I have a friend. (Yes, I have more than one friend, smarty-pants, but today’s entry is just about one in particular.) Anyway, I have this friend. Her name is Wendy. I’m jealous of her long lean legs and her beautiful red hair. And, her charmingly cute kid. And her fierce skills at first base. Wendy is smart and funny and one of the kindest people I know.
But, watch out…she’s a firecracker. She uses that intelligence and humor and sparks fly out of her mouth. Those sparks can catch some folks off guard, but I love it, even when it is directed at me. Wendy makes life fun and she reminds me to laugh at myself and to see comedy where it is not always obvious. And, she reminds me that someone is always watching and reading and what I am doing is not a waste of time and energy.
Thanks for being my friend and a great audience member, Wendy. I’m glad I got to help you celebrate your birthday. I hope you liked your cake. Kisses.
Red-Headed Firecracker Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze
Serves 8 to 10
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups of peeled, cored, and diced apple
4 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8- to 10- cup Bundt pan.
Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, ginger, and cayenne in medium bowl.
Whisk canola oil, brown sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend.
Add dry ingredients and fold until blended.
Fold in diced apples.
Transfer batter to prepared pan.
Bake about 40 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on rack for about 10 minutes. Invert cake onto plate or rack.
For the glaze:
In a saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the sugars.
Cook the mixture, stirring, until bubbly, maybe about a minute. Stir in the heavy cream. Bring to a boil. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly. Then, spoon the glaze over completely cooled cake. It is quite messy, so you may not want to glaze it on your serving dish.