Saturday, November 19, 2011

1973 Apple Cake

The following went through my head while baking this cake:
This cake is going to be so good I should totally blog about it and about how I never really used to like baking...
Whenever I bake I remember my mother-in-law and I making cupcakes for my wedding.  She asked me to take over mixing with the hand mixer.  Thoughts of sunken, deformed cupcakes flashed through my head and I advised her that I should probably just stick with separating the baking cups.  She was very supportive of this decision.
Fortunately, I'm no longer afraid of baking--I'm pretty good at it in fact.  Shoot, I've even got a food blog now.  My apprehensions about baking have a few different causes, but mainly stem from a failed muffin project in my high school Foods class (think home ec, minus the sewing and ironing).  To make a long story short, my muffins 'peaked' and I failed.  Nevermind the fact that no high school senior in the 21st century should ever get an F for peaked muffins...I'm not sure what kind of world that woman was living in...
Shit I forgot the eggs.  [Calling my husband]  I've already added the flour, do you think it's ok to go back and mix the eggs? that won't work then the flour will get over-mixed.   [Travis] "Well I've never heard of over-mixing flour."  [Me]  You also didn't know how to properly measure flour, you thought you were supposed to scoop it with the measuring cup.  [Travis]  "I guess you'll just have to throw it out and start over."
Here's where you should imagine the sound of batter hitting the trash bag.  Then, I started again from the top and reentered the world of my thoughts once more...
The Muffin Mishap of 2004 left me scarred and ruined all potential for building baking self esteem.  Plus, baking is all about measuring correctly and mixing for a specified's chemistry and my pyromaniac lab partner and I did not do so hot in that class either.  I'm not the follow-a-recipe type....
How long do I mix this for?  Oh no...wait, that looks ok.  It's gotta be ok because I'm out of applesauce.
Approximately two thirds of all my baking experiences follow this pattern.  I start to get cocky and then I get distracted and the next thing you know the eggs are omitted and the shortbread biscuits are soupy.  Second time is always a charm though, as was the case with this apple cake (so named because the recipe is from 1973).

1973 Apple Cake 
Adapted from The New York Times Magazine

Butter or non-stick cooking spray for greasing the pan
3 cups flour, plus more for dusting the pan
1 1/2 cups applesauce (no sugar added)
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups peeled, cored, thickly sliced tart apples
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease & flour 9" bundt pan.  Beat applesauce & sugar together in mixer fitted with paddle attachment while assembling remaining ingredients.  After about 5 min, add the eggs & beat until mixture is creamy.

Sift together flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda.  Stir into batter.  Add vanilla, apples, walnuts, raisins & stir until well-combined.

Transfer to pan.  Bake 1 hr & 15 min.  Cool in pan before turning out. 

I made this cake to take to The Glowing Body's Customer Appreciation Party tonight.  We'll start the evening with kirtan by Sangita Devi and end up around the fire pit with dessert and wine.  Hope to see you there!

1 comment:

  1. I don't even know what a "peaked" muffin looks like. Looking forward to the apple cake though. See you soon.