This cake is fabulous. Perhaps not quite completely cake-like, as it isn't overly sweet and gains so much from the apples and walnuts. The light drizzle of maple glaze adds the perfect amount of sweetness. I cut the oil with applesauce, as I often do in cakes and quickbreads. You could also safely reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe by at least 1/3, and I would love to give it a try with some good white whole wheat flour (if i could afford it!!). This recipe can be used as a legitimate cake, or could be made into squares or muffins or even as a coffee cake of sorts. Let's get to some pictures, eh?
|Just mix together your wet ingredients, then whisk in the dry ones.|
|Then fold in your chopped walnuts and apples- no need to peel!|
|Finished batter in the pan- I used a 9-inch pie pan for 1/2 a recipe.|
|Mix up your glaze in a small bowl or cup measure- cream the butter and sugar, then add the liquids.|
|I popped mine in the microwave for a few seconds to help smooth out the last few sugar lumps.|
|The cake, fresh out of the oven and looking perfect!|
|What could be yummier, eh?|
Apple Cake with Maple Glaze
-1 3/4 cup sugar (can be reduced slightly if desired)
-1 cup veggie oil (replace up to 2/3 with applesauce)
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-2 cups flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-3 cups unpeeled chopped apples
-1 cup chopped walnuts
Beat eggs slightly, then whisk in veggie oil/applesauce, vanilla, and sugar.
Stir in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Fold in chopped apples and walnuts.
Transfer cake batter to your greased pan or pans (anything from a 15x10 in jellyroll pan, a 9x13'' pan, or even little ramekins. I used a 9-inch pie pan for 1/2 a recipe).
Bake at 300 F for 30 minutes or so for a larger pan, and 15-20 mins or so for smaller pans- test with toothpick.
Let cool. Drizzle with Glaze.
-1 tablespoon butter, softened
-1 cup confectioner's sugar
-2-3 tablespoons milk
-1 tablespoon maple syrup
Beat together sugar and butter, beat in other ingredients until smooth.
If the sugar is having difficulties dissolving completely, stick the glaze in the microwave for 20-30 seconds then stir it up again. Pour over cooled cake.
|the finished cake- apple and maple and delish!! Give this a try.|