Monday, January 17, 2011


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T'was finally my turn to chose the recipe for Baking with Dorie , ok not finallycoz i didn have to wait too long.
I didn know which week this would be when chosing this recipe , but now i think its perfect, coz after all the cookie baking here come a cake with Apple and coconut.
 Apples in everything make things good and apples in cake are as wonderful as they are ...

To add to this the recipe has coconut = lodsa moisture guaranteed, which i love.
 And ground nuts too....

So here is my first choice of recipe , for Baking with Dorie , a wonderful group for those who want to bake their way thru Baking from My home to yours, this is a wonderful small group.
We bake only twice a month and as long as u dont miss too many together , its cool:-)

Mia's Notes
  1. I expected a light moist cake , and while this is not to say this cake is not moist , coz it is , its not light , what i mean by light is , that it is more of a dessert cake ,sort of, but soo delicious , that i finished 1 heart ,all by myself in a few hours.
  2. I thought of adding ground hazelnuts and thought i had a wonderful idea , only to realize as i wrote this , that playing around has exactly this :-)only that there it says 1/2 cup ground and i added 1/2 cup whole.
  3. I added lodd of cinnamon , maybe around 1.5 tsp or more , and 2 types , true cinnamon from tsp spices and Sri Lankan cinnamon , both together created aflavor i loved.
  4. Added lods of vanilla too.
  5. Chopped the apples fine , instead of dicing , to be added into the batter and for the topping  used a few cookie cutters.
  6. I had to bake way longer than the time specified, infact , i got them out , coz it was already a lot of time , checked ,thought they were fine ,and glazed them and all and had to out them back in the oven , which i did , for another so many mins more , my total was more than double but then my oven always takes longer , so it could be me.
  7. Ground the coconut and nuts in a coffee grinder:-)
 Want a slice???

    All that said , leemme begin with my step by step pics...
    Begin with measuring out the flour ...
    And lodsa cinnamon , freshly grated Sri lankan cinnamon+ true cinnamon by tsp spices, loved the flavor ...
    And whisk it all with the soda + baking powder and set aside...
    And to begin the action , measure out the sugar ,i have this thing of missing some parts from recipes and i missed the part where i need to keep the 2tsp sugar later and added it right there,it was fine though...
    Add 2 eggs , organic is nice and whisk well.
    Ahh , i added lodsa vanilla , and hazelnut oil + syrup ,with the rum , right at this stage.
    All whisked up..
    Time to add the oil and yogurt and whisk again...
    Ahh , before i forget , u need to keep the nuts ready too , i didn read the playing around,when i was actally making the cake , jus did it on whim , which was glad i did, but i used only 1/3rd cup hazelnuts..
    lightly roasted...
    and ground , also ground the coconut , which i used fresh tender coconut ...
    Granny Smith is a wonderful apple to bake with , though i dont think it really matters:-)
    A mandoline slicer makes for perfect slices...
    And a cookie cutter  helps cut out some pretty shapes..
    Hearts coz me loves pink and hearts and loveee...
    And coz love is soo in the air *365
    and a finer dice for the rest of the apples to add to the batter...
    so back to the batter , need to fold in the flour mixture and nut powder into the whisked egg, sugar, oil, yogurt flavored batter.
    And fold in the coconut too , using a spatula to fold in everything and then the beater to smoother things out is the best.
    And fold in the chopped apples too...

    very well Buttered spring forms ready to be filled...the first way to introduce butter into the recipe...
    Place the cut out apples , atop , in whatever way seems pretty to u....
    Dot with some butter ,which ur sure to have around ,and this is another way to introduce butter into the recipe:-) and sprinkle with sugars , here vanilla, cinnamon sugar and my vanilla sugar.
    very liberally sprinkled with sugars of all sorts , ready to go into the oven...
    Pop that in the warm oven , while u run some warm water,bubble some studs, and get going with the dishes:-)
    Once the cake is done , u need to warm some jam , my personal choice , apricot preserve with vanilla in there, lodsa it...
    Warmed with a splash of water , so that it jus liquefies...
    And ready.....

    A Dorie Recipe
    Copied from Here

    As found in Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours:

    Apple-Coconut Family Cake

    The tastes in this light, moist cake are coconut, a hint of cinnamon and the sweetness of apples, all of which put you in mind of early fall. Our friend Michael Vogel aptly calls it a "family" cake.

