Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TWD—An Apple Cake For Fall

TWD--An Apple ake for Fall 10-23-11

This week’s recipe for Tuesdays With Dorie was for A Fig Cake For Fall (pages 198-199).  I could not find any figs around these parts.

I decided to make half the recipe and use apples with some added spices, I added some cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to the cake batter.  In place of the ruby port, I used some spiced apple cider, which along with the honey, reduced down beautifully and tasted sweet and good.  I baked the half recipe in a six inch round cake pan.

DSCF7684I baked the cake for 30 minutes and the toothpick was still covered in moist batter, so I baked it another five minutes and thought it still had more time to finish.  So I baked the cake a total of forty minutes and sadly, the cake turned out super dry.  :(  I’m pretty sure it was just because I ended up baking it a little too long.   I brushed the baked, warm cake with the spiced apple cider syrup.

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If you want to make a fig cake, Alvarosa at Cookie Rookie will have the recipe on her blog.  I followed the recipe except I only made half the recipe and added some spices as I mentioned and used apples.  Wish I wouldn’t have baked it a little too much!

Wait until you see what we’re about to do for Tuesdays With Dorie in November!  We’re doubling up on recipes each week!  We’re so close to finishing the book.  New plans are being made to begin baking along in another one of Dorie Greenspan’s books, Baking With Julia!

12 comments:

Lisa Ernst said...

This is such a great looking cake, and really has a "fall" feel to it. I'm sorry it didn't turn out so great taste wise. We've been eating a lot of fresh figs lately and I've been thinking about how to cook with them, so the original recipe might be worth a try.

Peggy said...

I almost used apples, but I did end up with figs. I think your cake is really beautiful. I think this recipe might just produce a dry cake as mine was on the dry side as well. The sauce helped.

Tia said...

it looks wonderful!

Nicole said...

This looks great with apples! I think that cakes with cornmeal always seem a little dry. Figs also add some moisture to the cake.

spike. said...

looks beautiful even if it was a little dry. Great ideas for subs

Jennifurla said...

that sure does look pretty

Flourchild said...

Great minds think alike!! I used apples too! I wish I would have thought of slicing them in the cool rings you did! It looks perfect!

Jessica said...

Gorgeous color on your cake! I hesitated to make one with apples (with no figs to be found) because I thought it would look "blah." But you clearly found a way around that problem!

Kudos Kitchen said...

Your cake doesn't look dry at all. It looks amazingly moist I thought! I'm excited to hear about the new Dorie baking group "Baking With Julia". I've had that book for eons and simply love it! How do I become involved? I hate to forget about it and miss it.

Megan's Cookin' said...

You did a great job with this cake. You have me drooling!

Becky said...

Great idea on the apple version! I should try that.

I found figs at the Orem Harmoms. I enjoyed the cake but thought it wasn't as sweet as a normal dessert. Still good, just different.

Jaime said...

I didn't have time to grab figs at the store but I wish I had thought to use apples instead too! the peels look lovely on top and add a nice color. sorry it was too dry :( nothing some caramel wouldn't help fix ;)