Last weekend, we had some friends over for dinner and it ended up being a WONDERFUL night. Even our little one was in an awesome mood…he laughed and giggled throughout the night
Obviously, I served cake for dessert …A wonderfully moist apple cake with chocolate buttercream icing. And trust me… it tasted just as good as it sounds
I really don’t think there is anything in this world that beats a delicious slice of cake to end a meal! But then again, I am a cake junkie and I ALWAYS want cake for dessert…lol
Since I was busy preparing all the food, I really didn’t have time to dig through my storage boxes and pull out my fancy decorating tools. So, I used the most basic kitchen utensil to decorate this cake.
Wanna guess what it was???
Ready to give up???
Well, I used a… *drum roll plz*…
A SIMPLE FORK!
How awesome is that?! Eh?!
You can now use a fork to eat AND decorate cakes!
I honestly think this cake turned out super- cool! It looks messy but pretty and elegant at the same time.
Wouldn’t you agree?
The best part was how quickly I was done decorating this cake. It took me ONLY about 15 minutes
Plus, I didn’t need any piping bags or decorating tips. So, the cleanup ended up being very minimal! Woohoo!
Here is a closer look at the fork pattern…I couldn’t get over how cool it looked! hehe
Since this was an apple cake, it only seemed fitting to use a chocolate dipped apple as a cake topper. Pretty neat… eh?
Anyways, let’s get started. We will bake this apple cake first. To do that, you will need the following ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 apples (peeled, cored and diced)
3/4 cup oil (I used half extra virgin olive oil and half light olive oil)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoons cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
And here are the steps:
In a deep bowl, add eggs and oil. Mix until it’s well-blended.
Now, add sugar, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, salt, vanilla extract, baking powder and baking soda. Mix everything.
Add flour and mix again.
Finally, add those apples (I tend to toss my apples in some flour to coat them before stirring them into the batter).
As you can see, the batter is very thick. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. If you are having trouble mixing everything thoroughly, add a couple of tablespoons of milk until everything blends but even then, the batter should remain thick.
Pour this batter into a greased/floured pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
This batter will only produce a single 8x3 cake. My cake had two tiers so I had to prepare my batter twice and bake twice. I haven’t tried doubling this recipe coz I have never been successful at doing that…my cakes always get messed up
Time to put on our decorating caps and transform this basic cake into something fabulous
Here are the steps:
PIace your cake on a turntable and cover it in chocolate buttercream icing. I use Wilton’s recipe. I like to keep my icing at a “thin” consistency when using this fork decorating technique.
Apply the fork technique on the side of the cake first.
Hold your fork along the side of the cake and make sure the “teeth” are digging a little into the icing. Then, start moving your turntable but don’t move your hand or fork and you will start to see a pattern forming.
You will need to do this a few times until the side of the cake is completely covered in this fork pattern.
Next, start dragging your fork from the bottom of the cake to the top of your cake.
You will need to do this a few times too until you are satisfied with the pattern.
Let’s decorate the top of the cake now.
Place your fork along the top edge of the cake and start dragging it inwards towards the center.
Continue doing this until the top is covered in the fork pattern.
You will end up with a blob of icing that accumulates in the center. Just scoop it with a spoon and remove it
Let’s make the apple topper now…
Snap a plastic spoon and throw away the actual “scooping” part. We will only be using the stick.
Push the stick into the apple.
I didn’t have popsicle sticks which is why I used a spoon. But, if you have those, feel free to use that instead of a spoon.
Melt some white chocolate in a bowl.
Dip your apple into the bowl of chocolate until it's fully covered. I went for a slightly messy look so I made sure the chocolate didn’t cover the apple smoothly. There was a bit of roughness to it.
Place your apple on a sheet of wax paper.
Before your chocolate hardens, toss some chocolate sprinkles on this apple.
Cover the spoon with some burlap ribbon coz that red spoon is hideous…lol
Place this apple on top of your cake and you are done.
Instead of piping a border around the 2 tiers, I just sprinkled some shredded white chocolate… I think it looked better this way.
And voila…the final cake!
It’s quite a sight!
I am also linking this apple and chocolate icing cake to Roxana’s chocolate party! It looks like a lot of fun… all of you should check it out :)
Before I end today’s posting, I just wanted to thank all of you for your sweet suggestions related to feeding my fussy baby. He’s been much better this week and is finally eating some of the things you guys told me to try!
And with that, I am gonna say tata… have a great week everyone!
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