Thursday, November 26, 2009

Apple Cake

Okay, so I have been really bad about updating this blog. Between work, family and planning Young Women in Excellence I have been a little busy. But enough with the excuses! Here we go.......

For Young Women in Excellence we did a garden party (sorta of) theme. One of the desserts we served was an apple cake. I really like this cake. It is not to sweet and full of apples. I made one for family and friends and one for the program.

This cake takes time to make and bake but it is definitely worth it.

Apple Cake

6 apples, I used Braeburn apples
1 tablespoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar

2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a tube pan. Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.

Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spread half of apples over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.

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