Fresh Apple Cake

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The Verdict:

This cake is a one-bowl wonder. All the ingredients are gradually folded into one large bowl, producing a fine, slightly claggy batter. A batter which, however, produces the most wonderfully thick, golden brown crust with a delicate underneath. Although the cake does take its own sweet time to bake (1 1/2 hours), the wait is worth it.

Adapted from:

My aunt gave me this recipe, and I have no idea where she got it from!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups sliced apples (sweet or tart, your choice)
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 2 cups sugar (granulated, light brown, or a mix)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (more or less, as desired)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon salt

METHOD

  • Slice the apples, sprinkle the cinnamon on top, mix. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the sugar with the oil.
  • Beat in the eggs, one a time.
  • Add the vanilla.
  • Gradually sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix in the walnuts and coconut, if using.
  • Carefully fold in the sliced apples, so that they don’t break.
  • Bake at 350F for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. You’ll notice a thick crust will have formed on top.

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