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Fresh Apple Cake

August 18, 2011

I visited a cousin a few weeks ago, and was gifted two bags of beautiful, fresh picked apples. This made my baking plans for the weekend a lot easier. My Granny has a recipe for Fresh Apple Cake that is moist and delicious! A friend of hers, who was my high school Anatomy teacher, still talks about this cake from his childhood. He says that when he was a little boy, he used to watch for Granny to set her Apple Cake down on the potluck table. He would quickly race up, grab two handfuls of cake, and then go and hide to savor his spoils! I can just picture this little guy, eating her cake with a huge smile on his face. At least 40 years have gone by, and he still talks about it today!

Fresh Apple Cake

4 cups of chopped red apples
2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of plain flour ( I assumed this is all purpose)
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 cup of chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)



It’s always better in the kitchen when you have two handsome sous chefs! My boys love to cook! It’s well worth the time and exta mess to let them help out. My youngest son has been scouting out real estate to open up our “bakery shop.”



First, combine the chopped apples with the sugar.


Beat the eggs slightly. Add in the oil and vanilla.


Measure out two level cups of flour using the back of a knife.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add the mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix well, and then fold in the apples and nuts. Pour the batter into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake the cake for one hour in a 350 degree oven. It will pull away from the edge of the pan slightly just before its ready. When baked, allow the cake to cool for a few minutes before removing. This is a moist, and fairly delicate cake, and it will fall apart easily when hot.

Now for the topping!
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of heavy cream or milk

Ok, seriously, how could this stuff go wrong? Go ahead and prepare yourself for the sugar coma. It’s coming. I feel a little better knowing there are apples in the cake. I mean, they are in the fruit group.

Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. (I always burn sauces in cheap, thin cookware. It’s worth investing in the good stuff, even if you only get one new piece on holidays). Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove it from the heat after it thickens a little and turns a golden color. Now, you can use this as a sauce to pour over slices of cake as it is served, or pour it over the slightly cooled cake.


For those of you who read about my disappearing Mountain Dew cake, this cake was its replacement for my school’s Faculty Back-to-school Social! My friend took home a huge piece for breakfast the next morning. I may have to watch for her hiding in the wings to grab handfuls the next time I bake it!



Granny Emma, the original Sugarmamma!


One Comment leave one →
  1. bridgett permalink
    August 19, 2011 12:34 am

    Love love love this picture!

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