Apple Tart a la Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce!

A little heart shaped dessert to share…or not. This warm Apple Tart a La Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce isn’t overly sweet and it’s pretty darn easy to make, making it the perfect dessert for two…or one super selfish person…
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How To:

To keep this little dessert simple, we use a pre-made 9″ store bought crust. We love the gluten free, all butter crust from Whole Foods Market, but of course you can use your favorite pie crust. Simply cut crust into the shape of a heart, then layer it with apples cooked in butter and your choice of maple syrup or organic brown sugar, then fold in the edges of the crust and bake!

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The Easy Caramel Sauce:

While the tart is in the oven, we add a little cream to the pan with the melted butter butter and warm maple and whisk to create a caramel sauce to drizzle over the ice cream! That’s it! Use your favorite ice cream, or if you are feeling a from scratch vibe you can use our Vanilla Bean No Churn Ice Cream!

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The Recipe: Apple Tart a La Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce!

Tips and what you need: a cookie sheet, parchment paper, a good knife and if you want to make your own ice cream, take a look at our vanilla bean ‘no churn’ ice cream!

5 from 1 vote
Apple Tart a la Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

A simple apple tart made with 9" store bought pie crust shaped into a heart! Each crust makes one tart for two to share.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple tart, dessert for two, easy dessert recipe, gluten free
Servings: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1 pre-made 9" frozen pie crust, thawed, I use a gluten free all butter crust from Whole Foods Market)
  • 1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
  • 1/4 cup organic light brown sugar or real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced 1/8"
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 Tablespoons walnut pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in center position. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper

  2. Dust counter with flour

  3. Remove thawed pie crust from pan, if it keeps it's shape just lay it flat on prepared counter, if it doesn't,  shape into a ball with your hands and roll dough into an oval shape at least 8" wide

  4. Use a knife to cut into the shape of a heart, set on parchment covered cookie sheet (note: I free hand the heart shape, but you could also fold parchment in half, draw half a heart, cut and unfold, then use as a template...think elementary school days:)

  5. Place heart shaped dough on parchment covered cookie sheet. Set aside.

  6. Set a pan on cooktop on medium heat. Add butter, allow to melt, add brown sugar (or maple syrup) and cinnamon, stir until sugar is melted

  7. Add apples and cook until soft (4-5 minutes)

  8. Use a slotted spoon to remove apple slices leaving as much butter/melted sugar in pan as you can

  9. Arrange apple slices on pie crust, starting on the outer edges and spiraling your way to the center, leaving 1" around the edges bare. Fold the edges over making a bit of a frame around your heart. Bake for about 12 minutes or until pie crust is cooked.

  10. When tart is ready, take out of oven, allow to cool for 4-5 minutes. While tart cools: reheat the butter/sugar mixture remaining in pan on low heat. When melted, add cream to pan and whisk until it turns into a nice caramel. Turn off heat.

  11. After tart has cooled, add a scoop of ice cream to the center of tart, add walnuts, and spoon caramel sauce over ice cream and apples. Serve!

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Lemon Layer Cake with Blackberries!

Summer in Washington State means blackberries are literally growing everywhere! Our grand children came to visit a few weeks ago and we picked oodles of berries everyday with the idea we would make jam. That never happened, but we ate berries fresh by the bowlful and blended them with ice cream to make blackberry shakes.By far my favorite way to use the abundance of juicy, summer berries is atop this gorgeous Lemon Layer Cake with Blackberries!
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The Cake: Two Layers or Three….it’s up to you

This simple cake is naturally flavored with fresh lemon juice and zest then frosted with lemon buttercream, and topped with luscious blackberries dusted with powdered sugar. You can make this cake two layers, or three. If you make a double layer you’ll need to use two 9 inch non stick cake pans, to make it triple layer you’ll need three 8″ non stick cake tins.

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How to “Zest” a Lemon:

To “zest” citrus you will need a microplane. The key here is to scrape the skin of the lemon until the white is exposed and then move to a new area. The white part of the skin is bitter, so you don’t want to go too deep.

TO MAKE THIS CAKE GLUTEN FREE:

If you are fine eating gluten, have at it! But if you are one of my gluten free followers, I have two wonderful suggestions to make this cake gluten free but just as good: King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour is fabulous and found in most grocery stores. Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour is also wonderful and the grains in this flour are soaked for easy digestion!

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The Recipe: Lemon Layer Cake with Blackberries!

