Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Cake

Golden Weekend of Food:

Celebratory lunch with friends...
homemade pizza with P...
dinner at Giacomo's...
brunch at Flour...
Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving...
Dumpling Sunday...
Thai Iced Tea and food trucks with J&P...
and a Movie-night potluck.

And did I mention the 2 pumpkin pies, apple crisp, and this cinnamon-sugar apple cake?

I love Golden Weekends. You know it's good when you need a weekend to recuperate from your actual weekend.

Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Cake!

J really did the baking for this cake, I just took things out of the cupboards! J and I have been friends since preschool days -when we learned to read Jack & Jill books and played Oregon trail.  It's always the best when we're reunited and even better when we get to bake!
This cake is super simple and oh-so-fall! Cinnamon and sugar can't go wrong.

Recipe (adapted from Joy the Baker)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 apples, sliced into thin rounds and cored
1/4 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon for topping
Preheat oven to 375  degrees F.  Grease and flour the bottom and sides of an 8-inch or 9-inch  cast iron skillet (or other oven-proof dish or cake pan).
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.  Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until well incorporated and lighter in color, about 3 minutes.  Add egg and yolk, beating for 1 minute between each addition.  Beat in the vanilla extract.
With the mixer on low, add half of the flour mixture.  Add the buttermilk and when flour is just combined with the butter mixture, add the remaining flour.  Beat on low speed until most of the flour has disappeared into the mixture.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and finish incorporating ingredients with a spatula.  Spoon batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Top generously with sliced apples and cinnamon-sugar.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.


  1. [1] Golden apple cake for a golden weekend. BOOM.
    It is dee-licious, my friends. Granted, almost anything you bake is moist.
    [2] Cinnamon & sugar never can go wrong. If that's anything I've learned from you as my baking sensei, it's that.
    [3] Reminiscing with old friends is one of the only things I enjoy about getting older.


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