Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

The thing about reading food blogs is that everything makes you hungry and a tempting photo can send me running into the kitchen. Take a look at this apple cake. Just take a good look and tell me you cannot mentally count the apples in your kitchen in hopes of making this immediately? This was a fantastically moist and a perfect fall/winter dessert with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. It's so good that the next time I make this cake I'll try and double the recipe, invite some friends over and wait for the compliments to roll in.

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Apple Cake:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

Brown Sugar Glaze:
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon heavy cream

For the cake: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch pan (round or square) and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.Stir with a whisk to mix everything together.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs with a hand mixer til light in color and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well.

Stir in the flour mixture with a spoon and continue stirring the batter til the flour disappears. Add the apples and nuts (if using) and stir to mix them into the batter.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Place the hot cake on a wire cake. While it's still hot, prepare the glaze.

For the glaze: Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes.

Spoon the hot glaze over the still hot-from-the-oven cake. Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan.

Adapted from Southern Cakes with irresistible photo from the great blog Lick the Bowl Good

1 comment:

Kaye said...

Love this apple cake recipe. I just made it for the second time this month! Thanks for sharing!