. I will never remember which recipe I took which step from or in what order.
But sometimes life in the kitchen serves up a happy accident.
My husband and I are certainly enjoying this one!

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  1. I love apples! This looks delish!

    Have a wonderful week end!
    ~Really Rainey~

  2. Your apple cake looks so moist and delicious! Sometimes the best results come out of experimentation and substitution. I have one of Rose Levy Beranbaum's cookbooks -- it's wonderful!

  3. Beautiful cake! Yours came out of the pan in one piece - that is sometimes tricky. I love Rose's books. This book looks like a winner, too.

  4. Oops, I added this comment to the wrong post. Here you go...

    Hi Nancy Jane - I loved this post... such a good read and it put a smile on my face! You're so sweet for mentioning my blog - thank you!! :)

    Just wait until you get your hands on Rose's Heavenly Cakes... on my, it's WONDERFUL!!!!!! Have you checked your library?

    Take care,

    PS - I spend many years living in both NY and PA. Small world!

  5. Nancy Jane, I think your cakes looks delicious. I'll bet the two of you enjoyed every bite.

  6. I love happy accidents in the kitchen! If you ever figure out how you made this, please let me know! :D

  7. Congrats on the new book purchase! :)... I've heard some very good things about the banana cake. It's reported to be even better a day or two after it's made!


  8. Same thing happened here, but I am the one who bought all the apples! They stay well in the frig downstairs.
    Your cake looks delicious!
    I made a few apples dipped in choc , caramel and nuts. Just like Mrs Prindable, only mine didn't cost 5 bucks each!
    I borrowed that book from the library.
    Hope you enjoy yours!


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