Monday, September 7, 2009

Apple Blackberry Cake


Can you believe a new school year is starting already? I don't know where the summer went. It just flew by. My son is excited about starting a new school year (5th grade) but also dreading it. I remember the night before the start of the school year very well. I don't think I was ever excited about starting school. I just dreaded school year after year! High school was a lot better than elementary school though. I went to a Catholic elementary school back in the late 60's and early 70's and there was nothing fun about them. Nuns are not fun teachers by any stretch of the imagination!!! Anyhow with school starting and fall coming, I am looking to have a more regular routine again and I'm hoping to be posting lots more than I did over the summer.

This recipe comes from the September 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living. It's a good cake and very moist. Not really one of my favorite apple cakes but still very good. I really enjoy baking apples cakes and pies in the fall. Such a great time to bake!

Granulated sugar, for pan
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan, plus 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) cut into pieces
3/4 cup plus two tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
4 McIntosh apples (I used red delicious), peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 cup blackberries (1/2 pint)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Preheat over to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan, and dust with confectioners sugar. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together melted butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, milk and eggs in another bowl. Whisk into flour mixture.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Arrange apples wedges over batter, and sprinkle with blackberries. Gently press fruit into batter. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and the cinnamon and sprinkle over fruit. Dot with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Bake until top is dark gold, apples are tender, and a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

26 comments:

Jenn said...

I remember those first days of school. I was much of a happy camper to be waking up early in the morning. haha...

Awesome cake!! Looks very delicious. All I need with it is a nice big scoop of ice cream.

Lisa said...

Can't believe school starts tomorrow. Love the fruit combination.

Cate O'Malley said...

This looks perfect for Fall! I'm with you - can't believe summer is over and school is starting this week - where *did* the time go?

Lynda said...

This cake sounds delicious with the apples and blackberries together! Perfect for fall!

Monica H said...

There was once a point in my life that I was excited about school, but it was very brief :-)

I've never had apples and blackberries together, It looks delicious though!

Emily said...

I've never heard of that apple blackberry combination, but that's brilliant! The cake looks delicious.

Good luck to your son! Make him lots of yummy treats to help get him through the year.

Cheryl said...

Glad to see you around these parts! That cake looks yummy!

5 Star Foodie said...

Apple & blackberry sounds delicious together, wonderful cake! My daughter went off to kindergarten this morning for the first time!

Bridgett said...

My son just started 5th grade as well and luckily enjoys it all. A great teacher helps as well! I love the fruit in this cake and I know it would be a hit with my husband and I. Good luck to your son on his first day.

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

This looks scrumptious with not only fresh apples but blackberries too. I love apple desserts in the fall too!

Mary said...

I love the fruit combination you are using here. It sounds perfect for fall. Very nice recipe!

The Blonde Duck said...

This cake looks amazing!

Cassie said...

This is PERFECT for fall...yum!

Seeing all the little ones go back to school makes me think about how my little one will be doing the same thing in only four years! I'm already sad about it!

teresa said...

this is such a lovely fall cake, i love the apples!

Pam said...

My daughter started 1st grade today - I can't believe how fast time flies.

This cake makes me happy...I could eat the whole thing by myself.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Perfect for fall and all those cake walks that come with it.
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Chef Fresco said...

I love blackberries! Looks great :)

Ingrid said...

Okay, blackberries are right up there with banana. What do you think about just increasing the balckerries and leaving out the apples? Or just make something else with my precious berries?
~ingrid

Katy ~ said...

I love fall cooking; means I can have my oven on whenever i feel like it, grins. Apples are one of my favorite fruits to cook, I suppose because they are in such abundance here.

This recipe looks very good. Appler and blackberry...I happen to have frozen blackberries n the freezer and apples in the fridge....

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a GREAT flavor for a cake!!!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I love apples and I love blackberries...I bet it was amazing in the cake!

noble pig said...

Yes, back to school is always the perfect time for baking!!

Stephanie said...

This combination sounds great! Looks so delightful and perfect for a fall dessert.

Barbara Bakes said...

Sounds like a great combination! How'd you son do on his first day?

Katie said...

YUM!! Everything you've been making lately just looks fabulous and this sounds AMAZING!!! What a great combo!

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