When I moved out on my own, my mother gifted me the 1943 copy of "The Joy of Cooking" that had been passed down from her mother and step-mother. This is an amazing piece of family history and there are many notations and scribbles on the pages from both my maternal grandmother (whom I never knew as she passed when my mother was in her teens) and my step-grandmother Elise who was the only grandmother I knew on my mothers side.
Paging through this ancient cookbook I found this index card tucked inside. Written in the neat script of my Grandmother Elise's hand, speckled with stains and creases of age I had to try this recipe and have been hooked ever since.
Whenever I have apples that are about to go soft (my attempt at having fresh fruit in the house and not eating it) I love making this cake. My house smells AMAZING right now.
I used the extra apples that didn't make it into the cake to make Blueberry Applesauce...details at the end of this instructable.
Step 1: First Steps
Easy Apple Cake
Into a large bowl put:
4 Cups diced Apples, about 4 large apples (skin on or off, your choice. I LOVE my apple peeler!)
2 Cups Sugar
Let stand for 30 minutes
Below is a link to a shameless plug for my employers apple peeler! If you don't have one, I highly recommend buying one. It takes mere seconds to peel, slice and core an apple and rinse the peeler off and put it away. Such a time saver!
Step 2: Apples
Four Cups of chopped apples is about 4 large Apples
Toss with sugar and let stand for 30 minutes.
Apples will release juice and the mixture will be syrupy.
After apples are 'juiced up', preheat oven to 350.
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Beaten Eggs
Step 3: Dry Ingredients
2 Cups Flour
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
Step 4: Final Steps
2 tsp Vanilla
1 c Chopped Nuts (optional, I do not add)
Grease/Spray a 9 x 13" cake pan and place mixture in pan.
Step 5: Baking
Bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes.
I like to bake a little longer so the edges get caramelized and crispy.
Dig in! Easiest and BEST apple cake EVER!!
Step 6: Bonus Blueberry Applesauce!
With the rest of the apples I had peeled and chopped I put in a small saucepan and added a handful of blueberries I had that were getting dried up in the fridge.
I added a splash of water and boiled for about 30 minutes then used my potato masher and blended.
No additional sweetener needed! Healthy snack/side for lunches or anytime.