Sunday, February 26, 2012

Grandma Joyce's Apple Cake

Since we have had an unnaturally warm winter this year, it feels like we are a month ahead of schedule. The crocuses and daffodils are already stretching their green shoots out of the ground, and the light is bright and clear in the morning. It shines through the windows, beckoning us out of bed to meet the day.

This morning I got up and headed straight for the kitchen.  Yes, I needed to get my cup of coffee, but the need to bake an apple cake propelled me as well.  The cake is a cinch to make, and I thought it would be nice if my family was greeted by the fragrance of apples and cinnamon wafting from the kitchen this fine Sunday morning.

If you ever need a great breakfast treat or quick dessert, this apple cake won't disappoint.  Enjoy.

Grandma Joyce's Apple Cake

3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups chopped apples (about three large apples; I prefer Granny Smith apples)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour a 9 1/2 x 13 inch pan and set aside.

In large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix to mix sure ingredients are distributed.

In another bowl, mix together eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, apples and walnuts.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together until incorporated.  The batter will be thick, as when it cooks, the apples will provide the necessary moisture to the cake.

Spread the batter out in the pan.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes to an hour.  The cake will be done when it's nicely browned on top and when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

If you want to use a bundt pan instead, bake for approximately 1 1/2 hours.


Mr. Bill said...

Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

I love apple cakes of all types. Yours sounds wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary