This month's Cake Slice Bakers recipe was for Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze from Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott. I'll have to be honest, I haven't loved all the recipes from this book. This one for me was kinda gross. Maybe I did it wrong, but it was oily with not much apple flavor. The brown sugar glaze was yummy, though- caramel-y and buttery.
I omitted the nuts and added 1 tsp of cinnamon. Looking forward to next month's cake- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip loaf!
September’s Cake: Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
(adapted from Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott)
Makes one 13x9inch sheet cake or two 8-9inch round cakes
Fresh Apple Cake
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1½ cups vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups finely chopped apples
Brown Sugar Glaze
1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp evaporated milk, half-and-half or cream
Method – Fresh Apple Cake
Heat the oven to 350F. Grease a 13 by 9 inch pan or two 8-9 inch cake pans.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir with a fork to mix everything together well.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a wooden spoon or a mixer at low speed until pale yellow and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well. Stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon and continue stirring the batter just until the flour disappears. Add the apples, stir to mix them into the batter until fairly uniform. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cake is golden brown, springs back when touched lightly near the centre and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan. Place the cake (still in the pans) on a wire rack and spoon over the glaze while still hot.
Method - Brown Sugar Glaze
Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Then cook for 3-5 minutes.
Spoon the hot glaze all over the hot-from-the-oven cake. Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan.