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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

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baby apple rum cakes

baby apple rum cakes

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 baby apples, or 4 regular baking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Apple Filling (omit if using regular apples)

  • 2 T unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 T light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Generously butter 4 mini springform pans (or one 8-inch springform pan) and put it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in small bowl.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until they’re foamy. Pour in the sugar and whisk for a minute or so to blend. Whisk in the rum and vanilla. Whisk in half the flour and when it is incorporated, add half the melted butter, followed by the rest of the flour and the remaining butter, mixing gently after each addition so that you have a smooth, rather thick batter. (If using regular, chopped apples, switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the apples, turning the fruit so that it's coated with batter.) Scrape the mix into the pan and poke it around a little with the spatula so that it's relatively even.
  4. Mix together the softened butter, brown sugar, nuts and pinch of cinnamon; set aside. Slice the very top off of each baby apple. Using a small melon baller, remove the seeds, leaving a small hole. Stuff the hole with the nut mixture and place the apple top back over the stuffed hole. Place one apple directly into batter in the center of each pan.
  5. Slide the pan into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes (50 to 60 minutes for a full-sized pan) or until the top of the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted deep into the center comes out clean; the cake may pull away from the sides of the pan. Transfer to a cooling rack and let rest for 15 minutes.
  6. Carefully run a knife around the edges of the cake and remove the sides and bottom of the springform pan (use a spatula for the bottom). Allow the cake to cool until it is just slightly warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings

Monday 10th of December 2012

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!!!

the wicked noodle

Monday 10th of December 2012

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!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

Friday 7th of December 2012

How pretty are these! I love the way the mini apples look in the center.

the wicked noodle

Friday 7th of December 2012

Thank you Sylvie!

KarenBurnsBooth

Thursday 6th of December 2012

stuffed baby apple rum cakes http://t.co/pSE7oVTJ via @thewickednoodle

ATasteOfMadness

Thursday 6th of December 2012

Holy moly, this looks fantastic! I have too many apples, and don't know what to do with them. This is perfect!

the wicked noodle

Friday 7th of December 2012

So glad I could help! xo

Cathy @ Noble Pig

Thursday 6th of December 2012

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!

the wicked noodle

Friday 7th of December 2012

Cathy, you may be in tears but you comment definitely has me smiling! Thanks, my friend - inviting that bird in asap! xo

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