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Two Peas and Their Pod: Apple Raisin Cake

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Apple Raisin Cake

I had leftover maple cream cheese frosting from the Pumpkin Cupcakes and I hate letting good things go to waste. So I tried a recipe I spotted on Sharon's blog, Culinary Adventures of a New Wife.

I love apple everything and when I saw this cake had raisins in it I knew I had to try it. Most people have a love/hate relationship with raisins...I love them. I think I get this from my father. He is obsessed! He probably eats a pound of raisins a day...ok, maybe in two days, but I am not joking, he loves the shriveled up little guys. He takes a handful and stuffs them in his cheeks like a chipmunk. He sucks on them until they are gone and loads up for another round:) So I was for sure keeping the raisins in this cake. If people don't like them they can pick them out, that is my dad's philosophy.

This cake really was a "piece of cake" to make. It took no time at all and the results were delicious. The apples and raisins were the stars! I loved the plumpness and juiciness they added to the cake. The frosting was a great touch too! Thanks Sharon!

Autumn Apple Cake

Adapted from Cooking Light and Culinary Adventures of a New Wife

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Sprinkle of ground cloves (I added in the cloves)
Sprinkle of nutmeg (I added in the nutmeg)
3/4 cup granulated sugar (use baker's sugar if you have it on hand)
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 1/4 cup finely chopped and peeled sweet apple (about 1 large firm Gala)
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon powdered sugar or Maple Frosting

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Coat a 9 inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour and shake to coat evenly.
3. Spoon and level flour into measuring cups. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg with a whisk.
4. Place softened butter and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until well blended. Beat in vanilla and egg.
5. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour.
6. Fold in apple and raisins
7. Pour batter into pan and bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Cool 10 min on a wire rack. Carefully remove from pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost with maple frosting once cool. I recommend the frosting it is so good! Maybe make a half batch if you are just making this cake.

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Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

What a perfect recipe for the season! This looks delicious.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Looks gorgeous! I love raisins and Josh dislikes them so I never buy them! I need to making half raisin filled, half raisin void dishes haha

8:24 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Great recipe!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

2 pds of raisins in 2 days?!! That is alot of raisins. I don't know anyone who likes them that much, but I am always surprised that so many people hate them especially in desserts. This cake looks wonderful and sounds like it was a hit.

12:48 PM  
Blogger priscilla joy said...

that looks yummy...i can take only so many raisins...your dad sounds like a big raisin fan!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Prudy said...

Looks like a great use for extra frosting. I love raisins in savory but not so much in sweet. Crazy, huh? I'd have to make an exception to gobble up this one.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

That is pretty funny about your dad stuffing his cheeks and sucking on them until they are gone, not sure I want to see that but it did make me smile.
The cake looks homey and yummy. And the frosting, well let's just say, I love love love maple.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Oh yes..I like you dads way of thinking!!!

5:37 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

What a delightful cake!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

I always love a good apple cake, especially when it comes with that evil frosting :)

1:34 AM  
Blogger Natalie Que said...

Great seasonal recipe -and use of leftovers. What a great thing to have left over too!

2:10 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Yum! That looks great. You're on a roll with the recipes!

2:58 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

This looks perfect for the fall, especially with all that frosting ready for beckoning!

6:31 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Save some for me! It looks divine!

7:43 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

YUM! That cake looks so good.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Wow it looks sooo moist and yummy! the frosting sounds really good too! You are creative!

3:52 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I still have tons of apples from apple picking day...I should make this up!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

it does look delicious... btw, there's an award waiting for you at my place... thanks... :)

9:02 PM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Yum! Looks so delicious. I should look at your blog before breakfast ;-)

5:16 AM  
Blogger grace said...

maple frosting would be perfect for this! oddly enough, as much as i love red grapes, i just don't care for purple raisins. i could eat a ton of golden raisins, but i don't really like green grapes. just thought you needed to know that odd and random fact about me. :)

5:39 AM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

Wonderful use of the leftover frosting! I'm fine with raisins, maybe I don't love them as much as your dad but I like them, specially if they're with apples.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

This is perfect use of your maple frosting!! A gorgeous cake just right for this season of fall!!

Rosie x

7:03 AM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Nice apple cake!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I'll eat anything with maple cream cheese frosting. Delicious recipe.

8:16 AM  
Blogger The Caked Crusader said...

Yum. I have an ongoing love affair with apple cake - isn't it wonderful?
Your frosting looks delish!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

what a great dessert!

10:14 AM  
Blogger My Sweet & Saucy said...

This looks so yummy! Such a perfect, comforting dessert!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I hate letting things go to waste either. What a great idea that it inspired such a seasonally appropriate cake. It looks very yummy.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Hah. I could picture that as you described your Dad like a chipmunk. Well, not your Dad specifically but you know :)

Anyway, this cake looks awesome. I always love how you get a nice close up of the frosting slowly making its way over the side. Looks dreamy!!!!

8:26 AM  
Blogger test it comm said...

This cake with chucks of apple and maple cream cheese frosting sounds really good.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Maria, I forgot to reply to this one! I'm glad the cake turned out well and the frosting looks AMAZING! Good call...I'll have to try that next time I make this!

8:41 PM  

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