My First Cake

Posted by: TracyAnderson in: Consumer Lifestyle - Food/Beverage -

tree-top_teacher-blog2I have a confession and it won’t surprise anyone who knows me personally: I am not the baking kind. I can cook enough to keep myself fed, but I really don’t think baking is in my genes. However, sometimes duty calls and a client needs a cake baked. Who knew the PR world could bring me such a random challenge?

Having nothing in my cabinets to bake with, I hit the local Fred Meyer and purchased everything on the list. Then, I set off in my kitchen with my newly purchased bunt pan and baked a cake for one of my favorite food and beverage clients, Tree Top. Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner and instead of an apple for teacher, we recommended this delicious, apple-filled cake in its place.

So I baked. And after having our ever-so-talented in house photographer, Kirsten, snap some photos of the cake for our pitching effort, it was judgment day.  And you know what? It was delicious and baked to perfection! A proud day for me.

I may just bake again…

Tree Top Apple-Dapple Cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup Tree Top Apple Sauce
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups finely chopped apples

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Add the wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Stir in apples.
3. Spread the batter in a greased and floured 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake at 350°F for 45-50 minutes.
4. For the glaze, combine the brown sugar, butter, and milk in a small saucepan. Cook and stir until bubbly and all of the sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly. Drizzle warm over cake when it has cooled for 5 minutes, so it can seep into the cake and keep it moist and completely irresistible.

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