I’ve reluctantly had to admit over the course of the last week that fall is beginning in just a few short days. The timing of the cool down could not have been better though, as it meant time for a little baking in honor of a special bride-to-be who happens to love fall and dessert.
I owe a lot of my baking adventures and confidence to Megan. She organized a trip to King Arthur Flour a couple of years ago, a trip that cemented our friendship, taught me some baking skills, and ended up being one of my favorite weekends of all time. We need to do it again!
It was after that trip that I started experimenting with making breads, rolls, and cakes. They’ve not always been as pretty as Megan’s baking art, but they almost always turn out delicious, even if we’re scraping them from the bottom of the pan.
To celebrate this virtual bridal shower, I decided to kick off fall with an apple cider cake. As usual, my poor cake looks like it survived an earthquake, but the sweetness of the apple cider, along with the spice of the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice made it the perfect treat for a cool Sunday night.
There are many recipes for apple cider cakes; I used this one from The Moonlight Baker, skipping the icing and opting for plain cake. I served it with a sparkling ice cider from our trip to Domaine Pinnacle in the Eastern Townships of Canada.
This cake would pair perfectly with any glass of bubbles though, and since Megan and I love our bubbles so much, I raise a glass to her and Jeff, a beautiful Autumn wedding day, a dream honeymoon in Italy, and a lifetime of sweetness and happiness together. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for them.