Pumpkin Apple Cake

Pumpkin Apple Cake

Happy Monday, y’all! I’m finding Mondays to be a very good television viewing night. Every Monday evening our TV is glued to NBC; and now I actually sort of look forward to the most universally dreaded day of the week. Hey, whatever works, right?

pumpkin apple cake, before baking

pumpkin apple cake, out of the oven

“The Voice” is hopelessly addicting, I always have to watch it. I occasionally sing along if I like the song (be grateful you only know me virtually, your poor ears have been spared!) and of course I have to be catty critique the song choices (for the love, people, lay off the Beyoncé songs already!). Then “The Voice” ends and “The Blacklist” comes on. Have y’all seen that one? OMG. I’ve gotten completely hooked. It’s so friggin’ good! The acting and writing is extremely well-done, so suspenseful with just the right amount of dry humor. And what on EARTH is going on with her husband?? Aaahh! I went and got my mom hooked on it too, aren’t I nice?

Pumpkin Apple Cake

I share this cake today because it’s a perfect TV viewing dessert or snack. Easy to throw together, uncomplicated, seasonal, and uber-delicious. You can’t go wrong, it’s just perfect. One thing I loved about this cake is that there aren’t many spices in the recipe, so the unadulterated pumpkin flavor really shines through. The original recipe called for none of the usual spice suspects, but I couldn’t resist throwing in just a touch of cinnamon. Don’t get me wrong, spiced pumpkin desserts are delicious, but I really enjoyed tasting the pure pumpkin flavor this time around. And the apple lends wonderful moisture and just a hint of background sweet/tart notes.

pumpkin apple cake

Pumpkin apple cake

So, my beloved readers, I really want to know: what TV shows do you watch? What are you completely hooked on? What great television viewing do you recommend? And what snacks or treats have you made to accompany a night on the couch?

Pumpkin Apple Cake

{One year ago: Chipotle Pumpkin Chowder}

Source: slightly adapted from Homemade with Love by Jennie Perillo

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup canola oil
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ cup buttermilk
1 large apple, peeled and grated
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×9” square baking pan. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon to combine.
In a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, and oil. Whisk vigorously until thick and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the pumpkin. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in the buttermilk, then gently fold in the apple.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, gently spreading it to the edges. Bake until the top is golden and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and set the cake pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
To serve, dust with confectioners’ sugar and cut into squares. Enjoy!

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