Apple Nut Choc Chip Cake

Today we made Apple Nut Choc Chip Cake!

1/2C butter, 1C sugar, 1C flour, 3/4t baking soda, 1T cinnamon, 2 eggs, 1 extra large Granny Smith apple, chopped into 1/2″ pieces; 1/3C coarsely chopped cashews, walnuts and roasted lightly salted almonds; 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

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Add eggs to butter mixture. Blend well.

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In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Make a well in these dry ingredients and stir in wet until mostly blended.

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Fold in apples.

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Stir in nuts and chips.

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Turn into greased 9″ round cake pan.

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Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

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Apple Almond Cake

Today we made Apple Almond Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 3 eggs, 1t salt, scant 1 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced in crescents; 1C coarsely chopped, salted, roasted almonds, 1T almond extract

Topping: 1T lemon juice, 2t cinnamon, 1/4C brown sugar

Preheat oven to 325F. Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, beat butter with sugar.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Add eggs and extract.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Beat in dry ingredients.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Stir in almonds.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Spread into greased, rectangular cake pan.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Press one half the apple crescents into batter in desired pattern. Mix topping ingredients into a paste.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Spread on apples.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Place remaining apples on top. (For more intense topping flavor, double topping amounts and spread on top layer of apples.)

Apple Almond Cake

Bake 45-55 minutes or until cake is lightly browned.

Apple Almond Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Today we made Pear Lemon Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 1/2 C flour, 2t baking powder, 2 large slightly underripe pears, peeled and chopped into 1/2 to 1/4″ pieces, 3 eggs, 3T brown sugar, 2T lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Beat in eggs.

Pear Lemon Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry. In a separate bowl, mix pears, lemon juice and brown sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Stir wet into dry until just blended.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread half the batter evenly into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread pears on top.

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread on remaining batter. Swirl until all pears are coated.

Pear Lemon Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and cake comes away from sides of pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

If desired, glaze when cake is cool, with 2 to 2 1/2C powdered sugar sifted, and 3T orange juice blended until barely pourable.

Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake

Today we made Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1t salt, scant 1 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 6 oz fresh blueberries, 3T lemon juice, 3 eggs, 3T powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

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Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Beat in eggs.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry and blend in half the wet.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Add lemon juice.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Stir in remaining wet just until blended.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Turn into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, mash powdered sugar into blueberries.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Swirl into cake batter with a few turns of a knife.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is set and cake comes away from the sides of the pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Today we made Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake!

2C pitted halved fresh cherries, 1C amaretto liqueur, 1C chocolate chips, 2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/2C coarsely chopped almonds, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Soak cherries in amaretto liqueur 2 or more hours in a glass container covered with plastic wrap.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Add eggs.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in dry ingredients. Blend well.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in chips, nuts and thoroughly drained cherries.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Turn into greased 9″ or 10″ round cake pan. Spread evenly.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Chocolate Preserves Cake

Today we made Chocolate Preserves Cake!

1/2C butter, melted, 1C sugar, 1t vanilla, 2 eggs, 1 1/4C flour, 2t baking powder, 1/3C milk, 1C chocolate chips, 6 oz fruit spread or preserves

Preheat oven to 350F.

Choc Preserves Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix eggs and sugar.

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Stir in melted butter. Make a “well” in the dry ingredients and alternately stir in milk, vanilla and egg mixture, just until blended.

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Spoon half the batter into a greased 13″X9″ rectangular cake pan or casserole dish.

Choc Preserves Cake

Alternate sprinkling chocolate chips and spreading preserves on top, beginning and ending with chips.

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Top with remaining batter.

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean. Cool before cutting.

Choc Preserves Cake

Blackberry Cake

Today we made Blackberry Cake!

1/2C butter, 1C sugar, 1t vanilla, 2 eggs, 2 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 12 oz fresh blackberries

Preheat oven to 350F.

Blackberry Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Add eggs.

Blackberry Cake

Stir in dry ingredients.

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Mix in vanilla. Push blackberries through a fine-mesh sieve.

Blackberry Cake

Add the puree to the batter.

Blackberry Cake

Turn into greased rectangular baking pan.

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Top with chocolate syrup.

Blackberry Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Today we made Drunken Apple Cake!

1/2C butter, 3/4C sugar, 2 eggs, 2 extra large apples, peeled, cored and shredded, 1 1/4C flour, 3/4t baking soda, 1 1/2C blackberry brandy

Place apples in shallow, wide ceramic or glass dish or bowl.

Drunken Apple Cake

Pour in blackberry brandy.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Soak covered in plastic wrap at least 3 hours, up to overnight.

Drunken Apple Cake

Preheat oven to 350F.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drain apples. Retain brandy for another recipe.

Drunken Apple Cake

Cream butter with sugar until smooth.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Stir in eggs.

Drunken Apple Cake

Blend well. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add to wet until just blended.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Stir in apples.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Turn into 9″ greased round cake pan.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Drunken Apple Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Today we made Banana Blueberry Cake!

4C flour, 3t baking powder, 1/4t salt, 2/3C sugar, 2/3C chilled butter, 2 eggs, beaten, 2t vanilla, 1C nonfat yogurt

Topping: 3T brown sugar, 2C fresh blueberries, slightly mashed, 1 banana, mashed

Preheat oven to 375F.

Banana Blueberry Cake

Stir together dry ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles small crumbs. In separate bowl, stir together wet ingredients.

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Make a well in the dry and fold in wet until barely blended.

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Turn into greased 9″ round cake pan. Make preliminary slices with a serrated knife. Mix topping.

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Spread on cake.

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Banana Blueberry Cake

Bake 1/2 hour or until knife inserted in center emerges clean.

Banana Blueberry Cake

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Today I made Apple Peanut Butter Cake!

2C flour, 2C sugar, 1C creamy peanut butter, 1/4C butter, 1/2C milk, 2 eggs, 1t vanilla extract, 1t baking soda, 1t baking powder, 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled

Preheat oven to 325F. Sift together dry ingredients except sugar. In separate bowl, cream butter, peanut butter and sugar together.

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Add eggs.

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Mix in milk. Blend well.

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Stir in vanilla.

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Mix in dry ingredients.

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Chop 1 apple into 1/2″ pieces. Mix into batter.

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Turn into greased 10″ round cake pan.

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Top with crescent-shaped apple slices, one layer deep, of the remaining apples.

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Place a baking sheet under cake pan while baking, in case of batter overflow. Bake 1 hour or until well browned and knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Apple Peanut Butter Cake

Apple Peanut Butter Cake