I just can’t leave a perfectly good recipe alone

One of my favorite magazines these days is http://www.more.com/, and last month’s edition had an article (with recipes!) by Judith Coyne who’d gotten all the way to adulthood but had forgotten to learn to bake.

The writers at More are excellent – witty, entertaining – and by gosh, their grammar is impeccable, so it’s a pleasure for me to read. Pure delight.

So, I ran into the recipe for Boozy Apple Cake.

More magazine

It looked easy and I, unlike the author, have no problems with my KitchenAid. Since the carrot cake from a week ago was gone, this looked like a fun recipe to try, but of course, I cannot leave recipes alone. As many of my girlfriends will attest, a recipe is merely a suggestion in my book.

So, I substituted whole wheat flour – the really good kind from King Arthur flour. It looks and acts nearly like plain white flour but with that extra healthy factor. I also eliminated a half cup of flour and substituted ground flax seed. Again, for the health benefits.

I left the apple peels on when I pureed them – same reason. Then, I added a handful of walnuts for the omega-3 and ground them together.

I added a big tablespoon of cinnamon because honestly, what is an apple cake without it? (Seriously, I couldn’t believe this was not in the recipe.)

I ended up using a Kentucky bourbon from the back of our bar. It’s not been touched in ages and it smelled perfect. I’m not even sure where it came from – some party years ago, I imagine. I threw a splash into the batter for good measure before putting it in the oven.

It smelled so, so good!

When I took out the cake, I poured the butter/bourbon/sugar mixture over the cake and covered it to cool and soak up all that good stuff.

Boozy Apple Cake from More mag with modifications

All I can say is this: I have a nice thin slice on my way out the door to the gym every morning and one before bed. It’s so delicious! Very moist, but amazingly not heavy and with just the right flavor and a little sugar crunch on the outside.

Try this recipe!

fourteenergirl Written by:

A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!


  1. Vivian
    November 20, 2011

    I just tried this same recipe(i must admit this cake looks yummy on magazine picture) but my cake came out sticky.. not sure if this how is suppose to look, i think apple puree make it look sticky, i was expecting a “sponge /bread” look like cake.

  2. November 23, 2011

    Hmmm … I’m no expert, but I added some walnuts – chopped very finely in the food processor and I think that and the substitution of some flax powder dried it up a bit.

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