Yesterday we celebrated a birthday. As I cleaned up what seemed like the aftermath of a hurricane, I found myself full of gratitude for opportunities to celebrate. Our lives are made up of moments and many of the moments seem mundane, but the beauty of the moments added together makes a life – and life is worth celebrating. So the day after a party, I baked a cake for another special occasion: It’s Monday. We’re all here together. Life is good.
Now of course while we can (and should!) celebrate something every day, we can’t abandon all wisdom and eat with reckless abandon on a daily basis. So special occasions like the celebration of an ordinary day call for less indulgent options than your typical party food. This apple cake is an adaptation of Grandpa Webb’s favorite, which was originally made with a whole lot more sugar, a cup of oil, and a large amount of cream cheese frosting slathered on top. I’m not gonna lie. The original was good. It was so good I had to figure out a way to recreate it without the side-order of guilt. So here it is – a healthier version of an old favorite. Delicious enough to qualify as a treat. Simple enough for the everyday celebration of this extraordinary, ordinary life.
This apple cake is a healthier version of Grandpa's favorite. Still packed with sweet apples, but less sugar and no oil. A perfect treat for an ordinary day.
2 cups gluten-free flour mix
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 apples, chopped (about 4 cups)
2 tsp. vanilla
1¼ cups plain club soda
Lightly oil a 9x13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350F.
Mix dry ingredients together.
Add wet ingredients, mixing quickly and thoroughly, but not over-mixing.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until set.
Serve as is or let cool and dust with powdered sugar or frost.
What are you celebrating today? Share your favorite everyday treats in the comments!
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