Apple Cake for Weekie

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Picture by Tylertronic.
In the summer of 1998, my family and I visited the SPCA planning to adopt a couple of kittens. As we walked past the glass-front cages admired all the cuties and wondering how we could choose just one or two, a tiny gray tabby, who had just been curled up with her equally tiny brother, stood up and reached her paw to toward us. We asked to take her and her brother into a “meeting room” to play with them. The boy kitten was so scared he was trying to crawl under the bench, but she seemed right at home on each of our laps.Later, after we took the kittens home, we named them Jasmine and Storm. It was about then that we realized that we didn’t adopt them, they had adopted us. As they grew up into cats, we discovered that they were both extremely frightened of strangers. Almost no one ever saw them except us. Jasmine also didn’t learn to meow until she was about 6 years old. She just squeaked instead. We ended up calling her “Weekie” for the squeaky way she tried to meow.

One thing about being a vegetarian is that your cats aren’t interested in your food. Weekie also hadn’t been interested in cat food much recently either, although numerous veterinarians hadn’t been able to find out why. She had been slowly eating more and gaining weight back after the worst of the anorexia a couple of months ago, but she was still underweight. So, when I cut myself a piece of this cake I didn’t think twice about setting in on the arm of the sofa next to her while I sat down and picked up my laptop. Imagine my dismay to turn around and discover that she was chowing down on my cake! My dismay turned to happiness, though, as I realized that she must have been truly getting her appetite back.

This wasn’t at all what I intended to write about. Last Thursday, Weekie had a seizure that she was never recovered from. We had to put her to sleep that afternoon. Rest in peace, Weekie. We’re glad you picked us out. I hope you enjoyed the cake, my dear little girl.

Apple Cake

The cornstarch ended up in this cake by mistake, so you probably don’t need it; I left it in the write-up just in case. Since this is made with whole wheat and oatmeal flour, this is pretty heavy and rustic for a cake. It’s more of a giant muffin, but the caramel sauce makes it dessert, I think.
2 cups whole-grain baking mix
3/4 cup sugar
1 -1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg*
1/8 teaspoon allspice*
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom*
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 20-ounce can sliced apples, undrained
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest or 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup soy milk
2 tablespoons canola oilPreheat oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, baking mix through corn starch, with a fork. Add remaining ingredients, apple slices through canola oil, and stir just enough to combine.
Pour batter into an oiled 9-inch round pan – a springform pan if you have one. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Drizzle slices with Brandy Caramel Sauce.

*If you don’t have one or more of these spices, you can replace them with more cinnamon.

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9 Responses

  1. I’m so sad about your Weekie!
    It’s not easy to loose a friend! Certainly every time you make this cake you’ll remmember!
    I’ll try this recipe soon and for sure I’ll offer to my cats!

  2. I am so sorry for your kitty loss, I am glad she picked you out too! RIP Weekie!

  3. Well, that just killed me and now as I write this, I am weepy. I am sorry for the loss of your kitty. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to such a special loved one. I am glad that she enjoyed her cake. I can see why she wanted to eat it, it looks delicious.

  4. What surprises me about cats is that each one manages to be unique, completely different from other cats, and yet they are all so ‘cat-like’. You always give them names and they end up with completely different ones, based on their personality.
    I’m so sorry to hear abour your Weekie, I’m sure you shared a great time together.

  5. Thanks for the kind words, everybody.

  6. Sincere condolences for Weekie — sounds like she was a lucky, well-loved cat. It’s so hard to let go when the time comes.

  7. so sad to hear about your cat – and so glad she had some yummy food – I wonder about our cat eating the same old food day after day – maybe that is why she is interested in the crumbs under the highchair and was found eating a biscuit the other day. I also know people whose cat loved broccoli

  8. I miss my jasmine. That made me tear up a little.

  9. When I get up in the morning I still look for her. Thanks for lending me the picture.

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