October 14, 2012

Cranberry Apple Cake


We got a new kitty a couple of days ago.  I am so in love with him.  I think I've finally found a cat that is going to be a snuggle bunny ♥  I have two other cats, but neither of them really want much to do with us.  Since we used to have three cats, until my other snuggle bunny disappeared, I figured it would be OK to look for another one.  My husband didn't love the idea, but he's been a good sport.  He knew how heart broken I was when my Misty Mae came up missing, so he agreed to one more.  I have been having so much fun with this little guy.....am I turning into some weirdo cat lady???  Whatever, he's so cute I don't even care if I am!  Look at this precious little guy:


Isn't he just the cutest???  He purrs like a mad man and he loves to snuggle....I'm in heaven.  OK, I'll stop going on and on about the newest addition to the family now :)



I know I said I wouldn't post tons of recipes involving cranberries, but I couldn't resist this one.  This is a cake I saw Ina Garten make on her cooking show, and I knew it would be good.  It is easy to make, and oh so delicious!  The cake is so tender and just soaks up all the juices from the cranberries and apples.  All the flavors go so well together.  Everyone in my house LOVES this cake.  I made a few changes to the original recipe to suite my preferences.  This cake has become a family favorite - thank you Ina!

 
Cranberry Apple Cake (adapted from Ina Garten)

1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 apple, peeled & diced
12 ounces cranberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup orange juice
2 eggs
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup + 1 tbsp white sugar
1/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 325 and spray a 10" pie plate with cooking spray.  Add the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange juice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon & nutmeg to a medium bowl and stir to combine.

Add the eggs to the bowl of an electric mixer, and using the paddle attachment beat the eggs on medium speed for about 2 minutes.  While the mixer is running add 1 cup white sugar, vanilla, sour cream and butter  and beat until just barely combined.  Turn the mixer down to low speed and add the four and salt, and only mix until combined.

Pour the fruit mix into the pie plate, add the batter and spread evenly over the fruit.  Combine the 1 tbsp of sugar with the 1/8 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle over top of the batter.  Bake for about an hour or until cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.

12 comments:

  1. That looks amazing. Our family loves cranberries. I'm definitely going to be making this soon!!

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  2. Wonderful, simple recipe ! I'll be passing this on to my readers for sure. And your kitten is just adorable. I have two cats and a dog myself, and I know what you mean about the cats not having much to do with you....my two are so aloof, until dinner time ! Thanks for the great recipe..

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  3. This looks great! It's always so great to use in-season fruits to make desserts. Can't wait to try it out.

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  4. I'd love to make a cake like this. Cranberries and apples together - yum!

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  5. IL est terriblement appétissant
    Bonne journée
    Valérie

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  6. Thanks for visiting and commenting everyone - it's nice to know someone out there is reading this blog ☺

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    1. I have your recipe in the oven right now...I'll let you know how it turns out ! Easy to prepare by the way ! x

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    2. Yay - hope you enjoyed it as much as our family did :)

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    3. Lovely 'sweet/tart' flavour....reminded my hubby of Rhubarb Pie ! Great with a dollop of vanilla ice cream ! Thanks for the recipe ! Mary x

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    4. Thank you for letting me know how you liked it Mary - I love reading the comments and getting the feedback!

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  7. Good stuff and easy! Granted it was tart but in a good way. I measured my sugars generously and used the apples I had on hand which were a bit sweeter than grannies.

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