Apple Cinnamon Cake

Is it fall yet? Cuz it sure feels like it!

Fall is my favorite season and from now on in my household, I declare it fall! That means more cuddles, tea with most meals and deserts best served warm-like my apple cinnamon cake.

This cake is super fluffy and goes so well with ice cream! Let me know if you try this recipe! 🙂 Enjoy. 

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INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 apples peeled, cored and chopped
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract, (optional)
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or cake flour)
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a baking pan and set aside.
  2.  In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Add the apples and toss making sure the apples are coated with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.IMG_0277
  3.  In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until it’s all combined.  Add the vanilla and almond extract and mix until combined.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together.  Add dry mixture to creamed mixture alternating with milk, starting and ending with flour mixture. Make sure it’s all combined.
  4. Pour in half of the batter into the baking pan; then top with a layer of the apple mixture and press gently into the batter. Pour the remaining batter over the apple layer and the top it off with the remaining apple mixture and gently press in.IMG_0278
  5. Bake for 54 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Cool and serve (best when it’s warm) 
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Red Wine Hot Chocolate

It’s getting cold ://

But you know what that means?!! All the kinds of hot chocolates :D!!

Hot chocolate has got to be my favorite warm beverage apart from pumpkin spice lattes but I’ll leave the latter to Starbucks.

I saw this recipe on facebook the other day and I thought to definitely try it out. It sounded really gross at first but it started growing on me. I really like warm, creamy alcoholic beverages so I’m glad I gave this a shot.

I used Jason Triggs merlot which is full-bodied and a little fruity.

I actually really enjoyed making this and better yet drinking it. There is a wine-y after taste and it’s very rich and thick! Kinda like you’re drinking the chocolate founting at Aunt Gilda’s wedding but with a little bit of mmmph! I would definitely make this again.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup red wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except salt and vanilla extract) in a pot over medium heat and stir occassionaly till it’s all melted and even
  2. Remove from heat and add in salt and vanilla extract. Pour in mugs and enjoy 🙂

*If you don’t like how thick this is, you can thin it out with 1/2 a cup of milk and 1/2 a cup of red wine 🙂

Let me know what you think!