Oct 31, 2011

Apple Cider Pudding Cake

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While I'm happy to eat my weight in crunchy, juicy, whole apples each fall, it's nice to enjoy them in other ways, too.  I like apple crisp, apple cake, caramel apples...the list goes on and I know there are many apple treats that I have yet to indulge in.

I wanted/needed a quick dessert and was leaning towards cake.  As soon as I began searching, I happened upon this beauty.  It's part cake, part pudding cake, and part apple pie filling.  What's not to love?

The top layer of cake stays moist with a true cake-like crumb while the center turns into apple/cake pudding that has amazing texture and the apples on the bottom retain some of their crunch but is reminiscent of apple pie.  It's apple heaven in a little bowl and warmed up and combined with ice cream it's beyond...just beyond.


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Apple Cider Pudding Cake Printable Version

3 medium apples, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground allspice
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ cup unsalted butter, melted, cooled, and divided
⅔ cup brown sugar, divided
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup maple syrup
¾ cup apple cider (or apple juice), divided

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place cubed apples evenly into the bottom of a 9×9-inch baking dish.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together ¼ cup melted butter and ¼ cup of brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
4. Whisk in half of the flour mixture, followed by ¼ cup of apple cider. Whisk in remaining flour mixture until no streaks remain. Pour over apples and spread into an even layer.
5. Sprinkle batter with remaining brown sugar. Pour remaining ¼ cup of melted butter and ½ cup apple cider over the top of the cake. Do not mix.
6. Bake cake for 35-40 minutes, until cake is set and deep golden brown at the edges, and filling is bubbling. Cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. (Cake will continue to become more set the longer that it cools.)

adapted from Baking Bites

2 comments:

Bixer928 said...

This looks, and sounds, delicious!

Danielle said...

Wow, that looks so good and perfect for Fall.

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