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Kanye West’s Apple Butter Idea Cake

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple.  But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

 ~George Bernard Shaw (circa 1906); Kanye West (Wednesday)

For reasons that have not been fully explained (cocaine), this week Kanye West went on a 22-hour twitter bender about how he’s assembling a dream team that will fix the universe.

You probably knew this already, but it takes several days for news like this to reach Alabama.  Before anything involving Kanye is allowed into this state, the Alabama Communications Commission censors it for expletives.  Then it has to be approved by a Country Music Association panel chaired by Taylor Swift.  So we didn’t hear about Kanye’s twitter spree until last night, when rumors of it trickled into the local Ruby Tuesdays.

Yes, Scott and I spent Friday evening at Ruby Tuesdays.  And yes, we are classier than your grandma’s wedding china.

According to his manic twitter feed, Kanye is gathering 23 types of people (including architects, app guys, fashion designers, car designers, DJs, and lawyers) who are going to “help simplify and aesthetically improve everything we see, hear, touch, taste and feel. . . to dream of, create, advertise and produce products driven equally by emotional want and utilitarian need.  To marry our wants and needs.”

Now, I understand the individual words in that sentence.  But in that order they’re killing me.

I like the gist of it, though.  You know who else “marries my wants and needs?”  Ruby Tuesdays.  If Kanye is going to make crap that is as awesome as an All-You-Can-Eat Salad Bar For $7.99, I am IN.

Thankfully, I can personally tell Kanye about my availability because he tweeted his email address.

After that, he dropped the George Bernard Shaw quote about exchanging apples and ideas.  And then he stopped tweeting because he (pick one):

(a) passed out;

(b) was shut down by his PR people; or

(c) put down his phone and went in search of “top world designers to directly effect governments” (his words).

Then I imagine he went back to sleep on a pile of money and blow.

As I will tell him in my email, he’d like the cake I made yesterday.  It requires no apples (just some apple butter).

I shall call it “Kanye West’s Apple Butter Idea Cake,” because it is a great idea that can be exchanged for other great ideas, leaving everyone with more ideas than they started with.

I adapted this recipe for apple sauce cake into a recipe for apple butter cake.  Apple butter is the best, and until now I only got to eat it on cornbread.

I do not like dry cakes.  This one is really moist.  My favorite thing to do is to pop a slice in the microwave for 20 seconds and eat it warm.

Apple Butter Bundt Cake {Download & Print Recipe}


3 c. flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. (2 sticks) butter (at room temperature)

2 c. packed brown sugar

1/4 c. honey

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

2 c. apple butter

1 c. walnuts or pecans (optional)

confectioner’s sugar (for dusting)

vanilla ice cream (optional accompaniment)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In a mixer, beat the butter, honey and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.  With the mixer on low, add the bowl of dry ingredients until combined.  The batter will be really thick.

Beat in the apple butter and nuts (optional).

Butter a bundt or tube pan.  Transfer batter to the pan and smooth out the top.

Bake at least 60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean and not gooey.

Let cake cool completely before loosening the cake with a butter knife and inverting onto a serving plate.   Dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream, if you like.  Or eat it for breakfast.  Reheat a slice by popping it in the microwave for 20 seconds.

It's almost like she's having several good ideas right now.

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  1. best. post. yet.

    January 7, 2012

    January 7, 2012
  3. In my excitement about Kanye and ideas and whatnot, I posted and thought the same thing. So I went back and added one at the end. My new job working for Kanye has distracted me from giving 100% on the blog already. ARG.

    January 7, 2012
    • Wordfiender #

      PLEASE post what you emailed!

      January 10, 2012
  4. I hadn’t heard about Kanye’s twittering, but I don’t twit or tweet. Your cake sounds yummy. By the way, I made your tomato beans the other night and they were delicious!

