Here is what I think…or one of the millions of things I think….find something to celebrate. It can be a little thing or a big thing or nothing real at all, but some creative thing going on inside your head. Take some time to celebrate something. It can only be a good thing, right?
This apple cake is of my own invention to celebrate no one thing, but just the season, the beautiful apples I had, a few lovely soft orange rose hips, some antique pieces recently acquired for props, the light coming in through the window on this particular day while I played with this still life. More than plenty to celebrate I think don’t you?
I made a wee cake and a larger cake..one to give away and one to enjoy.
A dusting of powdered sugar always seems celebratory to me.
An Apple Cake to Celebrate
- 6 crisp, tart apples or whatever is your favorite, peeled, cored & thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups Spelt flour, sifted
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup chopped blanched almonds
- powdered sugar for dusting over top of finished cake
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. line the bottom of a 9 or 10 inch springform pan with parchment paper and then spray sides and bottom with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Toss together in a bowl the apple slices & 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar. Set aside.
- Using a stand, or hand mixer, blend together the remaining granulated sugar, raw sugar, spelt flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, vanilla extract, eggs and butter.
- Fold in half the sugar-coated apples and spoon into the prepared springform pan. Top with remaining apple slices & chopped almonds.
- Bake for about 1 hour or until cooked throughout when tested with a skewer. Let cool in the tin for about 10 minutes then remove the sides and cool cake on a wire rack.
- Right before serving add a generous, celebratory, dusting of powdered sugar.
Note: Is delicious with a bit of whipped cream as well. If you decide to make a wee and larger cake like I did use a smaller 8 inch pan and an even smaller 6 inch pan. Worked great.