Tips and what you need: all ingredients should be room temperature. You will need a microplane to zest the lemons,  two 9″ inch non stick cake pans or three 8″ non stick cake tins depending on how many layers you want. You will also need a stand mixer or hand mixer. I love my Kitchen Aid Mixer! When it comes to vanilla I always prefer using vanilla paste. If you want to make this cake gluten free I recommend Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour.

Lemon Layer Cake with Blackberries!
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

A beautifully light lemon cake with lemon buttercream frosting topped with fresh blackberries! You can use three 8" cakes pans or two 9" cakes pans depending on how many layers you want.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: #layer cake, blackberries, gluten free, lemon cake
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
The Cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (or the gluten free flour of your choice, see above for my suggestion)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon  fine sea salt
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) room temp plus 1 tablespoon for preparing pans
  • 1/4 cup  coconut oil or baking oil of your choice
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons  vanilla paste or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6  eggs, room temp
  • 1 1/3 cups cultured buttermilk, room temp
  • zest of two lemons
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries
  • Garnish with mint leaves or thyme even crushed pistachios if desired (basically anything green)
The Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup   butter room temp
  • 3 tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 4-5 cups cups powdered sugar
Instructions
Cake Prep:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in center position

Prep pans:
  1. To prevent the cake from sticking you can use non stick pans, then use a paper towel to wipe sides and bottom of pans with soft butter. Dust each pan lightly with flour, OR fold a large piece of parchment paper in half twice. Use bottom of cake pan and pencil to trace a circle on parchment, then cut folded paper so you end up with two or three circles (depending on if you are making two layers or three). Place parchment circles into the bottom of pans and spray with organic non stick spray. This is my favorite method. Set aside

Make Batter:
  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside

  2. Place butter, coconut oil, sugar and vanilla in mixer and mix until well combined

  3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions

  4. Alternate adding flour mixture with buttermilk until well combined, mix for one more minute

  5. Add lemon zest and mix until incorporated (to zest lemons scrape with a microplane just until white is exposed, then move to a new area until all the yellow is gone)

  6. Pour equal amounts of batter into prepared pans, tap pans firmly on counter to take out any bubbles

  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

  8. Allow cakes to cool, gently remove from pans from oven discarding parchment (if using) and then frost. You can make this cake "naked" by frosting the top of each layer, or "semi naked" by frosting each layer and then spread some frosting around the sides

The Frosting
  1. Place softened butter, lemon juice, sea salt and 4 cups powdered sugar into a bowl and mix. If frosting is not quite thick enough add more sugar (up to a cup, I usually end up using almost 5 cups total). If it's too thick add just a little more juice. When frosting is desired consistency, frost cooled cake.

  2. Right before serving: top cake with blackberries and use a screen colander or sifter to dust with powdered sugar. Add mint leaves, thyme sprigs or crushed pistachios as a garnish if desired

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Mini Vanilla Cake with Berries

Don’t you hate it when you make a cake for a party and come home with half the cake, and the next day while your husband is at work you eat the other half, so you have to bake another cake and eat half of it before he gets home? Well that won’t happen with this Triple Layer Mini Vanilla Cake with Berries. It’s just the right amount of cake for a small group!
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The Cake, The Icing, The Filling, The Toppings…it’s all good!

This moist little vanilla cake is made with buttermilk, giving it a rich full flavor and body, and the vanilla cream cheese frosting is so amazing it’s hard not to eat most of it straight from the bowl. I like to keep the cake ‘semi-naked’ by scraping the icing off the sides a bit. Sometimes I frost all three layers and leave it at that. Other times I frost them and then spread raspberry jam between the layers for a little added flavor and color. Finally, I top with as many berries as I can fit on a tiny cake!

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To Make This Cake Gluten Free:

If you are fine eating gluten, have at it! But if you are one of my gluten free followers, I have two wonderful suggestions to make this cake gluten free but just as good: King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour is fabulous and found in most grocery stores. Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour is also wonderful and the grains in this flour are soaked for easy digestion!

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Try my Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake too!

 

The Recipe: Triple Layer Mini Vanilla Cake for Two!

Tip and what you need:  3-5″ cake pans, unbleached parchment paper, and vanilla paste (or extract, I just prefer paste!) If you want to make this cake gluten free, I recommend Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour.

Triple Layer Mini Vanilla Cake with Berries
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

A sweet little vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting and berries!

