Sunday, October 10, 2010

Apple Cake

It is apple harvest in North Carolina. We are 7th in the country in Apple production. My friend gave me a whole lot of them and after I peeled and diced them I came to 32 cups. So did some freezing and shared some with friends. I have been making apple cake to take to groups. This is a very easy one to feed a crowd. I adapted this recipe from one found in a magazine. Sorry; but I don't know which one. Anyway, I change the amounts of the recipe to make it.

1 cup oil (250 ml)
2 cups sugar (I decreased this to 2 &3/4 since my frozen apples have sugar)
3 eggs
3 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups diced apples (2 large)
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans (walnuts are also good)
1 tsp vanilla

Topping: (optional)
1 cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven at 350 F (180 C) Mix ingredients in the order listed. Batter will be very thick until apples are added. Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 inch pan. Bake for about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Pour the topping on cake while cake is warm.

To prepare the topping:
Mix the ingredients on a sauce pan and on medium heat cook it until boiling. Cook 2 more minutes stirring constantly. Remove form heat and add vanilla. Pour over the cake.

PS. I love cinnamon and it would be a good addition (1Tsp to the batter). The photo shows 2 pieces with the brown sugar topping and 1 piece plain. Enjoy.

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