Thursday, September 13, 2012

Easy Apple Cake


Last week my husband and I celebrated 15 years of marriage. Celebrating 15 wonderful years of marriage calls for an equally wonderful cake to commemorate the occasion: Apple Cake. Now granted this is not much a visual show-stopper when it comes to cakes. But, this cake is easy and totally hit the spot with the cooling weather and changing of leaves.

For those of you familiar with box apple cake mixes,  I've tried to recreate the simplicity of those boxes with this recipe. As convenient as box mixes are, this one contains all real ingredients and no chemicals or preservatives. Whisk together a few dry ingredients, add in some eggs and chopped apple (you don't even have to peel them!) and BAM, you're done. No oil to pour, no butter to whip... easy and delicious.

Now this cake is amazing on it's own, but if you really want to make it over-the-top-good, smother it in some Salted Browned Butter Cinnamon Glaze. For those of you that don't have much of a sweet tooth, skip this step! The cake is totally delicious on its own or dusted lightly with powdered sugar.


Easy Apple Cake
((Printable Recipe))

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 large granny smith apples, chopped (peel the skins or leave them on)
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Salted Browned Butter Cinnamon Glaze:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch coarse sea salt

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. In a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg with a whisk. (This is your "box" mix. Yes, this is what you're paying the big bucks for.)

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the two eggs.  Add this to the dry ingredients along with the chopped apples, vanilla and walnuts.

4. Now stir, stir, stir. Keep stirring until all the flour/sugar mixture begins to look wet and well combined.  Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 minutes.  Allow to cool on a wire rack.


5. For the glaze, melt the butter in a small sauce pan (do not use nonstick, you need to be able to see the butter change color.)  Cook the butter for about a minute until brown particles form on the bottom of the pan. This can burn quickly, so once you see the brown specks form, remove it from the heat and pour it into your mixing bowl.  Add the powdered sugar and cinnamon, then beat in about 2 tablespoons of milk.  Add more milk until you have reached your desired consistency.


Linked to: Weekend Potluck

(Recipe originally featured over at Recipe Lion.)

19 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary! This cake looks soooo yummy!
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  2. OH MY! This looks SO good! Happy Anniversary, found you on pinterest ;)

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    1. Thank you, Julie! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  3. Hey J! This looks gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. I'm loving all these fall recipes. I'm gonna share this one on facebook too. Hope you have a great weekend! ~Brandie

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    1. Thank you, Brandie! You have a wonderful weekend as well. :)

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  4. OH.MY.WORD! I LOOOVE apple cake and that saucy frosting is to die for. I am making this soon! So glad you linked up at Weekend Potluck.

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  5. Made this last night and it was good. I really looked forward to the icing, but the cake was plenty sweet already, so I opted not to. :( Next time I think I will cut down on the sugar in the cake and make that glorious icing! Also, I baked mine for the suggested 45 minutes and it was a nice golden brown and set. When we ate it, however, it was still a bit doughy in the middle. I think next time I will bake it until brown instead of golden. Very yummy, very quick to put together. Thanks!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it is very sweet. That's why I warned people above that they may just want a light dusting of powdered sugar. I like a tiny drizzle of icing. The rest of my family has more of a sweet tooth and they like to pile the icing on. :)

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  6. You really have the BEST recipes! I'm trying your choc chip cookies this weekend. I love seeing you come up in my facebook feed!! I will make this b/4 the weekend is done! thanks for putting it up!

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    1. You are so sweet to say this. Thank you! :)

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  7. YUM oh YUM! This recipe received the most clicks at Weekend Potluck this past week! Congrats on that...c'mon over and grab your 'featured button' and enjoy a fabulous weekend.

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  8. This looks amazing, but since I am diabetic, I will change the sugar to Splenda and make it into muffins without the glaze.

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  9. This is a wonderful cake and it disappeared so fast after I made it, I barely had time to get a piece myself! I only made one change and that is I only added one cup sugar to the cake itself instead of the 1 1/4 cup that the recipe had on it.
    I was wondering if you could double this recipe or would it change the taste? Just wanted to have more to eat and share! Thanks again!

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    1. I haven't tried doubling the recipe yet. My only concern would be that it might not set up properly in the center if you baked it in a larger pan (9x13). If you try it, let me know how it works for you. Or, if anything, you could probably double the recipe and divide the batter between 2 pans.

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  10. Made these last night, and it was so good I had to have another serving. This went well with my cofee.

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  11. The Salted Browned Butter Cinnamon Glaze makes this dessert! SO GOOD!

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    1. You could almost just sit down with a bowl of it and a spoon. :)

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