What a better way to start my hobby/experimental baking blog then with a family recipe. This recipe is one of my grandmothers!
This is honestly, one of the most moist and scrumptious cakes I have ever had; and surprisingly is super quick and easy to make too.
Per my mother "greening's" make the best pies and cakes because they are firm, crisp and nicely tart. MacIntosh apples are the next best choice. But do not worry, if your local market does not carry either, just pick a bundle of green apples that look good to you!
I have baked this numerous times-I not only like to bake it to have as a breakfast cake, but it is a great cake to make as a gift for someone, such as a housewarming gift, or as a festive dessert dish, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
3 cups finely chopped raw apples- about 4-5 medium
(no peeling of apples necessary for this cake!)
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup corn oil
1 tsp vanilla (i use a tablespoon!)
1 cup chopped walnuts
..and my fav secret ingredient as my add in- which I would highly recommend to my dear mom mom if she were here today is-Cinnamon!
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare apples-cut in quarters, core, but do not peel. Chop like you would an onion, or cut in pieces and run briefly in the food processor, or nut chopper if you have one.
They should be fine. but NOT mashed. Set aside.
Mix Dry ingredients together. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, add sugar, oil, and vanilla. Mix well. Add dry ingredients until blended. Add cinnamon as you like. I call this my "Julia Child style" or my "whoopsies" .
Batter will be pretty thick at this point. Fold in apples and walnuts.