A friend in Brawley, CA used to make this cake for us all the time. I think she thought our kids needed cake - with three teenagars I could use all the
cake help I could get.
One day she gave me a cake - and the recipe. I've been making it ever since. When she became ill and unable to bake anymore I would take her a big piece of apple cake.
When I was growing up I always had applesauce cake for my birthday - but when I received this recipe, I changed over from Applesauce Cake to Alice's Fresh Apple Cake.
First you have to grow some apples
What? You don't have time to grow the apples?
Well come on out to Bellwood Acres - we have apples
While you are here you might want to pick up some pretty flowers
How about a big big sunflower?
Or a towering bush of sunflowers?
Oh right - apples - you came for apples for that cake
We do have apples
There you go - your wooden basket is full of wonderful apples
Gather your ingredients
Chop the apples and the pecans. Did you grow those pecans yourself? Or did you grow them at Costco? I thought so.
Fresh Apple Cake
1 c (200 g) brown sugar
1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
1 c ( 240 mL) oil
2 c (250 g) flour
1 tsp (6 g) baking soda
2 tsp (5 g) cinnamon
1 ½ c (175 g) chopped pecans or walnuts
4 cups (440 g) finely chopped apples (3 large apples or 4 medium)
I use my mini cuisinart chopper for the nuts and the apples – I chop the apples to about the size of cole slaw (the chopped kind, not the kind with long pieces)
Combine sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. Add all dry ingredients, mix well. The dough will be a little stiff. Add chopped nuts and apples (sometimes I add five cups of apples, just because that is how I like it).
Grease a 9x13 pan – pour in cake batter and smooth out. Bake for 45 min to an hour at 350 – depending on your oven. I start checking at 40 minutes and usually it is done at 50 minutes. Be careful not to bake too long – it does get dry if you do. I poke a thin bladed sharp knife into the cake – if it comes out almost clean, it is done enough.
Some people put cream cheese frosting on the cake – but I prefer mine just plain, with a cup of White Tea – just the thing for a rainy winter day, or a warm summer day, or spring and fall – apple cake is perfect any time.
And there you have it - a big, moist apple cake.
Not me, no, I didn't eat any - it was the bears
Don't forget an apple plate to eat your cake
And a nice sign - I painted this one year because I lived where no apples grew and I was lonely for apples.
What is your favorite apple cake?