With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: TWD ~ Double Apple Bundt Cake

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

TWD ~ Double Apple Bundt Cake

 It's baking time with the Tuesday's With Dorie group and
Lynne of Honey Muffin chose Double Apple Bundt Cake
The double apple goodness comes from grated apple and apple butter.

Just as you would expect, it filled the house with the wonderful autumn smells of baking apples with cinnamon and spices.  I wish I could tell you how it tastes but I won't know until tomorrow when I will be serving it as a dessert for our weekly community group Bible study kick-off dinner.  Dorie says, 'wrapped well, the cake will keep for up to 4 days at room temperature and for up to 2 months in the freezer.'
Double Apple Bundt Cake
From Dorie Greenspan’s
Baking: From my Home to Yours
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup store-bought apple butter
2 eggs
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
½ cup plump, moist raisins (dark or golden)
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)

For the Icing (optional)
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
About 2 tablespoons fresh orange or lemon juice 
Getting ready:  Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9- to 10- inch (12 cup) Bundt pan. If your pan is not nonstick, dust the interior of the pan with flour, then tap out the excess. (If yo’ve got a silicone Bundt pan, there’s no need to butter or flour it.) Don’t place the pan on a baking sheet – you want the oven’s heat to circulate through the Bundt’s inner tube.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed, scarping the bowl as needed, for 3 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth, thick and pale. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each addition; you’ll have a light, fluffy batter. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the apple butter – don’t worry if it curdles the batter. Still on low, add the grated apples and mix to completely blend. Add the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear into the batter. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the nuts and raisins. Turn the batter into the Bundt pan and smooth the top of the batter with the rubber spatula.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a think knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes before unmolding and cooling the cake to room temperature. If possible, once the cake is completely cool, wrap well in plastic and let it stand overnight at room temperature to ripen the flavors.

If you’re not going to ice the cake, you can dust it with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.
To make the optional icing:  Put the sugar in a small bowl and stir in a squirt or two of either orange or lemon juice. Keep adding the juice a little at a time until you have an icing that falls easily from the tip of a spoon. Drizzle the icing over the top of the cake letting it slide down the curves of the cake in whatever pattern it makes. Let the cake stand until the icing dries, a matter of minutes, before slicing.

You can see more Dorie bakers by visiting the Tuesdays with Dorie links here.


Julie said...

Beautiful cake! I love the fall flavors! Your post yesterday about your daughter's room was so fun!

Mildred said...

This sounds like it would be moist and delicious.

Paula said...

I like the way you flipped the cake over and put the glaze on the flat side. Looks very cool!

Dishesdone said...

I could just imagine what your house smelled like!
That cake looks amazing.

crochet lady said...

Mmmm....that looks Double Delicious! It's the perfect time of year to bake with apples. I made a crisp last night and my fellas gobbled it down.

hip-chick said...

I am drooling just looking at it.

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful cake! I have lots of bundt pans because I make lots of cakes for Christmas time and this would be so perfect! You are the best, I so enjoy your blog! Come say hi :D

Jennifurla said...

Drop dead gorgeous pics

Linda said...

Oh my...this looks wonderful. I am always looking for apple recipes because we have a huge tree that produces so many apples, and if it freezes...all the better! Thanks for sharing!!

Ann said...

Looks delicious and I can just imagine how wonderful that must have smelled baking in the oven

Shandy said...

The addition of applebutter in the recipe had me hooked. I love how beautiful your bundt cake turned out and I know the cake will be well received at your Bible study kick-off dinner!

Dayle said...

Love, love, love it!!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

What a luscious looking cake! I'll have to try your recipe with apples galore and a bake sale coming up this weekend.

NanaDiana said...

OMGosh! I am so hungry tonight after working all those hours the last two days that I could eat that whole thing...pan and all;>)

Have fun at your Bible Study...and I will try this recipe this Fall. Hugs- Diana

Life In a Little House said...

Ugh i am drooling again Looks Fabulous ~Love Heather ;D

sewingseedscraftylife said...

It looks amazingly delicious. I will definitely give this one a try.

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a fantastic apple desert. I have 3 apple trees in my back yard and loads of apples this year, so I am looking for some great ideas. Thanks for sharing this one.
*kisses* HH

Clivia said...

Your cake looks gorgeous!

Leann said...

Must be that time of year. I made applesauce and apple cake with my nieces on Sunday. Let us know how it tastes, it looks wonderful!

Hope that you are enjoying this beautiful day!

Maggie Ann said...

Its a wonderful time of year for baking isn't' it? I'm tempted with one recipe after another lately....=)

Toyin O. said...

The cake looks really good.

Peggy said...

I'm running late this week with getting around to everyone. Your cake looks fabulous. Hope you have a great weekend.

Buttercup said...

This cake couldn't help but be delicious. Perfect dessert for this time of year. Enjoy the beautiful autumn day today.


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