Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fresh Apple Cake

I was born and raised in the Midwest and try to live my life by showing appreciation for the simple things like: good food, health, love of family, and friends. And maybe it's those Midwestern values that draw me towards blue collar pastries.

For example, my father worked the steel mills of East Chicago until he retired. Our family was never one for fancy cakes and such. My favorite childhood memories involve cold winter mornings, hot cups of coffee, and splendid coffee cakes. I can still remember my mom telling me to add more milk to my coffee because it was too dark. I still enjoy coffee cake to this day, but the portions are smaller and occur less frequently.

I recently baked this lovely cake that is spiked with fresh apples, dark raisins, and walnuts. It's incredibly moist, hearty, and fills one's kitchen with a wonderful autumnal scent. It is a magnificent cake to start the morning off with, whether one drinks coffee or not.

Print recipe: Fresh Apple Cake
One Year Ago: No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

130 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I missed your posting and your lovely photos of your baked goods. Why the long hiatus?

La Pinche Cocinera said...

Welcome back gigi!!!!

Rose&Thorn said...

We are in the middle of apple season so this cake will be a real treat.

Heather said...

This looks delicious. I'm putting it on my list of 'must makes.'

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Definitely one for me. I love apple cake. Thanks for the recipe.

Alicia said...

Congrats on Blog of Note gigi! I'm glad you were chosen otherwise I don't know when I would have found your blog. But it's lovely and who doesn't love cake? I know I do. Can't wait to try making some of them. Keep up the good work and you now have a new fan :-)

always B designs said...

I'm so excited to have stumbled upon this blog! I am a dessert queen, always baking something. I've got a few great recipies for some yummy, easy desserts if you're interested. Also, check out my creations (stationery & gifts) at www.alwaysbdesigns.com (blog link from there as well).
Thanks!
Angela

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india said...

when my children were small this was the kind of cake that made a perfect winter breakfast
hot and fresh from the oven
full of just as many good things as muesli
and much more fun to eat on a cold morning

Neha said...

Congratz on being the blog of note.. I am gooing to try ur cakes now.. they loook yummyyyy...

jociegal said...

Congrats on the blogs of note! After looking at your site for .5 seconds I determined that you are going straight onto my "blogs I follow" section. Your blog is beautiful and I cannot wait to start making some of these delicious cakes. Thanks!

Sheila said...

This cake looks divine! Can't wait to bake it and more importantly, eat it!

Emily Fay said...

Hello, I in for the first time on your page and am dumbfounded;)
to me runs with the sight of your tasty cakes... Of muffin the water in the mouth together. I envy you the baking desire
and thank you to you for this nice page;)

Dear greeting Marion

Guzma said...

Midwest reminds me the small city where I was born and used to spend my summer vocations (Summer for you there, because here was winter days). So, your cold winters mornings are also part of my memories (in some way). Oh... I should try this cake one of this mornings :)

Stef said...

Welcome back! I've definitely been in beautiful baked goods pictures withdrawal. :)

And congratulations on the Blog of Note! Very exciting!

jessicaleighlalou said...

Ooh that looks so good! I want a piece! :)

Michelle said...

Everything looks SOOOOO yummy!!!

Diva_J said...

The pictures that you have for your post are good. Do you take them yourself or have a photographer?

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Congrats on being a blog of note! Your blog is delicious, hehe couldn't help myslef. Really though...I am hungry now!

thecollegekid24 said...

That cake looks incredible!

Nifty Fifty said...

This cake looks fantastic, like all of your cakes. I really shouldn't have read your blog while on a diet. Congratulations on Blog of Note, well deserved.

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Gina said...

Congratulations, Hope to read some new recipes, your blog looks delicious!

Fade & Blur said...

yum!! guess what I'm doing tomorrow! this cake looks delicious!

Arr0w said...

I suddenly feel really hungry...

TeeTee said...

Mmmmm.... looks good!

kunwar kant said...

I always loved eating cakes.This apple cake is looking so delicious. Then I turned vegetarian and every one is saying that there can not be a cake without egg. Is it so?

A New Earth said...

That looks so yummy.

LLCero said...

Congratulations! Your baked goods look yummy!

Indian said...

Wow, delicious and even more Great looking. :)

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MOVIESnHACKS said...

yummy delight ... i love apple cakes
thnx Gigi..

sunshinebabe said...

Oh god...gorgeous cakes you have there! =)

Maria♥ said...

Welcome back Gigi, I've missed your delicious posts!

This cake looks so yummy and I love apples in cakes.

Maria
x

Nezzy said...

Oh my gosh!!! My Granny baked this cake on the farm I grew up on. This Missouri Ozarks farm chick bake it when my kiddos were growing up and got put to the back of my recipe box. Ya know, trying to keep my girlish figure and all. Thanks for shaking up this chicks memories. Guess what Hubby is getting for dessert? Fresh apple cake.... A great big country congratulations on your blogger of note. May God bless your day full of sweet treats!!!

