Posts Tagged ‘company cake’

Aunt Nettie’s Orange Nut Cake

Aunt Nettie’s Orange Nut Cake quickly became one of our most favorite cakes ever with such incredible flavors of orange, cranberries and nuts. It’s truly stunning and fantabulously delicious!

This post is being sponsored by Nordic Ware® featuring their Heritage Bundt Pan and the “Bundt Cake Bliss: Delicious Desserts from Midwest Kitchens” cookbook. All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING products are mine.

This cake guys, oh my goodness guys, this cake!   In 2 weeks I made it twice because it’s THAT GOOD! It is the perfect winter cake and one that every holiday table needs! This cake is dense but so incredibly tender and moist. This is that cake, that when you walk past it, you have to stop and slice off just the teensiest of slivers because you can’t help yourself. And this is that cake you purposely walk past it 47 times just to get that teensiest of slivers before you have a real serving for dessert. I mean those slivers don’t count, right? I mean it’s not a real slice of cake. It’s a sliver after all. LOL

Aunt Nettie's Orange Nut Cake

This cake comes from an incredible cookbook by Susanna Short titled “Bundt Cake Bliss: Delicious Desserts from Midwest Kitchens“. They partnered up with the Minnesota Historical Society  published this wonderful cookbook.  Nordic Ware® partnered up with the Minnesota Historical Society to help share their state’s stories while connecting people with history in meaningful ways.

This pan and this cookbook needs to be on your wishlist!

Swirled Apple Vanilla Bean Loaf Cake

Swirls of apples nestled in a tender vanilla bean flecked cake drizzled in a luscious caramel and a kiss of confectioners’ sugar. This cake is simply delicious in the most beautiful of ways.

This post is being sponsored by Nordic Ware® featuring their Heritage Loaf Pan  and their Better Batter Bowl.  All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING products are mine.

When Nordic Ware featured their Premier Gold Collection I knew they were on to something huge. Now we all know their products are in a league all of their own but these pans, well they transcended the kitchen and now are part of design decor. These gold finished, cast aluminum pans are absolutely stunning. If you’ve not seen one in person, trust me on this, its jaw dropping. We’re talking dead sexy. Yes, these pans are dead sexy.

I’ve been fortunate as I’ve been creating deliciousness for them for about 2 years now and honestly every time I get a new pan to test out I kind of just sat there staring at it in awe. This time they sent me the new 6-cup Heritage Loaf Pan  and their Better Batter Bowl to test out. Those curves and swirls of the pan just begged to be highlighted in a cake. However, one thing about their pans is you can push the limits with it. Who says you have to limit it to a cake?

This pan would rock at making an epic meatloaf, formed salad, pate and so forth. I have a ton of ideas planned for this cake including a Neopolitan swirled cake. But today I wanted to go with something a bit more jaw-dropping. By adding the apples to the swirls of the cake pan you end up with some seriously gorgeous cake. And those crevices just beg for caramel drizzles.

Impress your family with this truly stunning and delicious cake!

Grandma’s Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This post is being sponsored by Nordic Ware featuring their absolutely perfect Classic Pound Cake and Angel Food Pan.

So for the past few years I’ve been truly fortunate to create recipes for Nordic Ware.  It is such an honor and a blessing but there’s more to it than just that.  You see Nordic Ware is a brand both my grandmother and mother had in their kitchens.  It’s all they used; it’s the ONLY brand they trusted with their cakes. Even before I thought about becoming an engineer (because if I had my way, back then I was going to grow up and marry Scott Baio – um, hello Chachi!) I knew their pans were elite.  Now it goes unsaid that to have a successful cake you need a great recipe, a cook that can follow directions and a stove that has accurate temperatures. However what’s the most important aspect of any great cake is the pan you bake it in.

Having an amazing pan to start with sets the precedence for a better cake outcome.  Think about it.  If you were to build a house, you want the foundation to be the best it can be; solid, reliable, dependable.  Well with Nordic Ware, that’s what you get.  You get the very best there is! I mean Nordic Ware has been in business 70 years as family owned and operated Kitchenware Company.  70 years!  They are definitely doing something right!

Grandma's Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Pound Cake3

Now I’ve shared several different recipes surrounding their pans throughout the past few years however this one, this one has so much sentimental meaning to me. You see this recipe was my grandmothers.  It’s been in my family for generations though I can guarantee I’m probably the only one that remembered the recipe as I’m sure if your grandma was like mine, nothing was written down.  And if it was it was a pinch of this, some of that and bake til done.  LOL
Whenever I am missing my grandma all I need to make this cake of hers and remember all the times we’d make it together

Apple Crumb Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

The weather here in Pittsburgh has been weird. It’s in the low teens one day and the next day it’ll be 60F.  My poor tulips outside don’t know whether to bloom or hibernate.  I actually saw bunnies running around my yard.  That is one thing that is NOT common in the winter here. I actually feel bad for this little buggers and almost want to bring them in the house to keep warm…almost. I’m not Sleeping Beauty and me and woodland creatures do not mix well together.

But what does mix well together is this apple crumb cake with a cup of coffee (or tea if you’re like me), some amazing friends around the kitchen table and just bs’ing about stuff.  It’s what I call “Company Cake”.  It’s simple and unpretentious, no frostings or fondant (yuck to that stuff btw!), no frilly adornments.  Nope – just streusel topped (and filled… SURPRISE!), plus lots of apples.

Apple Crumb Cake2

As you go to make this cake you’ll see it doesn’t call for a lot of butter or oil yet when you slice it, the cake it so moist and tender.  I have a trick to share with you that can allow you to add moisture and flavor but not much added fat.
Pull up a chair and join me for a slice!

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