10 November 2009

Gluten-free Spiked Chunky Apple Cake with Brown-Sugar Brandy Sauce

As promised, here is your boozy gluten-free apple cake filled with chunks of apples, raisins and nuts. At first I thought this was too sweet, but when I gave it a second chance, the sweetness was just right. Maybe it mellowed, or maybe I was just in a funky mood the first time. At any rate, if you don't want anything even approaching the "too sweet" border, just omit the granulated sugar.

But the sauce--oh, the sauce--it truly makes the cake. I had some leftover after the cake was gone, and used it to top bananas (yum) and some apple turnovers, which you'll see tomorrow. I'll make this cake again, but I bet I'll make the sauce even more for other things.

As in yesterday's Applesauce Cake, for this recipe, I combined the recipe for Sticky Spiked Double-Apple Cake with a Brown Sugar-Brandy Sauce from The Kitchn with Catherine's gluten-free cupcakes. It worked very well this time, with that 1/2 cup granulated sugar being my only questionable ingredient.

Gluten-free Spiked Chunky Apple Cake with Brandy Caramel Sauce
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup brandy
1 cup unsulphured dried apple slices (or rings, cut in half; chunks are fine, too, if that's what you can find)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 package Gluten-Free Pantry Old Fashioned cake and cookie mix
One 3.4 oz package Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding mix
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
2 medium sized tart cooking apples (Granny Smith is easy to find), one peeled, one unpeeled, both cored and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • Prep: In a small bowl, soak the raisins in the brandy for 45 minutes. Add the dried apples, stir, and soak an additional 15 minutes. Do not drain. (Also chop apples; chop and toast pecans; melt butter and allow to cool.)
  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Butter a 9x13 inch pan and line the bottom and up the two long sides with a sheet of parchment paper. Lightly butter the paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together gluten-free baking mix, pudding powder, and spices. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, blend both sugars. Add eggs two at a time and beat until thickened and pale (2-3 minutes with a mixer). Add the cooled melted butter and mix to blend.
  • Fold in dry ingredients, mixing just enough to moisten most but not all the flour.
  • Add in dried fruit and brandy mixture, chopped pecans, and diced fresh apple; fold gently until combined. (There's a lot of fruit in there, but it will turn out fine.)
  • Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the center springs back when lightly touched and the cake is pulling away from the sides of the pan.
  • Cool completely before serving. Top with Brandy Sauce.

Brown-Sugar Brandy Sauce
1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 1/2 tablespoons brandy

  • Combine butter, sugars and cream in a small, heavy saucepan.
  • Stir mixture over low heat until sugar dissolves, then increase heat to medium and bring the sauce to a very gentle boil, stirring all the while.
  • Cook five more minutes, then remove from heat and stir in brandy.
  • Serve immediately, or cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate up to three days.
  • Rewarm in microwave on low power or in saucepan over low heat.


JoeBee said...

Britt loved this one! I would tend to think she will make it sometime, maybe I'll convince her to make it for Turkey Day.

Next on your blog list, a catagorized recepe database. :)

Marisa@make*happy said...

Thanks, Joe. I definitely liked it better the second day. Probably just dessert overload Saturday. :)

So, a recipe database...you mean with ALL my recipes? That could never happen. I'd have to hire some undergrads for a summer to make it work. For now, I'll try to add some more tags for you, so you can search my posted recipes that way.

Andrea said...

This looks devine!! I have a gluten free apple cake in the oven right now and it smells spectacular! I wish I would have seen this before I started! I love trying new recipes and I love the simplicity of your recipe yet I can tell it is full of flavor and richness!

I am going to make your sauce for it though! Can't wait! I just need to run to the store to get some brown sugar! I can tell it will be worth it!

Do you mind if I share it on my blog? I will make sure to give you all the credit :)

Marisa said...

Hi Andrea! Thanks for visiting. How did your cake turn out?

I don't mind if you share this. Thank you so much for asking!

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