Caramel-Apple Pound Cakelettes
Caramel-Apple Pound Cakelettes are mini pound cakelettes topped with sauteed apples and caramel sauce. These cakelettes are straight from the cookbook Grandbaby Cakes by Jocelyn Delk Adams, and are nothing short of amazing!
I have many cookbooks…so many that you may think I have a bit of a problem. It’s a good problem, however, because while I enjoy coming up with my own recipes, it’s always good to take the day off, so to speak, and just follow someone else’s tried and true recipes. Not only do you learn something in the process, but most of the time, the inspiration you receive is just priceless.
That’s exactly what happened when I received my copy of Jocelyn Delk Adams’ cookbook Grandbaby Cakes. I learned some great baking tips, read about her wonderful family stories and traditions, and received priceless inspiration.
That’s why I chose to use Jocelyn’s recipe for Caramel-Apple Pound Cakelettes to commemorate my 3rd blog anniversary, which was September 12.
Special days require very special desserts. 🙂
One of the things I love most about blogging is how generous and supportive the blogging community is. Nobody can have a successful food blog without the help of others, and one of the most generous bloggers I’ve come across is Jocelyn. I so appreciate the support I’ve recieved from her, and her comments always make me smile! I’ve been following her blog Grandbaby Cakes for a few years now, which oozes with love and authentic southern recipes, and when I saw that she was coming out with her own cookbook, I pre-ordered it without hesitation.
While I knew I would love Jocelyn’s cookbook, I just didn’t know how much. I waited a long time to receive it, and when I unboxed it, I couldn’t put it down. Yes, it’s full of beautiful photos, recipes, and baking tips, but it’s also full of family history with photos and stories that had a sentimental fool like me tearing up. It had me remembering baking special birthday cakes with my mom in our kitchen when I was growing up, too, so I totally related to this cookbook.
Food memories are some of the very best kind, and they stay with us forever. 🙂
The hardest part about this post was deciding between the Key Lime Pie Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Hummingbird Cake, German Chocolate Pound Cake, and many, many more! Ultimately these Caramel-Apple Pound Cakelettes won me over because caramel apples are one of my favorite things, and they’re so flipping adorable.
Below is the photo from the cookbook:
I mean, how could I resist?
When you’re making a pound cake or pie crust, you want to make sure you’re using a really good quality butter, because it really makes a difference in flavor and texture. The folks at Plugra were kind enough to send me coupons to pick up some of their quality European Style butter, and I thought this would be the perfect place to let it shine.
Coincidentally, Jocelyn mentioned Plugra as one of her favorite brands of butter in her book, too, so this whole thing just worked out perfectly. 🙂
I don’t make pound cake often, and quite honestly, Jocelyn’s pound cake recipe makes me want to make it every week. This pound cake has no leavening in it — the butter, cream cheese, pat of shortening, and sugar are creamed together for 5 whole minutes together with the whisk attachment.
All the air that’s incorporated in this process results in a cake that’s so amazingly light and fluffy that it almost reminded me of angel food cake. It’s that good!
Top these little beauties with tender, delicious apples and caramel icing, and you’ve got the perfect fall dessert. The recipe called for pretzel sticks to resemble apple stems, but I realized I didn’t have any, and grabbed some twigs out of my yard like I did for my Salted Turtle Caramel Apples last year.
I highly recommend the Grandbaby Cakes cookbook. It’s so rich in family history and the recipes are the kind that will be passed down from one generation to the next.
I for one will get a lot of use out of it!
I didn't have pretzel sticks on hand, so I grabbed some twigs out of my yard for the apple "stems". Recipe source: Grandbaby Cakes cookbook by Jocelyn Delk Adams.
For the cake:
For the Sauteed Apples:
For the caramel icing:
I didn't have pretzel sticks on hand, so I grabbed some twigs out of my yard for the apple "stems".
Recipe source: Grandbaby Cakes cookbook by Jocelyn Delk Adams.