Apple Cake

My apartment is filled with the smell of warm apple cake right now. The outside is caramelized with cinnamon and sugar, the inside is not too sweet, and the apple slices are cooked to the perfect tenderness. I like this recipe because it happens to be dairy-free, and the orange juice and vanilla make the flavor so appealing. It is just right with coffee.

I made this for the girls in my Bible Study group tomorrow morning, but first I cut a slice for Doug. I wanted to make sure he got a big piece, so I’m bringing a cake with a missing slice. Surely they won’t mind.

Apple Cake Recipe

4 apples – peeled, cored and sliced (I choose Rome apples)
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange juice
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 10 inch tube pan. (I use my Granny’s bundt pan and it is just the right size.)

2. Cover the sliced apples with the cinnamon and 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl, and set aside.

3. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.

4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and 2 cups of the sugar together. Add the mixture of flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir in the vegetable oil, orange juice and vanilla. Mix well.

5. Place some of the apple slices along the bottom of the pan. Pour 1/2 of the batter into the pan. Top with half of the sliced apples. Pour the remaining batter over the top and layer the remaining sliced apples and cinnamon sugar.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 90 minutes.

Staying Put

Today we had the opportunity to look at a house to rent. We currently live in an apartment. It’s officially 861 square feet. It’s not breaking a world record or anything, but it is a small home for three people. This new rental house would almost double our space for just about $100 more than what we’re paying in rent. A tempting offer.

At the end of the day, we decided to stay in our apartment. The funny thing is that a year ago we spent a lot of time deciding if we should stay here or move into a house. Because that’s what people do when they have a baby, right? We’ve lived here for three years, and we’re about to commit to the fourth year. I really didn’t think we would stay this long, but each year our apartment fits us better, and I am happy with it.

It took effort to make our apartment into how we wanted it. Just last month we did a massive closet clean out, sold a few things on Craigslist, and donated a carload of clothes and stuff. I focused on cleaning out junk during the whole month of January. Now the amount of stuff that we have is nicely balanced to the amount of space available.

I do think we will want a house at some point. We like to talk about how it will be. But I think we will wait. The invitation to view this rental house was nice, but it’s also pretty nice to be settled into a place for a while. It feels like home.

Our Park

Our park is a hidden jewel, in a small neighborhood not visible from the street, with practically no parking. When you stand in the middle of it, you can’t see or hear the city. It has walkways and benches, a big open field to run around in, and poetry engraved on the walkway steps. On that fortuitous day we discovered it, we couldn’t believe our eyes. It is our own private park.