Happy Friday! Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful weekend! It is supposed to be warm and sunny in the Bay Area and I’m looking forward to being outside and soaking in some rays. Until then, I’ll be eating this cake!
Don’t you just love having people over for dinner? I do! The other night we had some friends over for dinner and it was so much fun. I was in charge of the main dish and dessert. I went for an apple theme because I purchased a giant bag of apples before I left for Chicago (smart move I know) and needed to use some up. So I went with pork chops and applesauce for dinner and I spent hours trying to find the perfect apple dessert. Sometimes when I have people over, I tend to go a biiiit overboard or try to be too fancy. I was looking at some seriously complex (and don’t get me wrong, delicious) looking apple desserts, but then I came upon this ridiculously simple apple cake and for some reason just went with it.
Wouldn’t you know, this dessert received RAVE reviews from the dinner guests! Sometimes simple is best! I also didn’t mention a peep to the guys who were going on and on about how delicious it was that it was both low fat AND whole wheat! Muahahahahaaa! (ßmy sneaky laugh!)
I think one thing I did that made my guests (and me!) swoon over this cake is that I used really good cinnamon. For Christmas, I got some “boutique” spices from my mother in law which I use all the time. You don’t have to go scouring your local gourmet shop for ceylon cinnamon, but you should use a good quality cinnamon, preferable one that hasn’t been sitting in your spice cupboard since Full House was running new episodes.
Another trick is to really cream the sugar, butter, and cream cheese. I let mine run on medium high speed for about 5 minutes. This leaves you with a ridiculously airy batter and in turn, a light and fluffy cake! It’s also really important to let your butter and cream cheese come up to room temp before mixing. Don’t even try melting or defrosting in the micro. Just be patient!
After you cream the batter, gently fold in the dry ingredients and then the apples coated in lemon, cinnamon and sugar. Pour in a spring form pan and sprinkle with more cinnamon & sugar mixture. Make sure to grease the pan well so it doesn’t stick!
You may want to leave the house while this is baking to avoid being so entranced by the smell that you pull it out of the oven and dive in to a half-baked cake with a spoon.
You can serve the cake warm or at room temperature, and it goes extremely well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Incidentally, it also serves as a fantastic breakfast. J
Recipe: Cinnamon Apple Cake
- • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
- • 1/2 cup stick butter, room temperature
- • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- • 6 ounces block-style reduced fat cream cheese, softened (about 3/4 cup)
- • 2 large eggs
- • 1 cup all-purpose flour
- • ½ cup whole wheat flour
- • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- • 1/4 teaspoon salt
- • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- • 4 cups chopped, peeled apple (about 3 large)
- • Cooking spray
- • juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, butter, vanilla, and cream cheese at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flours, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
- Combine 1/4cup sugar and cinnamon. Combine 2 tablespoons cinnamon mixture, lemon juice, and apple in a bowl, and stir apple mixture into batter. Pour batter into a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.
- Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack, and cut using a serrated knife.