I made this particular cake very late at night. After dealing with Sweet J, our hostile sleeper, or non-sleeper in this case, I gave up and let him sit in the chair while I worked in the kitchen. He was so tired and, for the most part, sat there quietly. He did get a little rowdy when he began to launch his sister’s baby doll into the air. When I put the cakes in the oven, I had him sit on my lap while I did some computer work though not much work got done. He started kissing me and squeezing my cheeks and doing silly faces I couldn’t help but giggle at. As we sat together, the aroma of the cake started filling the house. Because I was unsure of the bake time, Sweet J and I moved back to the kitchen, turned off the lights and huddled in front of the oven with the interior light on. He told me how hot it was on the inside and I smiled as I watched his little face in the dim light.
The aroma of an apple cake baking is the essence of autumn to me. Cool weather, colorful leaves, warmer clothes, all my favorite things in one sweet inhale. When my kitchen is filled with the scent of warm apples and spices, I think of the kitchen in my childhood home and my mom working in it. It’s a good feeling. I can only hope that someday my children hold similar good feelings about our kitchen.
Our Fresh Apple Cake already debuted on the blog a few years back however, this reincarnation has been churning around in my head for sometime. In this version, the apple cake is layered with a cinnamon-cream-cheese-whipped-cream frosting that is light, creamy and delicious. A heavy, overly sweet frosting could not work with this dense, lightly sweetened cake. I think it would completely cover the natural sweetness of the apples. But sweet-aholics, never fear. Caramel is drizzled on top for just the right amount of deliciousness.