Tuesday, October 5, 2010

TWD: Double Apple Bundt Cake


Oh fall, you wonderful thing you. Just in time, just when I thought I had made a mistake moving to North Carolina, I woke up Saturday morning to 55*! Literally the perfect running weather - clear skies, sun just coming up, low humidity, slight breeze, and it warmed up just slightly while I was running. Every person I ran past was grinning too. Out came the long sleeves and the jeans, away went the sandals and shorts and tank tops. And it looks like it's here to stay, at least for a little while. Temperatures should hover around 70* all week, and today was another Carolina blue sky.


Nothing makes a better accompaniment to that sort of weather than apples. Apple sauce, apple cider, apple pie and apple cake. I can't get enough of it. I love fall. I adore fall. It's clean and crisp, homey and comforting. That's what makes this month of TWD selections that much better - we have apples and pears and pumpkin. Pumpkin, people! The two year shortage is supposedly over, although I did hoard a few cans when I went to the store a couple of days ago. You can't be too sure, right?

And to kick it all off, a double apple bundt cake chosen by Lynne! Now I must admit, there appears to be a bit of a failing here in central North Carolina. Can you believe that it is supposedly too hot to grow apples here? Coming from the midwest, this is a horrifying development. I honestly could not find a single apple orchard to pick at within a two hour drive. And I totally would have driven two hours each way just for crisp apples and freshly pressed cider. *sigh* So I found some that had been brought in from the western part of the state, grated them up, and whipped up this cake. And seriously, whipped up - it barely took as much time as my oven took to pre-heat!


I even got to re-use my adorable quarter-size bundt pan. I love it to bits. My cake was done quite a bit sooner because of the size - just make sure to check starting at 20-25 minutes if you downsize as drastically as I did. One note is not to skimp on the rest time! Cakes like this do meld together overnight, and it becomes noticeably more unified and full in flavor after a day.

On a completely different note, can you believe that we already have more than half of our guests RSVP'd?!? Gifts are beginning to come in, music has been chosen, readings have been picked... And it was around then that I realized - what in the hell do I do on the day of? I mean, I have everything else nicely planned out. When I'm baking cakes, decorating the reception location, having the rehearsal. But when to show up to the church? Where to get ready? Gah! Needless to say, I had this vision of getting up, showering, having a bowl of cereal, throwing the dress and shoes on, driving to the church and walking in as the music started. Evidently, that is not what you do. Evidently, there are things like manicures the day before, breakfast with people the morning of, makeup (horror!) and hair, getting dressed at the church... Eep!


So there you go. The minute you think I have a clue what's going on, the second you think that I've got this whole wedding thing down, remember this - I didn't even realize that you were supposed to get dressed at the church and have breakfast with your bridesmaids. Engineer planner fail.

Last Week: Tarte Fine
Next Week: Foldover Pear Torte

14 comments:

Judy said...

Your cake looks pretty gosh darn cute. It has finally cooled off here in soCal. So glad for that!

Enjoy your special day. I'd say, do whatever you want.

chocolatechic said...

Your cake is lovely.

Weddings are so fun. So crazy. So fraught with...fraught.

Kayte said...

Love all the wedding plan news. Don't forget to figure out a personal attendant to keep you sane while you are doing all that on your wedding day! Love that quarter size bundt pan...need to have one of those, don't you think? I think. Your little cake is very cute. No apple orchards around?? I bet you are missing the midwest about now, right...well, at least until that first snow starts flying around here.

Mary said...

I love reading about your upcoming wedding! It is going to be so beautiful and you will be a beautiful bride. I got married (yes, it was 9 years ago- so long ago) and I didn't get dressed at the church or have breakfast with my bridesmaids and it was still OK. I think that most weddings are planned better than invsasions in the middle east :).

Flourchild said...

Your are so funny! I loved reading about your upcoming wedding!! Im sure it will all go smoothly and remember the honeymoon will be the best part!
Your cake is rockin!

Jennifurla said...

I love your pictures, stark and gorgeous

honeymuffin said...

I love that everyone loves the fall as much as I do! (Also loving your pan AND those great plates!!)

Tia said...

psst! i want that knife. and that cake! happy wedding planning :)

Di said...

I love your little cake. =) And as for the wedding planning, it's easier said than done, but try not to make yourself completely crazy worrying about details. I don't think there's anything wrong with throwing on your dress and driving to the church. =P

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

Your tiny cake is too cute to describe accurately.

And don't worry, you'll have everything figured out before the big day!! It'll all just come together!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Loving reading about the wedding preparations. Marriage is a good 5 years away for me, but it still sounds super interesting :)
I'm so happy for you. I've said it a million times, but CONGRATULATIONS again :)

Pamela said...

It's really fun to read these posts. Thanks for sharing! Nice bundt cake, too.

TeaLady said...

So excited that THE DAY!!! is so close. And everything will come together perfectly.

Like that adorable little cake did.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i eloped, so i don't know anything about weddings! your cake looks great...it wouldn't have occured to me that it would be hot to grow apples there.