Wednesday, October 10, 2012


"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer and oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."

~ Stanley Horowitz




~ Delicious autumn flavor ... the maple syrup infuses both the apples and the cake (FOOD & WINE

1  cup pure maple syrup 
3  Granny Smith apples ... peeled, cored and cut into eights or smaller
2  cups all-purpose flour
1  tsp. baking powder
1/2  tsp. baking soda
1  tsp. salt
3  large eggs
3/4  cup buttermilk
1  Tbs. pure vanilla extract
1  1/2  sticks, unsalted butter, softened
1  1/3  cups sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Butter and flour a 10-inch round cake pan (I used a 10-inch springform pan). In a large saucepan, bring maple syrup to boil over high heat, then simmer over low heat until very thick and reduced to 3/4 cup, about 20 minutes. Pour thickened syrup into cake pan. Arrange apples in the pan in 2 concentric circles, overlapping slightly. 
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In glass measuring cup, whisk eggs with buttermilk and vanilla. In bowl of standing electric mixer fitted with paddle (or use a hand mixer), beat butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in dry and wet ingredients in 3 alternating batches until batter is smooth; scraped down the side of bowl.
  • Scrap batter over apples and spread it in an even layer. Bake cake for 1 1/2 hours, until golden on top and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake cool on a rack for 45 minutes. 
  • Place a plate on top of the cake and invert the cake onto a plate; tap light to release the cake. Remove the pan. Let cake cool slightly, then cut into wedges and serve with creme fraiche or rich vanilla ice cream. (12 servings)



Shirley said...

Lovely mosaics; so colourful and creative.

Beth at PlantPostings said...

You are so creative, Joey! They're beautiful.

Unknown said...

I love your mosaics. :-) And I have a feeling that I will love this cake when I make it, too!

p.s. I was thinking about you last month when Steve and I took our honeymoon in Michigan. Such a beautiful place!

joey said...

Thanks Shirley ... so fun to create from one leaf photo! Happy Autumn :)

Always so kind, dear PP ... so enjoy our connections :)

Great to hear from you, Kim! Yes, this cake is good! Thumbs up from all my family when served at dear daughter's family birthday dinner last Sunday. Happy Marriage ... and where in MI did you honeymoon?

RobinL said...

Although I protest loudly that summer is my favorite season, I think it's really autumn! I love your kaleidoscope!

Gardens at Waters East said...

Like the posting today. Beautiful colors this time of year for sure! jack

Rose said...

This is one of my favorite quotes about autumn. Your collages are the perfect illustration of the "mosaic" of fall, Joey!

Unknown said...

You are very creative. I do remember the stunning scenes of fall from when we lived in Michigan. I wish I had not taken it for granted then! Enjoy this fabulous season!

Helen said...

Yum, both pics and cake!

lindalou said...

Oh, does this one sound delicious. Just pinned it so I wouldn't lose this recipe. This is a perfect fall desert. (Just have to wait for my new oven. I've been oven-less for about 3 weeks. It's really stinks)

Beautiful colors in your mosaic.

Marysol said...

Hi there, my kindred spirit. I've missed you and your phenomenal pictures!

Online Plant Nursery said...

Black is a nice background color for all your lovely pictures. the blueberry sauce was wonderful.

Buy Trees said...

I absolutely love your recipes. Ive tried the blueberry sauce last year from a similar recipe. All your plant's pics are colorful also. Id love to know where your gardens are. They are so lovely.