Matthew said...

This is no good... I'm about to go to bed and now I want to eat my own body weight in cake.

Maybe you could make the pictures worse... that way they'd be less tempting?!

Sanish Mathews said...

sooooooo yummmmmyyyyyyyyy

Michaila said...

I love this site! I don't know which to make first they all look SO great! My recipe book is going to be so full!

Thanks for sharing!

~Michaila

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Lauren said...

gigi, i am definitely trying that recipe TONIGHT.

it looks so delicious. yummmmm!

~lauren
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Jaye said...

OMG Gigi - finding your blog has effectively put any thoughts of dieting right out of my head - all these look absolutely gorgeous and scrummy mmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

Crazy People I've Worked With said...

Wonderful baking ideas and he pictures are amazing! Whoever photgraphs your baked goods is quite the artist.

Adrienne Christian said...

Just curious - did you move out to CA to work on your pastry business, or was it something else that made you leave the Midwest?

Adrienne Christian said...

Just curious - did you move to CA to pursue your baking career, or did you leave the Midwest for another reason?

Adrienne Christian said...

Just curious - did you go to CA because you felt there was more opportunity for your baking business, or did something else influence you to move out of the Midwest.

MOMSWEB said...

Congratulations on making Blogger.com's Blogs of Note!!
This is how I found you and I love your blog! Yum, yum!!

Bailey said...

That looks so good

melanie said...

yummy!!!!

God's little treasures said...

Hi! we're new to blogger, but we love cake!!!!

Jonathan said...

Oh My God!!! Your creations look sooooo good!!! LOVE the blog.

-jon

lifeofakidnamedjon.blogspot.com

erin said...

I love your blog. The cakes and desserts look delicious. I especially can't wait to bake the chai cake. Check out my blog, inspiration and encouragement by a single mommy!

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Jennifer said...

I just found you're blog, and I am now drooling. lol. I will definatly be trying as many of these recipes as possible.

The Nifty Mom's Notebook said...

That looks delicious!

Sara said...

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peterg said...

A wonderful assortment to feast my eyes upon. I am putting on the weight just looking at these scrumptious cakes.

May I ask you how and where did you come across my site?

I am a newbie and can't wait to get to grips with the blogging.

The Style Mansion said...

Mmm, I would like a slice (or two) of that apple cake right now! Great blog. Thanks!

Helodie said...

When I'm looking your photos, I would like eat this cakes x) I'm french but I can understand often yours documents :)

Queen B. said...

fantastic blog , indeed.

benedp40 said...

From a fellow midwesterner that apple cake looks great...can't wait to try my hand at it!

Katie said...

Nice to see you return with a delicous sounding apple recipe. Hope this is a show of things to come :)

priya said...

Nice !! Congrats

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TWOHAF said...

cake looks very good

firesembrace21 said...

This looks so great and sounds good to eat! i love to cook and would enjoy making this

Fær.han/Unown F/Gyan said...

*stomach growls*

Catja said...

Hello! You have an incredibly cozy blog. I hope all is well with you. / From a small Swedish girl:)

Free VB Tips said...

The cake looks very delicious !

jaykbee said...

Hi Gigi,

Great page and yummy cakes! Are you Indonesian by any chance? I noted the "agar agar" reference.

Sally P said...

Yummy!!!!!!

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joblagz said...

fruits and cake are really a good combination and yeah, green apples are the better choice when it comes to this. however cakes are good once in a while but not all the while since it makes you fat. i wish we could make cakes with minimum sugar and trans fat whilst keeping it delicious and enjoyable.. anyway thanks for this..

Tender Branson said...

The apple cakes looks delicious...love big chunks of apple in my dessert.

Meredith said...

OMG u r so amazing i have a cooking blog to u should check it out

Meredith said...

hi

tale of many cities said...

OMG.. who doesn't LOVE cake!?! hooray! to blog of note for choosing you! i'm a new 'drooling' fan!!

blessings,
-Tracie

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Yummy blog...I'll be back! -Jayne

Catherine Anne said...

I found you blog so delicious.. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Alison said...

I'm so glad I found this blog under Blogs of Note. The Apple Cake looks so delicious! : )

Alison

Susan Fobes said...

I enjoyed your site. Unfortunately, I read it at a time in the evening when snacking may not be such a good thing... I look forward to trying your recipes.

Julie said...

That apple cake looks amazing!

