Sheila Connolly and I have an unofficial cake baking challenge going on. It's unofficial because we didn't plan it. We just seem to be on the same wavelength. Okay, I admit that I coveted her Bundt cake last Friday. My little loaf cake disappeared in a snap. I needed to bake something that would last longer.
And I needed something for a mini-roadtrip. Someone (not naming any names) has to eat every few hours, so we need something on hand to nibble on.
Sticking with the Bundt cake concept, I baked an apple cake. There's a lot of sugar in it, but (maybe because it's big?) it's not overly sweet. It's just about right. The chopped apples keep it nicely moist.
I used both oil, which makes cake moister, and melted butter because butter adds a special flavor and crumb that oil just can't quite duplicate.
You can change around the spices to suit yourself, of course.
I dusted it with powdered sugar just before serving, but you could make a white lemon drizzle if you like that better.
Part of this is really sort of a dump cake. A lot of ingredients go into the mixer together. The time-consuming part is really just peeling and chopping the apples and other prep work.
Apple Spice Bundt Cake
2-3 tablepoons sugar
butter for greasing pan
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
3 cups chopped apples (about 2 1/4 average size apples)
2-3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup mild flavored cooking oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt the butter and set aside to cool. Grease a Bundt pan with the butter and use 2-3 tablespoons of sugar (instead of flour) to dust it.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl. Stir with a fork or a whisk to combine. Set aside.
Peel and core the apples. Chop them into chunks and place them in a bowl. Sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar and toss to combine. Add the lemon juice and toss again. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, 1 cup dark brown sugar, three eggs, oil, and melted butter. Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed.
On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture until it is just combined. It will seem a little too thick. Pour in the apples and mix on lowest speed (stir).
Bake 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool on a rack for 10 minutes before loosening the edges and flipping.
Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.
|Chop apples and mix with brown sugar and lemon.|
|Mix flour and spices.|
|Spoon into pan and smooth.|
|Fresh from the oven!|