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16.10.14

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Apple Cake #Weekend Bites

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Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Apple Cake- simplelivingeating.com


We have been going apple picking with friends of ours every year since our kids were toddlers. They have been living in Brooklyn for a while now and the traffic to get out to the orchard is just not making it a fun thing to do anymore. 


girl with apple: simplelivingeating.com

It seems that this may be our last year...sad, but it is time to move on to a new yearly tradition, something in "The Big Apple" instead of the apple orchard. 


apple picking: simplelivingeating.com


There is also the annual tradition of trying to think of a few hundred ways to bake and cook with the 40 pounds of apples you picked. 

brothers and sisters: simplelivingeating.com

I am not a baker but I have discovered that I do like apple cake and decided to come up with a quick way to make it. The natural cake mixes that you can buy from Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are terrific. They truly have just flour, sugar, baking soda... etc without the added chemicals.

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Apple Cake: simplelivingeating.com


This cake turned out better than I could have imagined. I actually had to stop my son from cutting his fifth piece. 

"You can't live on apple cake."

"Why not?" was his reply. I got him to eat a bowl of soup before he cut another piece.

Even my daughter the genuine baker in the family thought the buttery flavor and the moist texture were terrific.

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Apple Cake: simplelivingeating.com


Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Apple Cake

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com


Ingredients:

1 natural white cake mix (I used Arrowhead Mill's Organic Vanilla Cake Mix)
1 stick unsalted butter
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
3 large apples peeled, cored, cut into 1 inch chunks


Directions:

1) Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

2) Prepare cake mix according to it's directions. Mix cinnamon into the mix.  Set aside.

3) Spread out apples in a 12" by 9" baking pan. 

4) Pour cake batter over apples. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the batter and put small pats of butter over the whole cake.

5) Bake for 35 to 45 minute or until cake is firm and a tooth 





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25 comments:

  1. I have never been apple picking - how fun to participate with your family. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Really... wow. I live in a town that has a popular orchard to go picking. It is big in NY. I guess it depends where you live.

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  2. I love apple picking - picked a few when I went to a Jersey farm few weeks back
    that apple tart looks out of this world.
    I have to say I havent' used a cake mix since I was in elementary school but this apple cake looks worth a try although I;ll probably make the cake part anyway

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    1. I was going to say you can just use whatever vanilla cake mix recipe you normally make.

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  3. Diane,
    I've never been apple picking. There's a lot of places to go apple picking in the area but I just haven't gone. When you have children, you're more likely to pick apples. Your apple cake looks delicious though.
    Thanks for hosting the party.
    Annamaria

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    1. It is true apple picking is "something to do" with the kids. I think part of why it is lossing it's appeal is because our kids our older.

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  4. Thanks for hosting, Diane ! The Apple Cake looks wonderful !

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  5. Thanks for hosting Diane! We have one apple tree in our yard and about 300 apples on it this year - so I'm glad your shared this recipe! Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Lucky you. We have an apple tree but we don't always get apples.

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  6. Apples are something we just can't grow here. I still eat apple cake though!

    Thanks for the party!

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    1. Probably too warm... but oh so many other wonderful fruits you have.

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  7. It's always sad when traditions go away! Thanks so much for the party. Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Yeah, but we will figure out a new thing to do that hopefully they can carry on into adulthood.

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  8. Hi Diane,
    What a fun adventure and that apple cake looks delicious! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

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  9. I love the pictures. That cake is luscious! I used to make a doctored mix apple cake but it doesn't look as good as yours.

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    1. Thanks Adriana,
      This is no Marie Helene's Apple Cake but the kids sure loved it.

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  10. I loved baked apples at this time of year but I am not a baker either so this sounds perfect for me! Thanks for a great tip, Diane.
    I am such a big fan of Aida's at The Crafting Foodie - so nice to see her dish featured here! Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Bakers probably can't understand how non-bakers can use a mix, but as long as it isn't filled with chemicals I'm thrilled.

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  11. Hello cute lady! I’m so excited to party with you today! We would love it if you would stop by our party. That would be fantastic! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

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  12. Thank you so much for hosting. I hope to see you at Simple Supper Tuesday, at Hun What's for Dinner, next week. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Apple cake is our favorite!! And the combination with cinnamon is the best!
    I can almost smell the wonderful aroma :)

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  14. Delicious apple cake that to easy to make with storebought cake mix. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.

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  15. Hi Diane,
    Hope you are having a great fall day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. That looks so good. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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