Friday Food : Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake

This week I was surfing around on Pinterest when I noticed two recipes (both pinned by my friend Jessica I think) involving apples. I’ve been buying apples at the store each week as breakfast or snack add-ons, but I don’t always eat them. Hating to waste food and noticing last round’s apples were starting to lose their oopmh I wanted to cook or bake with them. She pinned ideas for homemade Apple Butter (yum!) and Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake. Personally, I wanted to go with the apple butter, but couldn’t find a solid answer on how many apples equal a pound (it ranged from 1 to 10) so until I know THAT answer I am not about to waste a bunch of time and efforts. So ease simple Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake from Pinch of Yum it was!

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake

What you will need:

  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk (you can sub milk+vinegar, or plain yogurt+milk)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1½ cups chopped apples
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbs. butter

Want the directions and to learn more about the origins of this amazing cake? Then head on over to Pinch of Yum, because I believe in credit where credit is due! I will say I used Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk and probably used closer to 2 cups of apples, and the cake was so fluffy and yummy. It’s such a great weekend company breakfast piece.

What do you enjoy doing with your leftover apples? Is there such a thing as leftover apples in your house?

Friday Food : Chocolate Cherry Crispy Treats

Well, it’s the last Friday Food of July so I thought giving you another fun picnic classic with a twist was in order. Remember last week when we talked dessert hummus for the cookout I attended? Since I wasn’t 100% sure how that would go over I also made a batch of crispy treats, but not name brand and certainly not boring!

While at FitBloggin I was given more amazing boxes of Attune Foods‘ cereal, Erewhon. Previously I made no-bake breakfast bars with this GREAT brand.  This time I received corn flakes and cocoa crispy brown rice. After learning it wasn’t easily bought in a store local to me (sad panda) I didn’t want to part with my new favorite cereals! Luckily I had some left overs from my previous non-cocoa varieties and being the genius I am…I got to work.

Chocolate Cherry Crispy Treats

Chocolate Cherry Crispy Treats
What you will need:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups cereal
  • 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder (if not using a cocoa cereal)
  • 1 cup dark cherries (pitted and sliced)
  • .5 – 1 cup miniature chocolate chips


  1. If not using the cocoa cereal combine the cereal and cocoa powder in a large bowl and mix with hands until all pieces are well coated
  2. Prepare your serving dish (probably a 9 x 13 pan), most easily by lining it with parchment paper or foil
  3. In a large sauce pan, melt over low heat, careful not to burn
  4. Add in marshmallows and stir until well blended
  5. Combine with cereal either in the sauce pan or in a new bowl. I found it easier to use a new bowl and while some may use a wooden spoon or spatula I used my hands. Yes, it hurt a little, but I think it mixed things better
  6. Now pour and spread your mixture into the baking dish. Using a buttered spoon/spatula may be helpful
  7. Once in the pan spread your cherries and mini chocolate chips on top and press into the mixture while still warm. Try to do this ASAP as the mixture will start to stick together and makes it difficult to have your toppings properly implant
  8. Serve ASAP as everyone knows the BEST crispy rice treat is a fresh crispy rice treat!

Comments & Photos

Here is the same photo from the picnic, the treats are off to the left

What flavors would you think to use? I see Erewhon has crispy brown rice cereal with honey, mixed berries and strawberries! How summery! I was thinking even a version with blueberries and lemons for a lemonade type flavor? Would it work?

Humidity will KILL these treats so watch how they’re served

I used fresh dark cherries, but I think a dried variety would have been easier to work with and could have been mixed into the dish instead of on top

WHY do I love this brand of cereal so much? Want to know the ingredient of the crispy brown rice? Organic brown rice, Organic barley malt, and Sea salt. Want to know what’s in Kellogg’s variety? Rice, sugar, 2% or less of salt, malt flavor. BHT added to packaging for freshness. See? Nothing too drastic, but IMHO every little choice matters. It’s smart choices here that allow me my “bad” choices elsewhere…or so I justify.

That’s all for this installment! Check back next week for more fun recipe ideas…and if you’re local make sure you stop by to support the Burning River 100 runners. We know I’ll be out there for the 3rd year volunteering my lil heart out! Look for me at mile(s)

  • 12 (Gates Mills)
  • 31 (Egbert)
  • 60 (Pine Lane)
  • 80 (Covered Bridge)

I have to miss the finish this year due to other obligations. Everyone do your best and no regrets! Run smart and make sure you’re around to run another day if something doesn’t go according to plan. Love you all!

Friday Food : Hamburger Cupcakes and Fries

I know this is a hugely popular treat because I saw a few of them posted to Facebook this weekend as Father’s Day treats. I think they are great for any occasion you may find yourself attending or hosting a picnic or BBQ. In case you are in a crowd of people where you have not seen these before, allow me to share the magic which are brownies + cupcakes + sugar cookies = hamburgers and fries! I know Bakerella has great pictures and instructions on full assembly, but not sure if she is the original source of not.

Hamburger Cupcakes and Fries

hamburger cupcakes and fries

What you will meed:

  • 1 box box brownie mix
  • 1 box cake mix (I used yellow)
  • 1 bag sugar cookie mix (I used Betty Crocker “snack size”)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 and 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup oil and 1/3 cup oil (about 1 cup total)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon flour (+ more for dusting your counter)
  • 1 14-16 oz container of frosting
  • Food coloring (red, green, yellow)
  • Sugar for dusting the “fries”


Follow the box directions then if you’re interested in the specifics of assembly head over to Bakerella.

Comments & Photos:

hamburger cupcake and fries
Maybe this meal should be called “I hate my dentist and my pants”.

As you can see trying to make a “deluxe” or “Big Mac” style burger doesn’t work as well. (Look at the picture above and at the burger on the right side edge).

I couldn’t believe how wonderfully these came out and how easy they were to make too! Now I don’t know what to do with them all! LOL.

At this risk of pointing out a fault in the cooking, I would suggest using cupcake papers when baking to prevent any burning/darkening of your “bun” edges.

In a pinch the top of a McCormick spice container works lovely as a circle cutter for your brownies.

What are your favorite ways to modify cupcakes? Making any other special ‘treats’ this summer?