Course: Dessert
Keyword: #layer cake, berries, gluten free, vanilla cake
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
The Cake:
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, or see my recommendation for gluten free flour above
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup soft butter room temp (1 stick)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or baking oil of your choice)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 2/3 cup cultured buttermilk
  • 1 7" skewer to hold the cake in place (you may or may not need it)
The Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room temp butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • raspberry jam if you want another layer of color and sweetness between cakes!
  • an assortment of berries for topping
Instructions
Pan prep:
  1. Preheat oven to 350, place oven rack in center position. To prevent the cake from sticking you can use non stick pans, then use a paper towel to wipe sides and bottom of pans with soft butter. Dust each pan lightly with flour. OR fold a large piece of parchment paper in half twice. Use bottom of cake pan and pencil to trace a circle on parchment, then cut folded paper so you end up with three circles. Place parchment circles into the bottom of pans and spray with organic non stick spray. This is my favorite method. Set aside

Cake Prep:
  1. Place flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, whisk and set aside

  2. Using a mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and coconut oil (or baking oil of your choice)

  3. Add vanilla paste or extract, eggs (one at a time) mixing until incorporated

  4. Add buttermilk and flour alternately and mix until smooth

  5. Pour batter as evenly as you can into the three prepared pans

  6. Tap pans on counter to take out any bubbles

  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

  8. Allow to cool then remove cakes from pans before frosting

Frosting Prep:
  1. Place butter, cream cheese, vanilla paste or extract into a bowl and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and mix until well incorporated. Add buttermilk if needed.

  2. To get the "semi naked"  look, I frost the first layer lightly, adding a little more frosting around the edges of cake. Then I place the second cake layer and repeat. Last I place the top layer on, and push a skewer right through the center to keep the cake stable (cut skewer to size if needed), frost the top layer somewhat generously and use what is left to lightly frost the sides, scraping off extra frosting.

  3. If you want raspberry jam between each layer just spread on top of frosting before adding another layer of cake

  4. Top with berries, serve!

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Macerated Berries and Sour Whipped Cream

We thought it might never happen, but summer weather has finally arrived! Berries are the big reward of the summer heat. Which brings us to a favorite and very easy to make summer dessert, Macerated Berries with Sour Whipped Cream!
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What are “Macerated” Berries?

Good question! Macerated berries are berries marinated in either a little juice and sugar or liqueur, until they become somewhat soft, giving up their own juices to make their own sweet, tangy, flavorful syrup.

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What is “Sour” Whipped Cream?

Wow, you ask a lot of questions. But I had six kids so I am used to that. To make “sour” whipped cream simply add sour cream to a basic homemade whipped cream recipe, giving it little tang! We love to use vanilla paste in our whipped cream, of course you may use extract if preferred. Here we have served this dessert topping over scones…

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What Are “Scones”?

Oh c’mon! You know what scones are, but you may not know where to get an amazing traditional scone mix or a gluten free scone mix (<—right there)  These are both easy to prepare and bake up quickly. Basically they are foolproof! You may also like to serve this dessert topping over my no churn vanilla ice cream (just leave out the chocolate covered nuts).

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Sugar Free Options:

You can use any sugar you wish, but because we are all grown ups here, I offer a natural refined sugar free sweetening option. Yup, grown ups need to watch that glycemic index! In place of sugar you can use Lankanto a natural 1:1 sweetening option made with monk fruit and Stevia in place of sugar!

The Recipe: Macerated Berries and Sour Whipped Cream

Tips and what you need: I love making whipped cream by hand using a whisk, but if your arms get too tired you can certainly use a hand mixer, or stand mixerI also love vanilla paste in this whipped cream, but extract works too. If you want to serve over scones, see link above.

5 from 3 votes
Macerated Berries and 'Sour' Whipped Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

A versatile fruit dessert with a tangy whipped cream that can also be used to lavish on ice cream or pour over cakes!

Course: Dessert
Keyword: berries, dessert, fruit, whipped cream
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
The Berries:
  • 6 cups mixed berries (if using strawberries, slice them) I used strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated organic sugar or natural sweetener of your choice (see link to Lankanto above)
The Sour Whipped Cream
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar, or natural sweetener of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
Instructions
Making berries:
  1. Place all berries in a large bowl and stir until mixed, remove 1/3 of the berries, place in a smaller bowl and add orange juice and sugar. Use a fork to smash berries and mix sugar

  2. Pour smashed berries over the berries in the big bowl and stir well. Let sit on the counter for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally and watch the magic happen

To make cream:
  1. Place heavy whipping cream, sour cream, sugar and vanilla into a mixing bowl and use a hand mixer or whisk to mix until cream thickens and peaks form

Serving suggestions:
  1. Plate berries, top with cream! Or pour over scones, cake, ice cream, waffles...whatever you wish!

