Friends are like frosting.
Life is so much more enjoyable with them.
You could bake this cake, leaving it unfrosted and naked.
It would be lovely with a cup of coffee, but not as lovely as if you had decided to mound luscious layers of sugared clouds on top of it.
Friends in your life are the frosting on the cake. You can get by without it, but you miss it when it's not there.
I've been a busy lady as of late. My "real" job has taken a rewarding and amazing turn. However, usually when something is so rewarding and so amazing, it takes a lot of effort to cultivate. I'm in the middle of that as we speak (read? type?) here.
I had the opportunity this weekend to catch up with an old friend, to hash out tales of yore over bloody marys and brew.
It's amazing how good it is for the soul to sit and simply talk, not be judged, and then listen with the same regard. It's something I don't make time for enough when life is rushing by at 75 miles an hour.
The opportunity will present itself again in a week when I hop a train, heading for New York City, to catch up with more friends. It's difficult to carve time out when you have so little wood to work with. It's important, however, and I'll even say intelligent. It makes you who you are.
So, pray tell, what does this have to do with cake? This place, this blog, has long been a cultivator of friends for me. I've met people with a passion for food, and life. I've drifted away, and they welcome me back with open arms. I miss the discussion, the understanding. I miss the outlet.
And you know what? It's only up to me to make it happen.
The moral of this story? In the middle of decking the halls, stringing the lights, trying to decide what grandmother's house to go to, make time for your friends, it's good for your heat.
They put way more booze in the eggnog than grandma, anyway.
Apple Snack Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Source: Cake recipe from Cooking Light
Yield: 1 9x13 cake
Still have apples where you are? They make their way into many a farms winter storage. This is a perfect way to use local apples a touch past their prime.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 cups chopped and peeled apple
- cooking spray
- 8 ounces (1 block) block-style fat-free cream cheese
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Whisk until well combined.
- Now, add water, butter, olive oil, vanilla, and eggs to the dry mixture and stir until it all just comes together.
- Finally, fold in your apple.
- Pour your batter into a 9x13 baking pan coated with cooking spray.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.
- Set aside to cool completely on a baking rack.
- While the cake is cooling, make your frosting by combining cream cheese, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in the bowl of your standing mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer).
- Beat on medium speed until the ingredients are just combined.
- Now, turning the speed to low, slowly start adding your powdered sugar.
- Once all the sugar is added and incorporated into the frosting, turn the mixer quickly to high for a minute to whip some air into the frosting.
- Frost your cooled cake, slice, and serve!