I am a self-professed cake snob. And see, I didn’t even realize it until recently. We had cake at work for a birthday and my co-worker asked me why I wasn’t eating any. I explained that I hate cake and he sort of scoffed, since I’m always bringing in cupcakes and goodies for everyone. How could I possibly hate cake when I make cake all the time? And so I launched into my diatribe of how my mom made cakes so often, I’m tired of them and cake is so not my style.
But then I remembered that I actually love my mom’s cake. Especially if she layers some raspberry jam in the middle and swathes it in homemade buttercream. And then I thought about other places where I’ve had excellent cake. Nice restaurants with pastry chefs on staff that work tirelessly just to make cakes and desserts. Or a real, authentic bakery made cake with excellent icing NOT whipped out of a jar. That cake? I get on board with that cake.
So yes, I am a cake snob. I like homemade cake. As well as cake that takes time and has love poured into it. I hate all other cakes. I hate grocery store cakes (ice cream cake, of course, is another story). I hate canned icing and I hate boxed cake. I just want the real stuff. The good stuff.
I recently signed up for The Cake Slice. My friend Anne always participates and her cakes are TO.DIE.FOR! Hosted by Paloma at The Coffee Shop, The Cake Slice is a really talented group of awesome bloggers that bake cakes. The good kind. The real kind. The tasty, non-dry, not-from-a-box kind. The kind of cake I want to eat every day. See, once a month, we make a cake. This time around, we’ll be baking from Great Cakes by Carole Walter. And each month, we’ll have a cake for you from that book. And it will be delicious and most likely moist. These homemade cakes? They’ll be awesome.
The first cake on the agenda is this applesauce cake. Let me tell you straight. It’s fantastic. I took it to work so as not to keep it around the house. And people raved. And raved. I made it two weeks ago and today, someone was STILL raving about this cake. It’s moist and flavorful, chock full of apples. Let the record show the original recipe calls for the cake to be made in a tube pan. I did not have one and so used a regular cake pan. I also topped mine with salted caramel, since I had some on hand. This cake, people. Make it for Thanksgiving. And be sure to check out the rest of the delicious applesauce cakes from the Cake Slice ladies!