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Favorite Shots: HI

 

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HI I LOVE YOU. #REALLIFE

L

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Favorite Shots: Saturdays

“Wades, there is extra marshmallow frosting. Just eat it. Eat it.”

“Ok.”

L

Pipe Dream #145: To Use Any Excuse – Apple Crisp Cake

Wades, what kind of cake do you want for your birthday this year?”

“I don’t care, something apple-y cinnamon-y fall. Like apple crisp.”

“So you want apple crisp for your birthday cake this year?”

“Yeah, that sounds really good.”

“No. Please let me make you a birthday cake. I want to make a cake.”

“Lauren, just do what you want.”

“Ok, it’s your birthday. Let’s compromise.”

“Get out of my room.”

And so I made this cake. I started with a vanilla cake recipe and doctored it up a bit with apples (duh), cinnamon, and a brown sugar streusel topping (which, by the way, felt really sugary–you should reduce the sugar a bit when you make this). I also decided to invite some cinnamon cream cheese frosting to the party. It just felt rich and right.

IT. WAS. SO. GOOD. It was like apple crisp in a cake, which made for a happy ending to our little domestic tiff-that-wasn’t-really. We ended up eating it kind of warm-ish. Which was the best way. Good thing I didn’t take this cake out, because the frosting was so melty that they layers would have slid right off.

I just.

Go make this.

L

Maddie’s Apple Cake

by me

For the cake:

3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon plus 1 scant tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 1/2 sticks (10 ounces) butter, softened

1 1/4 cups plus 1/3 cup buttermilk

5 whole eggs

2 egg yolks

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 large apples, peeled, 1/2 diced, 1/2 grated

For the streusel topping:

1 cup flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 stick butter

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (pecans are cool too)

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter two 6-inch round cake pans and two 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with a round of parchment or waxed paper and butter the paper.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixer bowl. With the mixer on low speed, blend for 30 seconds. Add the butter and 1 1/4 cup of the buttermilk. Mix on low speed briefly to blend; then raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and the remaining 1/3 cup buttermilk. Pour one-third of the egg mixture into the cake batter at a time, folding it in completely after each addition, and then fold in the diced and grated apples. Divide the batter into the pans (I just eyeballed the amounts), and smooth the batter.

To make up the streusel topping, mix together the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Mash in the butter with a fork until the mixture is crumbly, then stir in the walnuts. Sprinkle evenly over the four cake pans, and lightly swirl it in a bit with a toothpick.

Bake for 15 minutes and then check the layers. Cakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Because the layers are different sizes, however, the 6-inch rounds will probably be done earlier than the 8-inch rounds. Or whatever size you choose to use.

Turn the layers out onto wire racks by placing a rack on top of a pan, inverting it, and lifting off the pan. Peel off the paper liners and let cool completely. Invert onto a cardboard round or cake plate, and fill layers with cream cheese icing (see recipe below).

For the cream cheese icing:

8 ounces cream cheese

1 stick (1/2 cup, 113 g) butter

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Place butter and cream cheese into mixer bowl. Cream 1 minute on medium-high speed until fluffy. Add confectioner’s sugar 1 c. at a time, mixing on medium speed, scraping down bowl between additions. Add vanilla and cinnamon, then beat on high speed 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Favorite Shots: Alien City

This is the Alien City. Whenever my sessies and I drive by, we say, “It’s the Alien City!” and then think about how sweet it would be to climb up the towers on the winding stairs and explore all the amazingly technological buildings.

At least, I wonder that in my head. I think it’s actually an oil refinery. Either way, it never fails to delight me. I love the contrasting lines in this shot.

To endless delights,

L


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