Sunday, November 14, 2010

Caramel-Glazed Apple Cake

1 C packed light brown sugar
1 C sugar
1½ C oil
3 eggs
3 C all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat instead)
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt
5 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch pieces
1¼ C chopped pecans or walnuts, opt
1 Tbsp vanilla

4 Tbsp butter
¼ C sugar
¼ C light brown sugar
pinch salt
½ C heavy cream

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease 9x13 pan.
  2. To prepare the cake, beat both sugars and oil in a mixing bowl until very well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, mixing just until blended. Stir in apples, pecans and vanilla; pour into pan.
  3. Bake for 50-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan while preparing the glaze.
  4. To prepare the glaze, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in both sugars and salt; cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Add cream and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Poke holes in the cake with a skewer or toothpick. Pour on the glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

I found this recipe in my Oct 2009 Costco Connections. It looked so good, so I ripped it out of the magazine and stuck it with the other ripped out recipes. One year later while flipping through folder of recipes I found it again and this time I make it. Wow, it is so good. Andrew and I kept nibbling more and more. Silly Sophie liked it but not the white chunks (apple pieces). I didn't pour the glaze over the cake like the recipe calls for, we kind of iced it on and the cake didn't need it. And I noted in the recipe that I used whole wheat, 100%, makes me feel a little better while eating piece number 2 in one day that I am getting some fiber. I am thinking the next time I make it to decrease the amount of oil and replace it with applesauce, and trust me there will be a next time.

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