November 4, 2010

Apple Spice Bundt Cake with Maple-Sugar Glaze for Fall Fun {Webisode #48}

What’s Going on Today: Prepping for Halloween night, having a bbq with the neighbors!

Naptime Goals: Make Apple Spice Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze, buy beer.

Tonight’s Menu: Brats, Dip, Cake, Beer.

Parenting Lesson of the Day: Halloween is now an endurance holiday, it lasts almost as long as Christmas!

Halloween has proved to be a much longer holiday than I expected. When I was little it was one night of trick-or-treating. But sometime in the thirty year span between my childhood and my daughter’s, Halloween morphed into a much bigger deal. Over the course of the weekend we attended no fewer than four events all of which required costumes and receiving candy. Not to mention the Halloween themed meals, school parties and presents (!) that preceded the big day. I couldn’t believe how busy we were!

By the end of the weekend my Blue Tootsie Pop (her costume idea) was tuckered out. To make the actual day of Halloween fun and relaxed my neighbors and I decided to have a little bbq and restrict trick-or-treating to our local neighborhood only. We wanted to give it the family fun feeling, strolling the streets, chatting with neighbors, that we remembered from growing up.

Apple Spice Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze

Our neighbors hale from Minnesota where, they tell me, Brats (the sausage) is a common local dish. We’d been wanting to organize a fun brats cook-out for a while and Halloween seemed like the perfect occasion. They are easy to cook on the grill and perfect for a casual dinner in costume. As you’ll see above, I baked a delicious apple spice cake as my contribution to the meal. I love this cake because it is intensely flavored and is topped with my all-time favorite maple glaze. It is simply the perfect pairing of fall flavors and is one of my go-to cakes for fall gatherings. It turned out to the be the perfect finish to our brats and beer cookout. We waited to eat it until we returned from trick-or-treating as the parent’s reward for surviving the whole ordeal. Next up, Thanksgiving.


Apple Spice Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze

adapted from Once Upon a Tart


2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ cups cold buttermilk
4 large tart apples, peeled and shredded

For the Glaze:

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 Tablespoons maple syrup


Kitchen Tools Used: A standard 9 inch bundt pan is a must in each kitchen. If you don’t have one click here to buy it at my Amazon store!

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Butter a 9 inch bundt pan and lightly dust the inside with flour.

2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.

3. In a mixer fitted with  a paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, beat in the eggs one at a time. Then add the vanilla and mix again.

4. With the mixer on low add half of the buttermilk followed by half of the flour mixture. Repeat and mix until no more flour is visible. Add the shredded apples and mix them in with a spoon. The batter will be very thick.

5. Scrape the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and smooth the top. Baked it for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Check doneness with a cake tester. Let the cake cool on a wire rack in the Bundt pan for 10 minutes. Then turn it out onto a wire rack and let it cool completely.

6. To make the Glaze: Whisk together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the maple syrup until it is completely incorporated. Allow it to sit at room temperature until ready to use.

7. Once the cake has cooled completely drizzle the glaze over it and serve.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This slice and serve bundt cake holds up very well to travel. I love taking it on longer trips to people’s houses for potlucks. I’ve even made it for my friend after she had a new baby! It also makes a commanding centerpiece at any fall party.

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes for the cake, 5 minutes for the glaze.

Naptime Reviews

My neighbor doesn’t love the texture of baked apples, like in a pie, but she loved this. Like banana bread it has all the flavor of apples without the chunky texture. Kids love it too, not that they needed it before the candy onslaught!