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It has been a quick couple of minutes – and by that, I mean, it has been almost 2 and 1/2 months. This blog has been dormant for a long time – and I wish I could say it’s because I’ve been busy exploring the world, busy taking in the last moments of my college experience, busy making memories with my friends – busy. But that’s not exactly my reality. I’m busy, sure – but not that busy. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to tower my life and each day feels the same. I wake up, log-in to my Zoom class (trying to paying attention, but virtual school is not the most engaging experience), finish an assignment, call a friend, bake a dessert, surf the web, read a book, text a friend, turn the lights off, and do it all over the next day. My life is this constant experience of the same couple of activities. It’s been so consistent and predictable that I can’t distinguish between days until I look at my calendar. Maybe I’m being dramatic, but I can’t believe that this is still the world. I truly can’t.
In March, this was different. It was this moment of “What? A global pandemic?” – and now, it feels more like “Cool. A global pandemic.” I’m not fazed by it anymore. I’m just living. I’m just learning. I’m just laughing (at this weird reality). I’m just looking (for adventure in my living room). I’m just here and realizing and reflecting and recognizing that this time is different. Different than any time I have ever experienced. And many days pass and many moments mature, but this is time feels strangely the same. And some days are hard. And some days are good. And some days are short. And some days are long. And some days are dark. And some days are bright. And someday this will all pass, but as it persists, I am still finding minutes that make me smile, sing, savor, and sigh – this is life.
And it’s not anything I imagined, but if life followed a linear path perhaps it would be boring. This time is weird, but for some wild reason the weird is making me find some of the greatest joys I’ve experienced. I spend my days at home with my parents, sharing meals, baking cakes, lighting candles, discussing the random. I’m not sure when my pre-pandemic life will be restored or if it ever will come again, but maybe for now, I’m going to do what I do best – randomly bake cakes because they make life sweeter, and we can all use a little sweetness in this season of life. ❤
Upside Down Apple Cake
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 apples, peeled and sliced
- 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons milk, room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- (Refer to first 5 ingredients) – begin by making the topping by melting the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Allow to melt and then whisk vigorously for 1 minute until the mixture thickens
- Remove from heat and add the cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Pour mixture into a pie dish or cake pan and arrange apple slices (overlapping if needed) Place dish in the fridge while preparing the cake batter.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- Cream butter. Add brown and white sugar. Once combined add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Pour in dry ingredients and mix. Slowly pour in milk and gently fold (do not over-mix).
- Remove pie dish from fridge and pour cake batter on top, spreading evenly.
- Bake cake for 40-45 minutes. Halfway through baking tent foil on top (to ensure the top and bottom cook evenly). Once the center comes out clean for the most part (some moist crumbs are fine!).
- Allow cake to cool on an a wire rack for 15 minutes and then invert cake on a serving plate and allow to cool before serving.
- Recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Here’s the original recipe; it contains great information and beautiful images.
- For the best results, I recommend making sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature.
- You can use any type of apples for this cake.
- Store leftover cake in the fridge
Here’s to enjoying more moments of baking and living intentionally always – this has been my 2020 life lesson. A weird year for sure. Sending you all love. I promise to post again soon. 🙂