    1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Pinch of salt
    3 apples (I use Golden Delicious), peeled and cored
    2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
    1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
    1/2 cup plain yogurt
    6 tablespoons flavorless oil, such as canola or grapeseed
    1 tablespoon dark rum
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1 cup shredded coconut, preferably unsweetened
    About 1/2 cup apple jelly, for glaze

    Getting Ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.

    Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

    Cut 2 of the apples into a small dice, cover with plastic wrap and set aside. Cut the third apple from blossom to stem into slices about 1/4 inch thick; cover.

    In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and 1/2 cup of the sugar together for a minute. Whisk in the yorut, oil, rum and vanilla and whisk for about a minute, until smooth. Still using the wisk, or switching to a rubber spatual, fold in the flourt mixture, followed by the coconut and the diced apple.

    Scrape the batter into the pan and jiggle the pan from side to side a couple of times to even the batter. Arrange the sliced apples in an attractive pattern over the top of the cake - I like to make a sunburst pattern - and sprinkle the apples with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar.

    Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the apples and cake are golden and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer the springform pan to a rack, and cool the cake for 20 minutes or so.

    Meanwhile, make the glaze. Warm the apple jelly with a splash of water just until it liquefies.

    Once the cake has cooled for 20 minutes, run a knife around the edges of the cake and release the sides of the pan. Using a pastry bursh, give the top of the cake a generaous gloss of glaze.

    Makes 8 servings.
    Serving: The cake can be served warm or at room temperature. While it is great as is, it's scrumptious with a little whipped cream.
    Storing: This cake is a good keeper. Wrapped well, it will keep at room temperature for about 4 days. Because of the apples and glaze, it isn't a good candidate for freezing.

     Playing Around:Coconut-Nut Family Cake
    Keep the coconut in the cake, but add 1/2 cup ground pecans or walnuts and an equal amount of the same nut, finely chopped. This double-nut cake is just as good made with slices of pineapple or pears as it is with apples.
     This cake keeps well cling warp in the fridge, and then slightly warmed in the microwave.
    the flavor gets really good the next day and the next.

    Prev post --- Starters and takeaway- the Nigella Lawson way.

    Check our fantastic bakers at Baking with Dorie and join in the fun....


    1. You have the cutest baking supplies I have ever layed my eyeys on!!! Where did you get the heart shaped measuring cups!! I love everything about this post! It makes me so happy everytime I visit your amazing job..your pictures are always breathtaking and all your amazing looking foods...well I just am at a loss for words!!!..that's hard for me:))))

    2. Sorry I meant to guess I got way to excited!!!

    3. ooopsy how did this comment system get activated here:-(

    4. Thannnk u soo muc Michelle, i dont know why this commenting system re appeared but i get it in order , will transfer this there:-)

      Ur words are kind and sweet ,always:-)and am totally flattered now:-)))))

      here is where u'll find all those heart shaped cups:-)

    5. Hi, I hope you are well
      Outstanding work, so well planned.
      Loved the recipe and your photos are breathtaking ♥

    6. THANNK U Ana, yeah m good , happy to have u over!
      :-) ur kind words make me gay:-)

    7. You chose a great Dorie recipe for this event! Apple coconut hazelnut...could a cake get any better?

    8. This not only looks beautiful but also so delicious. Of course that makes for an even better eating experience. Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

    9. Wow, you really know how to make an apple cake look pretty. And, if it looks that good, it surely must be delicious.

    10. Mmm what a delicious looking cake and I love the addition of coconut and ground nuts to really add to the flavour and goodness! :D


      stefania commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      deliziosa ricetta e molto bella ciao
      My recent post Il crescione di piadina con salsiccia e cipolle

    12. passionateaboutbaking commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      The cakes look gorgeous, and I love how you did the apples. Must try that someday...I ♥ it! Need to get a mandolin before that...sigh! Sorry I've been missing. Hv to mail you stuff. Bad me!

    13. Ha ha , ur cuteeee:-)
      DOnt worry , i know how busy u have been ,at the end of the day ,all we need to do is enjoy :-))
      U get this mandoline at home stop stores:-)
      v'll co ordinate when u can ok:-))u not bad at alllll.....
      I loveee cuttin apples this way:-)

    14. Pari commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      Hi Mia.
      Lovely cake and beautifully presented too. Was wondering from where do u manage to buy such wonderful ingredients and bakeware here in India?

