I run a blog event/prize giveaway on another blog that I work for. I will participate often, though I’m not eligible to win of course. ;) The basic jist is you choose recipes from two websites (Annie’s Recipes and Alicia’s Recipes), make or bake them, and take pictures. If you blog, you can blog about them then leave a comment with the link where you wrote about them. If you don’t have a blog, you just upload your photo to the recipe on the site where you originally found it. I generally do both :)
The thing I like about this particular event is that it challenges me to climb out of my comfort zone and to try recipes that may or may not produce good results. There aren’t many pictures of the finished recipes, though this event/giveaway is helping to reduce that, hence I’m less likely to experiment. I’ve challenged myself to try at least (if not more) one recipe per week from one of the sites. I have had a flop or two in the past, but it’s kind of fun being a “recipe tester” of sorts, and then I can leave comments about the recipe as well.
This week I tried a recipe called Caramel Apple Coffee Cake from Alicia’s. I was a little leary, especially because it called for a tube pan. Tube pans seem to be used mainly for sponge cakes, but this did not seem to be a sponge cake. Everything else seemed pretty straightforward, so I pressed on. The results were a 4 out of 5 stars. While it wasn’t amazing, it was really good. My favorite part is the crunchy-chewy texture that the edges of the cake took on. Pair that with the caramel topping and mmmmm. :)
This cake isn’t very apple-y, there are no spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg, but I don’t think the creator intended there to be. Would it have benefited from spices? Probably, but it was fine without it as well.
If you would like to print off the recipe without all my blabbering, go here. You can also see the recipe at the end of this post.
You should join me! Remember, I can’t win any of the prizes offered each month, but you can! Here are the entry instructions, this month is an awesome prize for bakers. :)
I cooled it in the pan for ten minutes then used an icing spatula to loosen the sides.
Then I inverted it onto a cooling rack. About ten minutes before the cake came out of the oven, I combined the topping ingredients in a saucepan.
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 c. chopped peeled apples
1 c. coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/4 c. milk
1 c. packed brown sugar
Pinch of salt
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs until foamy, gradually add sugar. Blend in oil and vanilla. Combine flour, salt and baking soda; add to egg mixture. Stir in apples and pecans. Pour into a greased 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake to serving platter. For Topping: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan; boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly pour over warm cake. (Some topping will run down onto the serving plate.)
Here, I saved a piece for you :)