Apple Cake with Maple Frosting

My boyfriend, as I may have mentioned before, loves him some sweets. Particularly baked goods – cookies, cakes, brownies – that sort of thing. He’ll eat a piece of cheesecake or occasionally a bowl of ice cream, but they aren’t his favorite. No, it’s all about baking for him.

image of The Cake Slice Bakers badgeI’ve baked lots and lots of cookies and bars, but for whatever reason, just haven’t collected a lot of good cake recipes. In an attempt to change that, I joined the Cake Slice Bakers! The Cake Slice group chooses one book to cook through the year, votes on a recipe each month, and everyone bakes and reveals their post on the same day (the 20th of each month).

Today’s the day for my first Cake Slice cake!

This year’s book is The Cake Book by Tish Boyle. This is a beautiful book, filled to the brim with delicious cake recipes – everything from simple, homestyle cakes to decadent layer cakes. I’m really glad that I had the excuse of this blogging event to buy it. I’m going to enjoy trying out these recipes over the next year! And let me just say that my boyfriend is pretty happy about it, too.

The recipe for October is Apple Cake with Maple Frosting. This is a rustic, homestyle cake filled with chunks of apple, lovely fall spices and bits of crunchy walnuts. We usually prefer to leave nuts out of baked recipes at my house, but I’m really glad we left them in this time. Those little bits of crunch – not too much, just enough – are perfect in this cake. A square of this cake has been a delicious way to end our meals all this week.

I was unable to find any maple flavoring for the frosting, so just substituted some maple syrup. Of course, that’s not nearly concentrated enough, so our frosting isn’t very maple-y, but it’s delicious nonetheless.  I also used Honeycrisp apples instead of Granny Smith, since that’s what the store had available, and they worked out great.  This recipe, including the frosting, is easy to make and can stand up to a little tinkering, but is perfectly delicious, as written.  This was a very easy cake to make.

The Apple Cake with Maple Frosting is a winner at my house!

Luscious Vanilla Orange French Toast

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in splash of water
  • 1 cup whole milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 2 drops orange bakery emulsion or the zest of 1 orange
  • 8 slices stale bread (I got more out of this batch, but they were small pieces)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Place wire rack over a cookie sheet in oven. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Create a “drip station” by setting a wire rack over a cookie sheet on the counter.
  2. Beat eggs very well, add sugar and beat again. Add cornstarch in water and beat that in, then add milk, nutmeg and orange flavoring.
  3. Soak bread in mixture 30 seconds on each side. Remove coated bread to drip station – place on top of wire rack and allow to to drain for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Lightly spray griddle or nonstick fry pan with cooking spray, then quickly wipe with a paper towel. You only want a bare hint of oil. Add bread to griddle and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  5. Move toast to wire rack in oven and bake for 5 minutes. Don’t leave in the oven much longer than that or it will get too brown and hard around the edges. But don’t skip this step – it makes the interior all luscious and custardy.
  6. Serve warm with maple syrup or dusted with powdered sugar.
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Be sure to check back next month to see the next Cake Slice recipe!

 

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