Monday, June 3, 2013

Apple Fritter Cake, Cute Quilts, and Shark Cupcakes. . .Good Stuff!

well my goodness...
even i don't know what to say after this latest absence!
sooooo much has happened in the past few months
that i want to write about.
one of these days i'll play catch up.
i have to...because i use my blog as a yearly memory album and there
are a few things i want included.

and i'm so sorry i haven't visited my special friend's blogs to
keep in touch.
i will...promise!
in the meantime, i have a shabby chicks facebook page 
that i post a lot of fun stuff on.
pop on over and like my page so you can follow along!

but for now, how about a light, kinda random post
to get me back in the groove.
ready?
let's do this:)

first off,
with school getting out, summer fun around the corner...
and shark week on TV,
how about some 
shark cupcakes?



awesome, don't ya think?
go to joanns.com for a supply list and info on the wilton shark cupcake kit.


summer decorating calls for a lighter hand, 
maybe a fresh new color or fun carefree accessory.
these pillows are just the ticket to lighten things up...


and you can find them at Pottery Barn Teen of all places!

speaking of teens (and the rest of us).......

great advice!

usually i make you wait till the end for the YUMMY recipe. . . . .
but not this time.

APPLE FRITTER CAKE. . . .
melt in your mouth goodness:)

Apple Fritter Cake
original recipe: http://nerdybaker.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/apple-fritter-cake-and-ufos/

Ingredients:
For Filling:
1 heaping cup of sliced apples (I cored and quartered and then sliced)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
small pinch freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
Plus
1/2 cup brown sugar (I used a 1/4 cup each of dark and light)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For Cake:
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup greek yogurt (you could use plain yogurt as well or sour cream)

For Glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons milk

Instructions:

For filling: 
Make your filling by combining apples, sugar, water, cinnamon and cornstarch in a small saucepan.  Cook on low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly until the sauce is thickend and the apples are a bit soft.  Set aside to cool.  In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together until well combined and set aside.

For Cake: 
Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour a 9×13 baking dish.  Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add applesauce and vanilla and mix till combined.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the dry ingredients together.  Add the dry ingredients to the batter in three parts alternating with the yogurt in two parts, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Beat until just combined.
Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan.  Spoon the cooled apple mixture over the batter carefully and spread as evenly as possible.  Sprinkle 2/3 of brown sugar cinnamon mixture over apples and cover with the rest of the batter.  Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture over the top.
Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

For Glaze: 
While the cake is baking, make the glaze.  In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until the glaze is desired consistency.  When the cake comes out of the oven, immediately but carefully pour onto hot cake.  Try to pour as evenly as possible.  You might have to pick up the cake and tilt it to spread the glaze evenly.  I even poured some out that pooled at the corners and repoured that over the top.  Let the cake sit for awhile for the glaze to set.

beware...it's reallllly good:)

 awwwww.....


how about some mini munchies. . . . .
don't you love these ideas?


last, i really love this quilt!
so plush looking with the velvet squares and the pom poms:)


okay, that's all for now:)  
hope everyone is happy and healthy!
xoxoxo
Suzanne

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