Monday, September 14, 2009

BLUE Monday - Driving for an Apple Raisin Walnut Cake

Its another BLUE Monday hosted by Sally from SmilingSally. Be sure to click over there to see all the other BLUEness participants today. It is amazing how different blueness' you'll see today.

On the weekend we had wonderfully sunny, blue skied days. I snapped a pictures of some pretty BLUE flowers....

We decided to go for a drive and I saw some pretty BLUE houses...

A great looking BLUE garage....

BLUE skies galore as we passed Watts Farms. See the BLUE on their sign also. It reads they have sold over 80,000 lbs of homemade fudge! THAT is a lot of fudge.


We saw the fields with trees full of beautiful red apples under a beautiful BLUE sky....

Thats all we needed and we were determined we needed to bake an apple cake for dessert. We picked some up from Rush's and I made one for dinner. I swirled some cream cheese frosting over the top...Yum.
Apple Cake with Raisins and Walnuts.

1 1/3 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup melted margarine
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
2 cups finely chopped apple
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins

Preparation: Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and melted margarine. Beat in eggs and vanilla with a wooden spoon.
Into another bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir into egg mixture alternating with milk. Stir in apples, chopped walnuts, and raisins.
Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Bake the cake at 350° for about 45 minutes. It is done when the cake springs back when you you gently press the middle with your finger.
Let cool in pan on rack.

Frost with cream cheese frosting. I whipped up 1/4 cup butter with 4 oz of cream cheese and one tablespoon of vanilla. When it was whipped I gradually added 2.5 cups of powdered sugar. Spread over the cooled cake.

It came out of the oven like this then I frosted it....mmmmm..and it did smell heavenly with the cinnamon and the raisins...yum....
This recipe makes about 20 servings. The cake as you can see from the picture is very dense with all the ingredients in it and it is so moist. You will love it. Give it a try.... Its even served on a paper plate with rings of BLUE....
Have a lovely day too..... Judi xoxo


Marilyn said...

Yummy! Thanks for that recipe. I will definitely copy that for Mike a cake!

I'm glad you had good weather. Lovely houses and those flowers are so pretty. Aren't many blue ones and those are definitely blue.

IT rained and rained and rained here. We have more coming until Thurs. I hope we get things out of the yard and the shed finished on Thurs.

Have a great day.

Julie said...

OMG! Over the years, I have been searching for a moist apple cake recipe!!! This looks devine! I can't wait to make it...probably this weekend! One for me and one for the grands!!!

bj said...

Sounds like a yummy recipe. Apple cakes are always so moist and tasty.
I loved all the pretty blues!!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Blue Monday, Judi! You have shared some wonderful blues; the houses are lovely. The cake looks yummy!


SmilingSally said...

You show so many blues today. Happy Blue Monday.

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love all the photos you've assembled for us today, But your cake has stolen my heart. My word, but that looks good.

Diers Eve said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll try it.

Very nice pictures.

Happy Blue Monday,

Anonymous said...

Morning, Dear Judi! I love your blueness and the apple cake looks and sounds delish! I love your new header too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Shy said...

Im drooling with your apple cake. Pretty blue picture, great shots!

Miranda said...

Love the houses! Mmmm would love some of that fudge right about now.
They're all wonderful pics!

Denise Marie said...

great post, love the flowers.

Lorrie said...

Mmmm Judi, I love this time of year when the apples are ripe. Apple cakes and cobblers are among my favorites. Happy Blue Monday to you!

Darlene said...

YUM that recipe looks and sounds delicious!!! Love all your pretty blues. Those flowers are such a gorgeous shade. Hope you are having a great Blue Monday!♥

Maria's Space said...

Those flowers are amazingly blue.
The cake looks wonderful. I would have to eat the whole thing myself if I made it which is why I never bake. No one here likes to experiment they are quite boring.

BTW...I wanted to mentioned that every Saturday I host Etsy artists on my site. Please feel free to link up your site. It will go up every Friday evening.

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Judi;;; OH Yummy mmmmm mmmm good

I loved all you beautiful blue photos, amazing how much blue is out there when we really look for it... thanks for sharing..


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Judi,
I'm back again! I enjoyed having you visit me and I'm going to become a Follower so I don't lose track of you. There are very few Canadians on here. My youngest son is in Toronto going to U of T. I see you live north of Toronto. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.


Lindsay-ann said...

I loved your blue post, particularly the gorgeous blue house. The cake looks delicious. I hope you saved some for me!

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