American Hustle and Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

I had high hopes for American Hustle.  Partially because I loved the Philadelphia-based sentiment of David O. Russell’s last movie, Silver Linings Playbook and partially because I have a bit of a crush on Jeremy Renner (or I did, until a colleague pointed this out to me.  The crush cannot be recovered.)  And I love a good heist movie. What I didn’t get was that while this is a heist movie, it’s first and foremost a comedy.  The story is a loose retelling of the Abscam scandals in the 1970s – with the most comedic elements exaggerated.  Bradley Cooper, using a bad 1970s haircut to hide his “Sexiest Man Alive” looks, plays an snarky, self-centered FBI agent who recruits con-artists Christian Bale (gaining a massive amount of weight and sporting a bad comb-over to play charming despite himself) and Amy Adams (playing against type as the cynical brains willing to exploit her charm) to catch various politicians taking bribes.  Of course, Jennifer Lawrence (getting her first chance to play the comic relief, rather than a heroine) has a great part as Bale’s wife,  who is incredibly unbalanced and has no sense of when discretion is the better part of valour. The supporting cast is also excellent – the MVP award definitely goes to Louis C.K.’s FBI agent supervisor, frustrated to the point of exasperation.  But the heart of the movie is the idea of public interest and public service, as well as the idea that to some degree, we all present a con as to how we show ourselves to the world. I really enjoyed this movie.  I heard some criticism that it was too long, but I really found it enthralling until the end (I only guessed the plot twists a minute or so before the film revealed it, which is always a great thing.) MV5BNjkxMTc0MDc4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODUyNTI1MDE@._V1_SX214_So going with a proper 70s feel, I made a true 70s creation – a bundt cake!

Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake (adapted from Martha Stewart Living)


1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

4 eggs

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

4 Granny Smith apples

1 cup icing sugar

3 tablespoons milk

DSC_2000Mix together melted butter, dark brown sugar and eggs.

DSC_2002Sift in dry ingredients.

DSC_2004Peel and cut apple into small pieces and mix into the batter.

DSC_2005Place in a greased bundt tin (I went with my lovely stadium pan)

DSC_2006Bake at 350F for about forty five minutes (depends on the pan – you need to be able to stick a fork and for it to come up clean.)

DSC_2007Mix together the milk and icing sugar (the texture depends on your preference) and drizzle over top.



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