Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake

This Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake, with whipped cream on top, is the perfect cake to share at a fall dinner party, or a slice with your neighbors!

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake

Friends, we are so enjoying our home here in central Oregon. It’s smaller, different, wide open, with lots of windows and light, it smells good, feels good, and we’re so happy we made the move.

Of course this was the largest purge of our lives. Everything we had collected and owned for over 25 years of marriage went through our hands, packed into boxes, and then either came into our new home, or is sitting in a small storage unit. Our plan is to eventually eliminate the storage unit, but for now, with 3 kids in their 20’s, it’s just not doable. Once they all get on their feet, they get their stuff :) By the way, have you noticed that girls collect more stuff than boys? Yes, that is true!

Part of our new existence over in central Oregon is that we feel lighter, in many ways. It’s an emotional lightness, and I think back to when my husband and I went to Africa, with only 26 pounds each, for over 2 weeks. It felt so good …

I don’t think I’ll ever be stuff-less, as long as I enjoy entertaining. I have shelves in the garage with items that I wanted to keep, that help me with posts and entertaining. They’re organized by glass, decor, seasons, etc. Much I thinned through though, so I like the collection that I currently have.

But let’s talk neighbors.

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake

The one thing that I long to do, and I have not been good at (yet), is to be a good neighbor. Just yesterday I got a text from our neighbor back home (the ones that I would bring slices of cake or cookies or appetizers to on a regular basis), sending pictures of their new side yard. It was so good to hear from them!

Being a good neighbor

I’m looking forward to being a good neighbor again. I know, you may be thinking “start now,” but quite honestly, we’ve been swamped with many guests this summer, travels of our own, our kids coming and going, and now we have a list of people we long to connect with.

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake

One day at a time.

I long to be a good neighbor, the kind that shares life with others, in between bites of goat cheese slathered with honey and thyme, a glass of wine, and a slice of delicious Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake.

I’m not complaining about the kind of busyness that has happened to our family these past few months, because we also know how to slow down. In between the people coming and going, we’ve had plenty of time for walks, bike rides, sitting on our deck, trying new restaurants, enjoying the outdoors.

Plenty of just being together.

But now that autumn is here, it’s time to start nesting, and baking, and trying new recipes, and sharing, and getting to know new people.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress, because I can just feel that it’s about to happen.

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake

In the meantime, this Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake is made with my favorite apple, Fuji.

Fuji apples just seem to be consistent, as in you don’t have to hope and wonder when you cut into them, whether they’re going to be good or not.

I adapted the cake from Sunset Magazine this month, with tender-sweet apples (unpeeled) and almond extract. I love a cake with almond flavor, and I skipped the dusted powdered sugar on top, instead making a sweet vanilla cream.

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake

I love my springform pan. I use it for so many recipes, and you can butter and flour the pan, or you can simply use parchment paper.

Bake and cool, and then flip the cake over for serving.

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake

Sweet cream

You can make a regular (vanilla) whipped cream, or a sour cream whipped filling, or a spiced whipped cream for the top!

The perfect autumn cake for bringing a slice to your neighbor!

Or, the entire cake. :)

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake for Fall Dinner Party

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake

Adapted from Sunset Magazine, September 2016 issue. Makes one 9″ cake.

Ingredients:

  • 3 sweet apples, sliced and chopped (I used Fuji), unpeeled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Butter base and inside of wall of 9-inch springform pan, then lightly flour it. Shake out excess flour and set aside.
  2. Wash the apples. Thinly slice the apples with the peels on, and then cut into small pieces. Set aside.
  3. With a stand mixer, mix eggs and sugar on high speed until pale and slightly thickened. Reduce speed to medium and add cream, vanilla, and almond extract; blend in.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt until evenly combined.
  5. Gently mix in the apples with spatula. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and arrange apples flat (push down on the mixture with a spatula, spreading it flat).
  6. Bake the cake for 1 hour. Make sure and check the center with a toothpick to make sure it’s done. (Every oven heats differently.)
  7. Remove pan to rack to cool for 20 minutes. Then run spatula or butter knife around edge and remove rim of pan. Cool cake for another 10 minutes.
  8. Whip the cream with powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread on top of the slightly cooled cake and serve!

Sunset Magazine, September 2016 issue

Cinnamon Apple Cream Cake, with whipped cream on top, is the perfect cake to share at a fall dinner party, or a slice with your neighbors!

2 comments

  1. Oh lady. This looks delicious! I love apple cake with the peel left on and will be trying your adaptation pronto.

    As for the feeling of lightness, yes to that and everything related. I am in a similar chapter myself, though we have no immediate plans to relocate. Just that craving to collect experiences more than things, I guess. Having kids leave the nest does something to us, doesn’t it?

    You new neighbors are about to be so happy to know you and your husband!! True hospitality with lots of style and love. Enjoy the process and the new season. Please keep sharing all those hiking pics and these luscious recipes. I adore them.

    Hugs from Oklahoma!

  2. I’ve missed you! It’s not you, it’s me. (Sounds like a break up line) LOL! That cake looks amazing. I’m sure I could convert it to gluten free easily. And your neighbors don’t know how lucky they are to have you!!! But I’m sure they’ll find out soon enough.

    HUGS! Kim

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