    January 7, 2012
  5. Hiya Sandy. Yeah, I don’t twit or tweet either (and I don’t think I ever will– I look at my phone enough as it is!) I am so glad you liked the tomato beans. Do let me know if you made any adjustments that you’d recommend, and have a great rest of your weekend!

    January 7, 2012
    • The only changes I made on the beans was I used a can of diced tomatoes with onion, garlic and oregano because that was all I had and I left the onion powder out because I didn’t have any. I also used a little refrigerated pizza dough to make a little bit of garlic-parmesan bread to eat with the beans. It was all very yummy and super easy.

      January 7, 2012
      • Awesome, Sandy. Good to know, thanks!

        January 8, 2012
  6. Bonnie #

    Props to you Katherine for making apple butter cake out of the bad seed that is Kanye West. Another genius post, well done Madame!

    Love your blog…your writing style is magnificent, the recipes are easy and beautifully photographed and those adorable pictures of Thunder make me disregard any other notifications that come through at the same time as yours.

    Many thanks to you for sharing your world!

    January 7, 2012
    • Bonnie, your note means a great deal to me. Thank you so much.

      January 7, 2012
  7. I am now following Kanye West on Twitter. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU.

    January 7, 2012
    • It’s amazing, right? If you read back in time, it’s kind of like watching a train wreck where you think the wreck is over but then the train gives a Nobel prize acceptance speech, runs over a stripper, drinks a bunch of booze, goes to the Grammys, and then gets in another wreck.

      It’s truly awesome.

      January 7, 2012
      • OMG – what a case of verbal diarrhea – Kanye never fails to amaze – he needs an award for this LOL
        Thanks for making me laugh – that and the fact my husband is now “rapping and rhyming” in the kitchen to the dogs…..It’s a good morning >8)

        January 8, 2012
        • Ha! That DOES sound like a good morning. I hate to say I am having the apple cake for breakfast, so it’s not so bad over here, either. 🙂

          January 8, 2012
      • Your post made me laugh. This reply to Movita’s comment made me snort Coke (of the canned variety) out of my nose. Thank you for making my day and amusing my dog. He’s never seen me do that before apparently.

        January 9, 2012

          January 9, 2012
  8. Wendy #

    I think this is one of my favorite posts of yours! Your posts are so much fun! And though I love the stories, your writing, and your recipes, I always scroll down to see the picture(s) of Thunder. I would be personally offended if you didn’t add one at the end of your posts. And I think my toy poodle (Killer Popsicle) would be hurt as well. We kind of have these expectations of you now, so beware! BTW – Killer Popsicle is jealous of Thunder’s sticks. He has never, and WILL never, be allowed to have one, since the first day we brought him home he promptly ate poisonous mushrooms from the backyard. I don’t trust him any longer, no matter what he tells me.

    January 7, 2012
    • Wendy:

      A few things. First, thank you! You’re awesome.

      Second, you have to tell us how you named your dog Killer Popsicle. You just have to.

      Third, do you know we have a mushroom problem too? It was one of my first posts, about the red pepper tomato sauce. The most INSANE mushrooms sprung up in this dead tree in our yard in the past few days. They are bigger than dinner plates. But it’s the little ones I worry about (the amarinth family, or whatever). I am really enjoying the wintertime because most of them are dead, but the spring is going to suck because she is constantly eating/trying to eat them. Did Killer Popsicle get the mushrooms off a stick or was it just in the yard? I let her eat sticks because generally they’re not covered in lichen, but I do wonder about that sometimes.

      All this is to say that I feel your pain!


      January 7, 2012
      • Wendy #

        Well, first off, this is Killer Popsicle – also known as KP, K-pop, Killer pup pup, and the BAD dog (he thinks that one is also his name)

        Yes, he is on the kitchen table. He pretty much has us trained in his little paws. Note the HUGE bag of dog food behind the table. Yup – we’re whipped. He is 6.5 pounds and RULES this house. We have even built furniture for him, so that he can get up on our barca loungers (crazy bright red furniture we have) and also built a step to jump onto our very high-off-the-ground king-sized bed, where he makes almost every night miserable, as he pushes us to the very, very, very corner of the bed, until my legs and arms are hanging off of the side for dear life.

