Apple Pudding Cake
APPLE PUDDING CAKE
(originally posted 2012)
I love September because we finally get a break from the wretched heat here in Florida. I took advantage of the low 80’s weather and went for a morning run. Running is my therapy. It’s my time to think about things and work out anything that maybe going on whether it’s an issue or planning a baby shower.
I like to compare myself to John Nash in A Beautiful Mind. Not the schizophrenic genius part but the way he had floods of thoughts that he all of a sudden put in their proper place when the time was right. I usually like running solo.
First, trying to coordinate my schedule with someone else is kind of a nightmare. Second, I’m slow. These short legs of mine can only run so fast. I just will never be fast. Third, I’m a people pleaser to a fault and everytime I run with someone I think, “Do they want to go faster?” “Do they want to go slower?” I know, I know. I need to get over myself.
Yesterday, I happened to run into one of my good friends while out running and we starting chatting. Before I knew it, I had done over 5 miles without even thinking about it. So maybe there’s something to this running with people thing. For those runners out there, what do you prefer? A partner? Or solo?
Another reason why I LOVE September is that I can start baking all of my apple recipes. This Apple Cake is fabulous. There’s no pudding mix in the cake; it just has the texture of a bread pudding.
The cinnamon and nutmeg make it smell like fall in your house while it’s baking. Then it’s topped off with a cinnamon butter sauce. You don’t need a ton, but it’s good stuff.
Usually I use green apples when baking because they are more tart and compliment a sweet treat. However, you can use any apple that you prefer. I used Gala.
WHAT IS A PUDDING CAKE?
A pudding cake has a cake portion that rises while a sauce forms at the bottom. While there isn’t actual pudding in the mixture the texture tastes as though it does.
The batter is very thick but will loosen up a little when the apples are stirred in.
Look how moist this bite is. It almost reminds me of an apple version of bread pudding.
CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD OF TIME:
You can bake the cake and make the sauce a day ahead and store them separately (refrigerate sauce). Warm the sauce in a saucepan over low heat, and heat individual pieces of cake uncovered in the microwave on High for 25 to 35 seconds or until warm.
CAN I DOUBLE THIS?
Yes! Use a 9×13 baking dish to double this recipe.
OTHER APPLE RECIPES:
- Apple Muffins
- Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
- Apple Crisp Pizza
- Salted Caramel Apple Cups
- Apple Pie Caramel Apple
- Appledoodle Cookies
Apple Pudding Cake with Cinnamon Butter Sauce
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups finely chopped peeled apples such as Braeburn, Granny Smith, Rome, or Fuji (2 medium)
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray.
- In large bowl, mix brown sugar and softened butter with spoon until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Stir in flour, baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, the nutmeg and salt. Stir in apples. The batter will be really thick. Spread batter in pan.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. The cake is dark brown in color.
- Meanwhile in a saucepan, heat sauce ingredients over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and sauce is hot. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve a drizzle of warm sauce over warm cake. There's enough sauce for even a double batch.
- Tips: You can bake the cake and make the sauce a day ahead and store them separately (refrigerate sauce). Warm the sauce in a saucepan over low heat, and heat individual pieces of cake uncovered in the microwave on High for 25 to 35 seconds or until warm.