Apple Blondie Cake
This is a nice twist on an apple cake. I call it Apple Blondie because it bakes like brownies. It is a little crunchy on the outside and softer inside.The cake is dense but not high. The recipe makes two 8″ cakes. Top a slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream – or serve it simply plain with a dusting of powdered sugar.
I received this recipe from a young woman who grew up on a farm. When I interviewed her, she was preparing to leave home to attend Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts School. She called the cake Green Apple Cake. Whether red or green, use a firm, ripe apple for this cake.
I love this recipe’s versatility. The original recipe called for a 13″ X 9″ pan. But I find that it bakes much better in two 8″ pans – square or round – or one of each. The great advantage to using two separate pans is that you can custom make each one to serve your guests their favorite. I often add walnuts to one cake and leave the other plain. Or, add raisins and do the same. In the cake above, I’ve added walnuts and raisins to both.
The batter is very thick. I use a stand mixer to make it. You can fold in the apples with the mixer on the lowest setting, or try folding them in by hand (builds strong arm muscles!). When placing the batter in the pans, use a knife or spatula to even out the batter, making sure to push it into the corners or even it out for a round pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-38 minutes (top of cake should be a light golden brown). Grease and flour two 8″ pans.
3 cups peeled and chopped apples (about 3 medium apples) – not a fine chop
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts and/or raisins (1 cup total)
Sift dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
Beat eggs, add sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, mixing until blended.
Fold in apples and nuts or raisins.
Place in two pans. Using a knife or spatula, even out ingredients in pan.
After removing cake from oven, run a knife around the rim of the pans. Allow to cool about 20 minutes before removing from pans.
Fun Facts About Apples: Source: http://www.nyapplecountry.com/about/fun-facts
It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
Apples are a member of the rose family of plants, along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
Pilgrims planted the first U.S. apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since 6500 BC.
(photo of “Apples” courtesy of zdiviv @freedigitalphotos.net)