Earlier this week the weather took a turn toward the warm side. It was warm enough to even still wear the flip flops for a day or two. But then it rained and that brought the wonderful chilly weather that I love. I pulled my Sketchers boots out of the closet yesterday. They are warm and cozy and just perfect for chilly days. I always have a hard time finding boots that don’t make my legs look short and, well, dare I say stumpy looking. Maybe these do, but I happen to really like them, so I get excited when it is time to wear them again.
My daughter is only 11 and is now wearing the same size shoe as I am. This can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. Good thing about this: she can wear some of the ones in my closet, so I don’t have to buy more right now. Bad thing about this: sometimes I can’t find my shoes when I want to wear them.
Yesterday she came home from school and saw my boots. She got a look in her eyes, smiled, and asked what size they were. I just looked at her and said, “I don’t know:-)” She shrugged her shoulders and said, “That’s ok. I’ll just get them out of your closet while you are sleeping.” Seriously? I think it’s time to go shoe shopping. This girl likes her boots and I will never see mine again if we don’t get her a pair of her own. Don’t take that the wrong way…I am happy she likes to wear mine, but she will wear them every single day of the week, so bye bye cozy boots. Shoe shopping here we come:-)
One thing about fall that I enjoy are all the smells that are associated with it. Leaves, bonfires, baking, hay, and apple butter cooking on the stove. Usually every year I make up some sort of fruit butter. I have tried apple, peach, plum, pear, and blueberry. For some reason I just haven’t done one yet this year. So, when Musselman’s contacted me about trying their apple butter, I said yes, with no hesitation. One of my favorite ways to eat fruit butter is actually on warm biscuits or toast. But this is a baking blog, and I knew that I had to come up with something worthy of the butter.
This cake has all the things in it that I like. Melted butter, sugar, cinnamon and lots of apple butter for the butter lover in me. I was a little worried when I poured it in the cake pan because it was very thick. The smell coming from my oven made me forget all about that though. All those spices and apple butter baking up made the house smell like apple orchards on a warm sunny day. It was amazing. And the cake came out just right. Light and fluffy, but with a hint of dense texture. To top the cake I made a brown butter glaze. It almost didn’t go on the cake. I taste tested it, and I seriously thought about hiding in a closet with the whole bowl and a spoon.
Can you see the specks of vanilla bean paste in it? It was the perfect compliment to the apple butter cake.
I still have a half full jar of yummy apple butter for biscuits and toast, but then again I just might make this cake one more time. What? I need that glaze in my life again:-)