Two-Cent Tuesday: Million Dollar Apple Cake Recipe

Today I’m sharing my go-to apple cake recipe. The cake itself looks quite ordinary (thus no picture), but it’s cRaZy-good.  Plus it’s super-easy, and the caramel glaze on top – oh my!

The longest step, besides the baking, is preparing the apples.  (A useful guide for choosing the right kind of apples for a particular task can be found here.)

This apple cake tastes gReAt served up many ways: at room temperature, cooled, warmed with ice cream on top, warmed with milk poured over it . . . you get the idea!

Give it a try, and enjoy!


APPLE CAKE RECIPE

Prep Time: ~30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

Cake
3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, beaten
1 c. vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c .finely chopped apples
1/2 c. apple juice
1 c. chopped walnuts
Optional: A dash of spices (e.g. cinnamon) to add depth of flavor

Glaze
1 c. brown sugar
1/4  c. butter
1/3  c. whipping cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, soda and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl combine eggs, oil, apple juice and vanilla. Stir in apples and nuts. Add the egg mixture to dry ingredients, just until moistened.
  5. Spread batter into pan. Bake at 350°F for 45-50 minutes.
  6. In a small saucepan combine the brown sugar, butter and cream.
  7. Cook and stir until bubbly and all of the sugar dissolves. Cool ~5 minutes.
  8. Drizzle warm sauce over warm cake.

Serves ~12

Refresh Me With Apples

As Marie, a librarian-in-training and fellow blogger, mentioned in her highly entertaining #7QT’s post last Friday (QT#4 to be exact), apple season is upon us!  And I love, love, love apples – especially baked ones!

Did you know that apples aren’t just for eating?  It’s true!  For example, according to my 8th grade Social Studies teacher, apples were used in doll making during the colonial days in America.  (Such creations are called, as you might imagine, apple head dolls.)

To reinforce the point, my teacher assigned each of us to make dolls the old-fashioned way – as best as we could in this (post)modernized age – using apples that were cut and dried, lemon juice, wire, gauze . . . and a conventional oven set at low temperature (prior to the wire and gauze steps, of course).

My Benjamin Franklin (“Ben”) apple head doll, circa 1984.

Our assignment was not only to make an apple head doll, but also to showcase it in a colonial setting. Mom helped me to fashion knickers, a waistcoat and buckled shoes, while Dad helped me with the setting: Benjamin Franklin conducting his famous kite experiment, (which may or may not have actually taken place).

“Ben” has weathered many moves; and although he has discolored (a.k.a. rotted) into something that scares many who look upon him for the first time, he is a great conversation piece and a visible reminder of a time of groundbreaking scientific exploration, positive political change, and great hope for our country.

“Ben” today:  A bit worse for wear, but a reminder of our country’s foundations.