baby apple rum cakes

baby apple rum cakes

I’m trying something new today. I’ve been sitting at my keyboard for 20 minutes, staring at a blank screen, not because I have nothing to say but because I have too many things to say. How to fit them all in? So, instead of a long, detailed post about everything, I’ll give you a little recap. Easier for me, easier for you.

  • Photography: My usual setup is by the windows in our family room. Great light there – not perfect light as we have not one single north facing window in our house (okay, there’s the one over the bathtub, but I’m not sure that qualifies as one for consideration) – but the best we’ve got. I’ve been using that area for almost a year now, and it never occurred to me that it’s where we put the Christmas tree each year. So…I’ve had to move it all into the office, where there’s another semi-decent window. The photos in this post are the first I’ve taken there.
  • Photography, continued: About six months ago (give or take), I won a photo contest sponsored by Alaska Seafood. The prize was Lightroom software…and I’ve just now taken the plunge into learning it and editing photos with it. And at the same time, I decided to start shooting in RAW vs. jpeg. All is can say is…WOW! I am so, so happy with the switch. I have always had a love/hate relationship with photography, but this change has pushed me solidly over into love. I know I have so much to learn but I’m excited about it!
  • It’s the Christmas season: And I am loving it. But we’re also so busy that my head is spinning. But I’m loving it!
  • It’s time: Remember way back in February when I talked about how we thought it might be time to send our sweet dog to better pastures? It’s happening sometime very, very soon. As in days. Alan is scheduling the appointment for Friday or Saturday. I can hardly bring myself to think about it, let alone talk about it. I know that it has to happen, but the difficult part for me is that I’m his caretaker in this life, the one he trusts to never, ever harm him. {okay…tears are taking over now so I’m going to have to change this subject}
  • Emails: I’ve been getting the sweetest emails from readers lately and I just want to say “thank you”! Nothing makes me happier than hearing about how much you love one of my recipes or that a technique I’ve suggested worked for you. I really appreciate when someone takes the time to let me know; it makes all the hard work of blogging absolutely worth it!
  • Weather: It’s going to be 70 degrees today. It’s December! Crazy!
  • The bird: There’s a bird that flies into one of our windows every single morning. Same window, same time, every morning. It flies up and pecks once, trying to get in…and it does it over and over and over, all morning long. This has been happening for six months! My best guess is that there’s a reflection in the window at that time and the poor bird thinks it’s a tree or another bird? We had the outside of our house painted a few weeks ago and the painters had to leave the windows open for awhile. The bird finally got in! And promptly freaked out. It eventually found its way back out and resumed its regular window-pecking routine the next day. Just as it’s doing at this very moment.
  • The kids: Every year, Santa sends the girls their own video. They look forward to getting them every year and I look forward to seeing their excitement! Santa has already delivered their videos this year and I can’t count the number of times they’ve watched them. {And they’re free!}
  • The apples: I found the apples for this recipe at our local grocer last week. They are the tiniest little apples you’ve ever seen – a third the size of a regular apple! I couldn’t get them in my cart fast enough. I’m going back today to see if they still have them and I will buy every last one!

Speaking of those apples…they were the perfect size for this recipe. I love apple cakes – as does Alan – but a full-sized apple wouldn’t work for this recipe; the cake would be done before the apple was cooked through. But tiny little baby apples? Perfect!

apple rum cakes

But what if I can’t find little baby apples? Feel free to just peel and chop regular apples and fold them into the batter as in the original recipe. I still suggest making four mini-cakes (but, as you know, I’m a big fan of mini-anything; I used these mini springform pans). I love the look of the whole apples baked into the cake, don’t you? It’s two recipes combined into one: baked, stuffed apples and apple cake. (Like a turducken, only cute and not weird :)

apple cake

stuffed baked apple cake


  1. says

    Kristy, I know what you mean about having so much to say and not knowing where to start. You did an excellent job summarizing & I’m so very sorry to hear that you’re preparing to say good-bye to your dear dog. We can understand how difficult it is. Our vet came to our home a number of years ago to assist us in saying good-bye to our sweet dog, Hannah.
    Wishing you comfort as you prepare to say good-bye.

  2. says

    There’s so much to comment about! Okay first, I’m so sorry about your dog! I could totally send you some cookies or something If that helps. Secondly, I really need to learn how to use lightroom. I’ve had the software for three months but I just haven’t had the time to sit down and learn how to use it. I am so bad. And lastly, These cakes are just so lovely – I could sure use one for breakfast this morning! There is nothing more nutritious than cake for breakfast, right?

    • says

      First…thanks. I really appreciate it. Second…that’s exactly how I was! I didn’t want to deal because I had so many other things going on and Photoshop was working just fine. But now that I’ve done it? I could kick myself for not doing it sooner. It’s really not difficult (and this tutorial from Marc at No Recipes helped get me started: ) and you’ll be really glad once you’ve made the switch. Promise! And lastly…yes, cake is ALWAYS a good idea for breakfast!

      Thanks, Chung-Ah. Your comments always make me smile! xoxo

  3. Carlene RD says

    I’m obsessed with your new lighting. I love the look. Since we moved I also lost my perfect lighting spot! I feel like it’s such a ‘hate’ moment with food photography until you find the right place.

    • says

      YAY! – I guess that means you think the new location will work out okay! It’s a little more challenging for me but I do like all the photography stuff being out of the family room (and, just as importantly, so does Alan).

  4. says

    Seems a shame to waste good rum by adding it to apples, unless in a cider. Anyway, I bet the dish tastes wonderful, and the rum aroma should be amazing, especially if a few cloves are added.

    And really sorry to hear about your dog. I am sure knows you will never harm him, and I am sure he knows whatever you do is because you want the best for him.

