Toffee Apple Dump Cake

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If you’re looking for an easy autumn bake that would be perfect for Bonfire Night look no further than this toffee apple dump cake. Don’t be put off by the name. This style of cake comes from the US and refers to the stir-and-dump-it-in-a-tin method. It makes a moist cake with pockets of apple and toffee topped with a toffee frosting. It only needs one bowl for the cake and is actually very easy to make. Mr Birdie took some into work and came home telling me that his colleagues had been raving about it which was lovely to hear (he also said I needed to put it on Twitter which is usually his way of saying he likes something!).
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Bramley Apple Cake with Custard Icing

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It seems every day is now some sort of named day. Chocolate Day, Carrot Day and Egg Day are all ones I have seen recently. Well, today is no exception and it is Apple Day. Following a bit of research I discovered Apple Day was launched in 1990 by Common Ground and was intended to be both ‘a celebration and a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too.’ I made this cake a couple of weeks ago and decided that as it featured apples today would be a good day to finally get round to posting it!
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Treacle apple tart

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It has been a rather crazy week of work: reports, data, lesson observations and meetings have meant my evenings have been taken up with work so I’m only just getting round to writing this up. I made this last weekend as we had friends round for Sunday lunch. Mr Birdie had some apples he’d bought and then forgotten about that needed using up and after a little research I found this BBC Good Food recipe for treacle apple tart.
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Apple cinnamon bundt

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So yesterday was National Bundt Day and I decided to get in on the Bundt action. After perusing my Pinterest board ‘All about that bundt…’ and considering a carrot cake Bundt or John Whaite’s fig, pecan and orange Bundt I opted for this apple and cinnamon Bundt as I had some Bramley apples that needed using up. The recipe is by Martha Stewart and is really meant to use Granny Smith apples but I had read a couple of people on Pinterest saying that they had used Bramley apples which had worked just as well.
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Blackberry and apple loaf cake

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I had a bit of a baking spurt towards the end of last week starting with this blackberry and apple loaf cake. Mr Birdie’s mum and dad came to stay a couple of weeks ago and we ventured out for a walk through our local countryside to the beach (stopping for coffee and cake of course). I managed to probably double the length of time we took by stopping to pick blackberries. I was surprised to find so many that were still pickable (is that even a word? If not it should be!) I did consider this Bramley and blackberry traybake but we are still (yes still!) without a hob so instead I opted for this Jo Wheatley recipe which is in her ‘A Passion for Baking’ book.
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Dorset apple traybake

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Autumn is well and truly here. The weather this week has literally thrown everything at us. Rain, wind, sunshine and the temperature has most definitely dropped. This recipe is definitely inspired by autumn and makes a good Sunday roast dessert. Last weekend gave me my first real opportunity to get back to baking following the work to our kitchen (which you can read about in my last post). Our fruit bowl has been bursting at the seems so I decided it was time to use some of it up. I had bought some Bramley apples at our local greengrocers and decided to give this BBC Good Food Dorset apple traybake a go. I made a similar Mary Berry one last year but decided to give this recipe a go instead.
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Deep rhubarb streusel cake

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I love rhubarb and have made quite a few rhubarb recipes before ranging from this very successful rhubarb and custard cake to this not so successful rhubarb cheesecake. As I’d picked up some in cheap in Tesco it was time to put it to use. I’d seen this recipe on the Sainsbury’s magazine website and decided to give it a go (especially as I also had some apples that needed using).
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Spiced Dorset apple traybake

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The weather has been decidedly autumnal this weekend with endless showers interspersed with beautiful sunshine. I picked up some Bramley apples whilst shopping and had originally thought that I would make a crumble with them. However, I then decided that I would make something to take to work tomorrow as we have a training day and will need something to keep our brains going as we tackle computer programming! After a bit of research on Pinterest I decided to bake something based on Dorset apple cake. I had spotted this Marry Berry recipe for a spiced Dorset apple traybake a few months ago.
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Autumn Traybake

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I made this a few weeks ago back in August when it was feeling decidely autumnal as there was a chill in the air and the sun seemed to have disappeared. This is one of my favourite times of year as it’s blackberry season. Last year I made blackberry and apple crumble muffins, a blackberry and apple crumble and a mixed berry plaited pie using blackberries and I intend on making quite a few blackberry based recipes again this year. A really good tip I read recently for when you’re out and about collecting blackberries is to take an empty milk bottle with you to collect them as this has a handle which is useful for carrying if you’re picking when you’re on a walk. I’ll definitely be trying this out this weekend!
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Apple Crumble Cupcakes

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It’ has been ages since I made cupcakes. I have mentioned before that Mr Birdie likes to joke that cupcakes are all I make – well hopefully this blog has proved him wrong! I made these once before and Mr Birdie declared them ‘the best cupcakes I’d ever made’! I decided to make these as I had a couple of Bramley apples that needed using up.

These cupcakes are a combination of recipes – the cupcake recipe is from Eric Lanlard’s Cox, Cookies & Cake book and the cream cheese frosting and crumble topping come from the Cup O’ Sugar blog. If I had had lots of time I would have filled them with custard as my Dad gave me a cupcake filler gadget for Christmas that I am still waiting to try out but sadly time flew by today. I made 18 cupcakes from the mixture but this will probably depend on how much apple mixture you make.

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