Tuesday, March 3, 2009

German Apple Cake and Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

 I"ve never made a German Apple cake before, but if the recipe has apples and cinnamon in it I'm game!   To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.

This cake smelled so good while it was baking that I couldn't wait till I could taste it. And taste it I did, straight from the oven. I have zero patience (hee hee). My taste buds were in heaven with the first bite...soft apple chunks, a slightly crispy top and cinnamony super moist cake , ahhhhh! I had to have more, and the cream cheese frosting wasn't even on it yet!

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As far as I'm concerned , this cake is good just like this. I didn't have tart apples , what I had was yellow delicious, which I think made it sweeter and perfect without the cream cheese frosting. BUT! There is a cream cheese frosting for this little baby and that was good too! Whether you like it with or without frosting this cake needs to be made by people who adore apples and cinnamon.

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Taste Of Home


3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups chopped peeled tart apples
3/4 cup chopped pecans (I didn't use these)

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions: In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Fold in apples and nuts. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth. Spread over cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
I think we need some cupcakes for dessert after this delightful dinner. How about Chocolate Orange Cupcakes. These cupcakes get they're orange flavor from the zest and juice of an orange. Remember the chocolate that use to look like an orange, it even had sections in it like an orange would, I can't remember the name of it but I loved those things! These cupcakes are brownie like and gooey, don't you just love gooey! They're also made with mayonnaise, that's what makes them so moist. Throw in some chocolate chips and you've got a cupcake that's (in the words of our 11 yr old daughter) AWESOME!!!! No frosting required .

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Taste Of Home


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Confectioners' sugar

Directions: In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, orange peel and vanilla; gradually add orange juice until blended. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips (batter will be thick). Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 9 cupcakes

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noble pig said...

Oh my word you people eat so well over there!

Kendra said...

Looks fab...and I'm totally digging the cheddar green beans.

Sharon said...

Wow, what a feast! I'm not sure what to comment on since everything looks so tasty. Definitely want to try the apple cake.

Heather said...

ohhh. those cheddar green beans and the german apple cake sent my heart all a flutter!!

Linda said...

You are definitely feasting! I love the apple cake recipe, and the pork roast sounds great too.

Ingrid said...

It all looks good. I really like pork. I used to overcook it too. That was until I got this wonderful meat thermometer from All Clad & W-S. It's worked great for me.

You guys were busy.

Reeni♥ said...

The first meal is fit for a holiday! How delicious. I am loving the apple cake and cream cheese, and the cuppie cakes, yummy!!!

Donna-FFW said...

My goodness, this all looks so delicious. The pork, the green beans, the rice!! Fantastic meal. And those desserts, what a lucky family you have!

MaryBeth said...

As usual everything you do looks fabulous...The glaze on the roast has me in tears because it sounds so darn good.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Holy Cow, You guys are over the top!! That apple cake is calling my name, along with the pork roast, beans and rice!

The Food Librarian said...

Wow! You have been cooking and baking up a storm! All looks so yummy!!!! That German Apple Cake looks divine!

Marie said...

Oh My goodness, what a tasty looking lot of food!!! Those green beans are tweaking my tastebuds for sure!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Between the two of you, I could get SO fat!

Barry C. Parsons said...

You're taling about the famous Terry's brand Chocolate Orange. They are still very, very popular in the UK and widely available here in Canada too. I always get one in my stocking for Xmas. Mmmmm...I love anything chocolate orange. I have a Chocolate Orange Truffle Cake on my blog this week.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Bunny I always brine my pork. Commercial pork has had the juiciness bred out of it, so I find an overnight brine really makes my pork totally mosit and juicy. Recipes look great!

CookingCourtney said...

those orange chocolate cupcakes are so calling my name.

Theresa said...

All this food. And where was I?!!! LOL

Elra said...

Honey bunny dear, how can I just stare at all of this delicious food and dessert?

Lisa said...

What a pretty plate of food! And that German Apple Cake looks luscious. I would love to try it out at home.

Ivy said...

Your recipes always make me drool. I would love some of that apple cake.

mikky said...

you guys have been so busy... may i have a plate? :)

Grace said...

how about putting that brown sugar glaze on the apple cake? :):)

Elyse said...

Wow, talk about lots of amazing looking recipes!! First of all, that brown sugar pork and the cheddar green beans. Yes, please!! Start me off with that. I'll then take some of that yummy casserole because I never turn down anything baked in a casserole dish--there's too much goodness going on in there. And then I'll take large helpings of your divine German apple cake (I lovveeeee German apple cake) and of course some chocolate orange cupcakes because everyone needs a daily dose of chocolate. Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful recipes!! Everything looks fantastic!

Rachell Taylor said...

I make those green beans at home all the time but we call them 'fried green beans'. Anyway, the cupcakes I think I'll make at work today for the Bistro. Thanks so much for the recipe!

giz said...

Now that's what I call a post from heaven. I must try cooking more with pork. I seem to fall in the "I don't get how to cook this stuff" category.

Emily said...

Oh boy! What a good meal you had.

It reminds me of a perfect Sunday dinner.

Lucy said...

Every aspect of this dinner is calling to me!! Wonderful!!!

Lori said...

That is one loaded apple cake, I love it. You so have been busy Bunny!

Jenny said...

Wow, look at all of those beautiful plates! I must admit my eyes went straight to the chocolate orange cupcakes! Beautiful post!

Rachell Taylor said...

Hey, I made your cupcakes today at work and shot a photo. Thought I'd share.

Maria said...

I have got to make that apple cake. Everything looks wonderful!

Dawn said...

feast oh my!
I so do not want to make dinner tonight, can I just order in from you? please? lol

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Lots of good stuff here that has me wishing I could be at home and eating dinner right now! That cake looks delicious

Psychgrad said...

Look at all of the recipes! I like the repurposing of the pork loin. I have a bunch of pork loin frozen that would probably be too dry to warm up and eat on its own...but a casserole sounds like a great option. Thanks!

Also love the desserts. I've never baked with mayo. Very interesting.