Fall flavors are filling the air

October 1, 2018

An apple rum cake can be a tasty addition to the fall season.

The supermarkets are flaunting their fall fare and my heart is glazed in the colors of burnt orange, waxy yellows and muted red.

Very little is more moving for those of us in the culinary world.

Though I know crispy cool winds are brewing, there are many good things about the arrival of fall. The rich colors ignite my soul but the bounty of apples dance like sugar plums throughout the nighttime.

I adore to the point of boring everyone around me with my gushing, apples and rum either cooked in butter and tossed in a splash of rum or bathed in brown sugar.

This cake attempts to celebrate the best of both.

Cooking with alcohol is by far the most delicious contrast to butter and sugar. When a cake is cloaked in its wonder, something beautiful happens — a rum cake is born.

I started with the classic Granny Smith apple, which, of course, you can easily find in the produce section since it is the season of harvest and apples are bountiful this time of year.

Even though this beautiful recipe appears to be the product of a day spent in the kitch en, the most delicious part of this simple dessert is the cake is store bought.

There is no shame in using store-bought goods to up your dessert game.

Then, right before you serve it, because I am fully of the conviction that finishes are what make a meal or a dessert, a quick saute of apples, pomegranate, butter, sugar and a little rum will be the topping that gives you the eye-rolling response you want to see on everyone’s face when they dig into this delicious dessert bite.


1 small store bought bundt cake (any flavor)

1 stick of butter

2 sliced apples (Granny Smith) sliced

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 ounces rum

1 pomegranate seeded

In a skillet heat over high heat the apples, sugar, butter and pomegranate. Bring to a simmer. Add the brown sugar. Cook for another 2 minutes.

Pour over the bundt cake and arrange the apples on top and allow to fall over the cake and spread over the cake pan.

Janet McCormick is the owner of Let’s Eat Cafe in downtown Huntington. More of her recipes can be found at http://www.10-minutemeals.com.

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