Baking and Creating All Things Edible
So much has changed over the past 15 months. Our family has been through so much, too much. This year for Easter we didn’t even get together as a family. I had decided that I was not even going to bake! Why would I? It was just 3 of us at dinner.
I was then asked to make some desserts for another family, a Cherry Cheesecake and some cupcakes. Then I got the ‘itch’, I must bake!
I was not totally convinced the cherry cheesecake I made had turned out. You can’t always tell until you cut into them (fingers crossed, I haven’t heard). I felt I needed to redeem myself, so I decided to make us a cheesecake. All this was decided on Good Friday – when all the stores are closed and Saturday the stores were a zoo. It always amazes me how people completely panic when a store closes for a day. You would think they would never be able to get food again. Anyways, I was not going to be shopping, I had to use what I had in the house.
I found a recipe for Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake. As intrigued as I was, I was not sure it would be good. I am a cinnamon freak, so the thought of it was just about making me drool, but I was not sure how it would pair with the cream cheese. I was skeptical enough to only make a mini one and halved the recipe. I also made a back up recipe!
I found this recipe on Life, Love and Sugar. Check out the site, there are some amazing recipes.
This is the full recipe – I halved it
4. Add the sour cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Beat on low speed until well combined. Set aside.
I was asked to make a Bridal Shower/Birthday cake. The top layer is funetti. The bottom layer is Champagne Cake, I had never heard of that one. Hope they liked it!
This year Violet picked her birthday cake. Apparently she is in love with cheetah prints! She loved it!
Along with this years Thanksgiving cheesecake (Skor – which was not awesome) I made Apple Dapple Cake. To me Thanksgiving just screams apples and cinnamon, it seems to be a fall thing. With my horrid past in pie making, I thought I would take a different approach with an apple dessert.
I found this recipe on Pinterst, it is from Southern Plate. Great website, check it out. When I saw all the photos I knew I had to try it.
Adapted from Southern Plate
3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups raw
apples, peeled and chopped fine
3. Mix oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
4. Sift together flour, salt, soda. **I added cinnamon – must have cinnamon with apples
5. Add to first mixture.
6. Fold in pecans and apples.
I have some people who can’t eat nuts so I did half and half
7. Bake in tube pan at 350 for 1 hour.
1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup milk
¾ cup butter or margarine(1 -1/2 sticks)
2. Bring to a gentle boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Pour over hot cake while cake is still in pan.
We tried the sauce once cooled a little from the pot. OMG! Forget the cake, just make the sauce and eat it with a spoon. Heavenly!
Slowly starts to soak in…
Let cake cool completely before removing.
Everyone said they liked it, but I didn’t. I was quite disappointed, only finished a couple bites. It was quite dry and flavourless. I thought it would be moist and almost gooey with all that sauce that soaked in. Nope, heavy, dense, blah!