When my mother finally consented to give me the family recipe for apple cake, she insisted I call it “Fresh” Apple Cake – we had a conversation about “rotten” apple cake and the odds of THAT, but as mothers often do, she won out and so the official title of this post is Fresh Apple Cake. There are many apple cake recipes going around and many of them look tremendously delicious but our preparation of apples is one I have not seen in other recipes. Here we go!
Fresh Apple Cake
These are the ingredients that you will need:
1 ½ Cups of Salad Oil
2 Cups Sugar
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon each of Baking Soda and Salt
3 Cups of Apples, grated
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 Cup Chopped Pecans (optional – I do not add)
** Glaze recipe to follow
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Put oil and sugar in bowl and blend well with either hand or stand mixer although a stand mixer is preferred.
Add slightly beaten eggs one at a time mixing thoroughly after each egg.
Sift flour, salt, and soda then add slowly to the mixer. The batter will be extremely dry.
Hand grate the apples and add to the mixing bowl, the juice from the apples will loosen up now.
Finally add the vanilla.
If using, fold in pecans with a spoon or spatula.
Pour into 2 greased and floured dishes or pans. I used 2 regular bread loaf pans – 5x9x3 .
Bake for 60 – 70 minutes. More or less time, depending on your oven so watch it, using a toothpick to test for doneness.
After removing cakes from the oven, gather the following ingredients:
½ Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
On the stove top, melt butter and brown sugar. Once completely dissolved, add milk and bring to a boil, boiling for 3 minutes.
Take off of burner and allow to cool for 5 minutes and then add vanilla.
Remove cakes from pans and put on a wire rack with wax or news paper underneath.
Allow glaze and cakes to continue cooling for 15 minutes and then pour the glaze over cakes.
You are done and this cake is lighter than the usual apple cake and the glaze blends perfectly.
I sent one to mom and her lady friends for their domino game that night and the other was completely cooled, wrapped in freezer paper and placed in the freezer until Thanksgiving morning. This is what we snack on each Thanksgiving as we prepare our traditional feast! Don’t forget to grate the apples – it’s make a HUGE difference in the fusion of flavors throughout the cake. It also makes a big difference in the lightness or heaviness of the batter. Happy eating!