Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cream Cheese Apple Cake

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I know I'm pushing apples before the berry season has ended, but I so liked this cake that I carried it from one coast to another, so my family could sample and enjoy it. A single bite will help you understand why I'm so enthusiastic about this confection. It is the creation of Piper Davis and I found it in her book, The Grand Central Baking Book. Her bakery was named one of the 10 best in the country by Bon Appetit magazine, so her credentials are stellar and her book is worth more than a passing glance. This cake is versatile as well as delicious. It can take any shape you wish, as long as you don't overfill the pans. To prevent batter overflow, fill your pan, or pans, only 2/3 full. Let me warn you ahead of time, that a 12-cup bundt pan is not large enough to hold the batter for this cake. A larger bundt pan can, of course, be used, but I prefer to make the cake in loaf pans. While you lose the graceful beauty of a  perfectly baked bundt, slices from a loaf cake are more practical and much prettier on the table. I used Golden Delicious apples to make this cake but any well-flavored apple can be substituted. For best results, have all the ingredients you'll be using at room temperature. In my parlance, that means the butter, cream cheese and eggs have been sitting on the counter for about two hours before I start to make the mix and bake the cake. The finished creation is moist and velvety and it has a faint tang that comes from the cream cheese that is in the batter. The cake keeps well for several days and its flavor actually improves if it is allowed to sit for a day before serving. I know you those of you who try this cake will really like it. This is a keeper of the first magnitude, and, yes, it makes my socks go up and down. I love this cake! Here's how it is made.

Cream Cheese Apple Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Piper Davis and the Grand Central Baking Book

3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 pounds tart apples, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
Confectioners' sugar, for garnish

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour two (9 x 5 x 2-inch) loaf pans.
2) Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together and set aside.
3) Put butter, cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat ingredients on medium-high speed until mixture is very light in color — almost white — and texture is fluffy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl once during the process to insure that butter is evenly incorporated.
4) Crack eggs into a liquid measure and add vanilla. With mixer on low speed, slowly pour mixture into bowl allowing eggs to fall in one at a time. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl.
5) Add sifted dry ingredients on low speed; stop mixing as soon as flour is incorporated. Fold apples in by hand using a stiff spatula and scrape batter into prepared pan.
6) Place pans in the middle of oven and bake 60-75 minutes rotating pans halfway through baking time. When cake is finished, a wooden skewer inserted in the middle should come out clean. Allow cakes to cool 15 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely and cover with a thick dusting of confectioners' sugar. Yield: 16 servings.

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Pondside said...

That is high praise from you, Mary! I'll be trying this cake - I can hear the printer as I type. Thank you!

Alicia Foodycat said...

This cake sounds gorgeous! I know it'll be a hit in this house!

Katarina said...

Sounds like a great cake!

Lynn said...

Bookmarked! With a great recommendation like that I'll try it the next time I pick up some apples:@)

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Mary I have "saved" this one to my to try folders for Spy season. Would I be able to use thawed frozen apples in this recipe would you think? Thank you in advance.

Priya Suresh said...

Super soft and gorgeous cake.

SImple and Serene Living said...

It may not be apple season quite yet, but an apple cake is always welcome in my opinion.

Debbie said...

I will be making this. In the fall I am always on the hunt for a good apple cake recipe and I love Bundt cakes. Thanks Mary!

Barbara said...

Perfect photo! It's a gorgeous cake, Mary and I'll be saving it for fall.

Blond Duck said...

Apple season is all year for me!

Ellen B Cookery said...

I love the sound of combining these flavours together. By the way, my mother never baked until all dairy products were at room temperature too. This is a rule I've stuck to with all baking. (even when not required). Hope you're enjoying your holidays and spending time with your family :)

Ana Regalado said...

Mary , that cake looks scrumptious ! Er , everything with cream cheese sounds really good to me ! lol Really love the cream cheese and apple combo !

Tanna said...

You know I don't miss a "socks going up and down" recipe!! ;) thank you, Mary. Hope you are enjoying a good visit! blessings ~ tanna

Kathy Walker said...

This would be great with a cup of tea this morning. Looks tasty.

LV said...

That cake looks delicious.

My Unfinished Life said...

yummy and easy :)

Buttercup said...

We're almost about to start apple season and this looks great. Hope you're having a sweet Sunday!

David said...

Mary, This is the way that I like my cake...sweet with the apples added and definitely moist! Thanks for the recipe... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

tender b. said...

An excellent idea.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

This cake loooks absolutely delicious my friend, cream cheese and apples? Yes please :D

Choc Chip Uru

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I'm always happy to have a great recipe using apples. When you have an apple orchard with 300 trees, you are always looking for new recipes. Thanks, Mary.

Gloria Baker said...

aah Mary this apple cake look delicious and great!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Having had a major failure with my old reliable Bundt pan this afternoon, I'm more than happy to take your advice and start baking in loaf pans. This looks like a winner!

Joanne said...

A cake worth traveling with is a cake worth sharing early, indeed!

QembarDelites said...

I love fruity type of cakes so I know I am going to like this one! Looks so fine and soft!

Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Love this cake so moist & a very interesting combo too! LOVELY! :)

France@beyondthepeel said...

Cream cheese cakes are so good and I'm sure this is no exception.

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