Apple Cake

Let me start out by saying that I should probably take at least half of this cake to the church and give it to the pastor, considering the main element was taken right out from under them. See, the church/school that I went to for several years has this lovely, well-bearing apple tree that, every year, produces lots of beautiful apples that get ground up by the weedwhacker, lawn mower, ect. So, Jackie and I went on a nine o’clock midnight apple heist that resulted in over a bushel of crisp, juicy “forbidden” fruit. And there was much rejoicing in the house of Letarte, as applesauce, crisp, and generally good snacks abounded. And suddenly, there were no more. So what’s a girl to do?

Get more, duh! But, over the weeks, school and a palate tired of apples caught up with me, and by the time I revisited them, they had become rather, er, mealy. Waxy. Dried out. Squishy. Past their prime. Yuc…well, you get the picture. But! There was still hope, and a little life left in them! So they became this cake that I found on a blog that I spend waaaaay to much time admiring.

The cake itself was actually really easy. It (roughly) follows a 1-2-3-4 method. I cup oil, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups of flour. and 4 eggs.I played with it too much by using mango juice instead of orange juice (There wasn’t any to be bought!), and I added significantly less sugar. Also, the original dictates that you layer batter-apples-batter-apples, and I didn’t, resulting in a rather plain, bland cake. Oh well. Things I’ll do differently next time.

Also, it takes a forever-an-a-half to cook, so make sure you have the time.

Apple Cake

Adapted loosely from the Smitten Kitchen

6 apples (I used forbidden fruit)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoons sugar (I significantly reduced this, but I don’t love SWEEEEEET.)

2 3/4 – 3 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice (Mango juice works. If you happen to have it on hand)
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cake pan. (This cake rises a significant amount. So, spread it thin or get a high sided pan) Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.

Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate pot, cake pan, large mug, bowl whisk together the oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time .

Layer the ingredients in the pan as such: Batter:Apples:Batter:Apples. Seriously. Don’t skip this step. It’ll make the cake not as good. Bake for 1.5 hours, or until a poker comes out clean in the middle. It may be a little mushy at the top if your apples are juicy. It’s really good warm with some vanilla ice cream! (But what apple dessert isn’t?)

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