Celebrating My Blog’s 1st Anniversary with a German Marzipan Apple Cake

by Kirsten on February 27, 2011 · 31 comments

in Cakes, Cakes & Sweets, Desserts, German Dishes

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The end of  February marks my Blog’s first Birthday and I would like to invite all of you to stop by and take a piece of fresh-baked German Marzipan Apple Cake. Thanks to my family, friends and all of you wonderful followers from the bottom of my heart. I could not have done it without you.

“My Kitchen in the Rockies” has brought me lots of joy. Sharing my family’s favorite recipes started an unimaginable  journey. I have acquired new computer skills, improved my food photography and cooked up a storm of new dishes. I met Chef Rick Bayless and was contacted by David Lebovitz. Most important to me though, is meeting all of you, my food blogger friends. Special thanks to my local fellow bloggers Lea Ann, Carter, Susan, Andrea, and Karen. You rock girls!

Some important goals for the next year are:

*  Cook more tasty vegetarian dishes
*  Share German recipes from my home region
*  Support our local farmers as much as possible
*  Stick with my commitment not to purchase any products from animal mass farming
*  Purchase even more organic ingredients
*  Move “My Kitchen in the Rockies” to a WordPress hosted site
*  Improve my writing and photography skills (this will be the hardest)

I am looking forward to another exciting year full of new adventures.
Thank you all.

Yours
Kirsten

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German Marzipan Apple Cake is one of my newer finds. The cake has marzipan in the dough which provides an incredible almond flavor. Marzipan is a confection consisting of sugar and almond meal. It is very common in German baking and can be found at any well stocked supermarket. I purchase mine at World Market (or IKEA). It also tastes pretty darn good all by itself. Combined with the apples it makes for a very delectable cake. Don’t miss out on this one!

Ingredients:

*  3 (500 g) organic apples
*  3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed

*  1/3 cup + 1/2 tablespoon (100 g) Marzipan (almond paste), more info here
*  9 tablespoons (125 g) butter, at room temperature
*  1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (125 g) sugar
*  1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*  1/4 teaspoon almond extract
*  3 eggs, at room temperature
*  1 1/4 cups (150 g) organic flour
*  1 teaspoon baking powder
*  1/4 teaspoon salt
*  1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

topping:
*  1 tablespoon sugar
*  1 teaspoon cinnamon
mix the two ingredients

Directions:

Preheat the oven to Convection 350 F. Grease a 26 cm spring pan with butter.

Peel the apples and cut each of them in 8 equal slices, sprinkle with lemon juice and set aside (should be about 5 1/2 cups).

Grate the marzipan.

Mix flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Set aside.

Cream butter, marzipan and sugar in a kitchen machine. Add the eggs, one egg at a time mixing well after each addition. Stir in almond and vanilla extract. Turn the mixer to slow and stir in the flour mixture. Don’t over mix!

Pour dough into the spring pan and flatten. Distribute prepared apple slices evenly on top and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool.

Adapted from lecker.de.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Cooking Creation February 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Happy 1-year blogiversary to you! I love your blog and am so glad I stumbled across it! The cake looks aaaaahmazing!

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Susan February 28, 2011 at 12:14 am

Happy Anniversary. I am glad I have found you. This cake looks so wonderful…I can almost smell the marzipan.

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kitchen flavours February 28, 2011 at 1:43 am

Happy 1st Blog Anniversary, Kirsten! It has certainly been great to have found your wonderful blog. The cake looks fabulous, bookmarking this!
Here's to another year of great blogging, looking forward to all your wonderful posts. Cheers!

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From Beyond My Kitchen Window February 28, 2011 at 2:04 am

Happy Anniversary. Blogging is a wonderful outlet for creative cooks such as yourself. Looking forward to many more posts to come.

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Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks February 28, 2011 at 2:17 am

Hooray!! I'm so thankful our paths have crossed. You are an absolute delight and an inspiration with your positive attitude and talent. Congratulations on your 1st Year. May the next year be an adventure.

I don't know how, but I missed the Lebovitz story. I hope we can get together soon so I can get the full scoop. I'll be in touch.

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Sommer@ASP February 28, 2011 at 3:11 am

Happy Bloggaversary! You've come so far in one year, but I love reading your new goals. This cake looks utterly amazing! Definitely a great treat to celebrate your first year.

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JelliDonut February 28, 2011 at 3:15 am

Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more. Your enthusiasm is a joy to witness. And I completely agree about apple cake recipes.

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lamiacucina February 28, 2011 at 5:36 am

Glückwunsch zum einjährigen Bestehen ! Du nimmst Dir viel vor, aber ohne Ziele erreicht man nichts.