        But anyway – when my husband and I got married, we knew we wanted a dog. He wanted a big ‘ole sloppy dog, the kind that slings spit all over your body, with a big tongue hanging out. Well … I wanted a tiny toy poodle that I could put in a purse or bag and carry with me to Lowe’s or the grocery store, or the hair dressers, or the doctor’s office, or concerts, or the DMV, etc. etc. (None of which I have done, actually) My husband agreed on the tiny poodle if we could name him Killer. My whole life, living with parents who are NOT dog people, I had fantasized about naming a dog Popsicle. Soooooo ….. we compromised. (MARRIAGE!!! What can you do???) And KP was made a permanent part of our family. Andy’s greatest amount of fun out of the whole situation is the fact that he bought a HUGE (I am talking – a small deer would have trouble with it) dog bone and put it in the living room. He likes to say to people who come in …. “So, have you seen our dog, Killer?” And generally, we have to go and draw KP out, because he is scared of everything known to man. Must have something to do with that first mushroom/stomach pumping experience in his early puppyhood.

        It is funny you mention mushrooms (or I guess I did) because I plan to make your mushroom recipe one day this week (the non-poisonous variety).

        The poisonous mushrooms happened when I had this crazy idea to become a straw-bale gardener and grow veggies in straw bales. Within minutes of this decision, I went to Lowe’s and brought four straw bales home, and planted peppers, tomatoes, peas, and eggplant seeds, already congratulating myself on my green thumb. To make a long story short – the straw bales never took root or worked, so my husband just dispensed the straw around the backyard. Turns out – I did grow something!!! Poisonous mushrooms!! They were tiny, and there was a huge patch of them in the corner of the yard. When we brought KP home, that was the first place he went, and the second place he went was the emergency doggy clinic to have his stomach pumped. Needless to say, I have never tried to grow anything other than sea monkeys (I got a tank for Christmas), and we don’t seem to have a mushroom problem any longer. No lichen or anything. But I still watch the bad dog like a hawk when we are outside.

        Cannot wait until your new post, recipe, and pictures!!

        Happy New Year~

        ~ Wendy

        January 7, 2012
        • Wendy, this was hilarious and I read it out loud during dinner. It was also informative in the sense that I will not be straw baling in the near future. Seriously, thanks for posting. And if you haven’t already, you should start a blog and write more! You’d be good at it.

          January 7, 2012
  9. Ack. Seriously need to follow Kanye. I could help his overthrow governments with my designs. Hand to God.

    January 7, 2012
    • Strangely, your note got sent to my spam folder (wha?) I think you should get in touch with Kanye for sure. He hasn’t tweeted in over a week. I don’t mean to freak you out or anything, but I take that as a sign that he is waiting for you.

      January 16, 2012
  10. JanS #

    Another excellent post, and what is this I see at the top of the page? It looks like an RSS symbol, except it’s gray instead of whatever color it usually is. I clicked, but nothing happened. Is it because I’m using the Chrome browser? Way to torture me, Katherine.

    January 7, 2012
    • Arg! Thanks for telling me.

      It looks like I need to switch from an “idiot’s guide to blogging” to a “super idiot’s guide to blogging.” But I will prevail, dammit, once I consult with tech friends to fix this. Note that this would not happen to Kanye’s Dream Team, because he explicitly included “tech guys” in his list of required personnel.

      January 7, 2012
      • The RSS feed no longer works, if you go to widgets you should be able to remove it. Great post by the way x

        January 11, 2012
        • Thanks so much for letting me know. Yeah, I am in the process of fixing it–it should be working soon. Thanks for bearing with me in the meantime.

          January 11, 2012
  11. This. Is. Hysterical. 🙂 Fabulous post.

