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Friday
Sep052008

Cake Byte: Sweet News from Cakespy!

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Oh, we're just brimming with sweetness this week! Here are some of the exciting things happening at Cakespy.com:

Mummy Cupcake Rubber StampTrick or Sweet Rubber Stamps

Sweet Stamps! Our own Head Spy Jessie recently collaborated with Taylored Expressions, a California-based rubber stamp company, to create several sets of rubber stamps! The first three sets, with Halloween and Birthday themes, are making their debut today: Frightful Night, Trick or Sweet, and Sweet Celebration. It was a fantastic experience, and the stamps came out so cute! Now you, too, can create your own cupcake cards and craft projects using these adorable stamps! Each set of unmounted, deeply etched, pink rubber stamps retails for $21.95. To see some of the projects others have made with the stamps, check out tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com; to purchase the stamp sets, visit tayloredexpressions.com!

Cuppie at the Chicago "Bean"
Going to Chicago and Milwaukee! Next week Cakespy will be headed to Chicago and Milwaukee...deliciousness is bound to follow! Stay tuned for upcoming roundups of all the sweet stuff we discover--and feel free to pass on suggestions!

Totally Sweet! Finally, longtime Cakespy reader and supporter Sue Scara of Piscataway, NJ, is living the sweet life indeed: her recipe for Bubbe's Apple Cake is a finalist for an upcoming "Spreading Smucker's Traditions" contest! Starting September 8, vote for her recipe (below) at smuckers.com!

The recipe:

Bubbe’s Apple Cake (our grandmother’s version of the traditional European-Jewish Apple Cake)

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium apples, peeled and cut into thin slices
  • ½ cup Smucker’s Red Plum jam
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 3 large eggs (brought to room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon each of vanilla extract and almond extract
  • A “shake or two” of cinnamon

Begin by preheating oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8” square baking pan.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt together in a mixing bowl. Give dry ingredients a stir and set the bowl aside. In another bowl, combine apple slices, Smucker’s Red Plum jam and lemon juice. Mix up so that apples are coated in jam and lemon juice. Set aside.

Beat the eggs well, either with electric beater on medium, or vigorously by hand. Gradually add sugar and beat (about 2 min.), or mix by hand, till mixture is almost fluffy. Add oil and vanilla and almond extracts, and continue to beat and scrape side of bowl till all is combined. Next, mix in the flour mixture (if using electric beater, reduce speed to low). Mix short time more till batter is blended to uniform color and consistency.

Take just half of the batter and spread evenly in the baking pan. Next, cover the layer of batter with the apple and jam mixture. Then spread the remaining half of the batter over the apples. Give a light shake or two of cinnamon over the surface of the cake. Bake on the center rack till golden (approximately one hour).

After removing from oven, let the cake cool. Cut into squares and serve.




Reader Comments (30)

Don't forget to visit Sweet Mandy B's in Lincoln Park when you are in Chicago. Their cupcakes are to die for!

September 5 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I needed some motivation to get back into card making!! ;-)

Have fun on your trip!!

September 5 | Unregistered CommenterVegan_Noodle

i've been gone for so long and so many amazing things have happened!~ congrats on the rubber stamps. so exciting. and the cards look beautiful (love the "valley of the cupcakes"). and the bakerella cover is great. oh, and the apple cake recipe is going in my files--our apple tree is in full bloom and i was just looking for good recipes! how are you always on top of everything, my dear? have a lovely weekend.

Wow! Congratulations for those stamps, they're too cute!

September 5 | Unregistered CommenterClumbsy Cookie

Supercute stamps! Halloween really is the best isn't it? Have an amazing trip and fill up on goodies for us to live vicariously through!

September 5 | Unregistered CommenterEB

Congratulations on the stamps. I had observing the sneak peaks Taylor had posted on her blog and thought they looked awfully familiar to Cakespy's work.

Totally not bakery related, but I loved the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. We spent the whole day there and didn't get to see all that we wanted to.

September 5 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Moore

Oh, those stamps are too cute!

September 5 | Unregistered CommenterCookie baker Lynn

I LOVE Cuppie in front of the "bean" in Chicago! I'd love to go back to that city just to eat my way through - and try more of that deep dish pizza! Have a great time!

September 5 | Unregistered CommenterWandering Coyote

Oh the Halloween one is TOO CUTE!

September 5 | Unregistered CommenterPeabody

You have to go to Bittersweet.
http://www.bittersweetpastry.com/details.html

September 5 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Both the stamps and cards are just darling! I am in such awe of your talent!

what brings you to chicago? (yay, us!) can't wait for the bakery reviews ....

September 6 | Unregistered CommenterJane

These are too cute! Congrats :)

September 6 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

Those stamps are adoreable Jessie...makes me want to get back to card making again. It's been really long !! Have a wonderful trip & come back soon with some yummie news & updates..

OMG! Those stamps are like the sweetest things I've seen besides... well, besides anything drawn or painted by you!
Have fun in Chicago!

September 6 | Unregistered CommenterIsa

OMG!!! The stamps are the absolute cutest things, I ordered them as soon as they were available. Love all your cupcakes, thanks for making them available to us in stamp form!

September 6 | Unregistered CommenterSally

With all this traveling that Cakespy does, you really ought to get some Canada under your belt!

: )

September 6 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Ok you've done it again. Those are the most adorable cards ever!

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I looooove the "Trick or Sweet" one! The cupcakes are so cute in their little costumes!

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterPumpkin

I love the recipe - doesn't every bubbe have a great recipe for an apple type cake that gets made for every social function? My mom does the apple and also the honey cake - I tell her she's superhuman :).

September 7 | Unregistered Commentergiz

Awesome developments, girlfriend!

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

I just left Chicago - I can't wait to hear what I missed!

You should go to the following cupcake/bakeries:

Bleeding Heart (Lakeview)
Twisted Sister (Old Town)
Molly's Cupcakes (Lincoln Park)

Then go have some yummy pizza and handcrafted beers at Piece in Wicker Park.

I love living in Chicago! Email whitneyinchicago@gmail.com if you need further suggestsions!

September 8 | Unregistered CommenterCasasailer

Milwaukee recs:
Suzy's Cheesecakes
Simma's
Ultimate Confections

Have fun here!

September 8 | Unregistered CommenterRhi

Jessie! Did I miss you? Have you come and left Chicago? I hope not! I would love to meet in a public place so as not to give you the creeps. What do you say? Oh, and I second the Bleeding Heart Bakery, and Michelle Garcia's new place, Chaos Theory Cakes. Give a holla!

September 8 | Unregistered CommenterTara

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