I love baking with apples and pumpkin this time of year. When I heard about a charity bake sale at work, I knew I wanted to use one of these flavors. The bake sale turned out to be HUGE, there were tons of goodies brought in (we raised over $600). I was surprised to see that I had the only apple treat and there were only a few pumpkin choices. Over 90% of the donations were based on chocolate or contained chocolate. Now I love chocolate, but come on people!
This recipe makes a 9x13 cake and I baked it as two cakes (one for the bake sale in a disposable pan and one for me). My cake was cut into slices and turned out to be a hit! There were easily over 50 baked goods to choose from so I was happy that my cake was gone by the end of the sale.
This cake had a nice apple and cinnamon flavor and the crunchy brown sugar glaze was a nice topping. It was definitely moist, but a tad oily for my taste. Next time I'll try reducing the amount of oil or substitute applesauce for some of the oil. Did you know you can do that? For a healthier version of baked goods you can substitute up to half of the oil for applesauce. You'll sacrifice some moistness, but sometimes cakes can be too oily anyway.
This is a great recipe to try if you're looking for a taste of fall.
Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
Yield: 9x13 cake or two 8" or 9" cakes (16 servings)
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Whipped cream for serving (optional)
Brown Sugar Glaze:
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
5 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp milk, half and half or cream
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 13x9 inch pan, or two 8" (or 9") pans.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a mixer at low speed until pale yellow and frothy. Add the oil and vanilla, beat well. Add the flour mixture and continue mixing until it disappears. Add the apples and nuts and stir with a wooden spoon to distribute them into the batter. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 40 to 50 minutes (depending on size of pan), or until the cake is golden brown.
To make the glaze:
Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat stirring often until the mixture comes to a gentle boil and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
Spoon the hot glaze over the hot cake and let it cool completely.
When serving, add a dollop of whipped cream to each slice of cake.