Set Your (Flylady) Timer Cake!

Apples are now falling from the two trees in our back garden faster than we can pick them up (eek!) and what better way to mark the occasion than a spot of baking? Apple crumble, apple puffs, apple cake? Which sounds all very homely and seasonal and warming and romantic. Except it was Friday afternoon and I was e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d after a long week. But, as usually happens (though not always when you most want to hear it…), Flylady‘s voice came out of nowhere and said “Set your timer! You can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes!”.

So that’s what I did. Instead of counting down from 15 minutes, I counted up. To see how long it would take to get the darn cake into the oven… (If you want to play along, the apple cake recipe is on my blog here. After a little story about Emilie cracking the reading code…) Back to the recipe, which is now on my kitchen counter. Three seconds already on the clock, let’s move!

Here I am mixing the first ingredients together (sugar, oil, vanilla, eggs, lemon juice, salt). Three minutes on the clock.

Mixing in the flour and baking soda. Five minutes and eight seconds.

Now for the job which I think is going to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r. And, if I’m perfectly honest, the reason why I didn’t really want to make the cake. Peeling and chopping the apples. Ugh.

…which didn’t take nearly as long as I thought. Of course. Three apples peeled and chopped and I’m still only at nine and a half minutes 🙂

One minute later and they are mixed into the cake and we’re ready to bake this baby!

I’ve prepped the funnel cake tin with a bit of butter/oil, so it doesn’t take me another 15 minutes to get the cake OUT of the tin… ;D

Job’s done – ready for the oven – fourteen minutes and six seconds! 😀

Maybe I should do the kitchen clean up NOW and THEN sit down with a cuppa while the cake bakes? Time taken 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Shiny sinks of the world unite! 😀


Oh, you want to see the finished product, do you? Voilà – here it is! (Recipe is here, remember.) I love lots of white icing on the top of things (yep, it’s a Scottish thing) but you could just leave the cake as it is…

On Saturday we got a phone call from (good) friends asking if they could (hint, hint) pop in and see us. Which basically translates as: we’re inviting ourselves round for dinner. To which we could reply: Yes, because we have cake! Yes, because dinner is already planned and we’ve got extra food in the cupboards! Yes, because the house is shipshape!

Thank you, Flylady… 😀

PS: If you’re wondering where my official Flylady timer is…it got pinched and is currently on DD8’s desk.

Note(let)s from a Small Island

DD7 wrote me a note on Saturday. She is just about to crack the ‘reading code’ and has discovered – to her joy and mine – that she can now write her own notes and letters…well, at least, using the Danish sounds and letters she has learnt at school.

And just in case you didn’t already know 😉 the Danish alphabet has 29 letters. The ‘extra’ ones being æ, ø and å

Here it is:

Diø Mummy

[Dear Mummy]

I senk at ju sal km 2 Doggys pati

[I think at you shall come to Doggy’s party.]

Fra Emilie

[Fra in Danish = From Emilie]

Spurred on by my excitement at getting her first real note she, of course, wanted to write me another… Hmm, this called for some special notepaper. I went to my stationery stash (ok, so it’s a four drawer cabinet…) and found a perspex box which I have had since I was about 7 or 8. There are about 20 notelets in the box, 4 or 5 different motifs. Dogs, badgers,horses (don’t know why those are in there, I don’t like horses), one with a baby sitting in a spider’s web (??) and a couple with recipes on them.

I didn’t want to use them all as a kid, I wanted to KEEP them, because they were so special! LOL So here they are in a drawer in Denmark, over 30 years later…

DD7 set to work on another literary masterpiece while I reread the recipe notelets. One is for ‘Strawberry Tarts with Apricot Glaze’, the other is for ‘Another Apple Cake’. That looked like a very simple recipe and it called for 2 cooking apples which, as we speak, are falling of my tree in the garden. And the final decider – use a funnelled cake tin – can’t resist that, don’t know why!

Took me all of 15 minutes to make and smells absolutely delicious. DS9 had three helpings (so did I…) so it tastes good too! Definitely a keeper.

Helen Corbitt’s ‘Another Apple Cake’

Mix together

  • ½lb sugar
  • 6 fl ozs vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Mix in

  • 6 oz flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 6 ozs (2 medium sized) cooking apples, chopped finely
  • 4 ozs walnuts (don’t use them, don’t like nuts in cakes!)

Pour into buttered angel cake tin with funnelled base. Bake at 375f, gas mark 5, 175 c for 1 hour or until cake tester comes out clean. Serve plain or with lemon glaze (4 oz sugar with 1 fl oz lemon juice, bring to boil, cool and pour over cake).

I decided instead to go with some white icing on top…Scottish people love thick, white icing 🙂

Here it is in all it’s glory. I think you’ll agree that this one fits – rather nicely – into the ‘Jackson Pollock’ school of icing… 😉