Apple Spice Cake

http://www.marthastewart.com/351254/apple-spice-cake?center=276954&gallery=274977&slide=259111

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  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 to 4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (3 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped assorted nuts, such as pecans and walnuts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Caramel Sauce*
  • Nonstick cooking spray with flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Working over a large sheet of parchment paper, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; gather sifted ingredients into center of sheet; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine vegetable oil, sugar, and eggs; mix on high speed until lemon yellow.
  4. Fold reserved parchment in half lengthwise; with mixer on medium speed, gradually shake in dry ingredients until just incorporated.
  5. Add apples and, if desired, nuts, to batter; mix to combine. Add vanilla, mixing until incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 75 to 90 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, and cool slightly on a wire rack.
  8. Invert cake onto rack; turn cake right-side up to cool completely on rack, and serve drizzled with caramel sauce.

*Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until thickened to desired consistency

Spicy Pumpkin Bundt Cake

http://www.marthastewart.com/315295/spicy-pumpkin-bundt-cake?czone=food/cake-center/favorite-cake-recipes&center=276954&gallery=274977&slide=258451

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  • Nonstick cooking spray, for pan
  • 4 cups cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for dusting
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 14-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour, and tap out excess.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter and brown sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat until just combined. Add pumpkin puree, and beat until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake cake until golden and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Carefully turn cake onto rack too cool completely. Before serving, dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Creamy Burrito Casserole

http://www.food.com/recipe/creamy-burrito-casserole-33919

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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Servings: 8-10
 

“Satisfy your craving for something different tonight. It’s good and fairly easy. This is stuff I usually have on hand too.”

Ingredients

    • 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb ground turkey
    • 1/2 medium yellow onions, chopped
    • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) packages taco seasoning
    • 6 large flour tortillas
    • 1 (16 ounce) cans refried beans
    • 2 -3 cups shredded taco cheese or 2 -3 cups cheddar cheese
    • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
    • 4 ounces sour cream
    • jarred hot sauce, if desired to spice it up

Directions

  1. Brown ground meat/turkey and onion; drain.
  2. Add taco seasoning and stir in refried beans.
  3. Mix soup and sour cream in a separate bowl.
  4. Spread 1/2 sour cream mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish.
  5. Tear up 3 tortillas and spread over sour cream mixture.
  6. Put 1/2 the meat bean mixture over that.
  7. Add a layer of cheese.
  8. You could put some hot sauce on this now.
  9. Repeat the layers.
  10. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 20-30 minutes.
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