Monday, October 25, 2010

An Apple A Day ~

There is something really special about apple season and all the delicious local varietals offered for the picking!  During this time of year, my baskets are always filled with this adored fruit, and baking seems to outweigh all other forms of culinary experiences.  There are favorites such as the Apple Jack Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing, Apple Streusel Bread, and Raw Apple Cake, yet I always like to indulge in something new and this year's recipe proudly joins the must-bake annually ranks. 

Mom's Apple Cake
[adapted from Smitten Kitchen]
7 Small Apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)
1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
6 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup olive oil
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter/Grease a tube pan.  
Toss apples with cinnamon and sugar, set aside.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients (slowly) into the dry ingredients, mix well.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Pour half of batter into prepared pan followed by half of apple mixture over it.
Pour remaining batter over the apples and place the other half of apples on top.  
Bake for approx. 1 1/2 hours, or until toothpick comes out clean.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]


  1. Oh Mel, how delicious!! Tis the season of apples!

    Art by Karena

  2. it looks amazing.
    I would eat it all in one sitting of course.

  3. Hi Mel
    Your cake looks quite delicious... what a clever baker you are.. Well now I am craving apple strudel.. Have a lovely week.. xx ciao Julie

  4. We have a basket full fresh from the orchard. I'll know what I'll be making this evening!


  5. OMG I am going to make this this week. Thank you for sharing. And the photos are just lovely,as usual. Hope you are well!!

  6. Looks delicious!! Have you ever been to Zonka's? I believe it's in Tuolumne, I used to love that place. Apple Hill as well! :) Happy baking!

  7. And I have a bag of apples in the fridge just waiting to cored and peeled. You keep us so healthy Mel. Much love XO and xo

  8. Now this looks will be made this week! Thanks my friend. xoxo

  9. Just got a peck of apples at the orchard yesterday and have been looking for recipes. This one looks delicious!

  10. Mel,

    I forgot how much I LOVE apple cake! It's been years since I've eaten it. It's time I introduce Amelia to this delicious dessert!
    I hope you and your family are doing well!

  11. It all looks so good! And perfect! Yum!!

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  12. honestly, i wouldn't be able to stop eating it. apples make such inviting desserts. looks delicious!
    hugs my friend.

  13. homemade apple pie...perfect for fall!

    ps. i think you asked me about the yellow frame. i got it from tj maxx. or homegoods. one of the two. hope you find it!

  14. this looks delish.... I love anything apple... can not wait to try! oxo

  15. These photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! And from my post, I wish I made that Kombucha ... the picture and Kombucha are from my brunch at Gather in Berkeley. Have you been there? You would love it. They have a different flavor of Kombucha on tap. I would love to go on a Farmers' Market adventure with you ... lets plans something. As always, your blog is a joy to read! xo

  16. Oh that looks delicious! I love cakes like this because they are the perfect amount of sweetness :-)

  17. I'm printing this one!! Looks yummy. My daughter loves to bake so she will be thrilled. xo

  18. this looks so good I'm going to the market now to get some brown sugar; orchard apples ready...thanks!

  19. Oh so delicious! Mel, it is sooo hot in Georgia, you would die. I think it was 90 degrees today, and humid! Not fall at all! :(

  20. On the same wavelength today! I made applesauce! The house smelled delicious and your blog is beautiful!

  21. Yum....I entered an apple pie contest, it was great fun!
    love apples and we try to eat one a day.

  22. This sounds just like the divine apple cake my mother made last week....I couldn't stop eating it!

  23. ohhhh, my mouth is watering! so delicious.

  24. Oh. Oh my! The caramel cream cheese frosting clinched it for me.

  25. this looks like such a yummy recipe, can't wait to try!!!


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