A few autumns ago, we had a potluck at work and one of my coworkers, Brady, brought this wonderful apple cake that everyone loved! He said it was his grandma’s recipe. And he had baked the cake himself! It really was one of the favorite things at that potluck and everyone wanted the recipe, of course. I asked Brady if I could share the recipe here, so you have Brady and his grandma Shirley to thank for this! 🙂
I followed the cake recipe just like Brady had made it, except for using light olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I also improvised on the icing a little and used light cream (Half & Half) instead of milk and pure maple syrup instead of maple flavoring. It’s a moist, dense cake filled with lots of fresh apple chunks and the creamy maple glaze tastes great with all this apple flavor!
Shirley's Apple Cake
SHIRLEY’S APPLE CAKE from Shirley E.
Makes one 10″ bundt cake
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil (I used light olive oil and you can also use canola oil)
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups diced apples (peel before you dice)
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 10″ bundt pan; set aside.
In large bowl, mix together oil and sugar until combined, then mix in eggs and vanilla.
Add in the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix until everything is combined. The batter will be very thick.
Fold in diced apples and coarsely chopped walnuts (now the batter will be really thick!) Spoon batter into greased and floured bundt pan.
Bake for one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove from pan to a serving plate (invert pan onto plate) and cool completely. Top cake with Creamy Maple Icing.
Creamy Maple Icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Half & Half (light cream)
3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
Blend ingredients together until smooth (this makes a thick, creamy icing). Spoon and drizzle over completely cooled cake.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
This cake is very dense and rich. It’s a great dessert for fall and winter, or for anytime of the year if you love apple-flavored treats! Do you have a favorite apple dessert you make often?