What’s Cookin’ – Fresh Apple Cake

Autumn is a good time to make things with apples since it’s apple picking season!  We took our kids to pick apples every year for many years.  They loved riding in the wagons and picking apples and eating them on the spot.  There is nothing better than eating fresh fruits and vegetables right off the trees and vines.

I have a very old Apple Cake recipe.  It’s so old that it’s typed, as in a typewriter (remember those?), on a 3×5 card.  It’s also stained from years of use.  This is one of those recipes that I make once a year.  Making things with apples – like homemade applesauce, apple crisp and apple pie and apple cake – just seems to make sense this time of year when you can get good locally grown apples.

The original recipe made enough to fill a 9×13 pan and included coconut, nuts, and raisins.  I never included the coconut, nuts, and raisins.  My family just won’t eat anything that includes these ingredients.  So, I thought I would reduce the recipe size to an 8×8 pan size more in keeping with our empty nest status and preserve the recipe with the changes I have always made to it anyway.

My nephew enjoyed a piece.  He said it smelled like pumpkin pie and reminded him of Thanksgiving.  Dear sweet hubby loved it, too.

Fresh Apple Cake ingredients.  Preheat oven to 325° F.  Prepare an 8×8 baking pan by coating with cooking spray.

I show three apples in this picture, but you only need one nice-sized apple to make 1½ cups of finely diced apples.  I used ½ of a Golden Delicious and ½ of a Gala apple and ate the rest.  Use whatever you apples you have on hand, but leave on the peels.

I used cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves in this recipe.  This combination of spices really does smell like Thanksgiving, but if you do not have all of them in your pantry, just use what you do have.  Many people do not stock ground cloves and a little of this spice goes a long way so don’t fret if you don’t have any.  If you do have some, try adding a little to baked beans the next time that you make them, and I bet that you’ll get a few extra compliments.

Sift together the dry ingredients – flour, salt, baking soda, and spices.  Set aside.

Finely dice the apples leaving on the peels.  Set aside.

Combine the oil, egg, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl.  Mix until well combined.  Add the sugar and mix until well combined.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combined.

Add the apples to the batter and stir just until evenly distributed.

Spread the batter into a prepared 8×8 pan.  It will be very thick.

Bake in a preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Really good served warm.  Best eaten the same day.  Serve with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This cake is not overly sweet.  I think it would be good served for breakfast, too.


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