I just started my own blog after reading your and others. I added you to my blogroll!

http://cookingwithjulieblog.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

Hello Gigi,

What a beautiful blog page. You seem to have a real talent for baking. I'm new to this blogging seen, this is my first comment ever! Looking forward to blogging.

patricia said...

hi i love all your baked goods! really delicious looking!
currently learning to bake cookies. i wish i could as superb as you!
more power ms. gigi! =)

hope you can share your recipes too! :))

patsy said...

i kind of linked you in my blogroll page btw..
teecee! =)

Ann said...

Thanks for sharing your recipes and am away to do some baking right now thanks to your inspiration.

An said...

it looks delicious. I think i must aks my mom to try it.

movies said...

very good

lancelonie said...

Oh, wow! This just made me want to go to a bakery right now!
Awesome photos and blog, too. :)

Susan B. at warmchocmilk said...

wow! Looks tastey. I'm not a great cook. I mainly stick to cupcakes from the box mix :) You are an inspiration!

alicia@igitsdownjack said...

I love apples. Can't wait to try this recipe with a cup of hot coffee with background music. Just cozy...

maria stone said...

i attempted preparing this cake but unfortunately all dryfruits turned black.

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Cranky Bloggers said...

Yummy! :)

Delfin~forever<3 said...

Yummy, that looks awesome!!
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The girl who will be a size 8 again said...

Just came accross your blog and your cakes look awesome! I will be having lots of fun reading your older posts next week :)

Caleb said...

I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn’t know that the food blog/recipe community was so big online. I love your posts!

I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I’ll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at ramendays@yahoo.com or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.

Cheers,
Caleb
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expressgirl09 said...

mmmmmm... looks yummy

williambeyond said...

Thanks for the recipe,
I'm trying it out tonight!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Welcome back Gigi - you've been missed!!!! This cake looks divine!

All about nails said...

Love your blog! can't wait to try these recipes, thanks

Mrs. Fabulous said...

That's a great looking cake...one I'll try. I love apples in anything. Thanks! I'm in culinary school right now...at age 52! I'm following my passion and re-inventing myself at The French Culinary Institute in NYC...and you can follow my journey...

Jenn said...

*drool*

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Eureka said...

Suas receitas parecem ser muito boas! pena que não é traduzido em portugues.
bjus

Andie said...

Oh Yummy!! :)

Google Adwords Professional said...

Welcome back gigi!!

It's delicious. I have mentioned it on my post.
keep it up!!

Squish said...

This looks AMAZING! I love love love your blog!

The Black Widow said...

Dear GIGI : Out learning about blogging and saw your post. I also grew up in the midwest and homegrown cooking. Got to thinking after reading your post that I would love to see a rasberry pie recipe.....I have a cousin and his wifes recipe is like butter....Best wishes.

The Black Widow

megansavoy said...

That looks absolutely delicious!
I wish i wasnt on a diet.
Maybe I will make my roommates a special cake just so they can try it.


eep and i can have a crumb.


Love it!

J Park said...

This looks delicious.. where's the recipe?! :)

Ketan Mehta said...
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erma said...

Ez nagyon finom lehet... Kár, hogy olyan messze van!!!

D.S. Williamson said...

That cake brings back so many wonderful memories. I can smell it and taste it as if I had a piece right in front of me. Thanks for bringing down my own memory lane... and a sweet one at that! DS Williamson

madhumakhi said...

your cake looks yummy , even i njoy baking , plz cn u give me the recipie . And i'd be very pleased if u see my blog 2

557 said...

Correct is that sweets have been stolen sweeter, and ppoljupci are best best sweeter.

RAMIKAN said...

i love to have one

Julie said...

All of your recipes sound absolutely delicious! I am going to try some of them. Best of luck to you.

A to Z to A said...

); are you sheff? u have such a sweetest blog...

maria stone said...

your definitely the creative cake blog. good keep it up.

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Georgie Cox said...

Hi Gigi,

Your mouth watering cakes made my stomach growl in anticipation of biting into one. Unfortunately I am coeliac so wouldn't be able to.
That does not mean hubby or the family can't enjoy!

Like your style.
Georgie

tom said...

Just curious as to whether or not you have tried watkins ingredients in your dishes?

Kez said...

HI! I'm a new Blogger and this is my first blog I visited and its AMAZING! Not only do these recipes sound good they look delicious as well! I really want to try that lemon cake and that coconut cake, they look phenomenal!

Kiki said...

That looks so yummy! :P

Swiss Miss said...

MMM. I grew up in Hobart and my dad worked in the steel mills too. Can't wait to try some of your recipes!

Anonymous said...

very nice!

sherazade said...

Wow! So many cake recipes! And I love apple cakes! =)

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Pavithra said...

Oh my god all the cakes are looking awesome..

Cris said...

O Blog é bonito, os bolos devem ser deliciosos e as fotos são lindas!
Parabéns

Cris said...

o Blog é bonito, os bolos devem ser deliciosos e as fotos são Lindas!
Parabéns!!