    15. Hi Pari , thannxx a ton.
      Most of my stuff is from US or EU , even if travelling , the best way to buy stuff is thru
      No lugging around all those extra bags + delivered to ur home in mint condition , what more could i want:-)))

    16. @Joanne, he he :-)))

      @Nancy , thannxx a ton for being here ,ur thoughts are wonderful to know:-)

      @Lorraine. thannnx babe, and i do too!

    17. Grapefruit commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      Your hear-shaped apples are so pretty!
      Thanks for baking with us this week! I baked them as mini-cakes in a muffin tin & they just came out of the oven. Can't wait to try them!

    18. I did think of mini cakes too:-) am so happy to bake this week , looking forward:-)

    19. Barbara commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      You did a brilliant job, Mia! So creative. These are adorable AND look delicious!
      Love your Valentine header and theme, sweetie, it's getting me in the mood!

    20. Thannk u Babara , lods:-)
      ur kind and sweet always:-)))
      Jus put the header up last night :-)me already in the mood:-))he he

    21. Treat and Trick commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      Irresistible and delicious! Lovely shape and really feast to the eyes looking at your photos......

    22. :-)))thannnxx a ton :-) TRICK AND TREAT

    23. Deepa commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      Mini Cakes look so cute and delicious. No wonder Mia, you are the Master when it comes to baking such wonderful delights.

      Hamaree Rasoi

    24. ha ha ,:-)SO SWEET ...thannk u Deepa:-)

    25. Faith commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      You are such an artist, Mia! I really love how you cut out the shapes from apple slices and used them to top your gorgeous cakes! These sound so delicious too, I love hazelnuts!

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    26. Thannk u Faith , lods:-)U ARE SOO SWEET,made my day, dat part was funnnnn, am so glad u like it:-)
      Me too<3

    27. chayacomfycook commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      It must take such a lot of time to make the beauties you create. I like that white plate you have at the beginning of the post. I can't believe you got heart-shaped measuring cups. You are truly amazing.

      Love what you did with this recipe, once again, taking a plain recipe and making it into a fabulous creation.

    28. CHAYA, ah , yeah it does take time , not really the actual action as muc as it takes for the pics:-) but i cant seem to enjoy without step by step pics:-)

      Those measurinf cups are my fav and the first of the lot of goodies i recvd from the US^_^

      Thannnk u , ur sweet and kind words make it all the more precious:-)<3

    29. Swathi commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      These are cute looking cake, I love apple, coconut what more can i ask. You have lot of cute baking goodies.
      My recent post Parker House Rolls

      Site/Blog URL:

    30. Thannk u Swathi , so thrilled to have u here:-)

    31. Laurie commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      Your post was so fun to read, and the pictures are are so creative! I really enjoyed this cake, it was a great pick!

    32. Hey Laurie , glad u did:-) thannnxx a ton for baking along :-)
      and thnnnxx for the kind words:-)

    33. Rajuda commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      I am a misfit in the kitchen, but an avid hogger of all good-things-to-eat! Drooling at those delicious images, I wonder who will bake me a cake of apple, coconut and hazelnut. Excellent post, SPF
      My recent post The Year of Big Fat Loot!

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    34. hii RAjuda, someday somebody will make for u , or maybe when i begin a mailing orders bakery:-)
      thannxx a ton for all ur kind words:-)

    35. Elaine commented on APPLE COCONUT FAMILY CAKE @ DORIE -

      I just want one of those little cakes right now! They are absolutely beautiful and your photos are just gorgeous. I love your pink heart measuring spoons and cups. :) And the heart apple slices are so creative!
      My recent post BAKED Sunday Morning- Farm Stand Buttermilk Doughnuts

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    36. Hii Elaine , soo happy to have u here:-)thannnnk u!
      I love them too:-)
      thannx for ur kind words:-)

    37. Not only do these cakes sound delicious with the coconut, apples and hazelnuts, they are beautiful as well. I love your apple heart cut-outs! I always enjoy your happy posts!

    38. Laurie here from Grandma Sez So doing my bloggy duty and passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to you! Keep it, post it, ignore it, that's up to you but I stopped by, became a follower, and thought you desrved this.
      Happy Day!
      PS: Please help gather votes for the CSN Store Bathroom makeover. Every vote is like a nugget of gold to me. I am thankful for each and every one. (award link) (Vote Laura H. Wyoming and verify in an email CSN sends that may go to your junk mail)

    39. Love all of the heart shapes...and this cake loos and sounds wonderful :)
      P.S. Voted for you :)

    40. Gorgeous - I love how you used the centre of the apple to decorate your cakes.

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