Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Favorite Apple Cake

This new recipe made 4 people very happy after dinner!  

I found this recipe on Boston.Com, it was under the "Most E-Mailed" articles. So naturally I had to read it. The article said that the cake has a remarkably moist texture from the oil and orange juice. It does!

I put my faith in the article that there would be enough batter when I layered the four Cortland apples, I was skeptical, but there was enough batter!

The cake tastes delicious, it's easy to put together, just like the article states. The article also goes on to say it keeps well, ahh, that will NOT be a problem. 


Butter (for the pan)
Flour (for the pan)

1 cup canola oil (I used vegetable oil because I didn't have canola)
4 eggs
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used orange extract because I was out of vanilla)
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 baking apples (peeled, cored & thinly sliced)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon mixed with 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
Confectioners' sugar (for sprinkling)

Set the oven at 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch tube pan, line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper (I used wax paper) cut to fit it, and butter the paper. Dust the pan with flour, tapping out the excess.

In an electric mixer, combine the oil, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat just until smooth again, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Spoon one-third of the batter into the pan (barely a layer). Smooth the batter with a metal palette knife. Gently press half the apples into the batter (OK to overlap). Sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Add one-third more batter, the remaining apples, and all but 2 tablespoons of the remaining cinnamon-sugar. Cover with batter, smooth the top (it may not cover the apples; that's OK), and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.

Bake the cake for 60 to 70 minutes or until the top is firm and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. 

With a small knife, cut around the inside and outside edges of the cake to release it from the pan. Turn the cake out onto a plate. Set another plate on top and invert again so the cake is right-side up. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Serves 8, 10, or 12 (depends on how big you slice the pieces!)

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

P.S.  You could also add chopped walnuts or pecans to the sugar cinnamon mixture and make more of an apple coffee cake!

P.P.S. I made a few substitutes because we were at the cottage in Maine, and since we're only up on occasional weekends I have run out of items, and I wasn't going to run to the market!  My substitues were not even noticed!

P.P.P.S.  Your home will smell devine!

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  1. Hello Mary,
    Looks wonderful, like the orangey twist and the moistness. I will definitely try this one out with your added P.S. of pecans! Have an enjoyable Sunday!

  2. Wonderful! I am sitting here right now before breakfast and am almost drooling at the pictures and the thought of the lovely scent and taste!

  3. My oh my ~ looks like a really yummy recipe! Can't wait to try it!!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  4. so funny because I made an apple and pear bundt cake yesterday so not only do I know how good this tastes but I also know how amazing your kitchen must have smelt whilst this was baking... I love this cake, it does look wonderful and I love that you layer it like that, something I would never have thought of... delicious!

  5. Mary, I can smell it from here and it would be delicious with my morning coffee. No left-overs at our house.

  6. The apple cake looks positively delicious. The thing I like about cakes like yours is that you can serve it for dessert after a company dinner or just have a slice for breakfast. I love how you put your photos in steps. Great idea.

  7. your cake looks so good. i made my favorite apple cake yesterday too!

  8. I am wondering how I can make this gluten free for my husband. It looks really good. (I might use rice flour and corn starch combined and see if it works.)

  9. Oh, I LOVE apple cakes and must try this recipe. Thank you!

  10. Ooooooo, Mary, that looks pretty fabulous. Will have to print that one out. But, alas, I'm trying desperately to lose weight so it will probably have to be awhile before I can make (and eat) it. Ha! Why does life have to be so doggone frustrating? Grrrrrrr.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing and have a beautiful Sunday. Susan

  11. Oh my....I knocked on your door, but you didn't hear me. I really, really wanted to piece of this cake today. Maybe another day. Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe. Susan

  12. Does look like it would satisfy a craving for fall flavor. Apple cake and pumpkin spice coffee! There's a pair to draw to!

  13. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us! It looks delicious and I'm sure it smelled incredible while baking!


  14. It looks good, I bet that OJ gives it a subtle orange flavor? I like being able to use a bunt pan or old angel food cake pan for a cake...much simpler to me!

  15. Thank you for sharing another wonderful recipe with us. This apple cake looks delicious, I have never thought of using a bundt pan. Certainly will give this a try! Julie.

  16. Sounds absolutely delicious... Need to make it!

  17. This does sound wonderful! Just looking at the pictures I can already tell it must be delicious.

  18. Love the sound of this cake as it ticks all the boxes for me!!

  19. Thank goodness for copy and paste.. I copied it and put it on the make later on today.. I bought some Honey Crisp apples and they should taste good in this apple dessert.. Thank you much...ta ta for now from Iowa:)

  20. Oh my! You are truly taking advantage of apple season! I have seen this recipe andyes, it makes an amazingly moist and delish cake! Perfect company dessert!

  21. The apple cake is in the oven as we speak...It smells so good and I can hardly wait to serve it after we have beef stew for supper.. Thanks so much...ta ta for now from Iowa:)

  22. This looks delcious, Mary! It is the prefect cake for this time of the year.

  23. Wow! What a fabulous looking cake! Apple cake is one of my favourites and this looks amazing! Karen

  24. Good Heavens! Ex-RAF hubby is practically drooling over the recipe's photo! To the kitchen I go...
    Many thanks for sharing,


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