I figured I would bring a cake. After all, everyone loves cake! I like making cakes too. I find them easy to put together and transport – since we would be walking. Especially if they are a simple one layer cake without any fancy icing to get mussed up on the way.
I thought a perfect place to look for a cake recipe would be at this wonderful local food blog – The Cake Princess.
Take a look.
See what I mean.
It is the perfect place to look for cupcake recipes too – she has tonnes of those!
I made a few changes to the recipe. I substituted Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free baking flour with 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum and used 1 1/2 cups of apples instead of 2 cups of peaches. Our friend is celiac and loathes cooked peaches, so the changes were absolutely necessary. And, although I have never tried the original, I don’t think the changes detracted from the dessert one bit. The cake was light and fluffy and the fruit baked with nuts and the wonderful carmel syrup was fantastic. I guess by now you figured out that this is not one those healthy dessert recipes that I often feature.
Before we got to the cake and the games, we were treated to the Black Bean Skillet Casserole with Cornbread Topping that I posted on Cookbook Cooks a few months ago. Our hostess loves this dish and has made it 4 or 5 times since posting. EPC and I hadn’t had it since, so it was nice to be reminded how delicious it is! She rarely cooks with a recipe and treated us to her own invention of delicious pan-fried yams sweetened with a hint of maple syrup. EPC was delighted. Yams are his favourite vegetable.
She also had a mix of raw orange pepper and jicama for munching before dinner. I hadn’t had jicama in ages, so I decided that I would make a slaw with jicama later this week.
Thanks for the jicama inspiration and the lovely evening.
If you want to be delighted by this cake you can find the recipe here.