  5. says

    First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your dog… It was pretty hard for us to go through this… Hang in there, sweets! Second, I want to get Lightroom sooo baaaadd!! I get pretty overwhelmed with Photoshop… Your photos are always so beautiful! These cakes look so adorable and fancy at the same time! Love the whole baby apple in them! PS: Adding the mini spring form pans to my wish list!! xoxo

  6. says

    Those cakes look super unique and yummy! I am also loving the warm weather, and hope it comes back soon. Photography is always a source of frustration for me. Your photos are fabulous.

  7. says

    Oh, I love lists. I’m the queen of lists. So I’ll do it in my response.

    1. I used to shoot in natural light, but I got so tired and frustrated of being a prisoner to photographing only certain times of the the day. I started using a couple of those EGO lights and I love it. Freedom! I’ve heard great things about shooting RAW, but haven’t done it. That awesome, huh? Ever shoot tethered? I’ve heard great things about that, too…

    2. You dog. Oh god, I can’t… I just can’t.

    3. 70’s degrees! What, you think you’re back in CA?

    4. Love the Santa videos!

    5. The recipe: YUM. And gorgeous!

    • says

      Lists are awesome, aren’t they? So I’ll keep it going…
      1. I have an EGO light, too! And I am NOT afraid to use it! (Well, sometimes I am a little afraid to use it, but I’m getting better at it ;)
      2. Thanks. No words needed. I always know that you’ve got my back.
      3. I know, right?!!
      4. Thanks, aren’t they the cutest ever?!!
      5. Thanks, my friend. xoxo

  8. Ashley - Baker by Nature says

    LOVE your approach to this post! And OMG, it’s 62 here – crazy! Now… when can I come over and eat some of these rum cakes…? x

  9. says

    These cakes are adorable.

    From the looks of the photos, I’m thinking the office is a great spot for future photos. You’re lucky! I live in a row house so I rarely get any sunlight in any of our windows. I have to go outside to take decent photos.

  10. says

    Your photos have always made me jealous, now I’m literally turning green. ;) These stuffed apple rum cakes are gorgeous!! Love the mood, the ambiance…everything! (I’m not sure my camera even knows what RAW means. I’m not sure what RAW means, just that it turns up the pretty.) O_o

    I’m sorry to hear about your four-legged family member. Sometimes I wonder why we put ourselves through the agony of having a pet, knowing that we’re destined to outlive them, but then I see one of my wee furry hurricanes chasing around a phantom mouse- I wouldn’t give up those moments for the world. If you need anything, please let me know. (I had to put down a 15-year old cat in September.) My vet was brilliantly kind enough to give me a tuft of her fur (wrapped with a ribbon) inside a tiny, clear, plastic bag. It was such a thoughtful gesture…I’m sure your vet would do the same if you ask. xo

    • says

      MY photos have made YOU jealous? That’s crazy because I’m always drooling with envy over yours! Which just means that your compliments mean that much more :-)
      Thanks for your sweet words about Jigs. What a kind gesture from your vet. It’s so hard…I want it to be over, because thinking about it and knowing it’s coming is awful, yet I’m dreading that it’s almost here. Such a shitty place to be. But friends like you definitely help. xoxo

  11. says

    Kristy, I’m so sorry about your dog. I know that’s tough. I still get teary eyed thinking about when we had to say good-bye to our dog and that was over a decade ago. But then, I know it is what was best as he was uncomfortable – despite surgery, his cancer spread to other organs. I know your vet wouldn’t recommend saying good-bye unless it was entirely necessary. And although he will be missed, you’ll know he’s no longer in pain or suffering. xoxo

  12. says

    I love RAW. Shooting that is. :) To me, shooting RAW is the only way to go and of course Lightroom is the best software to process our work. These little stuffed apples in the middle of the cake is very creative. Congrats on winning the contest. Kristy :)

  13. says

    Oh, so sorry about your dog. It’s hard losing critters you love, be they human or animal. I know how you feel. On a happier note, your cakes are so cute! Really a clever idea. And they sound might tasty, too. Re shooting RAW, it’s the only way to go. It’s so much easier to get your photos to look the way you imagined them when you were shooting. Lightroom (or Photoshop) is really just the electronic version of a darkroom, and learning how to “develop” your raw files is a great skill.

  14. says

    Aww, these cakes are adorable! I’m sorry about your dog… & ahh, so many things to reply to! I find it adorable that your send your kid a Santa video every year. :)

  15. says

    These are so cute and so perfect for entertaining when it’s fancy too! I haven’t gone raw yet but I want to and I am so, so sorry about your dog. I’ve gone through that and well…it is awful. Just such a sad feeling. And just reading about it sent a tear stream down my face. Ugh. But if he’s suffering it’s for the best. Sometimes I know we keep them around for us because it’s just so hard to imagine life without them. Okay, more tears. Okay…that bird, invite it in for coffee already, that’s what it wants!

  16. says

    I adore these baby apples!!! I recently made a spiced apple and brown butter muffins that I stuffed with a halved baby apple! So delicious and my kids loved the “presentation” Mommy did! LOL! Your individual cakes are to-die-for! I wish I had one (or two) now!

    Regarding photography…yeah, don’t you just love RAW? feel like I have more control of my images, so to speak…The only down side is, the files are big. And also, I use a Mac, so when I shoot in RAW, I have to convert the colour profile from Adobe RGB to sRGB…or else my photos look washed out on PC’s or in sites like Pinterest…not sure why…And even if I’ve converted them already, they still look a tad different on Pinterest…it really bugs me! Anyway, your photographs are lovely!!!

    • says

      You’re right, the files are HUGE. I’ve started erasing all my photos right after transferring which is actually a good habit to be in anyway, so it’s been working out for me. Thanks so much, Jen!

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