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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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