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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sweet Sweet Apple Cake

Sometime Sunday morning I decided it would be a good idea to bake a cake and bring it to Rosh Hashana dinner in OC with my family and close friends.
So ya, a cake, you're thinking it's no big deal right? Wellll, I had never, ever baked a cake from scratch in my life which made this a pretty big deal.

On Rosh Hashana it's customary to eat lots of sweet foods, specifically apples and honey to welcome in a sweet new year. I found this recipe on my favorite food blog, Smitten Kitchen and decided to give it a try.

Sure, there were some issues that ensued along the way.
Like the time I mistook 2.5 teaspoons for 2.5 tablespoons and basically dumped the entire bottle of vanilla into the mixing bowl, oh and the time I accidentally poured the entire open bottle of cinnamon onto the apples. Lets not forget about the time I forget to grease the pan before pouring in the batter and had to pour all the batter back into the bowl, clean the pan, and grease it.. and and anddd.. 
Needless to say I was sweating by the time I called Nadav into the kitchen to help me get the cake out of the pan. 

But in the end, the cake was a majorly sweet success.   
Photo from Smitten Kitchen
If you're on the lookout for a yummy fall recipe give this cake a try =)

Mom’s Apple Cake
6 apples, Smitten Kitchen recommends using McIntosh apples
1 tablespoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar
2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a tube pan. Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
 Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spread half of apples over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.

Hope you have a great day :)


Rachel said...

That looks delicious! Way to go girl:) Thanks for the recipe too!

Robyn said...

mmm-looks great!

Cara-Mia said...

Haha glad that despite the little hiccups along the way, this cake was a success. It certainly looks like one!

And I could totally get behind a tradition that involves eating lots of sweets. :)

Michelle said...

This looks so yummy!

DJ said...

L'shana Tova, Tammy! That cake looks amazing - I LOVE Smitten Kitchen. I made her honey cake for my Rosh Hashana dinner...but I kind of wish I would have made this one, it looks better! Isn't baking from scratch fun?

Amira said...

oooo, such a perfect fall recipe
:-) I'm glad I'm not the only one who has troubles in the kitchen!

SarahJane Miller said...

This looks absolutely amazing! i am excited to try! Thanks for the recipe!


Betsy said...

I literally just emailed my mother this recipe. I've been in London all week so we missed the Rosh together, so we're going to celebrate the new year on Saturday, when I'm back!


Lisamarie said...

Oh my gosh! That cake is amazing. When you said cake, I thought funfetti cake. You made a masterpiece!

SEL said...

L'Shana Tova! I just celebrated Rosh Hashana too. Yay for sweets and yumminess!

Found you through the linkup.

Newest follower!


Nicole Marie said...

ohhh my gosh those look sooooo good!!

Treasure Tromp said...

looks so good! What an accomplishment to make that! happy new year :)

Kai Mercado said...

holy moly this looks delis

EMMA said...

I am so making this. Thanks for sharing!


Magan said...

Apple anything is my fave! Definitely making this!!

Chelsea Dawn said...

I am definitely going to make this recipe soon, looks so delicious!!!

JC said...

Love this recipe! I love anything with apples and will have to try it!

Erinn said...

That looks so good! Something for next time- don't measure ingrediants over the mixing bowl. You are not the first and you will certainly not be the last to accidently over vanilla something :) I'd say it looked like a huge success though!

Lacey in the City said...

I love a good autumny baked goods recipe - thanks for sharing!


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