Cooking in Quarantine: Easy Apple Cake

You gotta love a cake you can mix in one bowl, dump batter in pan and bake, almost without fail, perfectly. I give you my favorite Apple Spice Cake w/Caramel Glaze.

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Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • dash salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dk. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 large granny smith apples, peeled & chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Glaze:

  • 1/2 stick butter (4 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dk. brown sugar

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 10 in. bundt pan.
  • In a stand mixer, beat together sugars and oil for cake until combined. Add eggs and vanilla on low speed, scraping down bowl as needed.
  • Add flour, baking soda, spices, and dash salt to stand mixer. (I know, every recipe says mix separately and combine ingredients one at a time, but I have tried both ways with same result- this is EASIER.)
  • Once batter is smooth, shut mixer off and grab a silicone spatula. Add the apples and walnuts and fold into batter with spatula. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.

***Do not skip on thoroughly buttering and flouring pan. The ease of release once baked will be your reward 🙂

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  • Bake the cake for ~70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. This gives you time to make the glaze and for the cake to settle for easy release.

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  • In a small saucepan, combine the ingredients for the glaze. Bring to a boil, stirring for a smooth consistency. Boil about 3 minutes or until it begins to thicken- keep stirring. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. 
  • Center your serving platter over the top of bundt pan, and invert.

 

I usually take a butter knife and tap the pan just for good measure. Lift the pan and behold the beauty!

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  • The last step is to pour glaze over the finished cake. I do this very slowly to ensure good coverage.

Stay Safe and Cook On!

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