Apple and Thyme Cake with a Salted Caramel Buttercream

October 10, 2015  /   /   //  1 Comment

salted_caramel_buttercream We made this apple-thyme cake a while back and its been one of my favorite cakes of all time. I love the chunks of apples incorporated into the cake and I really love how the thyme sort of perfumes the cake, just ever so gently. Today we’re upgrading this cake with a simple and totally addicting salted caramel buttercream. Are people sick and tried of salted caramel? I’m not the biggest “sweets” person, but I don’t think I’ll ever tire of salted caramel or anything salted caramel related really. There’s really no reason for posting this cake today, except for that it’s fall…but do we ever really need a reason to eat cake? Especially one modeled after the caramel apple? I don’t think so. This cake is also something to keep in mind for this season, especially with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holidays coming up; it’s perfect for any of those occasions and will totally be a hit!

You can also garnish or not garnish this cake however you like. I just thought apple chips and toffee bits would be a fun topping for this guy, but feel free to explore your own creativity! Enjoy! xx, Jenny apple_thyme_cake_salted_caramel_frosting apple_thyme_cake caramel_frosting

Apple + Thyme Cake with a Salted Caramel Buttercream
Makes 1 (6 inch) cake

1 recipe for apple-thyme cake
salted caramel buttercream:
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon water
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
optional garnishes:
crisp apple chips (dehydrated sliced apples)
white chocolate crispy balls
toffee bits

1. For cake: Bake 1 recipe apple-thyme cake, but bake the cake in 2 (6 inch) cake pans. Allow cakes to cool completely before removing from the pans. Refrigerate cake rounds until ready to use.
2. For salted caramel buttercream: Place both sugars and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil until sugars melt and become a light golden-amber color. Remove from heat and whisk in 5 tablespoons butter (be careful as mixture will begin to bubble up). Place the mixture back onto the stovetop and cook for an additional minute, while whisking. Remove from heat and slowly pour in cream (mixture will bubble up again). Place the sauce over the heat again and whisk in sea salt. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool completely.
3. In a large mixing bowl or with a stand mixer beat remaining butter until light and fluffy. Add confectioners sugar and continue to beat until no lumps remain.
4. Slowly pour caramel sauce into the buttercream, while beating, until the caramel sauce has been fully incorporated and the buttercream is light and fluffy.
5. To assemble: Spread a thin layer of buttercream over the top of one of the cake rounds and top with the other round inverted over the top. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the entire cake and refrigerate (this is your crumb coat)for about 1 hour. Spread another thin layer of frosting over the cake and decorate the top with any preferred garnishes. Slice and serve.


Our Favorite Fall Pumpkin Recipes

October 10, 2015  /   /   //  0 Comments

pumpkin_round_up_1 I feel like Pumpkin has a bad reputation because everyone always things about the pumpkin spice latte and how basic it is or whatever. I get it, but I am not going to let that stop me (and hopefully you!) enjoying all the amazing and delicious things you can make with pumpkin. So here are some of my favorites that we have posted:
1. Pumpkin Creme Brulee Doughnuts: You really can’t get any more awesome and delicious than this. Little pumpkin doughnuts fried and filled and bruleed on top. I love these. SO MUCH.
2. Pumpkin Thyme Mac and Cheese: This is a popular recipe, and rightly so because it is everything cozy and everything fall all mixed up into one dish.
3. Pumpkin Cornbread: For all those nights when you make huge batches of chili.
4. Pumpkin Spiced Waffles: These are good for snacking, or breakfast. LOVE.
5. Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup: Beer + Cheese = this magical delicious soup that is perfect for fall.
6. No Bake Pumpkin and Coconut Granola Bars: Just a great snack to make with pumpkin!
7. Pumpkin and Manchego Beer Bread: Such a yummy savory loaf to make to accompany dinner!
8. Savory Pumpkin Hummus: Amazing fall appetizer. We love this one!

Enjoy all these pumpkin recipes! What are you planning to make this fall!
♥ Teri


Spoon Fork Bacon x Chef’d

October 7, 2015  /   /   //  0 Comments

new_england_Clam_Chowder Hi guys! We are really excited to share with you that we have partnered with Chef’d! With Chef’d you go to their website, choose a recipe from their many options and have, and then get the pre portioned ingredients delivered from their kitchen to your door. Then all you do is follow the step by step instructions complete with images (see below!) and cook your delicious meal and then eat it! They have a ton of recipes to choose from by talented chefs, and we are so happy to be apart of it. Currently, we have two recipes by us to choose from. Our New England Clam Chowder, and our Sour Cherry Gastrique Rack of Lamb. Today we are highlighting our New England Clam Chowder because first of all, bread bowls, and secondly, with fall here it’s time for super cozy recipes and this is it!
Chefd_ingredients chefd_step_step Clam_Chowder_Chefd You can use the code SPOON10 for $10 dollars off your first order through October 14th! Here is the link again to our recipes, but be sure to check out all the other talented chefs they have! Let us know what you think!!
Teri + Jenny


The Year Of Cozy + A Giveaway

October 6, 2015  /   /   //  274 Comments

theyearofcozy Today is the day my good friend Adrianna of A Cozy Kitchen‘s book The Year of Cozy comes out. We are very excited and happy for her, and to celebrate we thought we do a little giveaway. A copy of The Year Of Cozy plus some super cozy items curated by Adrianna! This book is filled with 125 recipes, crafts, and other awesome homemade adventures, organized by season this book will take through a year of awesome. Take a peek below:
Adrianna picked out these items for one lucky winner:
year_of_cozy_giveway_1 1. Linen Market Napkin
2. Heath Ceramics Stack Mug
3. Crocheted Potholder
4. Raw Honey
5. Japanese Matcha Green Tea
6. Porcelain Twig Spoon

To enter, just leave a comment in the comments section telling us your favorite cozy recipe. Make sure you fill out your email in the comment form so we can reach you if you win. US residents only (sorry!), and entries will close on Sunday October 11th at midnight pacific. A winner will then be chosen at random and announced here and be alerted via email. :) Good luck!