Eat This While You Read That: Amie Gibbons

Welcome back, gentlereaders! Amie asked me nicely if I would be willing to revive the popular series pairing food and books, since she had a book, and a recipe…. and it’s been a long time. I have badly missed this series. It lasted over a year, and I loved doing it. Since her request came at a very good time as we’re settling into the new house, have handed off the old house, the Ginja Ninja has graduated from highschool, I said yes! of course! I’m excited to start doing these again, and I’m going to ask you, readers and fellow authors, if you want to have your book and a dish featured in this series, to reach out and let me know. It’s pretty easy – all I really need is the name of a dish, and a title. No recipe required, as I enjoy the challenge of creating them, but if you want to share a recipe, go ahead. 

Without further ado… 

Apple Champagne Cupcakes

The vivacious and talented Amie Gibbons has shared with me in the past that like me, she bakes when she is blocked on a story. These may be a product of that, I didn’t ask, but they are delicious and simple to make up when you want something sweet, but tart, and a little different. Just like her writing! So check out Psychic Spiral (of Death) or start with the first book in the series, Psychic Undercover (with the Dead).  Her fierce and feminine main character will charm you and the gentle humor will have you chuckling as you accompany this dessert with a sweet and fluffy read. 

A couple of notes here: I used a Granny Smith apple for this recipe, which seems to have been the right choice as you could really taste the apple, and the tartness. I also did not use champagne for the recipe, as she had included in her recipe that you could substitute in a white, sweet wine. We don’t drink champagne, so buying a whole bottle just for this recipe seemed silly. So as I was shopping, I spotted a sweet apple wine, and snagged that. It really worked well in this recipe, and it’s nice enough to drink, too. Tart, sweet… that’s a theme here, isn’t it? 

  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup champagne (or a sweet white wine of your choice like Moscato)
  • 2 eggs,
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Mix, then peel and shred 1 apple, and stir that in.

Bake 15 to 18 min at 350.

Will be very dense and chewy.

These did indeed come out very dense, and moist. I might try it again without the two additional egg yolks, just to see what happens. But as it stands, this is closer to pound cake texture than sponge, which I like a lot. I was wondering if it would come out like zucchini bread and the answer to that is, not really. 

Shredding the apple finely probably helped with that. It was juicy, too! I baked these in paper cupcake liners, and a little went in a loaf pan because this would make about 18 cupcakes and I only prepped for 12. The loaf pan, despite being greased, stuck. If you want to bake this as a cake, I’d recommend parchment paper lining for the bottom of your pans. It’s sticky stuff! 

Oh, and the frosting! I made up a cream cheese apple pie spice frosting, and it’s a warm note against the tartness in the cupcake. Very tasty. All I did was add a half-teaspoonful of the apple pie spice mixture to a cream cheese frosting recipe. And I didn’t go heavy on the frosting because both the Ginja Ninja and the First Reader would rather eat naked cupcakes. Which you could totally do with these! 

Little flecks of spices…

You can find more Eat This While You Read That recipes here. 


11 responses to “Eat This While You Read That: Amie Gibbons”

  1. Hungry now. Thanks for nuttin’.

    1. as cakes go, this one is dead simple to make.

      1. I don’t (have never) baled a bread or cake or cupcake. A man gotta know his limitations.

      2. “Baked.” Rzzl-frzzl.

  2. It sounds very yummy.I’m experimenting this year with adding wine to jelly recipes. Could you tell me the name of the sweet apple wine? The only place I can find apple wine around here is from a little winery and only for about a month in the fall.

    1. I found it in the supermarket, so you ought to be able to source it somewhere. It’s by Gallo, and the name is Sweet Apple Wine. It was *coff* cheap. I think it was less than $5 for the bottle.

  3. John in Philly Avatar
    John in Philly

    Cupcakes, the remainder of the wine, (I just can’t get my mind around the concept of leftover wine) and the view across the estate.
    What a great day.

    1. It was a lovely day. I don’t actually drink often, so leftover wine is a thing, here, and I usually figure out a way to cook with it.

  4. thomas Monaghan Avatar
    thomas Monaghan

    I baked a cake once 1970 in a High School class Bachelor Homemaking!

  5. Draven Avatar

    looks nummy.

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