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Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake

There is just something fun about an upside down cake. Maybe it’s the unexpected pop of color, or that anticipation of sliding that top layer out of the cake pan, wondering if it actually worked (it always does btw). Whatever it is there is nothing more fun than eating it! This Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake is mini but it sure packs a visual as well as a flavorful citrus punch.
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The Cake:

Three mini layers separated by orange cream cheese frosting and topped with exquisite thinly sliced oranges sparkling with organic sugar! We used blood oranges for that deep, lovely color, but you can use small juice oranges if preferred or if blood oranges are out of season.

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Honestly, This Little Cake is Almost Too Pretty to Eat!

But somehow I am sure you will manage. I know we did. But what we love most about this little cake is that you can indulge and then it’s gone. So the indulgence doesn’t turn into a four day cake binge. Don’t act like that’s never happened in your life.

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How To “Zest” and Orange:

The lovely orange flavor in our icing comes from orange zest! I use a  microplane to grate off the fragrant skin, just exposing the white and then moving on to a new area.

Making It Gluten Free and Just As Good!

If you are fine eating gluten, have at it! But if you are one of my gluten free followers, I have two wonderful suggestions to make this cake gluten free but just as good: King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour is fabulous and found in most grocery stores. Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour is also wonderful and the grains in this flour are soaked for easy digestion!

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Love Little Cakes?

Try my Triple Layer Vanilla Cake with Berries too!

The Recipe: Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake

What you need:microplane to zest citrus, 3-5″ cake pans, unbleached parchment paper, and vanilla paste (or extract, I just prefer paste!) If you want to make this cake gluten free, I recommend Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour.

Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A beautiful mini cake that is perfect for any day or celebrations!

Course: Dessert
Keyword: #blood organges, #layer cake, #orange cake, dessert, gluten free
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
The Cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or see my recommendation for gluten free flour above
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or baking oil of your choice)
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons organic granulated sugar (I love the course texture for this cake)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 2 small blood or juice oranges (one zested, one thinly sliced)
  • 2/3 cups buttermilk, room temp
For Frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, room temp
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temp
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • orange zest, from one small orange
Instructions
  1. Pan prep:

    Preheat oven to 350, place oven rack in center position. To prevent the cake from sticking you can use non stick pans, then use a paper towel to wipe sides and bottom of pans with soft butter. Dust with flour. OR fold a large piece of parchment paper in half twice. Use bottom of cake pan and pencil to trace a circle on parchment, then cut paper so you end up with three circles. Place parchment circles into the bottom of pans and spray with organic non stick spray. This is my favorite method. Sprinkle bottom of one pan with 1 tablespoon of course granulated sugar (this will be the pan you place orange slices in)

  2. Cake Prep:

    Place flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, whisk and set aside

    zest 1 orange, scraping until white is exposed and then moving on to a new area, set aside, slice second orange as thinly as you can

    Use a mixer to beat together butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and coconut oil

    Add vanilla paste or extract, eggs (one at a time) mixing until incorporated

    Add buttermilk and flour alternately and mix until smooth

    Add half of the orange zest, mix well

    place very thinly sliced orange slices into bottom of pan with sugar, slightly overlapping the slices (you may have leftover slices) then sprinkle the oranges with one more tablespoon sugar

    Pour batter as evenly as you can into the three prepared pans

    Tap pans on counter to take out any bubbles

    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

    Allow to cool then remove cakes from pans before frosting

  3. Frosting Prep:

    Place butter, cream cheese, vanilla paste or extract, remaining half of orange zest into a bowl and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and mix until well incorporated. If needed, thin with a little buttermilk (don't make the icing too thin or layers will slide around)

    To get the "semi naked" look, frost the first layer generously , adding a little more frosting around the edges of cake. Then place the second cake layer and repeat. Last place the top layer (with orange slices) on. Hopefully some frosting is being pushed out between the layers, use a spatula to spread icing around the sides of cake, adding more if desired

  4. Slice and serve

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