Baking is a Piece of Cream Cheese Apple Cake

15 Oct

apple cakeGrowing up, my Mom worked full-time in a busy office and like most adults, she was always tired in the evenings. I remember wondering how she could be so wiped out from sitting at a desk all day. In my adolescent mind, meetings and preparing reports didn’t really compare to a draining teenage schedule of student council car washes, working out geometric proofs, and running lines at basketball practice.

Fast forward ten years and guess who has joined the ranks of sleepy-eyed desk jockeys? I spent six of the past ten days in all day meetings and by the time I arrived home, I was utterly exhausted…from sitting…at a desk. Needless to say, I did not bake nor blog during my weeks-o-meetings.

After a couple restful days of straightening up the house and reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest, I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks and whipped up a delightful cream cheese apple bundt cake. As the warm apple cinnamon aroma filled my house, I realized that if I would have mustered up the energy to peel three granny smiths, my Kitchen Aid mixer would have happily completed the job. I could have enjoyed a homemade cake with my morning coffee rather than succumbing to mediocre meeting donuts.

This perfectly sweet apple cake reminded me that home baking does not require a huge time investment. If you choose a simple, seasonal recipe, and have the basics on hand, preparing a dessert from scratch is a worthy weeknight feat.

This Cream Cheese Apple Cake recipe is from a fantastic baking book titled, The Grand Central Baking Book. Every recipe I’ve used from the book is easy to follow and super tasty. I haven’t had a chance to visit the actual Grand Central Baking Company in Seattle, but if I can create “sweet Jesus that is good!” caliber desserts in my humble kitchen, the actual bakery will have me dancing in the floured aisles.

Check out Grand Central Baking Company’s Baker’s Blog to read about this recipe and find more freshly baked, Northwest treats.


Cream Cheese Apple Cake

3 cups (15 ounces) all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (8 ounces/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2-1/2 cups (1 pound 1.5 ounces) granulated sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 pounds tart apples, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish

Prepare to bake.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour the baking pan.
Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together and set aside.

Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar.
Put butter, cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat ingredients on medium-high speed until mixture is very light in color-almost white-and the texture is fluffy. This will take about 6-8 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl once during the process to ensure that butter is evenly incorporated.

Add eggs and vanilla.
Crack eggs into a liquid measure and add vanilla. With the mixer on low-speed, slowly pour mixture into the bowl allowing eggs to fall in one at a time. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.

Add dry ingredients and apples.
Add sifted dry ingredients on low-speed; stop mixing as soon as flour is incorporated. Fold apples in by hand using a stiff spatula and scrape batter into the prepared pan.

Place pan in the middle of the oven and bake 60-75 minutes rotating the pan halfway through the baking time. When cake is finished, a wooden skewer inserted in the middle should come out clean. Allow cake to cool 15 minutes before removing it from pan. Cool completely and cover with a thick dusting of confectioners’ sugar.


5 Responses to “Baking is a Piece of Cream Cheese Apple Cake”

  1. Jenn October 23, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    That looks yummy!

    • a.kneaded.distraction November 15, 2010 at 4:50 am #

      Good to know! Have you been? Did you have the apple cake?

      • Jenn November 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

        No. I was going to go one afternoon but there was a line out the door. It was crazy busy. I want to though. Burien is getting so much better.

  2. Jenn November 15, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    I meant to tell you that there is one in Burien now!


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