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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

apple cake

since we had an abundance of apples from our apple picking adventure on saturday, we decided to make an apple cake for leko's birthday party this past weekend.  the perfect dessert for fall.

this cake is chock full of apples.  you could use just one type of apple for this recipe, but i recommend using several different types.  it will lead to some amazing flavors.

something magical happens when this cake bakes.  if there are any apples that are touching the outer edges of the bundt pan, the sugars in the apples caramelize as the apples bake.  the result is absolute deliciousness.

the glaze that is drizzled over the top of this cake adds just the right amount of sweetness too.  if you're not into the fall spirit yet, this cake is sure to put you in the mood for cozy sweaters, falling leaves, and crisp autumn air!

apple cake
adapted from ladies' home journal
prep time: 15-20 minutes
baking time: 1 hour 10 minutes
yields: one 10-inch bundt cake (approximately 12 servings)

cake ingredients:
1 cup salted butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 lbs. apples

glaze ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
5 teaspoons milk

preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan, then set aside.  in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, oil, sugars, and vanilla together until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).  add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  add half of the flour to the batter and beat until combined.  add in the remainder of the flour along with the cinnamon and baking soda, beat until incorporated.

peel and core the apples, then dice them into small cubes.  gently fold the apples into the batter.  evenly distribute the batter in the bundt pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  once done, allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.  remove the cake from the pan and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.

to make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl.  when the cake has completely cooled, drizzle the glaze over the cake.

love, laurie


Mom H. said...

The cake looks delicious! But I have to figure out how to print out the recipe.

ma pa camlet said...

Just to give you all an idea of what nice people Laurie and Ryan are: Last week I showed them my wife's magazine that had some autumn-type food recipes in it. I just happened to mention that the recipe for the apple cake looked good. Then when we visited them on Sunday for our “grandfurry’s” birthday, we found that very same apple cake sitting there waiting for us for dessert. Even though I wasn’t asking for them to make this cake, Laurie and Ryan are so thoughtful that they made it as a surprise anyway. For any of you who don’t know them personally . . . they’re the very best!! Papa

henning love said...

this cake looks amazing!! I cant wait to bake all things apples after we go apple picking very soon

Tranae said...

Yum! This looks great. I might have to learn how to bake a cake that doesn't come out of a box. lol

Life Happens said...

I will add this to my list of apple recipes to try after I pick apples this weekend. I hope mine will look as delish as yours!