Chocolate Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place rack in the center of oven.
- Butter and flour 2 9"_round cake pans, lining the bottoms of each with parchment paper.
- Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into a small bowl.
- Cream together butter, sugars and eggs until smooth.
- Incorporate melted chocolate and vanilla extract.
- Alternating in thirds, add flour then buttermilk until all the ingredients are incorporated. Do not over mix batter.
- Bake for 25-40 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely in the pan that is inverted onto a wire rack before icing.
- In the bowl of a mixer together until smooth cream cheese and butter.
- Add vanilla, powdered sugar and cocoa and beat slowly until incorporated.
- Turn mixer up to medium and beat until light, fluffy and very creamy.
- Works best put on the cake immediately. (Frosting sets up fairly firm when refrigerated.)
1 prepared pie crust, not in a baking pan
6 gala apples, skins on
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 stick unsalted butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 heaping Tablespoons maple
butter (available in baking aisle)
1/2 cup or to taste, sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
Core the apples and then slice with skins on into 1/8" slices. Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss to coat all apple slices.
Place in a large pan with butter and heat over medium-high heat until tender, but not browned. Do not stir apples very often to prevent them from breaking up. Once apples are tender, add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil to thicken sauce. When sauce is as thick as syrup, remove from heat and refrigerate filling until cold.
Place ready pie crust on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Spoon apple cold filling into the center of the pie crust leaving 3-4" around the edges. Fold edges up to enclose the filling, leaving the center open. Brush pie dough with cream and sprinkle with raw sugar.
Chill in refrigerator while oven preheats. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Bake galette for 20-30 minutes, until crust is golden brown.
My son and I made a tradition of making this every year when The Wizard of Oz came on television. Now days, you can watch The Wizard of Oz anytime you want to, but this would still make a nice memory.