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