This particular apple cake recipe is baked in a bundt pan, but due to minimalist living I had gotten rid of our bundt pan. So this year I attempted apple cake cupcakes. They were ok, but I definitely recommend the bundt pan. (Now I've got a year to replace the bundt pan that I so happily got rid of...whoops!)
In addition to apple cake, Andy and I had a romantic dinner at the Pacific Cafe. This restaurant came highly recommended by some friends so we figured we would finally check it out. Pacific Cafe is located in the outer part of San Francisco and is not actually near much. The evening was cool with a bit of fog and no one was around the neighborhood when we arrived. I immediately doubted the restaurant and wondered if we should go somewhere else. We stuck with it though and as we entered we realized there was a line! A line, seriously, at this place?! As soon as we put our names on the list a friendly old man greeted us with two glasses of wine. We didn't question it...sure we'll take free wine. While deep in conversation waiting for a table and with almost empty wine glasses, the old man came around with a bottle of wine and filled our glasses again. This happened about 3(!!) times before we were sat. Let me just say that we were a little more than tipsy. Hungry and happy on wine we ordered some appetizers and then dinner. I ordered the salmon with baked shrimp, Andy ordered the tuna fillet. We were stuffed with bread, salads, and appetizers so only a small portion of our dinners were eaten. It was melt in your mouth goodness though! After sitting and eating (and sobering up) for a very long time we happily took our leftovers and headed home. What a great place.
Apple Cake Recipe (via Andy's mom):
5-6 apples, peeled and diced
4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. sugar
-Prepare, mix ingredients, and set aside.
3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 c. oil
1/2 c. orange juice
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
-Mix together until smooth
Grease and flour a bundt pan. Pour 1/2 batter then 1/2 apple mixture. Repeat until it has all been used. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1.5 hours. To serve: dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar.
The birthday boy happily (really, he was happy) munching on appetizers.
(My dinner. The lighting in the restaurant was horrible. This picture doesn't do the food justice.)