Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Apple Cake

As a young child, Betty Crapper refused most fruits. She loved vegetables, but couldn't tolerate the taste or texture of fruits. Apples were the exception. Betty Crapper didn't love apples; she tolerated apples. Betty Crapper's mother used to try and make her eat an apple a day. Oh the trauma!

This apple cake is delicious and deserving of your attention whenever you have a surplus of apples and a craving for sweets. It's a very easy recipe and does not require complex assembly like the Tiramisu Cake I made last month. You can even convince yourself it's healthy. Betty Crapper's mother used to tell a stubborn little girl, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This cake has FOUR!

Betty Crapper would make apple cake more often if peeling, coring, and chopping apples wasn't so much work. Remember, Betty Crapper is lazy!

Apple Cake
(adapted from Better Homes and Gardens All Time Favorite Cake & Cookie Recipes, 1980)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 medium cooking apples
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup cooking oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch tube pan. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Peel, core, and finely chop apples; set aside. In a large bowl stir together eggs and vanilla; beat on high for 2 minutes. Gradually add oil and beat for two minutes. Gradually beat in sugar. Add dry ingredients, apples, and walnuts alternately. Beat well after each addition. Beat at medium for 3 minutes. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes or until cake tests done. Place cake on wire rack and cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Drizzle with powdered sugar icing or sift powdered sugar on top.

Powdered Sugar Icing

1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla

Stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk (about 1 1/2 tbsp) until of pouring consistency.

You know you want a slice. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm


  1. This cake is absolutely beautiful! I also adore your cake pan! This sounds exactly like my kind of cake. I love everything about it, thank you so much for sharing it :o)

  2. You're right, I DO want a slice! That is one beautiful cake. I love your mold too. Everything about it is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is gorgeous and sounds a little like fall, which I am so ready for!

  4. Apples were the one fruit I would eat as a kid too! I still love them! But I love this cake more - delicious! Love the cake pan too.

  5. I agree with Susi. Just perfect. You can now eat 1/4 of the cake for your daily apple intake. Love that idea.

  6. I love apple cake! This cake has such beautiful presentation too :)

  7. I adore a good apple cake. I do agree with you though, that preparing them is a pain in the duff.

  8. Funny, I was the same as you when a kid, apples were about it. But, apple cake is the bomb! Your cake looks great and it has to be delicious with all those walnuts.

    What type of cake pan is that? I need one of them, it makes a fine looking cake and this recipe is a keeper!

  9. This looks delicious! If only there was a gnome to peel and chop the apples.

  10. Yup. I want some! You need an apple corer peeler thingy!

  11. Yep. I do want a slice. Or two. You know...for health maintenance.

  12. I didn't like apples as a kid (I had a weird aversion to white foods), but this looks great!

  13. I LOVE APPLES! I LOVE CAKE! I've never had apple cake...looks delish and it has all my fave things. Gotta make this.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's for Dinner

  14. Cake with apples have become a favorite of mine. I love the muffins that have pieces of apple in them. Sooo good!! This looks 10 times better than the apple muffins I eat!
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  15. Wow. We actually have all the ingredients for that...but we also had too many sweets this weekend...maybe Friday :)