Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Apple Cake: A Family Favorite

Whenever the cool breezes of fall start blowing, my tummy starts yearning for apple cake. 
 My mother-in-law always made this cake and it is definitely a family favorite.

It takes a little bit of time to put together, but it's surely worth every bit of effort.

First, I peel and slice about 6 large apples.  I like to use a crisp, pie-making apple.  You can also use an crank-style apple peeler to make the work go quickly.  I also juice an orange and zest the rind.

I add cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar to the apple slices and let them sit while I make the batter.  I also grease and flour a bundt pan or angel food cake pan. 

Alternate the apple slices and batter in the pan, ending with the apples. 

Here's where I should be showing you the beautiful, finished cake, but this is what happens in our house: 

And yes, the family voted it delicious while it lasted. 

Here's the recipe:

Nana's Apple Cake

6 large apples or 8 small ones, peeled and sliced
5 Tbl. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg

Mix apples, sugar and spices and let sit to meld while making the batter.

3 cups flour (I use half whole wheat pastry flour)
2 cups sugar
1 cup melted coconut oil
4 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
8 Tbl. orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp. orange zest
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix batter ingredients together.  In a greased and floured tube pan, alternate batter and apple mixture, ending with apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Let cool for 10 minutes before removing to a cake plate.  I like to drizzle a simple glaze over the cake when it cools (1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, enough water to make a glaze that will drizzle).


  1. Oh I love this apple cake! I remember having some at your house a few years ago. YUM.

  2. This looks sssoooooo delicious! I'm going to have to try it!

    And thank you for your sweet card. The last several weeks have been difficult, but your kindness helped.


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