    January 7, 2012
    • Megs, thank you! Once I started, it kind of wrote itself (for obvious reasons). 🙂

      January 9, 2012
  12. April was in CT now CA #

    I like your bundt. It’s real big.

    January 7, 2012
    • April was in CT now CA #

      (If nobody got my Napoleon Dynamite movie reference there I’m going to venture to say that my comment looks borderline creepy)

      January 13, 2012
      • AHA! I just googled the line you’re talking about, when he compliments the girl’s sleeves. I need to watch that movie again. I loved it years ago and then never watched it a second time.

        I have to admit: when I first saw your comment, I was a teeny bit confused, but that’s just because with the exception of Kanye, I am totally out of synch with popular culture. Again, this is why we should never play trivia together, April. You would win by a hundred points.

        January 16, 2012
        • April was in CT now CA #

          Trust me, I wouldn’t win because I only remember two movie quotes, just two. I thought to myself “If someone gets this reference it will be a miracle..” I’ll do my best not to make you work to understand a comment in the future. LOL

          Speaking of Kanye, did you see when Stephen Colbert “addressed” Kanye for his act of crime against Taylor Swift? There was autotune involved and it was hilarious. It may have happened over two years ago, but it never gets old.

          January 16, 2012
  13. Cindy Roy #

    The cake looks wonderful, Thunder looks adorable, I learned more about Kanye West and tweeting than I ever knew, and yet my main takeaway was: somebody ELSE only eats apple butter on cornbread??!!

    January 8, 2012
    • Seriously– am I missing loads of other amazing things to do with apple butter? It’s so good! Cindy, we should meet at Graves’ Mountain Lodge in Virginia for the apple butter festival. They churn it up in lots of kettles and you can stay the night at the hotel. It’s beautiful there.

      January 8, 2012
      • Mairsydoats #

        Hiya! I just found your blog, but already am in love with it… Apple Butter – put a spoonful in your oatmeal. On toast of all varieties, of course. Cornbread is a perfectly viable vehicle, and oh, homemade bbq sauce made with a bunch of apple butter – mmmmmmmmmmmm!!

        So yeah, I was raised in apple country, with an apple butter recipe part of my inheritance from my amazing grandmother, who was raised on an apple farm. Gravensteins – food of the gods…

        February 25, 2012
        • Oh I’m so glad you found your way here.

          Also, these are great suggestions. I never would have thought of oatmeal, which I love. That’s going to be delicious. Nor would I have thought about the bbq sauce, but it makes total sense, since typically I use molasses to sweeten it up. Apple butter could shoulder some of that.

          How wonderful to be able to say “I was raised in apple country.” What a wonderful sentence!

          February 26, 2012
  14. You are my new best friend.

    January 8, 2012
    • IN. I need more of those– seriously, this is a small town. Lots of scientist dudes here, not too many writers from New Hampshire around these parts.

      January 8, 2012
  15. Kanye quotes GBS? Color me impressed! The cake looks delish!

    January 8, 2012
    • Yep, word for word! His twitter feeds are interesting because farther back they include some plays on words and puns. Anyway, yes, cake is so good! Thanks for reading.

      January 8, 2012
  16. Cheri #

    Thank you so much for your posts! You made my (dreary) Monday morning! I love your recipes, they make me feel that even I can make something homemade! Now to get from printing them off to actually MAKING them…..

    January 9, 2012
    • Cheri, I am so glad. My Monday morning is literally dreary, too– it’s foggy and rainy outside. I am going to make the print feature easier when I get some free time– in the future you’ll be able to download just the recipe, so you don’t have to print out the whole post. Thanks for bearing with me!

      January 9, 2012
  17. Now you simply must compose a Blue Ivy Endive Salad recipe.

    January 9, 2012
    • HA. Love it. Except that Gwyneth Paltrow was the first one to tweet the baby’s name AND she has her own cookbook, so I bet you dollars to donuts she’s already started one. So unfair.

