Week 51: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

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As I wrap up the challenge (and scrambled to make the last few cakes!) I wanted to reach for something simple and that I have yet to feature. I settled on a Caramel Apple Coffee Cake for week 51… however, true to the challenge, it wasn’t so simple.

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To be completely honest, my biggest struggle in making all of these cakes has been my inability to fully read a recipe. I know this sounds ridiculous, but at week 51 I still don’t have the time to look into all the steps before beginning! It’s a me thing.

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In an attempt to make something simple, I ended up with a multi step coffee cake, that while labor intensive, resulted in a very very delicious accompaniment to a morning cup of coffee.

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I had the pleasure of making this cake for my parents while I was home for the holidays, and both of them loved the texture of the caramel sauce, butter cake, sautéed apples and crumbley streusel topping. Ten out of ten, I recommend this cake.

Final thoughts on week 51:


Week 50: Pistachio Roulade with Cherries and White Chocolate

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Exactly a year ago I made my first cake of the 52 cakes challenge. With 50 cakes complete, I haven’t completed my challenge, but I plan on wrapping up the final two this week. Hold me to it!

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For the 50th cake, I continued on with the swiss roll theme, except this time my cake was for New Year’s Eve and featured very different ingredients. The roulade recipe I got from Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s new book, “Sweet“, was full of white chocolate, pistachios and raspberries. It’s the middle of winter, so I used frozen cherries instead of raspberries and it turned out just fine!

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Again this week, I had my boyfriend film me making the cake on my Instagram, and I even included a blooper ;). Note to self: always put the cooling rack on top of the cake before flipping out…

The cake was full of rich vanilla cream and juicy fruits, the perfect companion to a glass of bubbly for a midnight toast! The best part about week 50 was getting to try out my new Kitchenaid mixer which was gifted to me this Christmas. What better a way to take my new toy out for a spin?

Final thoughts on week 50 Pistachio Roulade with Cherries and White Chocolate:

  • Two. More. Cakes. To. Go.

Week 46: Cranberry Cornmeal Cake

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. As much as I have enjoyed making all these cakes, I’ve been itching to challenge myself with other varieties of baking. With Thanksgiving last month, my will was tested not one, not two, but three times! For weeks 44 and 45 I stayed true to the challenge and brought, never the less, festive cakes to my pre-turkey day shindigs. For the big day, I swallowed my desires to make an apple pie, so as not to stray from making cakes.

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Week 42 & 43: Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream and Tipsy Apple Parsnip Cake with Sultanas and Cider Glaze

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Throughout the entire challenge, I’ve received comments and messages from family all over asking about the challenge, sharing recipes and in general, virtually drooling over all 41 of the cakes I’ve written about and photographed. This fall, when my grandpa turned 80, I got the opportunity to share the challenge with family from all over.

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