Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TWD: Flip Over Apple Cake

This was really supposed to be a plum cake. But we went apple picking on Saturday and we are long on apples.

This cake was simple beyond simple. You melt some butter right in a baking dish, add some sugar to your cut up fruit, mix up a simple batter, pour the batter over the butter, pour the fruit over the batter and butter (this is starting to sound a little Seussian) and then bake! Easy!

I have a little back story to my saying that baking something is "easy." Like a lot of you, I bake often - once or twice a week. So what is easy for me might not be for other people. Too many times my stock answer to a compliment about my baking is "it was easy." I have one particular friend who rolls her eyes every time I say that. But in this case, this really was an easy cake!

I made some substitutions. Again, I used apples for the plums, and instead of using almond extract, I used all vanilla. I think I used the wrong size pan, and it still worked. Dorie calls for a 9 x 12 pan, and instead of grabbing my 9 x 13 pan, I used my 11 x 7. It was, perhaps a bit thicker than it was supposed to be, but it was delicious regardless.

I brought the cake to a friend's house, and it was an instant hit. We fought (sort of) over the crusty, golden corners. It's not the prettiest dessert, but it more than makes up for it in taste.


I have a very similar recipe to this one where you cook the fruit a bit first. I could easily see converting to this one.

Go see Becky's blog, Project Domestication to see what a plum version looks like.

14 comments:

Cristine said...

Nothing beats an apple cake... bet it was delicious!

Cakelaw said...

It looks fab - apple is wonderful in baked goods.

Tia said...

i love desserts that surprise you with their taste. I couldn't do twd this week - traveling in NY! great job though :)

Tia @ Buttercreambarbie

Nicole said...

I think this would be great with apples. I used a 9x13 pan and my cake is pretty skinny. I think I would use a slightly smaller pan next time.

Cindy said...

Plums were excellent but I'm sure apples would be tasty. It was just plain fun!

Chaya said...

Apples are good, very good. I used pears.

Flourchild said...

Great looking cake..I love that you used apple!I want to experiment with different fruit next time too!

Clivia said...

To avoid fighting over the crusty bits, I ate as much as I could before everyone got home.
Love the idea of doing all apple!

Kayte said...

Didn't make it...I have a hard time getting rid of fruit in cakes for some reason and this looked a little too much like that for me to plead a decent case with Mark. Anyway, I thought I would come over and see what you made anyway, good job!

Di said...

I was wondering if this would work with apples! I'm definitely going to try it. Perfect for fall. =)

Tracey said...

Oh yum, so good to know it works with apples. I can see myself making it for months to come after we go apple picking :)

Katrina said...

Perfect to use apples. Must try all these different fruits. ;)

Rachel said...

Mmmm I bet this was great with apples!

Nichi said...

this had to be fantastic with apples, i almost did that, ooh maybe for sunday breakfast!