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Fortnight of Fright 2016: Fall Apple Cake Recipe (Joannamarie from Wet Noses and Books)


Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2016

Thanks for checking out the FIFTH annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Joannamarie from Wet Noses and Books is sharing a delicious apple cake recipe!

Fall is the perfect time for apples and pumpkins. This recipe doesn’t include any type of pumpkin ingredients in it, but it does have apples. And who doesn’t like apples? My mom makes this recipe every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Its called “Jewish Apple Cake”. I’m not Jewish, but my mom found it somewhere and it’s delicious. Anyway, since the one my mom makes is a ‘special recipe’ I found something really similar to it and it seems to be just as good. Everything you need to know to make this delicious cake is below as well as the link I found it from, enjoy and have a great Halloween!

Jewish Apple Cake


Servings: 8-10


  • 3 cups of unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of real vanilla
  • 4 large eggs, unbeaten
  • ½ cup of orange juice, freshly squeezed (*my mom just uses our Tropicana Orange Juice (no pulp) we drink in the morning for this*)
  • 4 large apples, peeled, and sliced
  • 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar, separated (**keep from the other sugar**)


1) Beat together until smooth—flour, 2 ½ cups of sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, oil, eggs, and juice. Then in a separate bowl, mix apples, cinnamon, and sugar.

2) Layer the batter and apples in a greased pan. *Make sure to pour some batter—then layer it with apples—then switch back and forth until it is all used up*

3) Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 1 ½ hours – 1 ¾ hours.

A big thanks to Joannamarie for today’s Fortnight of Fright post! You can find the original recipe on the web here from Food.com.

Fortnight of Fright 2015 | Apple Bundt Cake Recipe (Lena from I Love Books Club)


Welcome to our third annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2015

Thanks for checking out the THIRD annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Lena from I Love Books Club is sharing a fun recipe with us for her favorite apple bundt cake!

Lena’s Apple Bundt Cake Recipe

Hi Everyone!  I’m Lena from I Love Books ClubI am super-excited to share my favorite fall recipe, (Philadelphia-Style) Apple Bundt Cake, with you guys.  I found this recipe a long time ago in the Relish magazine in Frederick News Post (or Washington Post), and decided to try it. It was so tasty, and relatively easy to make.

First, you need a bundt pan. Make sure you grease the pan with butter and flour. Preheat your oven to 350F.

apple bundt cake 1 Second, the Apples! You will need about 3 to 4 apples, thinly sliced.  Use whatever kind of apples that you like best. I used Honeycrisp in this cake.  Mix in 5 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 4 teaspoons cinnamon with the sliced apples, then put aside. 


Third, combine all of the following in one bowl: 

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Fourth, you layer batter, apples, batter, apples, and batter in the bundt pan.

  • First layer: about 1/3 of the batter.
  • Second Layer: Apples

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Do those steps (above) two more times. Make sure the apples are covered when you do this last layer of batter. Right now, your cake should look something like this


Put the cake in the oven for 55 to 60 minutes. Make sure the cake is cooked all the way through. The cake will be pretty moist because of apple slices. In the original recipe, it tells you to wait ten minutes before flipping the bundt cake over.  I would wait about 15 to 20 minutes instead. I waited ten minutes, and my cake broke a little as I flipped it over. 

Also, when you flip the cake over, use a plate. Just put the plate on top of the bundt pan, and flipped it over. Plus, now you don’t have to worry about transferring it over to a new dish, because it’s already on one (yay). 


I give you my famous Apple Bundt Cake!

The best thing about this recipe is that you can eat this cake for breakfast ☺ and it has fruit in it, so it’s mostly healthy. You can check out the original recipe, here.

Have a wonderful rest of the fall season!

Thanks, Lena! That looks absolutely delicious! I definitely want to try out your recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing with us! 

Fortnight of Fright: Guest Post from Author Jessica Spotswood!

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Welcome to our second annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2013

Last year, Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I really bonded over our mutual love of Halloween and came up with the idea for A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT: a two-week long event celebrating everything Halloween and horror-related! We decided to bring it back again this year and we have a TON of fun Halloween things planned for you!

Today I am SO excited to host author Jessica Spotswood whom you may know from her books BORN WICKED and STARCURSED (and book three SISTER’S FATE is out August 2014)! She’s sharing with us her mom’s recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (which sound FABULOUS) and of course, her favorite witches of all time! Take it away, Jessica!

In honor of Halloween, here’s one of my favorite recipes: my mom’s recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin muffins.  

3c. flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1.5 cups vegetable oil or applesauce
16 oz can pumpkin
2 cups chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, vegetable oil/applesauce, and pumpkin. Mix until everything’s incorporated but be careful not to overmix. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased muffin tins and bake 16-20 minutes at 400 degrees. (Makes about 36 depending on muffin size)

And here’s a list of my top 7 (seems a good witchy number) favorite witches — the Cahill sisters not included, of course! 

  1. Hermione Granger  (Harry Potter series)
  2. Luna Lovegood (ditto)
  3. Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  4. Samantha Stevens (Bewitched – I loved watching reruns of that show when I was little!)
  5. The three witches from Macbeth
  6. The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz
  7. Kat Stephenson from Stephanie Burgis’s Kat, Incorrigible series 

Honorable mention: the New Orleans witches from the new show The Originals (the Vampire Diaries spinoff) seem to have potential! 

We also had Jessica answer some quick and fun Halloween Q&A! We like getting to know authors a little bit more, especially when it has to do with their Halloween preferences 🙂


Why do you love Halloween? It’s a good excuse to dress up, eat candy, and have a party!

Do you have any fun Halloween memories?  Yes! We used to go up to my grandparents’ cabin in the woods and carve pumpkins and walk down to the lake, where people would gather to set the pumpkins afloat on a giant raft as an offering to the Hairy Hand of Fuller Lake (a local ghost story).

What was the best costume you ever had? (Or if you don’t have one, someone else’s): I like this picture (see attached) of me and my sisters from 1990. I’m the genie (with blue eyeshadow?), my sister S is the pumpkin, and A is the witch. 

Sisters Hween 90

Do you prefer mild scares or hair raising horror? Mild scares — more psychological horror than gross-out stuff. My favorite recent scary book was April Genevieve Tucholke’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. There’s this scene with spooky children in a graveyard that totally creeped me out!


Halloween Candy? Reese’s peanut butter cups

Paranormal creature? (ghouls, gobilins, vampires, witches, etc) Witches, of course!

Halloween Movie? Scream is probably my favorite scary movie.

Halloween TV episodes or TV Shows? My fave scary shows are The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off, The Originals! I don’t know if they are truly “scary” so much as “excuses to watch cute guys” though.


SC cover2Jessica Spotswood is the author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles: BORN WICKED (2012), STAR CURSED (2013), and SISTERS’ FATE (August 2014). She grew up in a tiny, one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where she could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or – most often – with her nose in a book. Now Jess lives in Washington, DC with her playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. She can be found doing yoga, teaching writing workshops for teens, or – most often – with her nose in a book. Some things never change.

Find Jess online!
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Cahill Witch Inspiration Pinboard

Another BIG BIG thank you to Jessica Spotswood! It was such a pleasure to have her fun thoughts on Halloween and share a delicious recipe with us (which I most certainly am trying!!) — If you haven’t read her books yet, I highly recommend them! They’re absolutely wonderful!