Sunday, December 09, 2012

Apple Cake


  • 1 1/3 cups melted butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 to 4 McIntosh apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (3 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped assorted nuts, such as pecans and walnuts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour; set aside.
    2. Working over a large sheet of parchment paper, sift together flour, spices, baking soda and powder, and salt; gather sifted ingredients into center of sheet; set aside.
    3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine melted butter, sugar, and eggs; mix on high speed until lemon yellow.
    4. Fold reserved parchment in half lengthwise; with mixer on medium speed, gradually shake in dry ingredients until just incorporated.
    5. Add apples and, if desired, nuts, to batter; mix to combine. Add vanilla, mixing until incorporated.
    6. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 75 to 90 minutes.
    7. Remove from oven, and cool slightly on a wire rack.
    8. Invert cake onto rack; turn cake right-side up to cool completely on rack.
    Revised from this recipe. Photo is also from the link...because mine is still in the oven and I need to post this so that I can keep it for the future. :)