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Quick and Easy – the cake that is…

I made this last night.  Since this is a “budget” blog, not necessarily confined to household furnishings, I thought I’d share this quick, easy and budget-minded cake.  You probably have all the necessary ingredients in your pantry.  If you don’t, go buy these main ingredients and you’ll be ready to whip-up something to curb those cravings on the fly.  Nothing makes me happier than a well-stocked baking pantry.

I should have taken a picture before we demolished half of it but I didn’t think about it because I’m not a food blogger.


Quick edit:  Here is a much better picture of this cake.  I’m slowly improving with my photography.

Here is the recipe from Simply Recipes:


1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

5 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup whole milk

1 medium Cortland or other baking apple, peeled and sliced


1 Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with or pie pan with a 4- cup capacity.

2 In a medium bowl, whisk vigorously together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 3 In a separate small bowl, mix 1/4 a cup of the sugar with the cinnamon, set aside.

4 Using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Beat in the egg until blended. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk, beating after each addition until just combined.

5 Pour half of the batter in the bottom of the baking dish. Lay the apple slices on the batter so they just cover the batter (you may have to overlap some slices). Sprinkle the apples with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, reserving a teaspoon or two to sprinkle on top. Spread the rest of the batter over the apples. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar on top.

6 Bake the cake for 25 minutes or until it is golden brown and apples start to bubble at the edges.

Serves 6.

I used turbinado (raw) sugar on the top,  added nutmeg to my cinnamon mixture and a splash of vanilla to the batter. Other than that, I followed the recipe. It is so good and simple.  It’s not overly sweet, either, since there’s only a 1/2 cup of sugar in the whole cake.  We ate it as a dessert but I also had some with my coffee this morning and I can attest that it makes a fine breakfast, as well.

If you’ve never checked-out Simply Recipes, please do so.  I love Elise’s site because that’s what it is – simply recipes. Everything I’ve ever tried has turned-out beautifully and her photography makes me want to lick my computer screen.  I doubt you’ll get the same effect from my washed-out apple cake photos, but I’m still learning how to use this camera.

I hope you have a great day!  I, myself, am full of apple cake and ready to take on whatever life hands me!


About sugarshellandbutterknife

I am a work-at-home mother of two, daughter K who is 16 and son N who is 12. I live in a 1956 mid-mod ranch with my children and the love of my life, J. We're slowly renovating our house on a budget and love all things DIY. I hope to make this a place where frugal-minded folks like myself can exchange ideas, gain inspiration and find encouragement to tackle whatever life throws our way.

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