Swap Shop: Eat your cake, pie together

Swap Shop: Melba Lovelace shares Oklahoma State Fair recipe first-place winner, Peek-a-Boo Apple Spice Cake
Published: September 18, 2013
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MELBA'S SWAP SHOP

EAT YOUR CAKE, PIE TOGETHER

DEAR READERS: When you have to choose the best cake from at least 50, how do you decide? You taste and re-taste and taste again. Sandy Killian, of Oklahoma City, and I did that and chose the best of the entries at the cake contest Monday at the Oklahoma State Fair before it had even started.

Fortunately, we don't just judge on taste. With originality, creativity and appearance included as judging guides, it's a little easier. And the overall winner was Joyce Belville, of Chickasha, with her Apple Spice Cake. Have you ever eaten, or even heard of, a cake with an entire Apple Pie in the middle of it? It's pretty amazing.

PEEK-A-BOO APPLE SPICE CAKE

1 frozen apple pie

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

11/2 cups pecans, toasted and chopped

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice

9 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

1/4 cup confectioners sugar

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