Welcome to February! February is for lovers, and I’m so happy it’s finally here!
Valentine’s Day is a big deal around these parts, and I’ve got loads of cute desserts for two to share with you this year. First up: this spicy cinnamon apple cake. I made a cinnamon cake in a 6″ round cake pan, sliced it in half, and spread it with cinnamon buttercream. I left the edges of the cake bare, but you can frost the edges if you wish. Then, I cooked apple slices in a mixture of cinnamon red hots and sugar. (Here’s a link to the exact candy I used for my overseas friends: Cinnamon Imperials). The apple slices that I did not eat straight out of the skillet, made it on the cake. They were the lucky ones.
I can’t resist these bright red candied apple slices.
Over the holidays, my husband’s Grandma served us a ham casserole with a big bowl of these apples. Since dessert on the dinner table is my favorite thing ever, I had no fewer than 3 servings. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a meal that reminded me so much of being a kid. Doesn’t Grandma always cook slightly naughty recipes? Only Grandmas serve candy as a side dish at dinnertime. Moms serve steamed broccoli. And I think we all feel the same way about that.
Candy for dinner + dessert = the good life.
If you’re a veteran dessert for two baker, all we’re doing here is making my recipe for mini lemon layer cake minus the lemon. I substituted cinnamon (obviously). The buttercream recipe is brand spankin’ new (because I love you).
If you’re a new mini dessert baker, look for a 6″ round cake pan at a hobby store, a specialty cookware store, or Amazon (I linked to mine). I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, but I just saw a similar pan at Sur La Table. My pan is only 2″ deep; I do not recommend the super deep ones. Those are meant for the top layer of wedding cakes. I’m sure it would bake up fine in it, but I just haven’t tested it.
Will you be my Valentine?
For the cinnamon cake:
For the apples:
For the cinnamon buttercream: