But I did want to bake. And when I did, it was so good, I didn't want to share...which is how hubby and I ended up with a whole cake at home as opposed to our usual pattern of we eat a piece and he takes the rest to work. (Sorry to any of his co-workers who are reading this!)
Plum and Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting
(adapted from a recipe from King Arthur Flour)
When I started out, this was going to be a simple apple cake, but then I found a can of plums in the kitchen cupboard, and I'm ashamed to say I'm not sure how long they'd been there. Time to use them up.
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (since that is what I found first in my spice cabinet. Apple pie spice, cinnamon, etc - all fine)
3 medium eggs (courtesy of the happy chickens owned by hubby's fab co-worker Tami)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 can plums
3 cups apple (if you don't have any plums, just use extra apple, or pear, or whatever takes your fancy)
|Look at that frosting.|
7 tbs unsalted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
Drain the can of plums and mash them carefully with a fork, removing any pits.
Using your handy-dandy apple gizmo, peel, core and slice the apples, and then chop or break the slices into chunks.
Preheat the oven to 325F.
Easiest cake recipe in the world: put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix.
Spread mix in 9 x 13 pan and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and let it cool. I know it's tempting to try a bit now but wait.
Once it's cool, make the frosting by melting the butter, brown sugar, and salt in a pan until everything has melted together. Add the milk and bring to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool for about 10 minutes.
Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla, adding more sugar if needed.
Spread over the cake.
Eat cake. At this point, you realize that gooey frosting and appley goodness greatly reduce your desire to share cake. Instead, you will enjoy cake for the next few days until there is just one piece left and you still haven't taken any pictures. So grab your camera and hurriedly take a pic of the final piece before it disappears into kitchen memory (aka belly). Promise to self that you will share and take better pictures next time.
|Last piece of cake|