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uebernteich February 28, 2011 at 6:04 am

Happy Anniversary! I love the recipes, they are such an inspiration.
I hope you continue….
Thank you!

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zorra February 28, 2011 at 7:44 am

Oh, da kann ich nicht widerstehen und nehm mir ein Stück. Happy Blog-anniversary!

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Poires au Chocolat February 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

Happy Blogiversary!

Cake looks fantastic – your photos are definitely improving :) Love marzipan.

Also, I love the header. What a gorgeous view! Makes me homesick for Switz.

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Ana Rita February 28, 2011 at 9:44 am

I only knew your 2 weeks ago, but i'm loving every post and every recipe you bring us…
Happy 1 year birthday…

Kisses,
Rita

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Dom at Belleau Kitchen February 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

Happy first bloggerversary… congrats on that and congrats on that fabulous looking apple cake… also, may I ask why you are moving to wordpress?

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Sourkraut February 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Happy anniversary! And what a delicious idea to add marzipan to an apple cake. I'd like to reach into my monitor and grab a piece right now!

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Pacheco Patty February 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Congratulations on your one year anniversary. You have a beautiful blog with some wonderful inspired recipes like your German marzipan cake. I like your goals for the coming year, good luck with everything;-)

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Merut February 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Happy Anniversary! I love your goals. I have some of the same. I love all of your wonderful dishes and I can't wait to see what you come up with in the next year.

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Susi February 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Happy 1st Blogoversary Kirsten :o) I'm looking forward to many more years and great recipes coming out of your Colorado Kitchen!
Der Kuchen hoert sich klasse an. Meine Familie liebt Marzipan wie ich auch. Super Apfelkuchen Rezept das ich unbediengt auch mal ausprobieren muss!

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Chele February 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Happy 1st Blogoversary. And what a first year its been for you too ;0)
Can't wait to see what the next year brings!

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Lea Ann February 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Happy Anniversary Kirsten! What a nice blog. It's been wonderful getting to know you and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your adventures in the kitchen. A couple of your goals for next year are mine too…and especially that mass farming thing. Really bothers me. And speaking of a new year, I have to tell you, I drove by Ikea today and got more butterflies in my stomach! :-) Here's to sharing a Swedish Meatball with you in 2011.

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Sally - My Custard Pie March 1, 2011 at 2:37 am

Happy anniversary, good luck with your goals and totally agree that you can never have enough apple cake recipes. Bookmarking this one now.

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scrambledhenfruit March 1, 2011 at 2:56 am

I'd love a piece of that delicious cake, thank you! Happy Blogoversary to you! I am looking forward to another year of your wonderful blog. :)

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Nuts about food March 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Happy 1st anniversary! I have been following you ever since I found you and enjoy all your recipes and posts.Look forward to the next year of blogging!

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Candy Girl March 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Happy Blogiversary! This is my first visit but won't be my last. Your blog is beautiful!

I'm completely jealous that you met Rick Bayless and were contacted by David Lebovitz – they are two of my faves.

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Jane March 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

The happiest of birthdays to your beautiful blog!! I can't think of a more fabulous way to celebrate than this outstanding apple cake you've made. It's just stunning. I am making a note of this recipe right now. Really a beauty!

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Jamie March 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

Congratulations! Wonderful! And I so agree with you about never having enough apple cake recipes. It is what my husband always asks for and he'd love this one! Scrumptious!

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My Kitchen in the Rockies March 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

@all: Thank you all for your comments towards my blog's anniversary. You are all just wonderful. I am looking forward to another fun year with all of you.

@Dom: Better control of features and more themes. I also would like to use my own domain.

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roky March 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Oh Wow, Congratulation on 1st anniversary of your blog.It will go for a long. I also like the German apple cake.

Fitted kitchen

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The Food Hound March 4, 2011 at 3:05 am

Congrats on year #1! I love your goals for the upcoming year. I also love your blog :) This cake sounds a-mazing!! Love marzipan, as well as apples!

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Penny @ Coffe Maker Reviews April 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Today is a great day for a marzipan apple cake – woke up to snow on the ground when I looked out the window waiting for my single cup coffee maker to brew my morning coffee.

It was in the 60s last week, and now winter is back! Yuck!

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DeeDee Bryans September 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

Hello, I am quite excited about trying all your German recipes! But I cannot seem to copy your recipes so that I may print them. I would love your help. I would hate to have to copy by hand all of them! Thanks. DeeDee

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Kirsten September 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

Hi Debbie,
Thanks for reading my blog and enjoying my German recipes.
As for printing the recipes, a lot are written in the easy recipe format, which allows you to directly print them (just hit print in the right hand corner of the recipe) including a picture. Older recipes are easy to copy, so just highlight
the recipe part, copy it and paste it into word or just a blank window and print. Hope that helped.

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