When we make our favorite apple cake recipe, favorite apple bread recipe or any others, this wonderful fruit is often taken for granted. Why does this recipe appeal to our taste buds? It is much more than just a flavor. Whether you use applesauce or pieces of fresh apples, the moistness and texture also improves.
Year ago we did not have apples at our disposal year round. We would
long through the summer months awaiting the arrival of the first ripe
apples. We only could get them in the late summer and fall months of the
year. It was so exciting to smell the wonderful aroma of our first
apple cake recipe of the season emanating from the oven door.
Today, no fruit is grown in greater volume and is more readily available to us all year long than the apple. This fact alone encourages us to over look the importance of the delicious fruit. Aside from the flavor, texture and moistness which it adds to our favorite apple cake recipe (as I mentioned above) it is also a good source of vitamins. Why not add that to our cakes? That is a good reason to eat more; as if we need a reason!
Another important fact about apples is that most are very sweet; many pie apples can produce a delicious apple pie with very little or no added sugar. We all know about the sweet eating apples, but for years homemakers would add apples in order to cut back on the sugar to sweeten cakes and other desserts. My mom would do this when she had apples; I remember her doing this in apple coffee cake recipes and in her apple dumplings. Now I have noticed that many health advisers are advising people to apply this same method to cut back on the sugar in their diet.
FRESH APPLE CAKE RECIPE
Preheat oven to 350F degrees
Grease and flour 10 ½ x 15 ½ x 1 inch baking sheet.
Combine the flour, sugar, eggs, soda and vanilla: mix until well blended.
Stir in the nuts, coconut and pie filling.
Spread into prepared baking pan and bake 35 minutes; Spread icing on warm cake.
Apple pie filling recipe
Combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, lemon juice, water and butter in a saucepan.
Stir in the sliced apples and cook until hot; about 10 minutes.
Cream the butter and cheese together until smooth. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Fold in the vanilla and walnuts. Spread over warm cake.
FRESH APPLE CAKE RECIPE
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
Cream butter and sugar; add eggs beating after each.
Sift together the flour, cinnamon, salt, soda and nutmeg.
Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well.
Stir in the apples, vanilla and nuts.
Pour into the prepared baking pan; bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
Serve with whipped cream.
CARAMEL APPLE CAKE RECIPE
Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
Grease and lightly flour 12 inch tube pan.
Cut each caramel into 8 little bits.
In a medium bowl, sift the flour, cinnamon and allspice.
In a large mixing bowl beat the powdered sugar, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time beating after each addition.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture mixing well.
Fold in the apples and caramels.
Spread batter into the prepared tube pan.
Bake for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours; keep check on cake after 1 hour for doneness.
Cool for 10 minutes and invert on cake plate.
JELLO CAKE RECIPE with fresh apples
Mix first 3 dry ingredients; cut in butter.
Add egg and milk mixture; mix and press in bottom and up sides of 8 inch round pan.
Peel apples and slice into dough lined pan; sprinkle dry Jello over top of apples.
Sprinkle with sugar (amount depending on tartness of apples).
Mix following topping and sprinkle over top.
Combine sugar and flour; cut in butter.
Sprinkle over apples; bake in preheated oven at 375F degrees for 45 minutes.
PEAR CAKE RECIPE
Preheat oven to 325F degrees; grease and lightly flour 9 X 13 inch baking pan.
Beat egg and sugar in mixing bowl until light lemon colored.
Add flour and butter to eggs and blend well.
Peals pears and apples and slice thinly; add to cake batter.
Stir in rum and baking powder; pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 35 minutes; cool and sift powdered sugar over the top.
CARAMEL APPLE POUND CAKE RECIPE
Cut each caramel into 8 bits; set aside.
Sift flour, cinnamon and allspice.
Beat powdered sugar with butter and vanilla until fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture; mix well.
Fold in apples and caramels; spread batter in greased and floured 12 cup Bundt pan.
Bake in preheated oven at 325F degrees for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours; keep checking after 1 hour.
Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert on cake plate.