      January 9, 2012
  18. Kate #

    Hahah, I thought it couldn’t get better than this post, and then I got to the Killer Popsicle story. Amazing.

    Thunder doesn’t have her collar on in her “deep thoughts” picture. Don’t worry Auntie Kate like that…

    January 9, 2012
    • I know it. My cousin wanted to name Thunder “Thunder Twinkle” and I thought THAT was the most bizarre name until I heard about Killer Popsicle. So funny.

      Ah, Auntie Kate, you should see our fence! It’s impossible to get in or out, thank goodness, and since we never leave her alone out there, the collar tends to stay off when we play. But if you come visit us someday, she’ll flaunt it around especially for you. Also, we’ll need to put it on so she doesn’t tackle the babendorfer. 🙂

      January 9, 2012
  19. Peace #

    I made the cake tonight, may have eaten 3 pieces myself already, but I exercised this morning for more than 90 minutes, so I think I’m okay. I have funny real life Kanye story, but feel weird about posting it publicly. I don’t want to get a friend in trouble. Back to the cake though, what do you think about pumpkin butter in there instead? I saw it at the market when I bought the apple butter & thought that might be my next experiment.

    January 9, 2012
  20. Hi there,

    If it makes you feel any butter, I had a piece WITH a little bit of ice cream on it a minute ago.

    For breakfast.

    I bet pumpkin butter would be amazing! Depending on how it tasted in the jar, I might add some pumpkin pie-ish spices– maybe a tsp. cinnamon, 1-2 tsp. ginger, 1/2 tsp. each of nutmeg, cloves, alspice (or whatever of those you have handy). If the pumpkin butter isn’t as sweet as apple sauce or apple butter, you could throw in some more brown sugar, but I thought the cake was sweet enough to give you a little lee-way on that. I am jealous you found pumpkin butter! And I can’t believe you actually have a Kanye story. If you want to share, you can email it to me and I’ll promise not to post it, but I understand either way.

    Take care!

    January 10, 2012
  21. This looks SO delicious!

    January 10, 2012
    • It is! It’s getting ridiculous over here. I need it to be gone already.

      January 10, 2012
  22. I just read your entire blog archive today when I probably should have been working. Everyone looks and sounds delicious, and I absolutely love your dog. Definitely going to keep reading!

    January 10, 2012
    • I meant every_thing_. Totally not a cannibal.

      January 10, 2012
      • When I read this, I laughed the heartiest laugh of the day so far. Thanks for that and for the kind words, Septimus!

        January 10, 2012
  23. Ah Eggton, where to even start. Your post is brilliant, the cake looks awesome and the comments are hilarious. What is up with KW anyway? Just can’t stop. I’ll be giving this cake a go this weekend, One more reason to love my maple apple butter, other than cookies, pumpkin pie and french toast. Never had it on corn bread though. Thanks again, my day is always a little brighter after I swing by.

    January 11, 2012
    • Hi, Paul! I saw your post about movies and I have to tell you that I saw “Hugo” last month and was bored to TEARS, for what that’s worth.

      Thank you for the kind words. Do you put apple butter in cookies an in pumpkin pie (or on?) and on french toast? Interesting– that all sounds good; I’ve never thought of that before.

      Here’s a parting thought for you:


      January 11, 2012
      • paul #

        Good to know, scratch that one off my list. I forgot one, Mega Python vs Gateroid. But wait it gets better, starring Debbie, sorry she’s all grown up now, Deborah Gibson and Tiffani. Gold I tell you, they even have a cat fight scene. Maybe 20 years from now we’ll be seeing KW in Mega Ego vs well everyone not him.

        The cookies are thumbprints so AB instead of jam, rolled in cinnamon sugar or almonds, the pumpkin pie is just a cup added to your favourite recipe pretty much and on the french toast or rolled in crepes or oatcakes.

        Funny my greatest pain would be seeing him preform live. I really want to be part of his team of handlers, Can you imagine the stories?? Bwahahahaha

        January 12, 2012

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