Spiced Apple Balsamic Cake

008“The true joy and wonder of life can only be yours if you follow your own intuition aiming to achieve your bliss.”
― Steven Redhead, The Solution

Initially I was going to name this site something typical and dull. Something with a lot of B’s that went with Brittany, because I have tendency to do that. But then I wrote a post last year for my cousin Jacki on purpose. In my bio I gave up a little piece of my heart, saying my biggest dream, the one at my center, which I’d never really shared with anyone (aside from my mom). My big dream was a food bus, and it still is (this site is part of my first steps towards my dreams). Jacki responded right away with some positivity and some input: call it Bliss Delish. I admit I wasn’t convinced right away. But then when I realized working for my family so long, meant I was trying to be someone, I knew I needed to use my own creativity. I needed something of my own. No rules, but freedom to follow my own intuition. So when I began sharing my dreams, Bliss kept coming back to my mind and then one day it was decided, boom Bliss Delish is me Brittany! I’m a bigger time thinker/over-thinker. I put my whole heart and soul into what I write and do (if you don’t like the babble skip down to the recipes at the bottom). Lately I’ve had moments of irreproachable happiness. Why? There was no reason why. I was done defending my life and choices. I was done looking for a reason or excuse to be content with life. I merely was happy, period.

How do you live in a state of bliss then? I recently read Danielle LaPorte’s radical book: The Fire Starter Sessions (read it!). What I got from it was this. How do you want to feel in life? What makes you feel that way? Go after that! If it doesn’t work out big deal, go after a new venture. We always have the power to change. I personally want to feel happy. I want to feel powerful. I want to feel creative. What makes me feel that way? When I am struggling in life, there are certain things that center me. I feel most alive when hiking. Writing allows me to right the thoughts in my head, or simply to get them out so I can move on. Lastly cooking is a way for me to feel at peace. Especially cooking for others. Half the time I make food and never taste it, but I thoroughly enjoy the process of cooking. It is a way for me to express myself. My imagination. My feelings. All there on a plate. I always say the key to cooking is believing in yourself. Hey guess what if you think you’re a 023shitty cook or a bad dancer, others will probably think the same thing. Non-believing is not sexy. Feel what you’re doing, think you’re great and rock it! There are times when I’m in the kitchen making a meal and I just know inherently: that’s awesome. Stop doubting yourself. Let the kitchen become an extension of you. I’m bored or eating healthy is hard are bullshit excuses. The only limitations are your mind. I can flip virtually any meal. We’re born creative, and little by little that imagination dies as we become adults. Tap back into that. Reclaim your ability to believe in possibility (in yourself), rather than constantly building walls.

Now let’s get to a recipe. With the birth of this site I thought a great first recipe would be one representing the celebration of birth. Of new life. Plus June is happening month for birthdays in my family. Oh by the way, family is one of my top priorities and I’ve got a big one. If ever they need anything I’ll be there. Yesterday my crazy nephews Trenton turned four. How you can get so much personality into such a small package is something I’m still trying to figure out. Tomorrow is my mom’s birthday (and Dr. Tank’s). So to celebrate this site and life for the one’s I love, today we will eat/make cake!

004Spiced Apple Balsamic Cake

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Spiced Apple Topping

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, diced
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Raw honey to drizzle

To Make: Separate your eggs. Place the whites in a small bowl, and your yolks in another. Beat the whites with the vinegar (I used balsamic because I love it, but feel free to use apple cider vinegar as well, or coconut. Did you know they make coconut vinegar?). Return your attention to the yolks now. Add in your honey, baking soda, vanilla, coconut oil, and lemon juice. Now add the white/vinegar mixture. Lastly stir in the almond flour. Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes  in a sprayed pan. I used a pretty pan, but any old cake pan will do. While it’s cooking you can begin to make your topping. You can make a traditional frosting for this, but for some reason I was called to make some spiced apples to accompany it. Simply place your apple, cinnamon, coconut oil, and vanilla in a pan and cook the apples down. When the cake has cooled off a little, dish the apples on top. Drizzle some honey over the top and you’ve got a beautiful, yet tasty cake.

Thank you so much for joining me on this new adventure and for visiting me on my site. May there be more fun and bliss to be had!

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