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The Wooden Spoon Adventure: Virginia Apple Pudding (Cake)

Patricia Reitz

Virginia Apple Pudding (cake) - ButterYum

Virginia Apple Pudding (cake) - ButterYum

Last week I was contacted by Jenn from the blog Knitty Baker (US) to see if I was interested in participating in The Wooden Spoon Adventure, a fun blog opportunity to celebrate the 5th blog Anniversary of the blog A Merrier World by Kate (UK).  Kate began a few weeks ago by posting a recipe that was made with a very special wooden spoon, then the spoon was sent to another blogger who followed suite, and then it was sent to another blogger, and so on.  Bloggers who participate are honorary "Spoonees".  The goal is for the spoon to travel from one spoonee to another, across the globe, cooking local recipes or ingredients along the way.  Then the spoonees share what they made on their blogs, including photos of the special wooden spoon being used to make the recipe.  Such a fun idea.  So, let me say Happy Blogiversary to Kate at A Merrier World.  I'm thrilled to be part of this very cool celebration.

So, agreeing to participate was an easy choice, but deciding which local recipe or ingredient to feature was another story.  I wasn't sure if I should go with a local ingredient, or a local recipe.  As far as local ingredients go, I live in a town full of apple orchards and it just so happens to be apple season here.  As far as local recipes go, I had absolutely no idea.  So on a whim, I did a quick online search for recipes that had my state's name in the title.  I can't believe the very first hit was for a recipe called Virginia Apple Pudding (a very moist cake)  I guess it was meant to be.  Everyone in the family loves this sweet, moist cake.  My youngest even declared it her top dessert pick for her birthday dinner.  Fine with me - it's an extremely easy recipe to make.

The Wooden Spoon arrived complete with a lovely note from Jenn, the Spoonee who picked me to carry on the tradition, as well as the original note Kate wrote when she started this nifty adventure.

The Wooden Spoon arrived complete with a lovely note from Jenn, the Spoonee who picked me to carry on the tradition, as well as the original note Kate wrote when she started this nifty adventure.

Okay, Virginia Apple Pudding (cake) starts with a bowl of chopped apples.

Okay, Virginia Apple Pudding (cake) starts with a bowl of chopped apples.

Add ground cinnamon.

Add ground cinnamon.

Stir, stir, stir.

Stir, stir, stir.

Cook the apples in the microwave for 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften.

Cook the apples in the microwave for 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften.

Mmm.... I wish you could smell them.

Mmm.... I wish you could smell them.

In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.

Add melted butter, milk, and pure vanilla extract; stir until smooth.

Add melted butter, milk, and pure vanilla extract; stir until smooth.

Pour the batter into deep pie-dish pie plate.

Pour the batter into deep pie-dish pie plate.

Sprinkle the partially cooked apples over the batter.  Bake in the lower half of a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.

Sprinkle the partially cooked apples over the batter.  Bake in the lower half of a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.

And here's how it looks when it's done (we fight over those yummy brown edges).  I hope you'll give this recipe a try.  And be sure to visit the other Spoonees who are participating in The Wooden Spoon Adventures.

And here's how it looks when it's done (we fight over those yummy brown edges).  I hope you'll give this recipe a try.  And be sure to visit the other Spoonees who are participating in The Wooden Spoon Adventures.

The Wooden Spoon Adventure can be found at: A Merrier World, Melinda's Kitchen Diary, Evil Cake Lady, Knitty Baker, ButterYum- that's me :),  And up next - Jamie Cooks It Up

The Wooden Spoon Adventure can be found at: A Merrier WorldMelinda's Kitchen DiaryEvil Cake LadyKnitty BakerButterYum- that's me :),  And up next - Jamie Cooks It Up

Virginia Apple Pudding (Cake)

serves 8

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups peeled and chopped baking apples (ones that don't give off too much juice - Galas are perfect)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. 
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine apples and cinnamon. Microwave until apples are soft, about 5 minutes. 
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. 
  4. Add melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract; stir until smooth. 
  5. Pour into 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.  Sprinkle apples on top of batter. 
  6. Bake in the lower third of a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until it tests done. 
  7. Cool completely before serving direct from the baking dish.

Notes:

  • Recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9x13 casserole dish. 
  • Use apples that hold their shape well and don't exude too much moisture during baking, such as Galas. 
  • This cake is best eaten within 24 hours because the high sugar content will absorb moisture from the air, causing the cake to get soggy over time. 
  • For a rustic presentation, I've successfully baked this recipe in a slightly preheated cast iron skillet.

adapted from allrecipes.com