Tragically, in 2012 we also lost Anne’s mom, Deidre, to her battle with cancer and kidney failure which had escalated after the devastation of losing Anne. The only comfort was (is) knowing they are together. The heavens must now spend a lot more time laughing as Anne and Deidre were the silliest, most loving, upbeat, joyful, hugging, playful, fun to be around two women you could ever meet. Envisioning them together brings a smile and warmth to my heart. And even though our questions about Anne’s death go unanswered, Deidre now knows and can be at peace. Eventually, justice will come for Anne.
Cheers Anne and Deidre, I toast to you in all this deliciousness, love, and joy you brought to all of us. We miss you……
Anne’s Apple Cake
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
- 8 ounces block-style 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Pantry all-purpose flour (or your fav. APGF flour)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups chopped peeled Macintosh apples (about 3 apples) (any good baking apple)
- Cinnamon mixture: 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Prepare an 8-inch springform pan by coating with gf cooking spray
- Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, butter, vanilla, and cream cheese at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 4 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
- Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon mixture over the apples in a bowl until all are coated. Stir the apple mixture into the batter.
- Sprinkle 2 tsp of the cinnamon mixture into the prepared pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray…shake around to cling to the sides of pan (it won’t be enough to coat all…but that’s all you need).
- Pour the batter into the pan and smooth evenly. Sprinkle the top with remaining cinnamon mixture.
- Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 5-15 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan and toothpick comes out clean. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack, remove the sides of pan, and cut using a serrated knife.
- Note: You can also make this cake in a 9-inch square cake pan or a 9-inch springform pan; just reduce the cooking time by 5-10 minutes.