Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Under My Cloche . . .

It's a Cloche Party -- A Spring Cloche Party so please join Marty at A Stroll Thru Life to see what is under everyone's cloches this spring!!!

At Linderhof, you'll often find cake under our cloche!

A cloche is the perfect keeper of a bundt cake . . . and a perfect server for a bundt cake when company comes to tea!

In the breakfast room, of course. And although it is a Spring cloche party, it is actually a fall cake -- apple -- double apple and it is yummy and a real keeper (especially when it is under glass!)

Tuesday, The Lunch Bunch went out for lunch but we can back to Linderhof for dessert . . .

This wonderfully moist and flavorful Double Apple Bundt Cake.

A perfect piece which went well with Harney's Cinnamon Tea!!!

Leftovers made a great breakfast nosh for the next few days. Nothing like an apple cake and coffee to start your morning off right!

A cloche, the perfect place to keep a keeper of a cake!

And since it is Friday and under my cloche is a cake . . . I'm joining Michael at Designs By Gollum for Foodie Friday!

It's from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours . . .


2 cups flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. salt
10 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup apple butter (spiced or plain -- storebought or homemade)
2 medium apples, peeled cored and grated
1 cup pecans on walnuts, chopped
1/2 c. plump, moist raisins (dark or golden)


1/3 c. powdered sugar
2 T. orange juice

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a 12 cup nonstick Bundt pan.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light, fluffy and pale in color about 3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Scrape down the bowl again. Reduce the speed to low and mix in the apple butter -- don't worry if the batter looks curdled. Mix in the grated apples. With the mixer still running on low speed, stir in the dry ingredients gradually. When just a few streaks of flour remain, stir in the nuts and raisins. Stop the mixer and give the batter a few folds byhand just to make sure everything's incorporated.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean inserted deeply into the center of the cake, about 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for about 10 to 15 minutes before unmolding it onto the rack to cool completely.

To glaze, stir together the powdered sugar and orange juice, a tiny bit at a time, until the glaze falls easily off a spoon. Place the cake on a serving plate. Drizzle the cake generously with the glaze, letting it drip down the sides of the cake.



xinex said...

I love your cloches! They always hav something edible and delicious.....Christine

Betty said...

Your cloches looks beautiful as the table does too. Great job.

Karena said...

Really beautiful Martha and your cake looks yummy!

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On Crooked Creek said...

Yum! I like what's under your cloche the best of all. . .food! This looks delicious! Lovely tablescape @ Linderhof, as well!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Martha, The cloche is a gorgeous place to put such a divine dessert!
I never thought of putting desserts under a cloche. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Oh, I thought you had started seeds, Martha! I should have known it was something delicious!

Living the life in The Little City said...

Lovely cloche. That cake looks positively scrumptious!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful cloche! I just made an apple cake myself for tea time that I will share soon :)

Pondside said...

I think that a cloche is best used with cake or cheese - and your cake looks like a real keeper!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Oh my May I have a piece. I bet it tastes as good as it looks. Better put a lock on that cover!!! ~~Sherry~~

Anonymous said...

Lovely..... you have a wonderful gift for presentation.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, your cake is gorgeous as is that cloche. Wherever do you store it when not in use? I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Martha said...

I store the cloche under the kitchen sink!!!! For it needs a TALL space!!! It's perfect there!!!!

Sandi (Meme) said...

mmmmm! That looks awesome! Thanks for the recipe and for stopping by a leaving a comment. Loved seeing you again. All is well in the northwest of Kansas, how about the southeast? Hope you are able to enjoy this wonderful weather. Have a wonderful weekend. Sandi

Chubby Chieque said...

OMG... can you adopt me? LOL.. I am a sweet lover and living at the Linderhof is my heaven.

You always give me those sweet and smart ideas, everytime, I come and visit here.

Happy day...

Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden.


Oh Martha...everytime I see your posts I want to go to Linderhof for Bible reading, or to eat this delicios bundt cake you just showed under you beautiful cloche! I love your transfer tea set too! Come over and visit me, even if I don't have a cake, but I can whip one too.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your teascape is beautiful, and the cake in your cloche is beautiful and looks so good. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Lottie said...

This cake was wonderful! I used homemade apple butter and it tasted great! This is a recipe we will use again and again! Thank you for posting it!