Whilst I was away I was flicking thought the latest issue of Redbook and there were a couple of apple recipes that looked interesting. I decided to start with the Best-Ever Apple Cake. I have to say that once everything was measured out and chopped this cake came together very quickly. I decided to try a new flour that I had purchased from Costco. It is an all-purpose unbleached flour that is a mix of white and ultragrain. The package states that it has double the fiber of other all-purpose flours. I like the idea of adding something healthy to my baking. Now I just have to use of the rest of the flour. Since it came in two ten-pound bags, I predict a lot of baking in my future.
So, did the cake live up to its lofty title? Was it the Best-Ever Apple Cake? Hmmmm....I am not so sure about that. Since the nuts were on the bottom of the pan they received the most heat and I detected a slightly bitter/burnt taste from the outside of the cake. It might have been a better idea to layer the pecans with the apple mixture inside the cake. Also, to give this cake a little more flavor and color, next time I will add some chopped cranberries to the apple mixture. It did smell good coming out of the oven and everyone was eager to have a warm slice. My youngest decided that a little whipped cream would go nicely with this cake and I have to say that she was right.
Best-Ever Apple Cake
- 3/4 cup(s) chopped pecans
- 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 2 cup(s) sugar
- 2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- 4 large baking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1 tablespoon(s) baking powder
- 1 teaspoon(s) salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup(s) vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup(s) orange juice
- 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-inch removable-bottom tube pan with nonstick spray. Sprinkle pecans evenly on bottom of pan.
- In a large bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the flour, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and cinnamon. Add apples and toss to combine.
- In another large bowl, mix remaining flour, remaining sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, oil, butter, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Beat until batter is smooth.
- Pour half of the batter (about 2 cups) into prepared pan. Top with half of apple mixture. Spoon remaining batter over apples and top with remaining apples, placing them 1/4 inch in from the tube and the border of the cake.
- Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Run a paring knife around the sides and center of cake and turn cake out onto wire rack. Invert cake onto another rack to cool, apple side up.