Andy Mulberry Makes Cake + A New Skycastle Book!

Thank you Darlene for having me here today on your lovely blog! And instead of talking just about my latest book, I brought everyone cake! Yay! Well, you’ll still have to bake it yourself, but I hope my good intentions count 🙂

My heritage is German all the way and if there’s one thing Germans are known for it’s… apple cake! So I’d like to share with you one of my favorite apple cake recipes. I actually call it an apple torte, but no matter.

 

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Grandma would be proud of me — freshly baked German Apple Torte

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream totally not optional!! I kid, I kid, but seriously, it’s delish warm from the oven with some vanilla ice cream slowly melting on top of it.

And here’s the recipe:

  • ½ cup softened UNsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or real vanilla bean if you feel fancy)
  • 5 teaspoons sugar & 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3-4 peeled apples (any kind will do.)
  1. Combine the ½ cup of softened butter with the cup of sugar (I use a little less sugar ‘cause I like it less sweet), the three large eggs and the pinch of salt.
  2. Add the cup of flour, the heaping teaspoon of baking powder and the vanilla extract. Mix well together.
  3. Grease a springform (9 inch) with butter. Pour batter into the springform.
  4. In a bowl, combine the 5 teaspoons of sugar with the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  5. Peel and core the apples. Slice them thinly but perfection is not needed—it will taste great even with slightly uneven slices. Toss the thinly sliced apples with the sugar&cinnamon mix in the bowl.
  6. Then arrange the sugared apple slices on top of the cake batter and press in very lightly.
  7. Place the springform into preheated oven (350F) and bake for 55 – 60min. Let it cool before dusting some confectioners’ sugar on top of it. Or serve warm with vanilla ice cream!

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It’s no secret, I like to eat. And so does 12-year-old Jack, who’s the main character of my middle grade Skycastle books–Jack’s the owner of a scowly demon, a flying castle and an angry dragon, among other fantastical things. Jack’s pretty much always hungry.

I’m sure Jack would love the apple torte too, and below are three of his (and mine) food favorites:

  1. Pot Roast — One of the reasons things went awry in the first Skycastle book, was because of Jack’s plan to have more money to buy more food! Pot Roast everyday sounded great to him — however ordering a demon over the phone turned out not so well…
  2. New York Cheesecake — In the second book of the Skycastle series Jack and Brink visit New York City. And no visit is complete without having some NYC cheesecake.
  3. Breakfast burritos — Here in Los Angeles, or Southern California in general, Mexican breakfast burritos are the thing to try for a hearty breakfast. And Jack gets to try them in the newest book of the Skycastle series, The Demonic Kraken Debacle in Hollywood.
Skycastle Book 3 Cover

Fast-paced, action-packed and funny, perfect for reluctant readers. The Demonic Kraken Debacle in Hollywood is the third in a series of MIDDLE GRADE books for fearless, fantasy-adventure loving readers.

About Andy Mulberry: Andy writes middle grade fiction and lives in Southern California with her scowling teenager, a chubby blue cat-beast, an imaginary dog and one leaky roof. Her latest release, the third in a middle grade series aimed at reluctant readers (boys!), is out now. Find her on Twitter, Goodreads or her blog!

Thank you again, Darlene, for having me on your blog today! And if you or anyone out there has other good recipes for either me or Jack of Skycastle, please let me know in the comments!

Happy baking!

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