Old Fashioned Apple Cake

This is what I believe is an old traditional recipe, I adapted it from a blog post here.

Old Fashioned Apple Cake with my Cinnamon Sauce

I dropped some of the oil and used applesauce, I also topped it with my own cinnamon sauce creation, SCRUMPTIOUS!

Still warm from the oven, I couldn't resist cutting it!

You don’t need any glaze really but you can make up a simple confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla glaze if you want.

Is that piece for me? I don't mind if I do!

It makes a nice big cake and is SUPER easy to make! A good one for beginner bakers.

A warm slice cut...filled with moist apples.

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake

3 apples peeled and chopped (2 ½ c or more, use tart apples)
2 1/2 cup sself rising flour (or plain flour plus 4 tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp salt)
2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ c oil (original recipe called for 1 c oil, I cut it and added the applesauce)
½ c applesauce
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

I’ll add pictures here along with the directions:

Simple Ingredients

Gather your ingredients together; this cake is made with just a few.

1. Peel and chop about 3 apples, 1 1/2 c or more, using tart apples. Set aside. Grease and flour your pan now too so it’s ready.

2. Mix s.r. flour, sugar, cinnamon in a bowl with a whisk. Add nuts and or raisins now if using.

3. Measure oil into large glass measuring cup then add spoonfuls of applesauce to make the level rise to 1 c. Now add two eggs and carefully mix eggs in well. (Saves getting more cups dirty!) Add to dry ingredients and mix.

Oil and applesauce in measuring glass.

4. Add apples and finish mixing by hand; it’s a thick, heavy batter.

The Apple Cake batter is thick and heavy.

5. Spoon into well greased and floured bundt or angel food pan. I used an antique pan called “Re-Kul Pan O Cake”, I LOVE that, Pan O Cake! haha…More about that later.

My "Re-Kul Pan O Cake" pan.

6. Bake at 350 F 45 min – 1 hour. It comes out with a nice sort of crust on top, I think because of the sugar in it.

Apple cake finished!

Let cool 10 minutes in pan then remove to rack to cool by turning upside down. Or after removing, put on plate and drizzle with glaze made from confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla. Original recipe said to put it on cooled cake, but I liked putting it on warm, made it all melty.

Here it is unmolded and warm.

My Notes:

  • The original recipe called for 1 c oil, I cut it to 1/2 c and added 1/2 applesauce; it was great.
  • Try cutting the sugar back too if you like, I’ll try it next time and let you know how it goes.
  • Raisins are really nice in this!
  • Make sure ingredients are at room temperature, it helps.
  • I bet this would be really good baked in loaf pans too because the top came out with a lovely sort of crispiness.
  • I also baked this as a half recipe in a 9×9″ pan, plenty for one or two!
  • Gosh don’t you just love an easy recipe that comes out so great?!

So you’re wondering about that pan? Well I bought mine at a thrift store, must be ages ago, and never used it. When I was cleaning out my lower cupboards I pulled it out and thought it was interesting with the writing engraved on the sides. I guess a baker named Jackson M. Luker in Urbana, Illinois, was in competition with another bakery across the street. They started selling angel food cakes cheaper, this made him so mad he left ALL his cakes to sit and spoil. When they sat in the pan so long he thought they were ruined but actually, because of being made with egg whites they formed a sort of hard crust and it kept them quite fresh inside. He had the brilliant idea to offer them this way in the pan and was able to ship them all over the USA. You send the pan back in for a refill cheaper! You could buy one for $2.50 then the refill was $1.25.

Read the article here to learn more about this inventive baker: http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/1940s/1947/08/foodflashes . I saw a pan like mine for sale on EBay for $69!! No Way! Then I saw one on a site called “Proxibid” and it sold for $1, so hey, maybe you can find one?

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Sweet Potato Pecan Quick Bread

Sweet Potato Pecan Quick Bread

I got this recipe online awhile ago, from “Your Guide to Southern US Cuisine”, I only changed a few steps.It’s low fat which is nice but seems to have it’s share of sugar.  I changed it to be made in one bowl, very easy!

Sweet Potato Pecan Quick Bread

1 c cooked mashed sweet potatoes
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 c applesauce
4 Tablespoons milk
1 c sugar (white)
1 c chopped pecans
1/2 c raisins, chopped dates or a combination

1 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1.  Preheat oven to 325F and grease either one large loaf pan or 3 small ones.
2.  Boil two sweet potatoes then mash, don’t add anything to them then let it reach room temperature.

Put wet ingredients in big mixing bowl

3.  Put potato, eggs, applesauce and milk in large bowl and mix all with a whisk or fork. You can beat eggs first but I just
did them in the bowl by tipping it to one side from the other ingredients, then mix it all up. Looks messy and yuchy! Add sugar and mix well.

Dates and raisins

4.  I used some of each the raisins and dates, just tear the dates up with your fingers, quite a sticky job!, then add to batter.

smashing nuts

5.  Crush pecans using a mallet, heavy cup or rolling pin by putting them into a small plastic bag then whacking them on a cutting board. Then fill measuring cup and add to batter.

Sticky batter, looks really appetizing! haha

Use a rubber spatula to mix the batter well, scraping sides all around and folding into centre.

put dry ingredients in sieve or sifter

6.  Place your sifter or mesh sieve on a plate and gently put the dry ingredients in there as you measure them. Sift it on top of the batter and mix in with spatula.

Spoon batter into pans

7.  Spray pan(s) with cooking spray or grease with shortening and evenly distribute the batter in pan(s). Use your spoon or spatula to pat the top of the batter to make it spread out evenly in the pan. I sprinkled chopped nuts along the centre top before I put them in the oven. You can either bake one big loaf or three small ones, the original recipe said one loaf, but there’s a lot of batter!

Cooling on rack

8.  Bake 1 hour plus 5-10 minutes at 325 F then remove and cool for 15 minutes on a rack. Remove from pans when you can stand it no longer (the wait I mean!) and let cool the rest of the way on rack.  How long can you go before cutting it I wonder?

Ginger say's how much she loves Sweet Potato Bread!

Note: I just brewed some hot tea and cut a few slices, put some butter on, and it’s very good! I think I’d throw a bit extra raisins and dates in next time and maybe even some more cinnamon. You can almost smell the applesauce and I wonder how it’d be with bits of chopped apple in it? Always something new to try!

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