Apple Cake

Since I don’t like pies I had to find some alternative so I could justify convincing my family to go apple picking this year.  Then I remembered a few years ago someone made me an apple cake made from a Pampered Chef cake mix and some chopped apples that I really enjoyed.

The recipe below is a bastardization of several recipes I found on the internet, and I’ve decided not to credit any one source as I took a bit from here, there and put my own spin everywhere.

The Ingredients

  • 5 good sized sweet apples (such as Golden Delicious)
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon + 1 tsp cinnamon for topping
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar + 4 tsp sugar for topping
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

The Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease & flour a 9 x 13 pan (I suggest a deep pan, mine rises over the top and I can’t use the cover)
  2. In the bowl of my stand mixer I used the paddle attachment to beat together the eggs,  sugar (reserve the 4 tsp) and oil for 15 minutes.  I don’t know why but it works so 15 minutes it is.
  3. While that works, sift together flour, salt, cinnamon (reserve the 1 tsp) and baking powder.
  4. Also while it worked I pealed, cored and diced up the apples into small chunks (a matter of preference is all).
  5. Once that 15 minute timer goes off add in the dry ingredients and the vanilla to your eggs mixture.  I put in half the dry mixture and half the vanilla, let it incorporate a bit, then did the remaining half of each.  Was it necessary to split it up?  I don’t know but the cake was delicious.
  6. Fold in the apples and pour the batter into the 9 x 13 inch pan
  7. In small bowl combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top.
  8. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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